Friday, June 1, 2012

More Trash Pile Treasures

Although I am a great fan of thrift stores, does anything beat free? In that light, here are a few of my trashy-treasured discoveries over the last year:

My Front Porch Chair

This beauty was on the trash pile a few blocks away from my house.  I spotted it while walking in my neighborhood the night before garbage pick-up and RAN (really I did) home to get my car before someone else snatched it up.  I didn't even have to paint it - it was already this fabulous grey-blue color.  Can you believe it?  The only thing wrong was the lower right front leg had a bit of loose wicker, that I easily tucked and hot glued.  Yea for me!!! Free chair!!!

Here is the leg that was ever-so-slightly unraveling.    I  tacked it with the glue gun and stuck a plant in front of it (cause I'm sneaky like that).

  I don't know what to call this next item, but I liked it when I saw it on another neighbor's trash (my poor neighbors; I hope they never put anything personal and embarrassing out there):

This is made of twigs and vine and was a natural (kind of wicker-like) color.  I used a can of black spray paint that I already had on hand and gave it a quick coating.  I stuck it up on the wall in my kitchen and hung a wreath that I made with burlap , a coat hanger, and ribbon (from my stash) on it.  Doesn't it look purty?  What would you call this?  Twig art? Stick creation?  I called it mine once it went onto some one's curb.

I am looking at this pic wondering why on earth I didn't have the good sense to unplug whatever that is before taking this picture.  Anyhoo, this may be my favorite freebie yet.  I picked her up on the way to church one morning.  We were all dressed in our nice clothes and I had to get out and rescue her myself from landfill purgatory, 'cause my children wouldn't.  They were all "no mom, we''ll get our clothes dirty...we'll be're not supposed to work on Sunday...etc...."  Like they really thought I believed these were their real objections.  My husband learned long ago to go ahead to church without the rest of us because we're always late.  And the clothes are usually dirty to begin with because they never put them in the dirties to be washed like I tell them to.  I digress, however.  This is a vanity without the mirror that had a small amount of warping, that I have already sanded out.  See:

Now I just have to get busy and give her a fresh coat or two of paint.  I already own a mirror that I bought off of Craig's list a while back that will be perfect with her.  I can't wait to show you how lovely she'll be when I get around to painting her!

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