Wednesday, May 11, 2011

*Giving a new life to an antique* :)

Hi everyone! :)


Today I have my latest project up on The Studio blog

Me and the family love to go antiquing! There is this one BIG antique store here in Phoenix, Arizona, and literally the place is so BIG that it takes almost ALL DAY to go through it! And our recent trip to this store... OH BOY! Did I hit pay dirt! I found this 3 foot tall metal birdcage for only $10.00!! EEEKKKK!! I was EXCITED!! Of course, hubby looked at me CRAZY for wanting it (lol!)... but I knew exactly what I wanted to create with it! :)

Here is the birdcage I started with! :)



I started by spray painting it...



Now its time to decorate it! :)
I found these at Michaels on clearance! Gotta love that! :)

And I found these vintage spools at the antique store also! :)

And I wanted to incorporate some yummy "Once Upon a Springtime" from Graphic 45! :)

To add in photos of my kids, I had 8 exact photos of Brookie and Adam printed out that I wanted to use....

I cutout the photos and added them to the "Once Upon a Springtime" line....

And then cutout them out of the papers too....

Now its time to link the photos together....
I used 3D glue dots to give them some lift....

And used some vintage pompoms that I had to link them together....



And then I got to decorating the photos....

And now to put everything in and ON the birdcage! :)



As you can see to the left in this photo, I hung the pompoms with my kids photos attached to them from the top of the birdcage.... :)

A little Prima birdie sitting in the middle :)






And here is the completed project! :)



So next time you happen to be antiquing, I hope you look at the things that are offered in a way of giving them new life! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it! :)

55 comments:

  1. Julie....this is absolutely amazing! I love it! What an incredible find! You should take it back and show it to the seller...they will probably drop their jaw at what a beautiful creation you made out of their "junk"!

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  2. Julie this is truly fabulous!!! love it

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  3. W00t on the upcycling! What an amazing bird cage! An amazing display of the kids! :) You are rocking the altered items!

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  4. WOWZA!!! Julie this is AWESOME!!! TFS!!! :D

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  5. What an amazing find!!!!!!!!!!!!
    lucky you............
    the end result is fabulous!!!!

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  6. oh wow how brilliant does that look!!!! What an amazing find!!

    Also just wanted to say thankyou for stopping by my blog and your lovely comment. Muchly appreciated :).

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  7. Oh this is fantastic!!! What a great find!

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  8. Julie, this is awesome... i love it. I never find anything like this antiquing. What a great project. =)

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  9. Oh Julie....you are a girl after my own heart!!!! I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE this birdcage and the idea to repurpose it was FABULOUS!!! What a deal...and I so need some of those spools...

    I am coming for a visit....I need to go to this antique store!!! You know my addiction to old things!!!!

    It turned out BEYOND PERFECT!!!! Love the pics and all the goodies inside!!!!

    Thanks for inspiring us all!!!!

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  10. You genius Julie!! Awesome upcycling! You rocked it!! Brilliant way to display Adam & Brookie in the birdcage !! Love this Julie... Hugs... xoxo

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  11. WOW, wow, WOW, wow, wow!!!! Julie this birdcage is AMAZING!!!!!!! It turned out beautiful!!! What a great find. When I move there we will have to go to this antique store. :-)

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  12. WOW!!! That is amazing Julie! Such a creative mind you have! I love it! I bet your husband doesn't think you're crazy now! =)

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  13. What a steal!!!! and I love how you embellished it! Just perfect!

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  14. YOu should be ashamed.....putting your children in a cage!!!!! LOL. I LOVE this!!!! I want one of those cages and ahve actually been trying to find one!!! You have been in my head again becasue my idea does indeed involve photos and ribbon and flowers!!!!. And OMG @ those spools!!!! I can't find ANY of those here!!!!! Maybe I should come there :):):)

    Truly awesome project.....seriously! LOVE!!!!!!!!

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  15. WHOA! I think this is my favorite project you've done!!!!! I would have never thought to do this! Incredible how you created this, so pretty......I love it! xxoo

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  16. Now how fantastic are you?! I love it!

