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The OTHER side!

You know me.  I love a good free roadside find!!
My Bathroom vanity?  Discarded on someone’s lawn and free!
The architectural piece that used to be an outdated clock?  In a pile of junk on someone’s curb. Free!
This dresser I keep in the livingroom? Neighbor’s curb.  Free!
So yeah… I love me some free curbside finds.
Here’s the thing… RARELY do I fnd myself on the other end.  If I want it gone, it’s either something I’m going to sell on craigslist or it’s so bad that I throw t away.
But when I bought these dressers, the chest of drawers came with an enormous mirror and whole back shelf thing to it.  It just wasn’t going to work anywhere here… and I didn’t think it was probably something that was worth the time selling on craigslist… And it was kinda big to throw away very easily…   So Handsome Man said, “Let’s put a FREE sign on it by the street!”  I laughed, agreed, and made the sign.
Yes, I know… I’ll probably regret it leaving next week when I find some awesome Pinterest project that uses big bulky dresser mirrors!!
Anyway… First… The neighbor kids got home from school and started on their almost daily bike rides…  I was working on the computer so I didn’t look, but  could hear them… It went something like…
Cute Kid 1: “OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!   LOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!   I WANT THAT!!!!”
Cute Kid 2: “Why do you want THAT??!?!”
Cute Kid 1: “I just want it!  It’s FREEEEEEEEE!!!!!”
Cute Kid 2: “Where would you put it?”
Cute Kid 1: “I dunno.  In my room maybe??  Here!  Help me carry it!
*A fair amount of grunting and groaning ensued*
Cute Kid 2: “It’s too heavy.”
Cute Kid 1: “Go put your bike down!”
*More grunting and groaning*
Cute Kid 1: “I guess it’s too heavy.  Let’s go get our bikes again.”
*Happy squeels for the next hour as they ride their bikes up and down the street… Apparently forgetting all about their unclaimed “treasure.”*
Over 3 hours later, I notice it’s still there.  Bummer… Apparently neighbor kids are going to be the only ones interested.  As I work scrubbing down my newly purchased dressers, I hear a car door slam outside… Then another door.  “Hmmm… That’s odd.  It sounds like they parked out beside the house where we usually park.  I pulled my ever more pregnant self up to look out the window just in time to see a young couple scurrying towards that roadside jewel.  They hurridly picked it up and hauled it back to their car.  This is where their problems began.
You see, their car?  It was a very small car.  They popped the trunk and attempted to push it in at a diagonal.  “Not that way guys!” I mentally encouraged them. The rotated it as if I had telepathically helped them.  But alas… It still didn’t fit. SO close!
I was cheering them on from my view from inside!  They rotated it again another half turn… But no luck.  They tried tipping it upwards and leaning it against the upright trunk lid. “Ooooooh no!!! That seems iffy!!!”  Lady must have thought so too because as they slowly let go it suddenly fell and she caught it just in time.  “Whew! Close one!”
At this point, they were still laughing.  I was glad of that! 🙂  As they stood there surveying the situation, Guy had an idea!  The back seat he motioned.  Lady looked skeptical.  Really skeptical, actually.  😉  She carried one end while he carried the other nonetheless to the back seat of the car.
  I was stll rooting for them from inside… Admittedly, while I laughed hysterically.  This kind of thing happens to ME!!!  It was hilarous watching someone ELSE do it!
With a failed attempt in the back seat, they carry it to the trunk again.  They talk a bit then Lady gets on her phone.  I’m guessing calling someone with a truck?  She talks for a minute… Then gets a little louder in appearant fustraition… Then louder… Then finally hung up the phone in disgust.  I’m gonna guess that whoever she called did not want to come out at 7:00 pm to pick up a free dresser mirror.  They try it in the trunk again.  This way… That way… Stll no luck.
Guy tips it up again, tells Lady to hold it, and scurries headlong into the back seat.  “Whaaaaaat?  This is a new one!  I haven’t seen this one before!!!” I thought as I began laughing again.  I only laughed harder when I saw his head peeking out of the trunk.  He had crawled in the back, put the appearant hatchback seat down and crawled into the trunk and was attempting to hold it.  It seemed like he kept insisting she let go and drive while he held it.  Unfortunately, every time Lady began to let go, it swaaaaaaayed dangerously.  He tried to talk her into it again…  Sh shook her head NO!  He talked again!  She shook her head NOOOO!  He talked again… And I couldn’t hear them from inside but appearantly she told him in no. uncertain. terms. that she was NOT going to do that.
Sloooooowly he climbed back out of the back seat and they lifted it out of the trunk and onto the ground.  At this point I totally thought they were going to give up.   Much to my surprse, Lady gets on the phone again.  She must have told whoever it was to get over here.  And appearantly iit worked because not 5 minutes later, up drives a guy in a black suburban.  They carried it to the back, shoved it in, and literally ran back to their car and the 3 of them drove away quite happy wth their treasure.  Except for the man in the black suburban.  He didn’t really seem that pleased.  Haha!
It was totally awesome!!!  So much free entertainment, I felt like I needed to pay THEM just for the show!
Try it!  Put something on the curb wth a free sign!  It’s awesome entertainment!!!
And to Guy & Lady who found their treasure and were determined enough to spend 30 minutes getting it home no matter what it took…  Good for you!!!  You obviously have WAY more determinaton than I would have!!! It was an AWESOME 30 minutes!!!   🙂

