I had a very successful summer garage sale'ing this year, but some of my best finds were actually found at the dump!! I finally had some time to work with some of the treasures I brought home and here is the result of some of my ideas:
Wooden horseshoe box, scrounged from the dump:
I wanted to use it as a tray, so I primed it with Zinsser Cover Stain Oil Primer, thinking I would paint the tray white and put an image on the base of it. Instead, I mixed half and half BM Night Horizon and water (sort of a brown-wash instead of a white-wash) and painted it all over the box. I let it dry and then wiped more of it on with a paper towel dipped in the brown-wash. I did that twice. I had a handle left over from another project and I attached it to the front. The screws I had were much too long for the thin wood, so I used some brass screws and decided I liked the look of the brass against the bronze handle.
Here's another wood box I found as a free giveaway at a garage sale. I painted the outside of it BM Night Horizon without sanding or even cleaning it first. On the inside, I wiped the brown-wash treatment all over and let it dry.
Now it's in my laundry room :)
Here's my birdfeeder dumpster find. I spray painted the roof black as soon as I got it home (just a light coat of spray paint, I wanted it to look worn). I wanted it in my garden but didn't have a place to hang it, so I took an old rusty tomato cage and set it in a garden bed. The feeder roof is just slightly larger than the tomato cage top, so it sits in there nicely.
My dumpster find coffee table:
It was all knotty pine when I found it, I just forgot to take a before picture! I primed, painted it, wiped it all over with Minwax Dark Oak stain - twice and then wiped the surface with a paper towel. I wiped it down a third time with the stain and when that dried, I painted the table top with Behr's Almond Cream paint. Then I rubbed parts of the table top and all the edges with a paper towel to wipe away some of the paint and let the stained paint show through.
|In it's place of honour :)|
I can't believe the stuff people throw away!!
No before shots of these either, but I wanted some more attractive shelving for the shed that I'm fixing up to be a studio. I had some old fruit crates and I found a really beat up solid wood dresser at the dump and took two of the drawers that were in good shape. Then I stacked them all against a wall and used screws to secure them together and to a stud in the wall. It's not all prettied up, but what do you think??
This was a really busy summer!!
|Here's Eloise lounging while I work my butt off!! Which one of us is smarter do you think?|
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