July 6, 2011

My pretty little magazine rack

A couple of weeks ago I hit some yard sales with some girl whose mom pays me to be her friend (love you, B!) and got a lot of great stuff for less than $10. I had my arms full of stuff and was walking around looking some old guy's shovels and tools to pass the time while that girl argued with some women about bed lifts (for the record, B won!). There wasn't anything that I really wanted until I looked down and saw an old, disgusting magazine rack on the ground. The man wanted $1.00 for it, but I explained that the only place I could put it in my house right now was my garage and that I wouldn't put anything in my garage that cost more than 50 cents.

I won.

Might as well get used to Jonesy in every shot. He's kind of full of himself. Rightfully so.

This thing was guh-ross. Bugs, cobwebs, and unidentified clumps of grossness.

I cleaned it as well as I could, popped out the broken screens, and covered the handle in professional paint protectant (aka, aluminum foil), because I wanted to keep the handle brown.

Then came the fun part... blue spray paint! This color is uh-mazing and you'll see it in other projects. I also used a sanding block to distress it a little.

Ah! Isn't she pretty in blue??

My father-in-law has every man's dream shop with every tool, gadget, and supply necessary to repair, build, or create anything.  AND he lives like 4 minutes away from us. So, as I always do when I need help with a project, I took my pretty little magazine rack over to see if he had any kind of screen material to use to replace the damaged screen I pulled out.  When we went to his shop, the EXACT kind of mesh screening material was sitting at the very top of his trash can! I couldn't beleive it. He had a nice size roll of the material and was able to cut it and insert back into the side of the rack.  But before he did that I had him spray it with some almond-colored spray paint.

I could have stopped right there, but no! We need something to make her extra special! A little scrapbook paper and some Modge Podge and now this little beauty sits in our bedroom waiting to be filled with books and magazines to enjoy in our big, comfy bed. I will try my best to avoid choosing only books that match... :)

LOVE.  Do you have anything laying around your house that you could fall in love with all over again with a little updating? Could something come out of the garage and into the home with some touch-ups creativity?

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  1. So great Dana! I love it! You are turning into quite the little bargain shopper just like ol B over here :) I must say I am proud! You need to do a wreath bloggity!

  2. Fabulous, it looks much better now:) I found you at Sugar and Dots:)

  3. It really turned out cute:D Good find!

  4. Love the color you chose!!! It looks adorable!

  5. So pretty! Great job, Dana! :)


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  7. Wow! Fantastic job. Looks world's better : ) I love the damask in the bottom! I hope you will share at my party! : )

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