You know the old saying “keep it simple stupid”. Well I kind of agree with that suggestion and with that in mind I tried to celebrate the basics of this pretty old dresser. It had so much paint on it, that I was not able to get it back to the original natural finish. However I didn’t want to make it so much about the new paint either. So I opted for a basic black and just a slight hint of color in those “mellow/yellow” pretty drawer pulls. I think it came out simply gorgeous!!!!
Remember “The Island of Misfit Toys”? I sure do, in fact that cartoon may have a lot to do with my junk-a-mania!!!!!!
It was waaay back in the 1960’s that the Holiday classic first broadcast. The plot depicted how all the defective and unwanted toys from Santa’s workshop were sent off to an island/sanctuary (I don’t think so!)
Man oh man, thank goodness times are a changing. Those defective, unwanted and discarded pieces of the past are now recycled, repurposed and celebrated for being for the misfit’s they once were.
My message to Santa this year is to get with it, recycle, repurpose, re-tweek and stop the madness.
I know it’s not yet turkey day, but down at the Junk in the Trunk (and then some booth) we’re already and very gratefully sweating a little “tinsel”, while getting our fa-la-la-la-la on!!!!!
The Junk in the Trunk, is just one of the many vendors participating in this years Christmas Open House at Morton’s Antique Mall on the Ave in beautiful downtown Yakima, Wa. If you are out and about spreading some good cheer on Friday, Nov 18th between 6:30-9:00 please stop by for cookies (some gluten free), a warm bevarage and a stroll through two floors of memory evoking antiques, vintage, shabby chic and repurposed junk/treasures galore.
As I’m writing I wonder if Santa is as into the recycle/repurpose/re-CELEBRATE thing as some of us are, he should be!!!!!
In my opinion, imperfection far outshines perfection. Case in point, is the vintage vanity I just finished for my daughter-in-law Lindsay. I do not have the before pic but it was solid and yellow with some slight wear on top and bottom. The drawers were all lined in contact paper. Most importantly the mirrors were and are wonderfully way aged.
Lindsay and I discussed colors and I was going to go for a foo-foo look. But after applying black glaze and wax over the milky white paint, I looked in the mirror and did not like what I saw. I realized those mirrors needed to “reflect” the beauty of this cool old vanity’s imperfection.
So I broke back out the sander and applied stain from top to bottom. Needless to say applying stain over wax makes for a messy bit of work. None the less it was not the first sticky situation I have come across and in the end it all worked out.
I still wanted a pop of color and some girly stuff, so I painted inside and sides of drawers. Last but not least are those beautiful, flashy, and maybe even a little gaudy drawer pulls. Hobby Lobby marks down their drawer pulls every couple weeks and they have a huge selection. Not alot of money, but to me money well spent. Those shiney knobs contrasted so “perfectly” the beautiful imperfection this vanity reflects so well.
In my opinion pretty much everything has a purpose (or repurpose) and there is a purpose (again repurpose) for everything.
So think about this the next time you are tempted to pass up that curbside “freebie”, don’t pass it up, pick it up instead.
This old empty console “freebie” still had style and good bones.
The first thing I did was clean it up and shop for fabric. I found the beautiful paisley and started ripping the old screen out then putting the new in.
After emptying any remnants left over in the gutted cabinet, my dear husband built in shelves. I sanded, repainted top sliding panels and painted hardware.
The finished piece makes for a really pretty and unique buffet. So when the glassware and china is pulled out for the family holiday dinner, it’s gonna be served up with style.
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.
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