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Ashley’s Vintage Bowling Set

Happy Sunday friends! I am so excited about my recent transformation. This particular find has been transformed 2 times already and I am finally satisfied!

I found this cool “bowling pin looking thing” on a Shanty Shopping Spree with Whit a few weeks ago. It wasn’t the right color and I wasn’t sure exactly what it was but I thought it was cute and would be even cuter painted….
I painted the red stripes with Spa Blue acrylic and glazed it all over with Ralph Lauren Smoke Glaze. I was satisfied with the way she turned out….

Until our Shanty Shopping Spree to Waco. We visited a place called Spice. This is a wonderful store with very creative knick knacks although they come with a hefty price tag…needless to say I bought nothing there but we came away with MANY great ideas. We fell in love with these black vintage-looking bowling pins so I decided to transform my transformation once again. I painted her in 2 coats of Behr Forever Black Satin.

She was a little boring all black so I decided to personalize her a bit with my Cricut. I dry brushed with a “T” stencil (initial of our last name) using Antique White acrylic and a stencil paint brush.

Ahh….that’s much better…I wonder how she’d look with some twine….

I have a quick confession to make ~ I have never owned a glue gun in my life ~ I always wing it with super glue or whatever adhesive I find around the house but I found this cheap-o glue gun at Hobby Lobby for $2.50 with my coupon so I caved and bought it. Whit made fun of my new “tool” but she works like a charm! Ha!

I put a dab of glue at the top of the pin and started to wrap the twine tightly around the top. I repeated this step every full wrap around to the back.

Now for a little extra ~ I have had 3 of these decorative balls for years and wasn’t really sure what to do with them….

I decided to make them a part of my bowling pin project. I started by painting them with 2 coats of Behr Cozy Cottage Satin.

I then made number stencils (random selection) with my Cricut and dry brushed them on with Lamp (Ebony) Black acrylic using a stencil brush. I glazed them with RL Smoke Glaze and added twine to these as well ~ why not?

To add the twine I repeated the steps I used on the pin.

My finished vintage looking bowling set!


I will be posting this on Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday! Go check it out!
http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/2009/09/welcome-to-36th-metamorphosis-monday.html
I will also be posting this at Twice Remembered for Make your Monday! Go check it out!

I will also be adding this to The Shabby Chic Cottage for Transformation Thursday! http://www.theshabbychiccottage.net/2009/09/master-bath-becomes-beauty.html
I will also be posting this at A Soft Place to Land for DIY day! http://asoftplacetoland-kimba.blogspot.com/2009/09/diy-day-and-giveaway_23.html and The DIY Show Off for her Surprise Party! http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com/2009/09/youre-invited-to-surprise-party-diy.html

34 Comments

  1. Embellished Bayou on September 21, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    What an interesting find and a cool transformation. You've got some really unique accessories now, great job!

  2. Marla on September 21, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Amazing transformation. Love your sense of style. Marla

  3. [email protected] on September 21, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    That's awesome… T for Tammy ! 😉
    Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Sheri on September 21, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Oh what a cute idea!! I just love your blog. Always full of fun ideas.

    http://theshadesofpink.blogspot.com/2009/09/room-month-is-back.html

  5. Gail on September 21, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    The two of you are soooooo creative! Love your blog and all you do. I'm defintely a fan.

    Gail

    P.S. I want a Cricut!

  6. Niesz Vintage Home on September 21, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    Very cute idea!
    I would never have thought to paint the balls, but they look great and tie in perfectly.

    Kimberly 🙂

  7. Julie on September 21, 2009 at 10:53 am

    Hey… It turned out so cute…
    xoxo
    Julie

  8. Barb on September 21, 2009 at 8:40 am

    awesome!!

    barbara jean

  9. Shannon on September 21, 2009 at 5:36 am

    I would have never thought that was a bowling set! It looks amazing! Great job!

  10. Rebecca D. on September 21, 2009 at 3:52 am

    Hello cute girls!Just blog hopping and found your adorable site!Just fell in love with your latest project!

    I'll be back for a little blog browsing!

    All my best,

    Becca
    Blue Cricket Design

  11. bj on September 21, 2009 at 3:01 am

    Well, this is the cutest thing I've ever seen and now, don't cha know, I am looking for a bowling pin…this is waaaay cute.

  12. Morning T on September 21, 2009 at 2:52 am

    These turned out so great, I love them!

  13. Shelia on September 21, 2009 at 2:18 am

    How creative! Who would have thought to do something like this! I love them all.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  14. Nancy on September 21, 2009 at 1:55 am

    Is there anything you girls can't do? I love both projects…and yea, that twine is a perfect addition. Thanks for all the neat ideas you share!

    Nancy

  15. Marsha's Mpressions on September 21, 2009 at 1:52 am

    That's really unique and COOL! LIKE IT!

  16. Kammy on September 21, 2009 at 1:23 am

    Very cool – I have never seen a vintage set before !
    Kammy

  17. [email protected] on September 21, 2009 at 1:13 am

    ok, that SERIOUSLY looks like something we'll be seeing in a PB catalog or something. Too Cute!

  18. [email protected] on September 21, 2009 at 1:08 am

    Oh so lovely!!!

  19. Melanie Elissa on September 21, 2009 at 1:05 am

    Oh, I LOVE them!! I would have never thought to paint the decorative balls..Thanks for the inspiration!!

  20. duchess on September 21, 2009 at 12:54 am

    Very cute. Not sure which one of you did the cute dice but I saw some this weekend at Garden Ridge & let's just say they were way more expensive than your cute set.

    Not sure if you can use this info or not but if you want to shorten your link to Naps on the Porch (or any other blog) just type in the blog name & then highlight it, go up to the hyperlink box & put the blog address in box.
    When it publishes it will just be the words that you highlighted & not the long address.

    Sorry for the long comment:)

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