EEK! It’s almost Halloween! I’m not one for the guts and gore of the holiday, but I do love me some fun Halloween decor. I have wanted to make an apothecary display for a few years now, but never got around to it thinking, “oh that will take too long,” or “that will be too expensive,” or “I wouldn’t make it look good.” Well, since I have joined the BB Frösch team, I have been trying all sorts of things I never thought I would do. I set out to good ol’ Michaels to see if they had any glass bottles I could turn into something amazing, and as luck would have it, they did! And the best part, each one was a $1.29 or under---score! But my luck didn’t run out there. Most of their Halloween stuff was 50-60% off, so therefore I made my whole display with what I purchased at Michaels, plus a couple small things I already have for....drumroll....$25! Double score!
I wanted some of the bottles I made to be black, and thought I would put the “BB Frösch bonds to virtually anything” claim test. I started out with my plain glass bottles and put a quick few coats of BB Frösch chalk paint with some leftover black paint I had from another project. BB Frösch isn’t just for furniture! And when I say quick, I mean quick. Three coats on those four bottles took me about 25 minutes, drying time included. I then took a wet rag to wet distressed the tops and corners of the bottles to create a more authentic vintage look. I chose to leave the other bottles clear, so I could put some water with food coloring inside.
I was thrilled to find some awesome free printables for some vintage looking spell & potions books from The Idea Room. You can follow her tutorial and find her printables for the Poisons & Potions book cover here and the Spells & Enchantments book cover here.
Amazing huh? You can find this easy to follow tutorial on Domestically Speaking. It seriously took me about 10 minutes. The graphic I used as well as several other vintage Halloween images can be found on The Graphic's Fairy.
There, I did something I never thought I could do, and quickly and inexpensively!
I just have to add this last picture. My son saw me doing all this decorating, and wanted to join in the crafting fun. I came into the room and saw this added to the display. He said "I made a spider and ghosts of our family." :D Pretty creative actually!
This was my very first BB Frösch project! It cost me about $25 and took took me 3 hours from start to finish.
I logged online to good ol' Craigslist and found this solid wood bookshelf. Because of the scratches, I talked the seller down to $15. But with BB Frösch I wasn't really worried about the scratches because of the excellent coverage. Yippee! I headed to Home Depot and to pick out my paint and decided to go with a soft blue color. I got a sample pot ($3) of Behr Premium Plus (flat, no primer, low VOC).
Go time. No sanding, no priming, no stripping....just dusted it off and then I went to it. I painted on 3 coats, sanded the edges with a medium grit sandpaper and waxed it! I decided that I didn't want to just paint tte backing the same, but rather I wanted to replace the back of the bookshelf with bead board (which I painted white).
Ta dah, first project complete!