Valspar is my new best friend. You are going to die when you see all the cool things you can do with Valspar antiquing glaze.  They really should be paying me or my feature for the promotion.  My feature today uses Valspar on EVERYTHING!   She is the queen on picking up those unwanted 1970s items from Goodwill and working her magic with some paint and a teeny bit of Valspar glaze.  Like these keys below. 

Would you have bought those looking all 70s? Once blue……..I likey.  She sells most of her treasures in her etsy shop.

The Speckled Dog

She’s amazing.  She has all kinds of projects to look through to keep you busy.  What I love is that they are not expensive projects.  Most everything you see has been picked up at your local Goodwill.  SCORE!

Loving this cheese plater cloche thing.  She was using it in her bathroom for a bit, but out grew the color and the shells.  I love the new look!  She used matching scrapbook paper inside.  Another Genius.

She picked these little birds up from The Dollar Store.  They have lots of tacky nic nacks……but add some Valspar glaze and you’ve got a favorite decorating piece.  Can’t beat that deal with a stick!

I have seen these!  That thing below……What are they anyway?  Are they for jewelry?  Cuz that’s what she’s using it for…….I need that!

I’ve seen these before too………but now that I know what to do with it, I’ll never see another one again.   Holding those little plants……..I think this is my favorite.

Another jewelry organizer.  I can’t wait to head to Goodwill.  She sells all this stuff in her Etsy shop if you can’t find it to re-do.

You’ll never look at Salt & Pepper shakers the same.  SO SO SO CUTE!

OK, one more to make you squeal!  That turquoise frame should be in my house.

{{stepping onto soap box}} Here’s the deal.  I bring you amazing blogs to drool over and after you clean yourself up, you leave that amazing blog a nice comment.  My feature yesterday STILL has no idea she was featured.  What has this world come to?  If YOU were featured, wouldn’t YOU want to know by receiving a bunch of nice comments? {{ stepping down}}

I hope you’ve left me a comment sometime in January.  All comments are entered to win a necklace from Allora Handmade.  I also still have a few spots available in my Creative Girls Valentine Gift Guide. Email me.  krjdemmonATgmailDOTcom

Since you’re still here, I know you’ll like these too.



Owner/Founder at Today's Creative Blog
Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life. Owner/Founder of Today's Creative Blog and where inspiration happens everyday! From the Pacific Northwest, Kim is a busy mom who adores her teen son, her middle aged husband and is constantly wiping the muddy paws of her adorable Labradoodle Maybelline. In her spare time, she teaches fitness classes and loves to decorate with thrift store bargains. You can also find Kim once a month on Portland's AMNW Morning show as their "creative expert". Life is more fun when it's creative!





  1. says

    love love love these! amazing what a little bit of paint can do!

    i stopped in at Cotton Hill…she had like 110 comments but of course i left another one. i try to visit everyone you feature but i admit with the holidays i got a little lazy!

    i needed the soap box lecture. thanks for that!

  2. Gramma Teetsie says

    I have an old frame that I started painting (I was thinking of making a chalk board in the kitchen and I HATED the color I chose (of course it is a gallon can and I was going to use it for the trim in the kitchen) I HATED IT. But what a great idea to try. Valspar glaze, if I can remember that (because I am old and antique myself) I am going to try that on my frame. With my chalk board paint. So I can leave a “Honey Do” list every day.

  3. Madigan at madiganmade says

    I’m so glad you featured Kristi! I love her projects… the befores and afters are so fun.

  4. Stacy says

    See…this is why follow your blog…to continue to help me learn to see things for what they can be…not just what they are on the shelf. I love these pieces!

  5. Theresa says

    I didn’t see the “birds.” I love everything else though!!!! I have seen those things at Goodwill and passed them up…now, I’ll know better!

  6. says

    Oh wow! Thanks so much for the feature, Kim! You have no idea how much I appreciate it! You blog was one of the first few crafty blogs that I started reading and I’ve kinda dreamed of being a feature one day. Thanks so much for making it a reality!

  7. EFY says

    I love Valspar paint, too. Right now, they are giving samples out while supplies last at their site. They have a limited number of samples each day and reset at midnight Central time. With the sample, you get a $5 off coupon on a gallon. Great deal! Blessings

  8. Ricki Duke says

    I love the way you take something that looks new and turn it into something that looks 50 years old. Who knew that would be a trend in todays world. Very different when people always seam to want something new.

  9. susan berry says

    neat ideas for old things.. the things turned into jewelry holders with wire hooks are measuring cup and spoon holders originally.. I have some in my kitchen now.. love the new use for them

  10. FoxyMomma says

    i have to wonder how many items i have thrown out that i could have transformed. i want to go hunt some items down now!

  11. Sonnet Gal says

    I am new to reading blogs (just got a laptop for Christmas!), and yours is one of my favorites! I especially like the “a” list! Thank you!

    I am also pretty new to crafting….never thought I could do it myself. So, my comment/question is…..Do you just find something that needs a lift (other than a body part!), paint it any color you would like, and then use Valspar? How do you get the chippy look? Is there a tutorial somewhere? Can you help a beginner?

    • Kim says

      These are not my projects. If you visit the blog I featured, and poke around….you’ll bump into her tutorials. Good luck

  12. susan says

    Yay! I just love their deep&midrange colors-cool names,such depth! And the faux’s? Who needs RalphLauren glazes w Valspar & Altar’d recipes to make ur own? 😉 I like EZ so I am a ValsparGirl. BTW, using phoneweb on “stoopidphone”,tried repeatedly comment Lindy yestrdy. Finally got some oomph & got to her via FB&Twitter. Even if I switch frm mobile2standard view, hv a helluva time w most blogger comments. Argh. -s-

  13. Linda Kernodle says

    Beautiful work! I had to “go to town” today, so I made a stop at Lowes and got some of the antiquing glaze. Cannot wait to try it. I have lots of thrift store finds that are wood. My son-in-law works for Valspar, but he does the coating inside Spam cans and soda cans. Anyway, love your blog.

    • Kim says

      Thank you Linda, I’m so glad this post inspired you to get busy!! I wonder if your son in law could get you a discount? :)

  14. Denise Schmitt says

    I am a huge fan of Thriftstores! i jost purchasd two items this would be perfect for! I am definetly going to look into purchasing some.

  15. Arlene says

    Love the Speckled Dog. Thanks for featuring it. My next trip to a thrift shop will take longer as I try to find things that can be “valparized”. Thanks, Kim.

  16. says

    Incredible! I must get this immediately! In fact, I have a DIY project planned for the weekend…this is just what I need to give it that perfect touch. Next stop…thrift shop and hardware store! Thanks for the post.

  17. Kirsten J says

    Yipes! Kim, I really do try to post a comment if I visit a feature….I’m off to explore….

  18. Becky Kindel says

    LOVE these. The keys are my fav. And the frame, and the jewelry hangy thing. I’m going to have a new obsession with good will. LOVE LOVE LOVE all the great project ideas! :)

  19. says

    How have I not seen her blog before? I am totally in love with spray paint! Can’t wait to check out more of her makeovers. :)

  20. Corrina says

    Wow, I am writing that stuff in my phone so I can find it when I am out shopping. And this is great another thing besides wool to look for at the Goodwill store. Thanks for sharing!

  21. corey triplett says

    I am soooooo loving this idea!!!! Quick and fun makeovers even for someone with a busy schedule!

  22. says

    I am going to Lowes tomorrow and buying this stuff immediately. Thanks for sharing this great blog and I am running over there right now to tell her how great she is!