Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Trash Talkin Tuesday

     I love that show where the guys drive around and pick things up from the curb that people have thrown out, transform it into something great, then return it to the original owner. I do that except... I don't return it! :) Such was the case several months ago. We had new neighbors and it seemed like every Tuesday there was a new pile of "stuff" at the curb in front of their house. One Tuesday I was driving by and I did a double take, there at the curb was a perfectly good shelf unit. I knew with a little TLC and paint it would be perfect for my new studio! So, I threw the van in reverse, loaded it in the back and carried it right back to my house.
 As you can see, it was not much to look at. I would need to sand and paint and paint some more. Another problem I discovered was that it would not stand up by itself. I would need to bolt it to the wall. I just finished painting my studio the prettiest shade of turquoise so I wanted to paint the shelf a color that would give the room a vintage look. For some reason, it just felt right to paint it RED! And so I did and here is how it turned out!
I just threw a few "toys" on it, some old, some new, some old but new to me. I'm not really happy with the arrangement but I will work on it some more. I want to cover the magazine holders with some pretty coordinating paper and add a cute banner across the top too. Here's a closer look at some of the things I have on the shelf right now.
  One of my fav books growing up! Do you see that little hutch with the little books? It belonged to my great grandmother and the little books are actually matchboxes that held stationary items like gummed labels, tags etc. Believe it or not some of them still have the original contents!
I have had this clown marionette since I was very young and the little glass dog I bought with my very own allowance at the Five and Dime! So that it's for my first addition of Trash Talkin Tuesday I hope you enjoyed it! Nan


  1. Oh wow what a transformation.. just love the finished result.. and love having a glimpse into your collection..

  2. Nan you have such a flair for color... Love the transformation... I'm really enjoying your blog.. :)

  3. Cheryl B angelandJune 8, 2010 at 4:17 PM

    Looks like you are having a lot of fun.

  4. Oh Nan! You are coming along now! Your shelf is absolutely perfect with your turquoise room! I can't wait for the 19th to see your room. I see you have your reminder button front and center! Always fun to visit here! Elizabeth

  5. Nan, I love your blog and alllll of the lovely ideas you have! You are a National Treasure.

  6. You found a wonderful treasure! Looks great!
    Love your toys on the shelf your clown reminds me of something I have will have to pull it down and take pictures of it for you.

  7. I want to go hunting for trash with you!!!! No one here gets rid of really good stuff, they just hang onto it or charge ya out the wazoo.
    Congrats on the great find & LOVE the red!


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