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.
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.
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!!!!!
Ever since I was a kid I have enjoyed coloring just a wee bit outside the lines. At this point in life, rather than try to change who I am, I decided to celebrate what I find so wonderul in life and that be all things old, junky and colorful.
While 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.
Getting 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!!!!!
I 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. Originally 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.
Just another wonderful day in my “junk” filled paradise and I couldn’t be more grateful. This summer has provided ample opportunity to celebrate all things imperfect. I have picked up lots of old beat up furniture and had a blast drinking wine and getting dirty while putting “a little paint on the old barn” and listening to my favorite crooner Dean Martin.
Also have some really cool old items, that wear their well-earned rust wonderfully. In addition, I attempted to flex my green thumb on some different ideas for succulent potting. The succulent thing is definitely a learning process but I just love finding ways to display them a just a little differently.
My goal is to milk every bit of summer sunshine and warmth for all the yard sale booty I can scrounge/aka score!!!!!!!!! Then it’s down to the store and hopefully celebrate “junk” and all things imperfect in total eclectic abandon.
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.