First up, the old mail room organizer we rescued from a dumpster across the way:
|A caption on that piece of art says "Man, that fish can dance"|
Done! I love the crisp white exterior in contrast with the raw wood interior complete with some old name labels. It's actually now placed in a different spot in our entry hallway, but the area in this picture gets better light, so we put it there for the photos. For now it's holding some Pyrex and other inventory, and that's working out quite fine, as we always need more room to hold stock.
Here's how the project went down:
After Chris cleaned out all the mail slots (this had been in someone's basement and was rather yucky), I spent forever taping off the interior with painters tape and newspaper. It was surprisingly difficult since the slots were in the way of easy taping, and the tape didn't stick to the sides of the slots very well. Once that was all set, I sanded down all the rough spots on the exterior and got it all ready to spray:
|See how icky the side was? And that was the good side, too.|
After all that hard work, the spraying was actually the fast and easy part:
At least it validated all the time I spent taping it off once I saw the crisp white line around the inside after pulling off the newspaper. So glad we saw the potential in this diamond in the rough when we spotted it by the dumpster! It's a really unique piece that works well with all our other mid century furniture; we've discovered that it's always a good idea to mix it up a bit so your space doesn't start looking like a time capsule.
These last two pieces were almost done last time, but now they're really looking good and ready for action:
|Put a bird on it.|
Last up is my little blue candle holder. It was originally a dark metal and just not very exciting, but I picked it up from Savers anyway since I thought it had potential. I found a great bright aqua spray paint, but it only came in a satin finish and I really wanted this piece to shine! So I picked up some clear glossy enamel spray and gave it a nice shiny coat of that, which was definitely worth it. We didn't have any candles to put in it, but it looks even cooler with air plants, if I do say so myself. I think we're going to list this guy in our Etsy shop and see how it goes. If it gets lots of favorites and sells quickly, maybe I'll look into doing more projects like this one!
What do you think of the final products? Worth the hours of taping and spraying, and several runs to the hardware store to buy more paint? Have you taken advantage of the summer weather to do some painting projects? Found any cool stuff in the garbage or on the side of the road? Free stuff is the best!
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