Paper Towel Holder

The paper towel holder seems to have made it’s home on the kitchen bench. Everyone likes it there and I have to admit that it is handy.

I don’t really like the pine!

Of course I can fix that. 🙂  Which I did.



Sanded it back lightly then painted it with a lovely shade of creamy white  house paint. I use what is available here and also what I have on hand. Plus I just love this colour.

Here it is all nicely painted up  – but it is just a bit too perfect. Not shabby enough.


No problem – just take some sand paper or a emery fingernail file and rough it up a bit. Think about the places that it would get worn and gently rub it back. Distress it a little around the edges on the top where it would get handled. Not too much though. We want it to look shabby not old.

Set it in place for a few days – see if it needs more distressing and then varnish it with a nice semi matt/gloss finish.


Perfectly shabby, very useful paper towel holder that cost me 30 cents and about half an hours work.


Junk Finds

A trip to the local “new to you” store this morning turned up these.


The frame will come in handy for a project I have in mind. There will be more on that in a future post.

The hat box case thingy? Well it screamed my name last time I went in there and here it was still calling me three weeks later. I wasn’t sure what to do with it but know something will come to me. I didn’t have to wait long. Both munchkins girls fell in love with it. One immediately declared it had to go in the lounge as company to my vintage metal suitcase.

Now I need a third piece in that area to make a montage. Perhaps I can re-purpose something from elsewhere in the house.

The exciting thing about that whole episode was seeing the way my darlings are seeing possibilities and knowing instinctively what goes together.

Reminder. to. self.  Take photo’s.

The pine paper towel holder.  It is well known in my family that I am not a lover of pine, unless it is painted of course. 🙂

I had planned on making it into one of the those spinny album’s that are all the rage. Yet again one of my munchkins changed that plan. He grabbed it out of that bag, headed straight in the pantry, snapped up the paper towel plonking it on with a satisfied grin and declaring it “perfect”.

Not being someone who likes the cluttered busy bench look I wasn’t too sure about. Time will tell if it stays or heads to the craft zone to be altered.

Total cost for all three items – $1