Designer on a Dime – DIY Decorative {GOLD} Spheres

Let’s talk about balls ahem, perhaps I will call them spheres instead, to save myself {and my family} the embarrassment that comes from me repeating the word balls over and over again, metal balls at that…

I am sure you’ve seen them, those decorative metal spheres, orbs, or dare I day balls {oops}.

Pottery barn did them

Image{pottery barn – galvanized metal orb $128.69}

West Elm has a few versions

Image{west elm – sculptural spheres – $31.41-$42.25}

Image{west elm – veneer spheres $17.33 – $31.41}

and even Target rocked their no longer available version of “galvanized decorative ball” {their name not mine} that Jess over at the bright green door shared here.

It was Jess’ tutorial I stumbled upon while putting in my obligatory endless hours on Pinterest one evening that inspired me.  I had considered doing something with embroidery hoops before and was excited at the idea of making myself some cheap & easy shelf decor that would fill empty space.

As you know I picked up some embroidery hoops in my latest thrifting adventure and was beyond excited to bang out this all too easy project using my most favouritest medium ever… spray paint!

#1 – Take your hoops


#2 – Make your balls spheres


#3 – check out your {ahem} speheres from all angles


#4 – get your gold spray paint and your best grass protecting flyers


#5 – get your spray paint on!


#6 – check out those spheres again for good measure


And last but not least…

#7 – get those beauties up on a shelf

Enough with the cheap & easy banging out ball talk… it’s time to turn the class back up here, these gold balls are nothing to make light of and since they will be living in the ever so swanky coral and gold room, let’s take a sneak peek at their new home!

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And there you have, in just 7 easy steps, two of which are completely unnecessary you too can create your own designer on a dime “spheres”


You Can’t Teach an Old Dog New Tricks … or can you?!

It was bound to happen eventually.

 a finished post.



Now I know how all those vetran bloggers that I stalk follow have felt. You dedicate time and energy and obviously your clever whit {not so much} just to see the whole thing circle down the drain.  Wait, if I had known it was going maybe I could have stopped it… either way.  It’s gone.

Believe it or not I am sharing another project that does involve coral and gold {go me!} well sort of.  I may or may not have attacked part of this project with gold spray paint just to be swiftly put back in my place… but we’ll get to that!

Remember way back when I had an ever so successful garage sale and hand me down inheriting weekend and my amazing in-laws sent this pretty ol’ gal to us?

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Well she moved into the shed next to the to-be-recovered-wing chair, the coffee table soon-to-be bench and the other miscellaneous projects I hide from my husband {just kidding}!

A few weekends later, while waiting to head to my girlfriends to have a furniture painting party {what you don’t rock those every Sunday} I decided I had enough time to get this pretty lady started with a coat of primer so I drug her out of the shed and gave her back her legs.

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Obviously I used a my most favourite Stix primer that I pick up at my local Benjamin Moore Store.

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A coat or two later, and with still lots of time to spare, I was ready for paint.  Remember I lack patience so when I am ready, so is my project!

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Using my tried and true furniture paint, Benjamin Moore Advance but in a whole new colour…

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Now that’s colour!

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A coat or two later, I was {almost} done with this lovely lady and off to tackle dresser #2 for the day! Remember this one:

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Well Big Bertha up top here combined with 3 failed attempts to find replacement hardware forced my pretty little lady of a dresser to take a back seat for awhile. But I finally decided it was time to finish her up and it came when I first discovered GOLD!!!

See the problem here is this pretty little lady, she ain’t no spring chicken and as such her um… holes, were a little different than those sleek new dressers of today.  Well they say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks but you sure can give old dresser hardware a fresh new coat of spray paint.

I mentioned my mishap at the beginning of this post which came when I sprayed all of the existing hardware gold.  I loved the colour combo but unfortunately this just wasn’t going to work in the silver and grey room where this dresser was destined sooooo back outside {with silver spray paint in tow} I went and when all was said and done this is what I had created:

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What do you think?  Not too bad for an old girl is she?  Amazing what a little paint and some updating of old hardware can do.  Plus this girl’s still got legs!

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{before & after}

Thrifting Finds

It has seem to become routine around here, Saturday mornings I head out to our local farmer’s market to pick up our fruits, veggies and the occasional bag of mini doughnuts {i cannot say no to those little bite size pastries} and then pop into the few “thrift” spots we have in Peterborough.

What do I actually need?  Not much to be honest.  As you know I am obsessed with getting my hands on the most perfect cane tub chair ever so I am obviously always on the look out for one of those but other than that I simply go to peruse.  I can always use more “decor” items and I love a good thrift store price so that when I change my mood in a week little while, I don’t feel as guilty for retiring said decor items.

So what did I find this weekend?


This wicker table is a $4 find from our local re-store. It is currently homeless but for $4 I couldn’t leave it behind… I hope I am not establishing hoarder tendencies… I just loved it!Image

Shaq loves it too!Image

I scored this collection of embroidery hoops for $1.99 at Value Village, these I know EXACTLY what I am going to do with!Image

I almost missed this globe while shopping Vinnies but noticed it just before I headed to the cash.  For $7 it was coming home with me.  Not sure if I will give it a mini-makeover or where it will live but a $7 globe is something I couldn’t walk away from.


Remember when I mentioned my new found love for duck decoys here?  Well little did I know those rustic creatures have made an obvious resurgence thanks to my favourite celebrity self proclaimed rednecks and now cost a pretty penny.  This little made in Canada terracotta version was only $1.99 and will be receiving a coat of gold spray paint very soon!


This sweet little pinecone was only $2.99 and I thought it would make the greatest addition to some shelf styling!Image

I almost jumped for joy when I saw this little weaved ceramic dish for only $1
As you may recall I love being able to DIY “designer on a dime“.  The idea of being able to create something you have seen but for a whole lot less is so exciting to me.  I have been eyeing these metallic trays at HomeSense for quite a while

Image{HomeSense – $14.99 – $19.99}

Well with a little spray paint I have on hand, I will be able to make my $1 dish look just like this AND I will save almost $15!


I have wanted to do a tray for some time now. This big blue one was $6.99 at Value Village and will make a great addition to the coral and gold spare bedroom…. ummmm after a makeover of course!


My last find is this super cool sewing table.  I loved the architectural detail of the front and was pretty excited when I saw what else this little table had in store.Image

Spool storage on the right and drawers on the left.


And the top opens up to give you an extra long work space.  She was only $15 and is currently living in the shed, but I am excited to give her a facelift once I convince my lovely husband I am changing the office colour scheme… don’t hold your breath sewing table you may continue to breathe gas fumes for some time….

I am thinking this may be the first piece I do and sell because I am just not sure she has a home here.

As you can see I found lots of “goodies” out on my adventures but my most exciting purchase this weekend was of course my new DSLR camera that I am so so so so over the moon excited about. So that being said, I think my Saturday morning thrifting adventures may need to come to a halt for sometime, that is unless I see that cane tub chair that eludes me!