A Touch of Class

August 10th, 2009 in blog, projects     
suewhitney Sue Whitney, editor
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OK, Im sure you have guessed by now who gifted me with this splendid vintage tissue box. Yeppers, our very own Janis. Hope Ive done you proud here girlfriend!!
What do you need to turn a tissue box into an elegant bread basket? Four lamp finials, a brooch, some ribbon, 1/8 inch metal rod, metallic glaze, a paint brush, a bolt cutter, a tape measure,Gorilla Super Glue, and a napkin. Bring on the bread!
Paint all four lamp finials and metal rod with metallic glaze and allow to dry.
After watching the paint dry and the water boil, flip the tissue box upside dow. Apply Gorilla Super Glue to the bottom of each finial and attach one at each corner of the tissue box.
This babys got legs!
Measure between legs and cut metal rod to appropriate length with a bolt cutter.
Apply Gorilla Super Glue to both ends of  rods and slip in between legs at each end. Hold for a minute to allow glue to dry.
Make sure the rod is cut to fit snuggly between the legs.
Now we have a handle on things!
OK, now for the bling! I chose a narrow velvet ribbon, wrapped it around the tissue box, and finished it with a brooch. Line the bottom of the basket with a linen napkin.
I stole a cruet from an antique set to contain the requisite flowers.
Now its time to call the guests for dinner employing my best manners. Grubs on!
OK, Im sure you have guessed by now who gifted me with this splendid vintage tissue box. Yeppers, our very own Janis. Hope Ive done you proud here girlfriend!!

OK, I'm sure you have guessed by now who gifted me with this splendid vintage tissue box. Yeppers, our very own Janis. Hope I've done you proud here girlfriend!!

At first glance this one threw me for a loop. I'm not use to working with such junk finery! I did what I always do and sat with it for a bit, turned it every which way, and before i knew it had come up with several ideas. I chose the bread basket for show-and-tell, but it with a little reconfiguring it would be lovely as a jewelry holder, a picture frame, or a bath caddy...just to name a few. Have you guessed who sent me this yet. Here's a clue. It came wrapped with a ribbon and an earring in a scented box. Needless to say, it did not come from Jim. Hahaha! I think this would be a delightful addition on wedding reception tables or at other such elegant affairs. Enjoy!

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Comments (16)

artteachergirl writes: Not familiar with the metallic glaze, but I will be very soon!
I love this idea and will start searching for one to create one in my own way...it is elegant and fun! Posted: 10:55 am on October 25th
cindyb82 writes: Another great idea o'queen of junk!! Cindy ;) Posted: 5:04 pm on August 12th
CottageElements writes: Sue, this turned out beautiful. Definitely has that Janis flair. Love the embellishments. As to TrashHags questions (love the name-ha!), I've found them at garage sales, thrift stores, antique stores and flea markets. You'll pay less at garage sales, but you just have to hit the right ones. I tend to find them in the older neighborhoods. Happy hunting!

Lani Posted: 11:44 pm on August 11th
MimiToria writes: Scrolled right down to the comments section, so I wouldn't see any comments first. This has to of come from Janis the one and only bling queen.
Love what you did Sue. Only you can create such magic out of nothing. Love it!
Gretchen Posted: 7:52 pm on August 11th
TrashHag writes: Sooo cute....I need advise on where you can find old jewlery pieces like that....and a good place for ribbon!?!?!?
I've been searching everywhere and can't find these things...can ya give any ideas? Posted: 1:13 pm on August 11th
RustyDiva writes: Gorgeous - I love the elegance of it! Another great job Sue! Posted: 12:04 pm on August 11th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Oh, this is ridiculously beautiful! I love the feet and wouldn't have known how to make an already gorgeous tissue holder into something even more gorgeous. But you did!

Thank you for the fantastic how-to as well!
Candy Posted: 9:41 am on August 11th
byabpryor writes: May I borrow your brain for a while?... I need a few more ideas.. LOL

Absolutely amazing! This is gorgeous! Posted: 8:41 am on August 11th
DownHomeDIY writes: I would never have thought of this in a million years. This is stunning!
~MB Posted: 8:25 am on August 11th
fellowjunker writes: Hey Sue,
I absolutely LOVE what you have done with this....have to say that I had that little piece of junk for a very long time and had NO idea what to do with it, but you (in less than a week) have turned it into to something FABULOUS!!! I wish I had one of these now........WELL DONE!!!(like always).
xojanis Posted: 11:11 pm on August 10th
JunkArchitect writes:
I knew right away it was from Janis. She brings elegance to crust and rust. I’ll have to say you’ve done a spectacular job living up to the high standards Janis sets on all her junk pile creations.

“It came wrapped with a ribbon and an earring in a scented box. Needless to say, it did not come from Jim. Hahaha!”

I don’t believe our sweet, sweet Janis would ever say anything like that to one of her junk buddies…Suzy-Q!

Posted: 11:02 pm on August 10th
alicemom writes: Wow so elegant, wonderful and a really “grown-up” look! My non junk friends would even like this one. Another home run!
Smiles, alice
Posted: 10:24 pm on August 10th
georgiamoon writes: Ok Sue you are right, that could have only come from our little friend Janis. But only you could take something so lovely and turn it into something even MORE lovely. What a classy piece of junk this is. As you said, for a wedding reception or rehearsal dinner, it would be fabulous. I could have used this on my next project (coming soon) So very very elegant!!! Geo Posted: 10:03 pm on August 10th
LuAnn writes: Who would have thought all of that would turn something so elegant. Love it!!!

LuAnn Posted: 5:37 pm on August 10th
Heavenly_Treasures writes: SUE,
I am overwhelmed what you can do. I want you to make me something I can put in my house from you that deals with my things. I know you can do it. I will send you pictures what I been doing the last few weeks. I want your opinion. God Bless Robert. You made me hungry what you just did. That is really cute. Posted: 4:09 pm on August 10th
grannijo writes: Sue: what an elegant piece!...will jazz up any dining table or bath ...you did it again!..love it!...sharon Posted: 4:00 pm on August 10th
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