Friday, September 7, 2012

My Latest Upcycle

I picked this up at a garage sale for $15. This is what is looked like before. (sorry, didn't get a picture of the shelving unit on top)

 
And this is what it looks like now after a fresh coat of paint.
 
 
I think I am going to change the back pattern to something either yellow or brown. I simply placed wrapping paper along the backside so it will be easy to change once I find the pattern I love. I like the red, but the color combo seems a little too 'country'. Yes? No?
 
If you are wondering what that piece in the middle is...well, I picked that up a garage sale for ten cents!! I had no idea what it was, but I just knew I loved the shape. So mod! The lady told me it is actually something you can place in your drawer and use as a divider for socks or whatever. I think it's simply adorable and I will probably use it to slide my paint brushes or paints into.
 
 
 
The previous handles were old antique brass. While I was planning on replacing these with a single pull, I had these white ones on hand so I used them instead. Having two instead of one turned out kind of cute, don't you think?
 

 
I was very happy with how the detailing work turned out. I like to 'antique' things a bit and with this particular piece, the result was a nice yellow to contrast the blue. To achieve this look, just take a small hand sander and apply pressure the edges. You can skip areas, leaving some without or run it along the complete edge like I did on top. I applied different pressure to vary the lines a bit.
 
Total cost about $25 after I bought a few cans of spray paint. (knobs and wrapping paper I had on hand) Now I have a cute colorful piece that is fabulous and functional!
 
 

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