For those of you who enjoy my before and afters of found objects and furniture and thought I wouldn’t be continuing because I’ve changed the blog, rest assured it will still be a big part of my life that I will share with you. To reassure you I have a few items to show you today.
First I was given a small jewelry/music box just after Christmas that was found in someone’s trash. Here’s the before.
Here you can see the details needed a lot of attention.
I started by brightening it up, which gave me this.
Talk about a flop, I hated it. Remember this is my no spend month, I thought I could be smart and tried to use the kids washable markers to brighten up the colors. It was horrible.
Here it is today. I’m much happier with it now. A little modge podge and some clippings from a magazine made all the difference along with toning down the colors to make it more girly.
I’m running out of white paint so to work on the current projects I watered down what was left 2 parts water to 1 part paint, still I’m scraping the bottom of the can. The free can of paint I saved from ending in the landfill was used to finish 3 chairs, a large entertainment center, a desk and now two jewelry boxes.
On the same day, I received from the same person this:
I wasn’t sure what I would do with this, but set it aside. Today I know what I will do with it. Look at what I found today.
There is no music box in side, but there is a hole in the back for one. I tried fitting the one above inside and it works perfectly. I’ve already sanded it down and given it two coats of paint, the handles were all broken so I will have to think of something to use for new handles. As this month I’ve chosen to spend nothing unless essential, I have a plan to make my own knobs for the drawers, wish me luck as I’ve never done this before.
Heading out to check my mail I spotted a table, another desk (exactly like the two I’ve already redone) and these.
Yep, institutional chairs! The same kind you can find in waiting rooms and cheaper hotel rooms, did I mention this building used to be a hotel? I’ve already started to remove the veneer off of one to get rid of that orange-yellowish look.
Can you see the difference between them now? I think I may keep one of them myself for extra seating when I’m done.
I didn’t drag in the table or the desk as I just don’t have the room right now with the chairs in here, but they are indoors sitting in the common hallway so if they are there in a couple of days I might just have to find a way to drag them in here to work on. I took one look at the table and knew exactly what I wanted to do with it, but the old saying “you can’t have everything” stopped me, so far.
One week into the new year and I can add to my Saved From Landfill page and my Before and Afters. Not a bad start, if I say so myself. I just took a look at my Saved From Landfills page and realized I have over 75 items I’ve saved just since I moved here. That doesn’t include the two huge boxes of books I saved, I counted that as one.