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Perfectly Good Pots

15 Aug

This spring I had visions of turquoise blue pots of sweet potato vine and bright fuchsia blooms gracing my front stoop. I found workable plastic pots in a similar shade at Target, but instead of planting they sat inside waiting for me to be inspired.  A week or so later I stumbled into the East Calhoun Community Organization’s neighborhood garage sale.  What could I do, but follow the signs? I found quite a few treasures that day, but chief among them were these three clay pots. I was drawn to their shape and immediately saw their potential. At a buck a piece they were a steal!

I hustled over to the local Ace hardware store to see if I was lucky enough for them to carry the color of my dreams. Lo and behold there it was: Rustoleum Paint Plus 2X Ultra Cover in Lagoon.  These pots were relatively clean so I took a dry rag and wiped them down to remove any cobwebs and extra dirt.

I sprayed them with two light coats of paint- waiting about a half hour between coats.  This is after the first of two coats so this paint really did cover quite well.

And here they are potted up bright and beautiful on my front step next to the Target model I returned.  The Target pots were serviceable, but nothing compared to the bright pop and texture these pots now have.  The photo above was taken in early June and the photo below is what they look like today- althought the plants seem to have taken over!

Have you found any great finds at garage sales this summer?


Nightstand Makeover

31 Jul

My name is Gina, and I’m addicted to craigslist. It all started with an attempt to get rid of an armoire that was much too large for our living room. I wanted to get rid of it quickly as we were having our ceilings fixed (thanks to an ugly ice dam last winter). I decided to try selling it on craigslist. I priced it to sell and it was gone in a flash. Super easy transaction. I was sold!

I started searching for a headboard and found one for FREE (what my brother says is the family’s favorite f-word)! Decided I should also look for a set of nightstands. Done and done!

I found a set of these:


Made of good solid wood, and the drawers worked well too. I was embarking on my first furniture makeover! I went for black paint. (or brown/black? I had a can of previous owners paint in my basement I decided I would use.).

Added some acrylic knobs from target , and here’s the AFTER:

Now I’ve got to tackle the headboard! I’m tossing around a few ideas, we’ll see what I come up with!

As for the craigslist addiction, my husband cut me off until I’ve completed overhauling my finds (um, yeah, there’s a few more). I told him that’s what winter is for. Yep, he’s given me a deadline. Ha!