Who Among Us Doesn’t Like A Good Trash-To-Treasure Story?

I wish I could convey to you the mesmerizing sparkle of Rustoleum’s Metallic Vintage Copper Spray paint. You can get a hint of it in this photo but in person, its hypnotic. I think so anyway. Although my opinion might be influenced by the fumes.

This was a great Craigslist find. It’s got the retro design elements that I love, matches two steel mesh tables I already have (one painted the same; one still dull black and awaiting its turn to be sparkled) and it’s the right size for this corner. It does kind of spoil the quasi-mid century vibe I had going on out there but I am what I am and what I am is not a purist. You can see how rusty it was but you cant really tell that the back is not entirely straight and the top two shelves lean slightly forward. But for my purposes, it’s fine. And my purposes are to load it up with plants and tasteful accessories and a minimal amount of utilitarian objects.

When Sami saw the finished product , he thought the coloring was too dull and didn’t have enough contrast compared to the wall color. I had to remind him that my decorating strategy is to have a decor foundation as bland as possible so that when I inevitably go overboard with the doodads, ย the base will fade way and the oddities will be showcased. And then I begged him to stop me from putting things on the shelves for at least a week so the many layers of primer and top coat can properly cure.


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This is only what I couldn’t help accumulating in only 2 days. I have two more Talavera planters to add and some nice little battery operated tealights and 3″ tall mason jars to put them into. It was all I could do to hold back from buying a few mini-gnomes but I did manage to resist that impulse. Somewhere along the line, I have to fit in a wire basket of suntan lotion and bug sprays, plus a waterproof container for the outdoor ceiling fan remote control. Maybe I can hide those behind a chicken.


4 thoughts on “Who Among Us Doesn’t Like A Good Trash-To-Treasure Story?”

    1. Dear Chelle, I love that thing! I looked at it for an iPad cover re: the swimming pool , but decided that it would only take one oops! to find out it wasn’t protective enough. Plus I can definitely stash that behind a chicken so as not to spoil my design aesthetic.

      I love spray paint in general and special-finish Rustoleum in specific. I’m dying to use that sea-glass finish type but not interested in using it on glass. I wonder if it would be sort of a glaze over regular matte paint on furniture?

      (FYI- I’m not retired! Still working like a dog, but now I do it under a palm tree in Florida) ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. I may have to try that spray paint! My lawn furniture is also faded black. I’m absolutely loving your new home ๐Ÿ™‚

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