Hello amazing Friends!! I’m back today sharing a couple of small makeovers, and one BIG purge! Can I tell you that I am just now realizing that it is actually FRIDAY? It wasn’t until one of my sweet readers mentioned that she wondered what happened to me yesterday that I realized it ha ha. Oh well, a day late, but still here. 🙂
Anyway, I spent a couple of days last month cleaning out my garage (again). I decided this time that there were some things that just had to go.
We’re friends, right? So you won’t judge me for what I’m about to share, right?
Here is my garage before the big purge:
Yikes! This was what was left of my “stash”, my “to-do pyramid”. My garage is also where I work on all my makeovers so I am constantly trying to keep it organized, but being creative is SO dang messy! Who knew??
I promise I have worked very hard to narrow my stash down this much. I don’t even call it a pyramid anymore because it is so much better than it once was. However, I got to the point where I kept looking at some of the things left in this pile over and over again, and I just kept coming up blank. So it was time. Time to put many things to rest for good.
As I started digging through this pile, I uncovered several things that I decided I was no longer going to try to rescue:
Most of those drawers came off of a dresser that was damaged beyond repair and I had intended to repurpose them in some way, but they were just too cheaply made to become anything really functional. I decided to keep the hardware though. They were really pretty.
I had started on that cradle, but it was so dinged and scratched and the paint didn’t really do much for it, plus it was super short. I’m not sure what baby doll would be able to fit in it anyway. The table with the blue legs was unusually short for a child’s table, and I never could find chairs short enough for it.
The two chairs at the back were a one of a set of four I purchased for super cheap at a yard sale. I used two of them on this sweet set, but these two were in really rough condition and one of them had a crack in it.
Then I added a couple more things to the pile:
Another chair…I bought this one to go with this antique desk, but when I got it home I realized one of the legs had a big chunk chewed out of it. That cabinet thing on the left was only $4 at the Habitat store, but I swear I just could not come up with an idea for it. I’ve had it at least three years!
My stash was dwindling:
You couldn’t even see those chairs under there before!
I added a few more things to the purge pile:
The bed was part of a bunk bed set that belonged to my oldest. I had planned to make a bench out of it, but never did. I found a couple small drawers that had press board bottoms to add to the mix and a few smaller pieces that were beyond saving.
I also uncovered these things that I thought I could still do something with:
This was also when I uncovered the suitcase I shared the makeover of on Tuesday. ( See it HERE if you missed it.)
And now my stash area looks more like this:
I’m afraid to move the things I kept over to that corner in case they get covered again! So they are in a neat pile at the front of the garage awaiting their makeovers. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I use.
I bought it intending to turn it into one of my lamp memo boards, but decided to keep this one as a lamp instead:
It didn’t have a shade, but I found this one for 99¢ at the thrift store that was the perfect size:
I made a pattern with some paper and cut my fabric about a half inch wider than the shade at the top and bottom…
Then I hot glued it in place. See a more complete how-to for covering a lampshade HERE.
I spray painted the base in black first so that would show through when sanding. Then I painted it with Fusion Mineral Paint in Casement:
The beauty of this paint is that it does not require a sealer. I haven’t tested the sealer quality on furniture yet, but I did use it on this giant ornate mirror and I loved that I did not have to seal it.
I love all those tiny details.
Here’s another piece that I uncovered:
I’d been hanging onto this tray for forever. It was made of metal and I knew it would be nice and sturdy.
I finally gave it a quick spray paint makeover:
In white of course. 🙂
I was able to update several pieces that had been hanging around too long:
I already shared that chalkboard in the center, but the other pieces were just quick paint jobs and nothing exciting to blog about except they look pretty gathered here ready to take to the shop.
The mirror with the quatrefoil pattern was a piece I picked up on deep discount at Steinmart. It was originally black and I knew it would be so much prettier in white.
The mirror at the back was painted in Sunken Pool by Behr (made into chalk paint). It was a $10 thrift store find.
It feels so good to have some room to move out there now!
There was a dry spell one winter when I had the hardest time finding furniture to paint, and since then I have continued to accumulate way more than I can work on at a time.
With yard sale season starting up again, it will be fun to be able to shop them this season. I didn’t yard sale pretty much at all last year except for my trip with GMC traveling the World’s Longest Yard Sale. (Total blast..see that trip HERE.) I just have to make sure I move things I bring in out quickly!
Maybe I made you feel better about your own hoarding tendencies ha ha. Maybe some of you need a big purge too! It’s okay to let it go…there will always be more. 🙂
I’ll be back on Tuesday sharing what I did with this cute little house I picked up at the thrift store:
It’s also a lamp! Cute, huh? Well it will be next time you see it. 🙂
UPDATE: See how this little cutie looks now HERE!
Have a great weekend!
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