Friday, September 10, 2021

Three Upcycled Items = $7 Total

Greetings lovely friends & readers

A couple of months ago I had to travel to Putaruru, a small rural town about 45 minutes inland from where we live ... I had to collect a farming part for The Mr. 

There is an Op Shop in Putaruru called "Paws" (Pet Animal Welfare Shop).  It is dimly lit inside,  everything is just tossed on shelves,  there is very little in the way of displays -  but the prices are Very reasonable - my kind of Op Shop !!  😍

 This old steamer pot (for $2) was the first item I picked up & the lid (which doesn't fit the pot) was $1.  I had an idea in mind for these.

I painted the pot & the lid using Newtons Chalk Paint in the colour Country Green.  Because we are in Lockdown it was very much a matter of using up what I had on hand as there were No shops open to buy supplies.  Once dry I decided to apply some transfers & as you can see I had good assistance in choosing which ones to use. πŸ˜‰

I tied a thin balsa wood swing tag to the handle once finished.  
I also sprayed the entire thing with 2 coats of clear acrylic varnish in a matt finish.

The pot had to wait two more weeks before our Lockdown Levels changed & I was able to purchase some plants for it.  First I lined the inside with a black rubbish bag as even though it had holes in the bottom I didn't want the water pouring out every time I gave it a drink.

I had visualised white petunias in it but all I was able to get were dark burgundy petunias, which I think will be equally as nice once they bloom.

The 2nd item I purchased from Paws was this wooden box for $1.00

It contained filing cards inside which were surprisingly still in quite good condition.  It had a chip out of the lid which I was able to fill with polyfiller.

  Once again - using up what I had on hand, I painted this with Voodoo Molly Vintage chalk paint (Robins Egg) - two coats.  Then I stenciled this rabbit design to the top using a testpot of white acrylic that I found.  I ended up sanding it back quite a bit as I wasn't especially happy with my stenciling finish initially.

I lined the inside with some cardstock paper & screwed a small file-label holder to the front πŸ’™

It looks perfect amongst some other pastel items on my corner table.

The last item I purchased (for $3) was this heavy old metal stool. I could not resist it & could visualise it already revamped in my mind.

I removed the seat part (with great difficulty) & then set about painting the legs with some Pumice Chalk Paint left over from the drop leaf table I painted Here

Fortunately,  amongst the myriad of things in my stash - I found a piece of thick foam rubber.  I had to get The Mr to help me upholster the seat as it needed an extra pair of hands. I had this Sanderson Oilcloth left over from other projects & I use it sparingly as I adore it.

I absolutely LoVe how this turned out. I painted right over the rubber feet of the stool as I knew I could not get to any Hardware Stores to buy more & I think it turned out just fine. It's actually really comfy to sit on too ! 

I was so chuffed with my 3 upcycled items for the princely sum of $7.00  πŸ’—
Thanks so much for staying with me through this waffly post dear friends - I shall leave you with this picture of Blackie.
I walked around my house & I counted Ten different comfy sleeping places  - boxes with blankets in, cushions & folded up cuddly rugs, lined baskets ... just especially for the furry ones !!
And where does he choose to sleep I ask you  . . . . . . . . . . ???

On top of The Mr's electronic keyboard !!!! πŸ˜–    No further comment I think  . . . . . . . . . .

Wishing you all a Wonderful Weekend ahead,

With much love & friendship to you All,

Julie & the furry ones x0x0x0x


  1. You did a fabulous job on them all Julie, my fav is the bunny box. It seems strange to pick a keyboard to sleep on when he has all of those other softer thingsπŸ˜‚ Have a great week Julie, we had over 300 new cases today, so hope we reach our vaccination target soon, so we can get out of our lock down, we can't keep doing this. Chris xoxo

  2. Wonderful make over post Julie, you certainly have the vision to see things repurposed. Good to see Miss Pippi helping you there and Blackie, well what can we say! Cats will be cats!!

  3. Oh Julie you are amazing .
    Every thing you touch turns out so beautiful.
    Enjoy your day .

  4. Goodness! not only one but three miracles to~day..
    Amazing Julie..Love that the top,
    lovely and bright..!
    One of the furry residents will enjoy that, just
    right for a curl up...zzzzzzZ! :).

    And talking of furry residents...? Miss Pippi
    adding her artistic touch..and Blackie having a
    little rest on what seems to have been a long
    and tiring concert...!
    How long has it been since he's been able to
    read music...Hubby will just have to play around
    him...! Bless!x
    😼 🐾🐾 😼 🐾🐾 😼 🐾🐾 😼 🐾🐾 😼

  5. It is amazing the gorgeousness that's emanates from your imagination, Julie. Fabulous purchases for next to nothing spent. Love the paint colours. The stool is amazing. That fabric truly, is to die for. Sanderson prints are always stunning.

  6. Your makeovers are always lovely, and I love your waffely stories about them. That way we get the whole picture.
    Cats will be cats...

  7. Your imagination never ceases to amaze me. I just loved your bunny box but have to say I would have put the stool in the tip. How you managed to turn it into the most gorgeous piece, well.... it is sooo beautiful. I have not seen that particular piece of Sanderson before. It is gorgeous. I have an antique chair in the garage. Carved trio around the back and wooden arms with some padding. The seat is sunken, the wood isold gold paint and the covering a faded ugly pink. It had been in a French theatre lounge and I bought it 30 years ago. How I wish I lived next door to you. Any ideas? Why do cats like the most uncomfortable places to sleep ? My first cat slept on a wooden shelf at night above a comfy little bed . ❤️ πŸ₯°

  8. I love how you turn discarded items into absolute treasures. I have the same piece of Sanderson but in fabric which was originally made into a shoebag but which I use as a cushion cover now. Is the keyboard warm from use? Doesn't look at all the most comfortable place for a catnap!lol Have a great weekend, Julie. x

  9. Three stunning makeovers, Julie. I don't know how your mind sees the potential in everything, but you certainly know what to rescue. I can't decide which of these three impresses me most. They are each amazing!
    The cat on the keyboard is too funny. Apparently "soft" and "comfortable" are not important factors in choosing a place to nap.


    1. Thank You Kim ... absolutely true!! 😊

  11. fabulous upcycling projects.. it's such a difference from beginning to end..... love them all...

  12. Gorgeous upcycling. They look gorgeous. Glad your assistant was helpful in choosing your transfers. :) Mine are terrible at helping choose fabrics. lol. Hugs, xx

  13. The fabric you used on the stool is a lovely and colorful pattern, I really like the look of it. I'll be looking forward to seeing the petunias in those well painted pots later in your warm season. It's fun for me to see your fix up finds and see how you and Miss Pip work it all out. Good thing you have some paint to use at home. Blackie looks quite handsome on a matching black and white background, lol. Lynn and Precious

    1. Thank You Lynn & Precious. Yes I love the Sanderson oilcloth - I use it very sparingly as I know I will not be able to get any more. Have a great week Lynn. xx

  14. What great upcycle projects. An inspiration to those of us that for some reason know there is something more that can be done, but can't quite figure out what.

    God bless.

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  16. More wonderful up-cycled things. I love the stool. It looks fabulous. The steamer pot looks great too. xx


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