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imageimageimageimageThe JUNK IN THE TRUNK (and then some) in beautiful downtown Yakima Wa

Junk in the Trunk (and then some)

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder and my eyes behold a whole lot of treasure in what some see as trash.  There ain’t no such thing as JUNK to me.

My name is Pam and I’m a “Junk-a-holic”

imageimageWhile out on the yardsale trail I happened upon this beauty. However, it didn’t look like this when I found it. That’s the best part!!!!
It had fabric glued on top, the drawer pulls didn’t fit, the drawers all had adhesive liner, the whole dresser was purple and the price was right (aka cheap).
Before I started painting I knew I wanted to start with those drawers. I just got a thing about not leaving a drawer naked. It was after I painted the drawers I knew I would go with the black, cuz Lord knows that pink was a statement all it’s own.
This dresser is all man made materials and once I got the glue off I needed to rough up the laquer for paint to adhere to.  I used black spray paint in flat and then topped that off with black chalkboard paint and a little wax finish over top.  At the end of the day and process I gotta say this was a pretty easy fix and temporarily satisfied my need to feed the “junk-a-holic” in me.

Fall at Junk in the Trunk (and then some) where we try never to leave the house without our lipstick on

imageimageGetting our fall on down at the Junk in the Trunk (and then some) in downtown Yakima, Wa.  In doing so I try to keep my “junk” pretty eccletic in style and just a little quirky too.  For instance the two drawer dresser againt the wall has had both drawers stained inside and then painted on sides to match that glorious olive green cabinet.  To me leaving a drawer unpainted is like leaving the house with no lipstick on and that ain’t good!!!!!imageimageimageimageimage

Cultivating Old Tractor Radiator Into Coffee Table

imageI was out yard saleing one beautiful sunny day, when I stumbled across an old farm with a YARD SALE sign out in front!!!!! I could hardly believe my eyes as I wiped a mixture of tears of joy and dust from them (I think they call that mud).
It was the mother-load of all things old and rusty. The kind of place you automatically flash back to “when’s the last time I had a tetanus shot?”
There were several others there and it seemed most of us could hardly contain our zeal. We were like starving people who had just bellied up to a well stocked desert table and we were all diggin in.
My favorite find was this old bent, dirty and corroded tractor radiator.
 imageimageimageOriginally I had thought what a great wall piece this will make. But then I suggested to my husband that maybe a coffee table was waiting to happen.
He took over at that point and ran with it. He salvaged an old wire cylinder we had laying around. He sanded down the rust and thoroughly cleaned out the old radiator. He then applied lacquer. He used door stops to hold the glass in place.  The glass had to be round, beveled and tempered so that was the most substansial cost.
When he showed me the table complete, I was so happy for him because he enjoyed the process. He’s on board with the idea that refurbishing and repurposing is an art form that should be celebrated and cultivated. The old tractor coffee table is the perfect example of doing so.

The Bigger The Baubles, All The Better

I found this old dresser in the shop of a home my boys had purchased as a rental.  To say my heart skipped a beat is an understatement.  Sometimes when coming across worn out pieces from yesteryear, I have to remind myself to “breathe, remember to breathe.”

The last two days I have tackled the rustic relic and have had so much fun doing so.  Yesterday I drank wine and blasted my Dean Martin tunes all while cleaning, scraping, and painting.  Believe me I got the paint in and on parts of me that not even my sweetie sees too often.

Today was even better because Liam, my 6yr old grandson helped me run the sander and I made sure the drawer he did is right on top.  He even attached those beautiful knobs to couple drawers.

When I start a piece I only spend money on either fabric or knobs.  To me the bigger the baubles or flashier the fabric, the better.  I usually use sample paints I pick up for couple bucks at hardware store.  I make my own chalkpaint with plaster of paris.  Because this dresser has a cedar chest in bottom drawer, I stained all sides of drawers and also used a honey paste to polish.

My goal was to restore a little “quirky” grandeurimage to such a pretty piece of the past, have fun doing so and spend quality time with my cherished little friend.  I got it all in and am so grateful for that.

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Before and after, the middle pic is the completion of two more “one of a kind” pieces of transformed “junk”.
The dresser has fabric wallpaper on top and on two drawers. Because I learn as I go (much like life) I sometimes have to learn the hard way (again much like life). In regards to the dresser this was most certainly the case. In the future I will apply texture on the front of a piece, no longer on top. Also when applying the paper I tried spray adhesive and it was very difficult, messy and did not stick as well as hoped for. However good old Mod Podge went on with ease and stuck like glue (hee-hee, that was a funny!!!!!)
The beautiful (some may say ugly) lamp was at total labor of love on my part.
When I stumbled upon the two two beat up, paint-stained, tarnished relics of the past at a local yard sale I could feel my eyes widen, palms sweat and my heart skip a beat. I may have even drooled just a little.
I’m fully aware this is not an attractive sight, but sometimes it actually works to my advantage. People usually are pretty quick to want to make a deal and get rid of the crazy lady with the with overactive “junkyard” salvation glands.