Sunday, March 25, 2012

A happy sunny weekend project.


Hey kids! It
s late Sunday afternoon and I have one finished project from this weekend to share with you. :)
My lil brother Walt and I were just talking about yard sales and how we just cannot wait for the weather to be consistant enough for them to start popping up around town. He is on the market for "tools" and anything else that will up his "Man" cred. We joke with him daily about how he is such a "Man". He fills his freetime with motors, and spray cans, and wires, and hoses, and power washers, and trips to home depot ... and his favorite shop of all...Harbor Freight! (coincidentally, it's his girlfriend's least favorite.) It's so funny to me. Living with him is a riot...since Aaron is more the artist type...you know, dirty hands mean paint, not motor oil. This weekend Walt's manliness and schooling came in handy... (he is studying heating, cooling, air conditioning, and solar energy.) Our fridge, which happens to be a big stainless steel model that also "came with the house" , was acting up ... the freezer was much like the tundra and the fridge ... just a bit cooler than room temp. So Walt grabbed a big cooler... defrosted the freezer ... and quickly explained all sorts of manly tech mumbo jumbo about coils and insulation. So fastforward to today... he's now offering us all ICE COLD Orange Juice! So proud of himself ... and we are too. It's so hilarious because he's always been a little Mr. fixit . Since he's like 5 the go-to Christmas gift for Walty was a tool box with a can of WD40 included.

Anyways, back to yard sales...
Aaron and I found this piece of furniture for $8.00 last summer. At first Aaron wasn't too into it, but I thought it would be perfect in the bathroom. Those wire baskets are great for storing washcloths, hand towels, extra rolls of t.p., a flat iron or blowdryer.
Well, fast forward to now...our new bathroom in our new place. The piece just so happens to be the EXACT size of this little space next to the sink...a perfect fit! We painted the bathroom a fresh clean white for now, but as soon as we have some free time we will be going with our Salt Water Taffy stripes again and vintage boardwalk and beach theme. All of our bathroom decor is still packed away but I think this fresh and happy piece will be the nudge we need to get going on digging that stuff out and really punching up the new bathroom.

So here is a little tutorial on how we gave this piece a new life:

1. We washed the entire piece with a cloth and warm soapy water. Dried it off completely.

2. Sanded the entire piece with light grit sand paper. Dusted with a cloth.

3. Painted with a primer/sealer such as Kilz. Let dry over night.

4. Painted with a satin finish paint. Dry 4 hrs, recoat.

Of course if you wanted to seal it you could. But the satin paint we used had a lovely finish on it's own.

As for the wire baskets:

1. Wipe down with a paper towel and your favorite spray cleanser.

2. Spray with a can of primer.

3. Spray with your favorite can spray paint. Let dry an hour between coats. We did two coats.

We decided to add some summery, beachy florals to the piece in the form of vintage sheets!...well actually, we made color copies of vintage floral sheets! It's super easy and super cute! Just cut to fit and tape inside behind the glass.

I made some extra copies to be used in summery art journal pages and collages. :)



And there we have it! A Happy new life!

I swear, it seems as if this piece just stepped into Sunshine! right?

Just wanted to share. It is amazing what a lil white paint can do. :)

Have you worked on any home projects lately? Any restyling? I'd love to see!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
xo Jenny


31 comments:

  1. Wow! What a transformation! I love the colors and fabrics you chose... they are different enough to be unexpected, but they go so well together. And I love those taffy stripes! But no way would I be able to talk the "Man" into letting me do them. He's very accommodating, but even he has his limits! :)

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  2. Love it! Love the color of the baskets, very fresh!!

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  3. What a happy, cheerful piece! Great job! ♥

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  4. Wow, what a huge difference! So cute!! Also I love the idea of making color copies of vintage sheets!! I would have never thought of that.. I have a huge stash but I'm always so hesitant to use them for anything since they're one of a kind.

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  5. That is adorable! We just love the fabric you picked out :)

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  6. Oh my goodness...you did an awesome job!! That thing is adorable!!


    ♥♥♥
    - Ashley Elizabeth
    ( http://blog.alElizabeth.com )

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  7. Wow Jenny the before and after is just amazing! All the colors are so pretty and yummy! I'm so impressed! Thanks for sharing!
    Holly

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  8. This is SO fantastic! The revamping of it is so so perfect. I'm slightly jealous of your "new" piece of furniture!
    Also, my fiance just told me about Harbor Freight, I've never heard of such a place before. But his eyes lit about when he realized there was one nearby. Silly boys. :p

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  9. This is SO CUTE! i loooove white furniture it looks so sweet and fun! xo

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  10. Hey Jenny Holiday! Great job on the piece....can't wait to see the stripes. I went to 2 yard sales this weekend with this early summer weather we are all having they are starting. Be on the look out!!!! xo

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  11. What a great find, and the revamp looks amazing :) The wire baskets are such a fun idea!

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  12. Hi Jenny, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.ca/

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  13. ahh what a great idea, Jenny! This is beautiful. I am glad you like the old photo of my Great Great Grandfather :) That is hilarious that you collect "instant relatives".... it made me laugh. I love your spirit! I hope you have a wonderful day, beautiful woman!

    love, polly :D

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  14. What a fun project, thank you so much for sharing your techniques! :) It is so pretty, I love the colors! ~Lauren

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  15. Everything looks like a sweet celebration of colors!! Love the work you made to that furniture!

    http://photodannyfoto.blogspot.mx/

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  16. Thank you SO SO much sweet things!!! So lovely of you guys to pop in and leave me such nice words!

    Never under estimate the power of paint!!! :)

    I have a few more small pieces that are awaiting their make-over. :) I hope to get started this coming weekend. :)

    xo

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  17. I love it!!!! Love the colors you chose and fabrics! :) So bright and fun!

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  18. Absolutely amazing DIY. Thanks for the follow on hellocotton. Xxx

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  19. Perfect diy! I can't wait to do something similar when I get my own place..

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  20. This is wonderful!

    It is so fun and cheerful now!
    You have caused me to look at thrift store furniture in a whole new way now.

    Glad to have found your blog and this post.

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  21. I love this! You did an amazing job.

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  22. Thats actualy amazing! wish I was that creative!

    Kayleigh xxx

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  23. That is adorable--would make a perfect baby changing table. Love it!

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  24. This is so cute - love it! Just found you on Someday Crafts and I would love if you shared this at my Creative nspirations linky party happening now!
    I would love to have you there!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  25. I absolutely love your makeover! It was a neat piece to begin but you made it so cute! Love the use of vintage sheets.

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  26. Thanks so so much everyone!! I'd love to see some of your projects! :) xo

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  27. so cute! I love using vintage sheets in projects!

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  28. This is simply amazing. I cant believe how much better you made it look. Thank you for your tips on how to do it, i would have never thought to colour copy vintage fabric but thats a great idea! Well done
    Lisa @the thrifty challenge

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