I’m posting my Trash to Treasure Sunday entry a little early – late Saturday night – so I can sleep in Sunday morning! I’m excited to see everyone’s treasures and am so happy to be a part of this fun show ‘n tell.
I’ll begin with my “oldest” treasure – the one I made the longest ago, that is. There’s a flea market about 30 miles from us that we visit every so often when the weather isn’t too hot. One of the “permanent” vendors is an elderly man who sells salvaged architectural pieces and old furniture. This big six-paned window was only five dollars! I didn’t have to do a thing to it (after a good cleaning, that is) except add a botanical print behind each pane of glass with decoupage medium. I chose flowers that were mostly blue so it could hang in our living room, which has a blue carpet.
Recently Dude and I had a yard sale and got rid of a gigantic number of items that were taking up space in our guest room. (Dude works as a maintenance man at an apartment complex and is always bringing home things that people leave behind when they move.) The yard sale was quite profitable, considering almost nothing we sold had cost us anything! But the best result was that the guest room was practically empty and ready to “pretty up.” I began to haunt thrift stores for items to transform into the shabby chic style I love. One of my first finds was this pair of hideous gold plastic sconces:
Of course they were only hideous because they were – well, gold plastic. Nothing a bit of white spray-paint and judicious use of sandpaper couldn’t fix. (I apologize for the strange glittery candle; it’s the only one I could find!)
Well, I could post dozens of things I’ve “trash-to-treasured” in the past few weeks, but y’all have lots more places to visit, so I’ll just show one more; pretty much the best find EVER! We happened to be shopping at Goodwill last month when an employee wheeled out this gigantic bin full of items and began to unload them onto the shelves. As she passed, I glanced into the bin and spotted a cluster of chandelier crystals. Moving some clothes aside, I pulled out a gold metal candelabra. “Hey, look, there are two of them!” said my husband – and pulled out another one. $10 for both?! I was flabbergasted. The crystals alone are worth at least three times that!
Of course, I couldn’t leave these gold! Out again came the trusty white spray paint. This time I didn’t sand; I painted on a wash of diluted brown paint to “antique” the candelabras and then added some gold Rub ‘n Buff in various places. It took a LONG time to remove and replace all the crystals, but it was so worth it. I haven’t decided what color candles to use in these, but (perhaps ironically) I’m thinking gold would look good.
Thanks so much for stopping by for Trash to Treasure Sunday. Enjoy the rest of your day!