Monday, May 30, 2016

Garden Junque Part 2

Junque in the Garden, Part 1  was published thirteen, almost fourteen months ago. I'm not even sure what happened to keep me too busy to create a Part 2. Other than time, the other element that separates the two parts is that Part 1 is junque I kept for myself and Part 2 is junque I made for someone else to purchase...or hopefully purchase.

All of these items were found on trash day. I love making money from someone else's discards. The other day, while driving around treasure hunting my six year old asked, "Why do these people throw all these good stuffs away?" He ponders his own question than replies, "They aren't problem solvers like you, mom." This kid's a keeper!

Without further adu, Garden Junque Part 2:

Step Stool Converted to Plant Stand

 Look at all that natural rust. Thank you Mother Nature!

Painted in exterior paint from the oops paint shelf. Tried not to cover over all the rust. Its part of the charm. 

What is this? Its such a funny size, not large, not medium, nor does it qualify for small. Maybe medium small? It only fits tiny pots, one per shelf. Maybe a decorative display for toilet paper? A unique canned soup holder?  Or a standing mail organizer?                                                                                                                                                              This was originally black and included the two pots which were the MOST boring shade of beige. Blah.

Same exterior paint from the step stool was dry brushed on but left some of the black exposed. It created a very lovely effect. 

The pots were simply covered in rope. I might have to do something a little more exciting to them soon because they've been sitting in the booth for a while. The step stool and the wire plant stand flew out the door. I'm running out of things to put these on!

Maybe stencil an anchor on them? To match the remaining Anchor Tote. That would be cute.

This chair is totally trash. Like as soon as I put it in my backyard and realized how broken it was I was tempted to drive back to the dumpster and return it. The back is split and its totally unsafe to sit on, you'd lean back and fall on the floor. This thing needed more than a makeover, it needed a new purpose. A chair it ain't.

This random pot was sitting neglected in my backyard...which means its a spider habitat I'd rather not have! Cut a small hole in the seat, used the sawed off pieces to reinforce around the hole so it can manage the weight of a soil filled pot.

This piece isn't moving either. To increase its appeal I made it this lovely sign. Made me snicker. Inside the pot are copies of vines ideal for our region. ~hint hint hint~ Hopefully someone will see the vision and cart this re-purposed chair to its new home. 

The End

Friday, May 20, 2016

Converted Stool to End Table

I love coffee, the smell, the taste, the pick-me-up-and-get-me-rolling feeling. Pretty sure I bleed brown, with creamer.

Anyways, when we were first married we struggled finding "our style," like really really struggled. Once we even told some friends how much we liked their house and asked where they bought every single item. We then proceeded to buy furniture where they bought theirs. Hey, imitation is the highest form of flattery, right?

It was close to seven years before we finally settled into an "us" style. During our trial years I went thru a coffee decor phase. I still like the pieces but have moved into more colorful accents. This coffee themed clock sat in our basement for two years because I was unwilling to either part with it or hang it back up. Then the hands fell off.

Inspiration finally hit, slowly, but eventually all the pieces and colors came together.

Enter a broken stool, a wooden spool, and the coffee clock. The stool needed some slight TLC, one side of the spool was removed, and then the coffee clock was removed of its clock parts. Some glue, screws, and nails later it was ready for paint.

The white/beige paint looked better in my mind. The brightness of it clashed with the more subtle colors in the clock face. The final color, Granite Peak, looked much better. (Pictures below are during the paint transition. Totally forgot to take an all white pic first.)

Much better. 
Sealed the entire piece in a food safe lacquer. 

Booth pic...terrible lighting for photos...much cuter in person.

This sat in the booth for a handful of weeks and final found a home today. :) So glad I didn't toss out or donate that clock. The inner hoarder in me was right, I really would use it for something, one day. And I've recouped whatever it was that I spent on it to begin with...alllllllll those years ago. 

Trash to treasure, its a thrill! 

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P.S. Saw this tea towel in a cute little boutique in Tulsa. Made me laugh!

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