I promise that I’m trying to come up with a decent posting schedule. I had every intention of posting yesterday, but I was knee deep in spray paint and painter’s tape.
Although I am not a big fan of the color yellow, this summer’s optimism has got me taking a second look. I acquired a couple of rough looking furniture pieces recently. One cost me $5 and the other was one man’s trash on the side of the road, so I brought it home to fairy godmother it. I think you’ll agree that both pieces are now ready for the ball.
The first piece I worked on is this (what I’m assuming) plant stand, although it could definitely be a cocktail bar with a few additions. This is the thrift store piece.
Do I have to mention that it was grimy? Oh, you can clearly see that. First things first, get all of the dust, dirt and cobwebs off of the thing. Anything left on the surface will leave its indentation.
This yellow is so pretty.
Going back and forth between making the entire thing yellow or adding a design element was making me crazy. I decided to start on the side of caution, the center of the piece.
Basically, I just kept expanding until I felt that I saw enough yellow.
Keep something like a piece of cardboard on the other side of things like lattices and bars to catch and prevent unnecessary amounts of spray paint getting into the air.
It’s also important to cover up yourself and the grass or soil when doing this as you will get wisps of it on you and anything else close by. My car learned this the hard way this one time. Or two times, whatever. Look, I’m the crazy paint lady.
While the drying was happening, I grabbed this other piece that a neighbor put out for bulk trash.
I couldn’t believe my luck when I saw it. I pulled over on the side of the road, put on my emergency lights and went around to have a look at it. Although it was twice as filthy as it is now in this picture, the condition was more than decent. I stuck it in my back seat, said a silent thank you to the neighbors and drove off.
Look at the different that a coat of white paint makes to the base.
While that was drying, I went back and taped up the plant stand. An idea was settled on.
When back to the table with the yellow paint after a lengthy period of indecision. Then I had a What’s the worst that can happen moment and decided I’d give it a try.
Not bad for a first coat. But now for the finale of the plant stand.
My intention is to sell both of them on Offer Up, but I love them now, and I want to keep them. Whether I’m salvaging something to keep or to sell, I try to restore it with a look that I would love. It’s like my brand. The down side of this is that I’m always in love with things I intend to get rid of.
Taping up this plant stand was a thorn in my side. Something was always getting accidentally sprayed somewhere.
The little round coffee table is considered to me both indoor and outdoor. The rubber around the base marks it as outdoor furniture, but I don’t care much for marks.
Here it is spending time in nature.
Here it is living the hipster life.
At the very least, you can toss a table cloth over it. I wish I had at least tablecloth in my house that isn’t wrinkled, but here we go.
Worth every penny I didn’t spend.