Spring Flowers...and a Simple Project...

Well, we are finally having some warmer weather, but still a lot of snow on the ground (and it is snowing right now).  I am so in the mood for some spring flowers 
 and decided to do a simple project, too!


Have you discovered the Norwegian blog Vibeke Design?  One of my very favorites, it is always full of beautiful photos and Scandinavian design.   Recently, I spotted the inspiring photo below, on her blog (click photo to visit the post)...


 I LOVE her beautiful old tote!  Now, I didn't have a great one like hers, but I did have a small wood tote from the thrift store, that perhaps, I could give a little makeover.


I mixed up some white paint with some aqua, until I had a color I liked, 
 then painted the piece,


distressed it with a sanding block,


and finally waxed it with some DecoArt Americana Decor clear wax, to which I added a little dark wax, to deepen up the color and give it an aged look.   
Once it dried, I buffed it out with a soft rag.



 I added some bottles and some lovely waxflowers for a welcome feeling of spring!


I'm enjoying the look!  Thank you Vibeke for the beautiful inspiration!

I am joining~

{I am a blogger for DecoArt, they provided some product used in this project...
all opinions are my own.}

Until next time...

27 comments

  1. You did a good job girl, it looks great and I love seeing some fresh flowers, I am going after work to look for me some flowers to put in my kitchen

    tell Sophie & Bailey hi for me

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  2. Absolutely love it! Got to get busy! Whew love it

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  3. Thank you so much for sharing this Linda,you are too kind :) Love your tote, wonderful color :)

    Vibeke :)

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  4. Too cute for words !!! I am going to get my Teddy bear to make me one. I love the pretty color you made. xoxo,Susie

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  5. Beautiful, Linda, both the flowers and the tote! You gave that thrift store tote a totally new look and life with that makeover. Such a lovely Spring picture it makes!

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  6. So charming, Linda - your really made that simple tote into something very sweet! Thanks for the inspiration! xo Karen

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  7. It looks great and thanks for explaining how you did the process. I've often wondered about adding wax...not really sure I understand that part.

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  8. It's a pretty color combination, and the flowers just make me smile :)

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  9. Hooray for the bit of spring that you made and shared with us! Such pretty colors! Love it.
    warmly,
    deb

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  10. This is so beautiful Linda! I too love that aqua color and those flowers look real! Thanks for the tips and the link. Happy Spring my friend!

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  11. LOve it and love the color you mixed up....Sending Florida Sunshine your way!

    Carol

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  12. How pretty Linda. Hope your snow is soon on its way :)

    Karen x

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  13. Your wooden tote looks very cute! You have added beauty to it by coloring and placing the flower vase inside it!

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  14. It's the perfect project to jump into spring with. It looks so pretty and rustic at the same time. Love it.

    I have been following Vibeke's blog for a while now and I hate to miss a single post. She is always so inspiring and I just love, love, love her style.

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  15. Oh Linda, that looks great! I love the color!! I have one that I was taking to my booth but after seeing yours, I'm keeping it. Enjoy your day, Gail

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  16. You did a wonderful job of bringing spring indoors with your pretty blue painted tote, Linda! I follow that blog, too. It's hard not to be inspired by her gorgeous photography and wonderful staging skills.

    No snow here yet, but I'm afraid it's coming our way tomorrow. Have a great weekend!

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  17. I'm enjoying the look too! Love the color you made up and the beautiful blooms too. Happy Spring!

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  18. Hi Linda, I love what you did with the tote. I'm just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.ca/

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  19. Dear Linda, you made a perfect altering of the tote, and it is wonderful with the bottles with waxflowers. Your aqua is so beautiful.
    Thank you for the link, to my "neighbour" blogger, I will pay her a visit.
    Hugs,Dorthe

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  20. Ah, Spring. It's about time you showed up. ;)

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  21. Super, super, cute!! Very springy which we all need. Where did you find the wax? I have some clear that I bought at Home Depot but would like to try the tinted. Mimi

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  22. This is beautiful Linda! I loved this make-over on the caddy and love the way you photographed it and the bottles of waxflowers!.
    I came to thank you for your lovely comment on Kris' blog. It meant so much to me.
    I LOVE your blog and am excited to follow you :)

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  23. Beautiful, Linda! I love the paint color, and the spring flowers look lovely.

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  24. Oh thank you for the step by step instructions for distressing wood. I have a piece I am wanting to do but wasn't sure how to start. Your blog will help me.
    And of course the Geraldton Wax flowers - so beautiful. They are a riot of colour on the roadside bush here during spring.
    Have a wonderful week. I am linking up to you through Whats it Wednesday.

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  25. Love your beautiful photos! Love the way your wood tote turned out too! Happy Spring!

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