Monday, September 19, 2011

Beauty in your Trash

Here's a wooden high chair that my tuition kid's mother was throwing out! Wha- ?
Like a wet kitten stuck in a deep monsoon drain, I rescued it immediately.





















It only had one flaw, but I didn't care. I could see its potential!
















I painted it yellow. Yellow makes me happy. (I even painted my kitchen walls yellow - the shade was called Jovial!)

But I wasn't happy with the shade of yellow the paint shop had. I wanted something more mustard-yellow. No worries, it'll get fixed somehow.






















I sanded to distress it - with an electric sander
which vibrates so badly you feel you've been
de-fragmented when you're done using it.












Then I used wood stain to stain it.
Now I was happy with the colour.















But still not happy-happy, you know? I wanted a second tier.

I had, some time earlier on, collected a thingy I found cast away under a tree (really! the things people throw away!)



Is this a headboard for a child's bed, or the railing of a cot, perhaps?

















I knocked off the slats...
















And nailed them to make my second tier.
And painted, sanded, distressed and wood stained the new tier.














Moral of this story: What's trash to someone is treasure to another.

Please don't throw things like this away! Call me. I'll come to their rescue.

I may not be faster than a speeding bullet
... or more powerful than a locomotive
... or able to leap tall buildings in a single bound
... I certainly do not wear blue onesies with red underwear on the outside

... but I can drive.


So how cute is this?






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11 comments:

  1. from chat, facebook, because Pam Hendroff says she doesn't know how to put a comment here....hahaah!

    i loved your new blog
    can you make me look good too - sandpaper me, paint me & do a makeover! - Pam Hendroff

    That one my daughter does...check out www.mycherrystyle.blogspot.com I only deal with trash. hehh heh...

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  2. can't wait to see your place with all the new 'old' things ...

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  3. Huda, just little changes here and there. One day, I shall be a full-time DIY-er!

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  4. Love your new blog, very pleasing on the eye. Wow, you really are a deft hand at DIY, so much talent-lah. So nice that you can make something so pretty from the little wooden chair. I'm totally impressed!

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  5. Allycat, I am an amateur at DIY! But am enjoying it...wonder if I should start a separate blog on my DIY projects....

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  6. awhh, it's lovely.

    If you leave near any university, each semester when ppl clears out of the hostel, i'm sure you'll find quite alot of treasure along the corridors. I know, coz i had contributed to the corridor too =P

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  7. Small-Boar! you're still around! I wondered cos you were really quiet.....ooooo, I'll check out university corridors..hahahaha!

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  8. Very clever! How do you "repaint" wood? What kind of paint do you need to use?

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  9. Joanne, I forgot to reply to this comment! I usually use gloss paint (oil-based)for wood, but of late, found that using emulsion (water-based) is not a problem. But I use wood-varnish as the last coat to hopefully protect everything somewhat longer.

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