I’m weird, I know, but sometimes I find deals that I can’t pass up but have no idea what to do with them. For instance, I found a set of 3 ceramic pumpkins at a yard sale for $1. They were obviously old, scuffed and in general, plain ugly.
I have a nice collection of pumpkins that I bring out during fall but Halloween comes right between. Couldn’t I incorporate these pumpkins into Halloween or possibly just glam them up?
I admit that I’m a fan of Flat Black paint and E6000 glue. I had a few cheap, thrift store candle holders of various heights so I glued them to the 2 smaller pumpkins with E6000 and painted the whole lot, flat black.
From my boxes of junk, I retrieved a carton of fake jewels and tacky glue. The foiled back of fake jewels will be destroyed by super glue or E6000 so plain elmers or tacky glue is the best option. I’m imagining your cocked brows and quizzical looks but yes, I did bejewel the pumpkins. I still have the larger one to complete.
Speaking of Flat Black, and bargains…I found an old microwave cart, scuffed up but solid wood and missing a rolling caster, at a yard sale for $5. What to do? The holidays were coming up so surely I could make some sort of gift of it. It had a nice pullout counter area and a wine rack area so I thought it’d make a smashing mini bar for entertaining.
Let me say that Clay and I had an ongoing arguement. He’d say: I wish you’d get all your crafting crap out of my garage. Me: I know nothing about a garage but I do wish you’d get you junk out of my workroom.
Due to some water damage, I did do some light sanding but don’t let the idea of that put you off wood projects. In most cases, sanding isn’t necessary. Purchase a good deglosser, apply it, wait, wash off. It’s that simple. A good deglosser will break up the finish so it’ll recieve paint without having to sand.
I already had various paints, rollers, brushes etc so my purchases consisted of 4 new casters that I found at a farm sale, a rope light, 2 wine glass racks and 5 mosaic tiles. Altogether, I spent roughly $35.
First, I painted both side panels and both front cabinet doors in a high gloss black. While this dried, I searched through my bins of odds & ends for a vinyl wall decal. ( also yard sale junk purchase) I applied the wall decal to the high gloss sides and doors then painted over the entire surface with a flat black paint. I allowed the paint to set without fully drying before gently lifting the decal with a craft knife and removing. Black on Black, simple elegance.
I drilled a few holes in the back to install lighing in the upper cubby and cabinet areas then installed wine glass racks in the cubby. The slideout counter was painted with chalkboard paint and the top tiled with a mosaic of black, glass and stainless tiles.
After installing new caster wheels, I slapped a bow on it and gave it to our sons who shared a “Bachelor Pad” in the city.
A couple of $1 yard sale chairs were transformed with a can of flat black spray paint and $3 worth of fabric. This chair was metal but lucky you, they make spray paint specifically formulated for metal. I removed the seat, cleaned well and dried thoroughly and painted black. The seat was nasty so I stripped the old fabric and reupholstered for a girls french themed bedroom.
The second chair underwent the same process.
Speaking of deals….sometimes a great buy doesn’t require any work at all. In some cases, it just needs a good cleaning. Again, yard sales are your friend.
While visiting a yard sale, I found a dirt crusted queen sized bed that had been stored for years in an old barn. The deal was done when the owner quoted me $15! I could easily refinish or repurpose it then resell it. However, once I got it home and cleaned up, I was delightfully surprised and kept it for the quest room. ( After initial cleaning )
Be Brave. Try new things. DIY!