Saturday, August 30, 2014

Simple day project

This is a simply day project that was fun and added some much needed color to my place. The garage is partially painted...gray. The  non painted side, or half is old brown wood. I needed to add some color to the drab and dreary!

So in the past week or so, I have cut down an old chair, because the seat had split in two. I got it down to just the chair back that needed a purpose.

So with this old chair back and the need for color an idea was born.

First I primed the chair back with spray paint primer. Then I dashed to the store to pick out a color and some flowers. I decided to spray paint the color too because, well, it is Easy and I am Lazy! LOL

The pot is new as well because I didn't have a pot for my new flowers. I do think that it would look better with the kind of flowers that grow down through the back of the chair but that can be changed with the seasons. I do not have a ladder (not one to use and stand on anyway, so it is lopsided. One side of my rope seems longer even though they were all pre measured. 

What I love most about this project: 

1) Fall colors!
2) Done in a day
3) Easy! 

As always, with every single project I do, I just had to wear some paint, because I rubbed against it right after doing some touch up. But overall, I am pleased with the results! 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

$5 dresser upcycle

I recently bought a beat up old dresser for $5 at a yard sale. It was swaying to and fro as we loaded it up in the van. Extremely unsteady. The insides were not clean, the outside was made of cheap who knows what! But I had a vision.

I was told as I bought it that the lady had 'glued the top back on'. It was not level, had cracks I could see through and was in general, ready for the dump.

Once home with this piece, it sat in my garage for a couple of weeks, waiting to inspiration to strike. Here is the only before picture I have.

The first idea I had was to turn it into a folding table & storage for rags and such, but at the moment I am limited on paint colors, so decided on another way to repurpose this dresser. It is now filled with supplies for my two German Shepherd's! The top is where all of the brushes and shampoo's are kept, and the 3 remaining drawers are filled with leashes, medications and other things. 

The first thing I did was to take to top off. It looked horrid after the previous owner glued the top back on. I dropped the top down, using the top drawer for a cat bed which can be found here. 

Once the top was removed, I literally dropped it down, then used pallet wood to fill in where the drawer had been and to sturdy the unit up. That is where I now keep brushes and shampoo's now. 

After getting it stable, I used my blue and pink paints to give a fresh new look to the body of the dresser and added new handles that I got on sale at Ace Hardware. 

All that is left is trimming up the top around the shelf and decorating! I think it looks a lot better than the plastic storage bin next to it, plus it is much stronger to hold up to two big dogs and their supplies. 

What do YOU think?