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  17. Good Morning Julie Sweetie...
    Oh my gosh, I love it. Did you go to the Brass Armadillo? If not where did you go without me? I love this bird cage. How beautiful. (Can't wait to see where you put it in the new house.)

    Love the use of the antique spools as well. Such a cute idea. Your paint choice was perfect. Once upon a Springtime. A nice thing is that you can swap them out seasonally whenever you want. How fun. Julie you did a fabulous job sweetie.

    Have a beautiful Wednesday. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

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  18. Julie! This is stunning! I love first of all the color change. Second all the flowers!!!!! I love flowers and you totally rocked it by mixing in the thread bobbins. Your kids are so cute! Wonderful work!

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  19. OK I'm seriously drooling here. This is absolutely amazing.

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  20. AWESOME!!! keep an eye out for an old door for me :)

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  21. If only we really, truly could cage our children at whim. LOLOLOLOL!!!! Great cage altering! :0

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  22. WOWZA...You go girl! You rocked this altered project. All of the elements are gorgeous. :)

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  23. You know I LOVE this! The colors inside are so vivid and beautiful! I love how you incorporated the photos of your kiddos in there...perfect! :)

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  24. LOVE this project Julie!! It turned out awesome!! I've been eyeing all the cute birdhouses out there lately, but haven't purchased one yet! (=

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  25. A great find and a fabulous make over!!!!

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  26. Also forgot to tell ya that I can't wait to see what you make with your Creative Charms goodies. :)

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  27. WOOHOO!!!! LOVE IT :):):) This project is simply way cool girly!

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  28. Oh wow Julie, this is AMAZING! What a great way to bring a new life to that old birdcage.

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  29. How adorable! I love people thate can have that vision to see it exactly how you wanted it! Love it!! Great job!!

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  30. AMAZING PROJECT!!!
    Julie, you just out did yourself with this stunning altered birdcage!
    I'm speachless!

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  31. WOW!!!!How cute is that!!!!! Love it aand the idea of the pics inside is just wonderful!!! You made an excellent piece of art Julie!!!!

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  32. Wowzaaa! Totally unique, gorgeous and soooo creative!!!!

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  33. WOWZWERS!!!! Julie that birdhouse is AMAZING!!!!!! I absolutely love how you turned it into this completely fabulous piece of art!!!! Love, love, love!!!

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  34. WOW Julie, this is soooo wonderful!!! LOVE the idea of the photo's inside of the birdhouse!!
    You are just soooo creative!!

    XXXJenneke

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  35. Wooooaaaa! First of all, I am so jealous of your find ($10!!! for real?!!) and then the transformation is amazing! You did such a fabulous job with this!!! Amazing!

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  36. Wow, what a great find. I love the transformation so creative and a beautiful work of art,love,love love it !!!!!!!!

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  37. Stunning Julie! You are an altered art genius - loveeeeeeeeeee it!!!

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  38. Love this birdhouse!! I'm going to have to try this with one of our old cages...

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  39. Lucky you - what a great find!!! I just love how you transformed it to a thing of beauty with those great pictures of your kids!!!

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  40. What is so cool is that you took this ordinary thing and made it not only you, but exceptional!!!

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  41. SCORE!!!!!!!! Even though you are trying hard to keep those kids caged - it isn't going to last forever!!! LOL!!!!! ****smile****

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  42. Darling! I'm sure you'll find the perfect spot in your new home to display it! :-)

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  43. Loving the bird cage! $10! 10? Wow that is a steal. Great find! I love the red! The end product is darling! Where is the antique store at? I would love to check it out!

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  44. This is amazing, and I have one to..spraying it white! And will make a mini for the inside.
    Beautiful work!

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  45. What a great find and a real fabulous make over!

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  46. Wow you rocked this bird cage!! Gorgeous re-purposing! Its stunning! Sabrina

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  47. Great work, Julie - what a great idea!!! Beautiful work!! Colours are so awesomely vibrant!!!!

    Anne Pennington

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  48. Oh wow...this is AMAZING Julie! LOVE, love, love :)

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  49. This is gorgeous! I love that shade of red you chose! What a fun project!

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  50. love it love it love it!!! {{hugs}} Michelle

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  51. What a transformation! Lovin' those vintage spools and embellishments!

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