New Year, New Projects
I love thrift stores, I mean love them. I can safely say that at most points in my life my house has been decorated with items from thrift stores and Hobby Lobby. Probably a few dumpster dive finds in there too.
For most of my life, I have been dragging random items home hoping to repurpose them into something beautiful, or at least useful. When I first moved to live with my husband in St Louis, I spent a lot of time adventuring in local places. One of the places I would go every week was a giant thrift store that I had discovered.
Now, I have been in a lot of thrift stores in my life, but this one had some great furniture. We are talking solid wood furniture with great bones. The best part was the prices. I could hardly believe how cheap they would sell some of the stuff they had.
I would get so excited every time I saw something that was great and cheap and run to grab a cart so that no one else would scoop it up. Unfortunately, this meant I was dragging home random tables and stuff that we had no room for at least once a month.
Random Thrift Store Finds
One of the pieces I found was an old TV stand with metal ends. It wasn’t solid wood, but I really just like the style of it. I could see the potential of the piece I guess. Knowing that I could turn it into something amazing I loaded it up in the back of my Jeep.
Then it hung out in our garage for about 3 years. It had various jobs, mostly serving as a table for random craft storage. For the most part, it just took up space. There was just no way I could get rid of it though. I just knew that it could become something spectacular. Of course, I didn’t know what yet.
Finally, one day while cleaning in the garage I had a little spark of inspiration. I decided that this TV stand needed to be a bar cart. We didn’t have one, surely we needed one.
That is when I realized why I never undertake projects. I knew that there was way more to it than just painting it whatever color I wanted. I went to work on disassembling the TV cart so that I could paint the individual pieces.
Getting It Done
I picked up a Krylon Metallic spray paint that I use for practically everything and put it to work on the metal ends. I used Rose Gold for this project, but I have used so many cans of just regular gold on my home decor that I don’t know what I would do without this stuff.
Despite the environmental and personal health drawbacks, this is truly the best metallic spray paint in my opinion. I have tested many brands of spray paint over the years and this one is at the top of my list as far as metallic paints go.
It goes on evenly and dries super quick. After putting a single coat on I can usually touch it without any tackiness within ten minutes. I also notice that it does not have a strong paint smell like a lot of other spray paints. This is definitely a bonus.
My next step was to paint the wooden components of the TV stand. Since it was missing the bottom shelf I had my mom cut me one to fit out of regular plywood. I am not allowed to own a saw of any sort.
I initially thought chalk paint would be my best bet, but I really wasn’t looking for a matte finish. But I really wanted something more glossy and glam. Since my patience is one of the things I am working on I just knew that a regular glossy paint wouldn’t work. You see, I have a hard time waiting for paint to dry. I needed this project to be finished right away!
I turned to spray paint again. For this, I actually used an artist-grade spray paint. That is just what I had on hand. You can really use any paint that you find that comes in the color you prefer.
Protecting Yourself from Dangerous Toxins Lurking in Spray Paint
Since it is difficult to locate a spray paint that is low in VOCs (volatile organic compounds) I try to take the best protection against any toxins that might be emitted by spraying paint around all willy-nilly. Spray paint can be as bad as it gets so when possible I always try to use a roller paint that is low in VOCs and other dangerous toxins.
To help minimize the dangerous effects of spray paint always be sure to paint in a well-ventilated space. This should NEVER be done indoors even if you have all the windows and doors open. Find a space outside and lay down cardboard or a thick paper to protect your surface.
I also never spray paint without protecting my body. Wearing a painting/dusk mask really is non-negotiable. If you are doing any sort of aerosol-based paint no matter how open the area this is a must! This 3M mask is the one I have been using for years and I feel it has saved me from being exposed to so many toxins and chemicals.
Lastly always wear long sleeves when possible. While it is highly unlikely that you actually spray yourself it is always best to take every precaution. If you have gloves and goggles available be sure to use those to avoid contact with skin and eyes, and always be sure to wash your hands after handling any paints.
So here it is. The final product. Made from a $5 TV cart and a few cans of spray paint. It has actually turned out to be one of my favorite pieces and it nicely holds all the wine and accessories that I need it too.
I hope that this post inspires you to go drag up something random of your own and get to creating something amazing.
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