Sunday, April 12, 2009

Trash To Treasure

Metamorphosis Monday hosted by: Susan at Between Naps on the Porch

Take a jog over to Susan's to view more spectacular transformations

Courtesy of Crafty Nest

Tray table

Supplies & tools

  • serving tray
  • old plant stand
  • steel wool (I used #0 grade)
  • vacuum
  • rag or paper towel
  • spray paint
  • newspaper
  • Scotch Reclosable Fasteners

1. After cleaning and drying the plant stand, rub all the edges with steel wool to remove rust and flaking paint. (This is the most laborious part of the project.)

2. Vacuum and wipe it down with a damp rag to remove all the steel wool lint.

3. Take the plant stand outdoors to spray paint. Lay down newspaper underneath it, covering the surrounding area to protect from overspray. Follow the instructions on the can of paint. Flip the plant stand over and paint the underside as well.

4. Cut inch-long pieces of the hook-and-loop fasteners. Peel off the backing. Stick hook side to top of plant stand.
5. Flip the plant stand over, and stick the loop side to the bottom of the tray.

Tonight is trash night, I think I'll do a drive by. Last week I found a wall fountain in the trash. I was coming home at midnight with my three pups. What is that I said? I know it's dark but, could it be. Yes, it's a fountain. But I was tired, my contacts were sticking to my eyeballs. It can't be any good, I said. I'm too tired to go around the block. The pups wanted to go to bed. But, I couldn't just leave it there in the dark. It needed a home, my home to feel loved. So, with eye drops in place I drove back to take a peek. The pups started to cry when I drove past our house. But, they have lived with their Mom long enough to know that there was no stopping me. Yippe Skippy, it is a fountain and nothing is wrong with it. Today it gets a home on the front of my house. I think I see it smiling. It does have a face so I'm sure that was a smile. Anybody want to go trash picking with me tonight? We can go in our jammies, I've done that before. Remember, it's dark, we don't want anyone to know we trash pick. They probably think we shop at some swanky upscale store. We do, don't we? It just happens to come second hand. I won't tell if you don't.

Till next time, Happy Decorating


Shelia said...

Hi Kathleen! Now you are just the smartest most creative one! This is awesome. I don't think I would ever have thought to do something like this! Love it!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :0

simpledaisy said...

Just stumbled onto your blog!!
Cute project!
Take care~

Linda/"Mom" said...

* GREAT IDEA~~~ and it looks wonderful!!!! Thanks for sharing! Linda *

Barb @ GritsandGlamour said...

I just joined your blog! Love this project! So very creative...Blessings, Barb

Lisa said...



prof en retraite said...

Hi Kathleen...What a great idea! I love it! And thanks for the great directions, too! Love this project...Debbie

Nicole ~ said...

Hi Kathleen, this is a wonderful project. I just love to see old pieces transformed into something new.

I cannot believe you found a fountain, wow, that is great!!


tales from an O.C. cottage said...

That is so cool!

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~CC Catherine said...

Kathleen, This turned out beautifully! I love it! ;) ~CC Catherine from "Catherine de th`e Cups"

sarah abeachcottage said...

wow that is one great project, I've got half of my outdoor furniture for the cottage from the side of the road,

happy treasure hunting!


niartist said...

Hi Kathleen - I love this, and I think it's a great idea. Very creative, and uber perfect for that space. I often have spaces in my house where I think, "I could use a table there" - but I never can quite make one work - this is an idea that I've never even thought of! Thanks so much for your inspiration!

Cynthia said...

Hi Kathleen,
Wonderful trash to treasure! i would love to go trash picking with you and my contacs would be a sticking too. Cindy

linda said...

Great job!

Isn't it amazing what a can of spray paint will do!

Happy Met Monday!

Linda said...

Now that was clever! Really attractive - way to go! Linda

Jessica said...

Great find...came out real cute!

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Hi Kathleen...Very clever project. Go girl!!!

Thanks for your comment. It is beautiful weather here lately, eh?

june@craftyniche said...

My goodness, that is really cute!

Jenny said...

That's adorable!

marty39 said...

Now that is what I call clever. A plant stand turned table and it is just gorgeous. I also can't wait to see the fountain. Hugs, Marty

Joyce said...

Clever and cute!

Linda said...

Great little transformation, I like ideas that think outside the box of normal use!
Linda Q

Mrs. Petrie said...

Very cute!

Mrs. Petrie said...

Very cute!
(I know you have to check this message before it is posted. You have a inspired misspelled on the blog header. Just FYI.)

Betty Jo said...

What an awesome tray table! Congrats on the wall fountain. That's just my kind of find. ♥

Clausewitz said...

Oi, sou o Clausewitz e gostaria que você visitasse meu blog e conhecesse alguma coisa sobre o Brasil. Abração.

Susie Q said...

That is wonderful! I wish that we had some halfway decent trash picking. We live in a college town for pete's sake, there should be SOMETHING around!

kelly said...

Love this idea! Too creative!