waste not, want not.

Remember the bed bench that my handyman Ken made out of a headboard and foot board?

When I posted about it, I mentioned that he didn’t use the entire foot board.  He cut a chunk out of the middle because we only wanted the bench to be about 20″ deep, so we only needed about 21″ off each end.

He was going to just toss that middle section, but he always checks with me first before he throws any excess pieces in the trash because he knows me pretty well.  He knows how much I enjoy salvaging things.  It’s so much fun to take something that seemed like trash and turn it into something new.  After all, waste not, want not, right?

So I took a look at the chunk of foot board that was left and and then asked Ken to add some trim pieces onto the sides for me, and here’s what he came up with.

And just coincidentally, it happened to be about the perfect size for one of the new transfers that Prima Marketing sent my way from their Always Fresh set.


I painted the piece using Fusion’s Plaster first.  I think Plaster is an underappreciated color in the Fusion line.  I feel like I hardly ever see anyone using it, but I love it.  It’s the perfect cream.

Once the paint was dry, I lightly distressed the edges and then added the transfer.

These solid transfers are incredibly easy to apply.

I also painted some wooden knobs in Plaster, and then added some of the Farm Fresh knob transfers from the Re.Design line.

And it was that simple to take a piece that would have been thrown away and turn it into an adorable Farm Fresh sign.

I hung it on the door to my photo cottage to get some photos.

That actually does seem somewhat appropriate since our property was originally a dairy farm until suburbia grew up around it.

I’m not at all sure how well these transfers would hold up to outdoor use though, so I don’t want to give the impression that this could be hung outdoors.  I’m planning to do a bit of an experiment on that down the road though, so I’ll be sure to keep you posted.

But in the meantime, I took the sign to Reclaiming Beautiful on Wednesday and hopefully it will go to a new home soon!

24 thoughts on “waste not, want not.

  1. Trash picking your own trash pile, great idea! And how fantastic is the finished product? I’m loving these new Prima re-design transfers. It’s good to see all these color images and you know how to make them stand out! Knobs are the best finishing touch.

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    1. Prima has some amazing products coming out (or just out). I’m working on a piece using their new Decor Wax this weekend, hope to have it finished and ready to share on Monday!


  2. Love it! Nice that Ken can do just about anything in his workshop. I see another gift card in his future! Great save…love the color and the transfer is perfect…bet this sells right away!


  3. How amazing,some little piece of scrap can turn into something so cute. Where may I purchase these transfers?They are all do pretty,I especially like the florals. I liked the rooster in your picture keep up the good work.


  4. How very clever! You were able to salvage “trash” and turn it into the most adorable place to hang things. And, in the process, you were finally able to use those adorable knob transfers. My new house has no entryway – unlike my old home- and I miss having a place to hang this type of project. My style isn’t country but I do love the look and this is absolutely adorable. For some reason it reminds me of my childhood. You have a knack for bringing out a persons good memories with your art. Kudos to you!


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