Trashy to Classy Vol. 3

I have spent the last few days sweating it out in the garage and busting my booty to finish a bunch of projects. Hence, the influx of blog posts. I am a bad blogger and don’t schedule my posts for a certain day of the week (I’m too impatient to wait.) or try to blog every day (I’d rather just post when I have the content, instead of trying to scrape together something stupid as a filler- my posts might still be stupid, but that’s a whole ‘nother story. haha!). One day, I’ll grow up to be a big girl, er, blogger and change my ways. But for now, here is part of the post flood:

Side note: After writing this post and that little spiel, I have decided to try to be more scheduled about my posts. I think I will try to release a new post every Friday… and a “bonus” day in between if I get too impatient. As a reader, do you like a more scheduled blog? Let me know!

One of my curbside finds from the last few weeks was this end table:


It has some particle board pieces that had some damage, and the color wasn’t ideal, but nothing a little paint and some distressing couldn’t spruce up. (And, check out that cool drawer pull- unique shape and great patina!) Hey, in my book, it doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be better than it was before. 🙂

To paint it I first had to take the hardware off and then, prime the whole thing. I had to use a primer suitable to all surfaces since this had wood, composite, metal, whatever that woven stuff is, etc. Usually I use Zinnser’s Bulls Eye, but this time Rustoleum Painter’s Touch spray primer in gray did the trick.

I then painted it with regular old Behr latex paint in “Silver Screen” that I had on hand.

I didn’t cover all of the woven looking top with white, I let some of the gray show through there to give it some dimension and contrast.

Distressed the edges with a sander, popped the hardware back on and she was ready to go on Craigslist. This table was a freebie, and I used materials that I had on hand so this is really a no risk way to try to make a little extra money (that I just put back into materials and new pieces, generally).

NOTE: The paint job on this piece had a lot of blemishes. It was hot and the paint was drying too quickly. To remedy this problem I added Floetrol (less than $7 in the paint section at Home Depot) to the paint before I did the second coat. It mixes in with the paint to extend dry time and make it go on smoother.  My second coat went on like butter and I was able to hide a lot of the imperfections that way. What I can’t hide with a second coat of paint- that’s where I always start my distressing and sand all those little oopsies away! It doesn’t have to be perfect- don’t stress, DISTRESS!

Here’s the end result:




Seriously, let me know what you think about that whole scheduled posts debacle!
What do you like better- sporadic posts when the content is there, or more scheduled posts (like one day a week)?!

Trashy to Classy Vol. 2


I found this old desk chair left out on the curb for trash collection a few weeks ago. It was stained up and a little rusty, but still sturdy… and free, which made it the perfect candidate for a trashy to classy makeover!

I spray painted the entire thing with this stuff:


Then I used burlap and a staple gun to recover the seats. I used hot glue to reinforce the edges.

I used a stamp and some blue paint to add the fleur de lis and she was done!!


I think I could be inspired sitting at a desk with this pretty little chair, how about you?

Trashy to Classy Vol. 1

I’ve decided to start myself a little series called “Trashy to Classy“, at least for now. It’s not going to be scheduled or anything because I’m too impatient and disorganized for that, but it will feature makeovers done with items that I found in… you guessed it… the trash.

I am constantly finding things sitting on the curb on Monday nights before trash day… reusable things that are otherwise doomed for the dump! So I’ll grab them and fix them up and make them over! (Sometimes I even make a little money!) And it keeps this stuff out of the landfill. I grab big things that are on the curb, like a fountain, door, table, chair, mirror and hardback suitcase so far, so no, I’m not digging through anybody’s trash.

Check out this broken fountain turned planter:



Just had to drill holes in the bottom, glue some pieces back on, add soil and plants and… Presto chango- trashy to classy!

So what are your thoughts on grabbing trashy treasures from the curb?!?