Hello beautiful friends!! Welcome to Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday! Ya’ll know this is one of my favorite days of the month because not only do I have a trashy makeover for you, so do four of my crafty friends! Plus, who doesn’t love a good before and after? Be sure to look for links to my friends’ projects at the bottom! I can’t wait to see them myself.
If you missed last month’s T2T project, you can visit that HERE.
Today I am breathing new life into this tote I found for 99¢ when I was thrifting with Nancy last month:
This was clearly a DIY job which I can totally appreciate, and honestly that is why I just had to bring it home and save it from itself!
I’m not sure what the apparatus on the side there was intended for, but that had to go. And the bottom must have been warped because it did not sit completely flat, so I took the whole thing apart in order to replace that piece:
Except once I got it apart, I decided maybe it would be fun to swap that dowel handle out for something a little more fun…like this old coffee table leg maybe?
Yes I save everything. 😀 (See the makeover of the table this came from HERE.)
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But then my tote needed to be a bit longer to accommodate the new fancy handle, so the thin slats across the front and back no longer worked either. In the end the only thing I kept were the two end pieces:
Is that still considered a makeover? Maybe technically this was more of a rebuild than a makeover?
I think it turned out sweet though!
This is the perfect base for white-washing, which y’all know I do a lot of around here. It gives pieces a coastal vibe which sell well for me in this coastal town.
You can see exactly how I white-wash with this product and watered down paint in this post HERE.
These cloths are perfect for staining bare wood prior to painting. That way when you sand, this rich brown comes through instead of the lighter raw wood color, and this stain dries super fast.
I only gave the slats one coat of paint over the stain then I just lightly sanded…
I attached the slats with wood glue and small finishing nails. I use a spray matte sealer to seal everything.
I painted the handle more solid white also using my DIY chalk paint in Behr’s Bit of Sugar. (Recipe with video HERE.) I kind of love how big and chunky it is!
I thought this pull I had from an old dresser would be a fun unexpected addition after painting it:
I only added one slat across the back, so things inside could be accessed more easily:
This would be cute in a bathroom to hold extra TP or toiletries.
And lookie what I still haven’t taken to the shop…
Mmmhmm yup I took the mirror off my dresser I shared last week and I am kind of loving having it for staging. I don’t have a need for a dresser with a mirror for sure, but I may be able to use it without the mirror as a side table somewhere. I am trying really hard to find a home for it in our house!
I hope you enjoyed seeing this cutie come to life. If anyone has a need for a piece of plastic lattice in the shape of a figure eight, I’ve got ya covered.
Don’t forget to check out what my friends are making over today as well!
Looking for even more Trash-to Treasure inspiration? Visit all of my past T2T makeovers HERE!
I’ll be back on Thursday to talk about our next big DIY project, and I’m hoping to get some input!
UPDATE: Check out what we have on the agenda as our next big project HERE!
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