As Christmas approaches and decorating is in full swing, I had a chance to (finally) finish some of my projects (and surprisingly it hasn’t taken a year to post about it!)
I was looking for some owls awhile back and managed to find these scary guys off Craigslist.
With a good cleaning with TSP and a couple of coats of white glossy spray paint, these ominous owls were transformed into some bodacious birds. Well, at least less angry.
now they’re holding up my little collection of old Shakespeare books I got at a garage sale for $5.
Another project was a bit of an unexpected one. My poor hubby and I drove about 45 minutes away to pick up a console that I saw on Craigslist. For a good 30 minutes my hubby tried shoving the beast into our car, nearly ripping our doors and seats just to make the trip worth it… to no avail, we drove away without the table, and with our tails between our legs.
Well… as luck would have it, when we turned the corner someone had a bunch of junk on their lawn for pick up, and I noticed this beauty.
I’ve been wanting a mirrored tray for quite some time and saw some really pretty ones on the market…
Project #3 was a bit of a doozy. I picked this table/credenza up for $25.
It was a heavy piece, and I wasn’t quite sure about the size. It wasn’t tall enough to use as a console in a high-traffic area, and only the middle ‘door’ opened (the other two look like doors, but they don’t open at all).
It sat around for about a month while I pondered it use and how I could improve it (while I pondered, it became a dumping ground… as you can see from the picture)
With much deliberation (unfortunately I took all of the process pictures on a camera that I no longer have the cord to upload it onto my computer), but I decided to paint it a light grey (I know, alarmingly I decided something other than glossy white! Does the title of this post make sense now?), spray paint the handles a gold and place it in a strange nook at the top of our stairs that otherwise remained useless…
gotta love the trimless floors and door frames… and that hideous wood panel is crying out to be stained a darker colour.
Some more pictures (using a better camera than my iPhone) :)
the original hardware was spray painted gold (it complimented the light grey of the credenza nicely)
The mirror on the top was another CL find (it’s exactly the same vanity mirror as the one in my downstairs hallway). Here’s a picture of what it looked like before.
Rather than getting it for $5 like the last, I got this one for free!
After taking off the other side panels, using wood filler to plug the screw holes along the side, sanding it down, priming andddd of course, spraying it with white glossy paint, it’s currently residing in our home.
I guess ‘stockings hung by the printer and wire box with care’ doesn’t have the same ring to it…