Hello lovely Friends! I hope everyone in the southeast stayed safe during the hurricane. It turned out to sea just before reaching us here on the coast of Virginia, but we still got a ton of rainfall and high winds, resulting in many areas of flooding and a ton of downed trees. Luckily we were spared both!
It’s one of my favorite days of the month, Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday!! (See all of my previous T2T Tuedsay posts HERE.)
Today I’m sharing my neighbor’s trash that I turned into treasure. I spied this island sitting in her driveway near the garage as I was leaving our neighborhood last week:
The next day it was raining and it was still there, so I figured she was getting rid of it. That afternoon at the bus stop, she asked me if I wanted it and of course I said yes. It looks very IKEA-ish. Aside from it needing a good cleaning since it had been stored in her shed, it functioned perfectly.
I decided to give this cookie cutter mini island a little personality with paint:
I started by sanding the butcher block. It had a ton of knife marks and a big ring on the top. I used 150 grit first with my orbital sander, then switched to 220. I probably would have gone even grittier, like 80-100 if I had it on hand, but what I had did the trick. It didn’t come up perfectly new, but pretty close. This is the worst of it:
Not bad at all. I still need to seal it with mineral oil. This was with only sanding, so the faint marks that are there may even lessen once I add the mineral oil.
Next I painted the base in ultra pure white DIY chalk paint, one coat. Then I topped that off with a mix of 70/30 Behr’s Gray Morning/Ultra Pure White DIY chalk paint, one coat.
A quick sanding and I was done!
I sealed it with Annie Sloan’s Clear Soft Wax. (See my complete how-to for painting with chalk paint HERE.)
This piece actually stores quite a bit!
The shelves and drawer are nice and deep.
They both came up good as new after wiping them down, so I left them as is.
You can tell I added a back to this piece as well. I used interlocking bead board strips for that that I already had, but forgot to get a photo of the back when it was done, so imagine bead board on the back. 🙂
I staged it with a few things from my kitchen. This would be a great extra surface for a party!
And just so you know, that menu never changes ha ha. We will not be having chicken and noodles tonight and I couldn’t tell you that last time we had lasagna!
I bet if my neighbor saw this cart now, she might be sad she gave it away!
This was a quick update…I love those kinds of projects!
Don’t go anywhere, my trash-to-treasure friends are sharing trashy makeovers of their own today! That’s five for the price of one. 🙂
Are you on Instagram? Have a favorite makeover you want to share? Add the hashtag #trashtotreasuretransformation and be sure to follow all five of us, and you will be entered to win one of three prize packages from Dixie Belle Paint! How cool is that? Look for me on Instagram HERE this morning for more info!
Hope you enjoyed this visit today…as you know trash-to-treasures are my favorite!
I’ll be back next week sharing how I updated this vintage dresser:
See ya then!
UPDATE: BAM! See it HERE now! 🙂
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