Got these ‘lil babies yesterday!

Bought these guys plus the matching chest of drawers yesterday on a facebook group version of craigslist!  CANNOT wait to get started on them!!!!   And showing off the AFTER look!!!  Whoop whoop!!!

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I’m already busy scrubbing and de-glossing…. (Mostly because I want them OUT of my living room and where they BELONG!! lol!!)  Pictures to follow!

Side Table Makeover!

 

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We’ve all seen these tables…  The ones that scream 80’s?  The ones that look like they’re going to take more than a simple coat of paint?

This is a SUPER easy fix that is almost as quick and almost as cheap to do as a simple coat of paint!

 

Our friends had these tables and Handsome Man and I did a few projects at a their house over a weekend…. SO fun!!!

 

Check out the Before’s!

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We had 2 side tables and a matching coffee table to start with…

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We simply cut 2×6’s for the entire tops and screwed them in from underneath… Suuuuper Easy!

Also… You’ll notice it looks very warm and green outside?  Yeah…. We did this last summer… Just getting around to posting about it now!  It’s not nearly that warm out right now.  I’m pretty sure our month of April is bi-polar!!!

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A coat of primer and 2 topcoats of white latex paint later, this is what they looked like.  Better, right???

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After that, I distressed them a bit and then glazed them with my favorite glaze from Home Depot.

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We also painted and glazed the shelves in the living room while we were at it…

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Looking spiffy, eh??!

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Side Table Makeover by DIYinRealLife.com

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Perhaps a little less 80’s now?

How’s THAT for an easy fix?

All it cost were the 2×6’s and some paint we had on hand anyway!  🙂

Easy DIY Numbered Pallet Bench

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The DIY I’m going to concentrate on in this post is the numbered top on this awesome bench!

Why?

Even though I did build the bench myself out of pallets…

Even though I do love it a lot…

And even though I am proud of the end result…

 

The step-by-step process of building it is appalling.  LOL!

I don’t think I measured much of anything…

totally eyeballed as much as I could…

Few screws here…. Few screws there….  Eh!  Looks good!!!  🙂

Oh!  And I built this before I was blogging.  And didn’t take pictures!  That’s a good excuse!   Just forget I said anything!!!

 

can’t blog step-by-step DIY on building the pallet bench because I neglected to take pictures!!! Haha!!  That totally sounds better, right?!?!

 

Really though…. It was SUPER easy to build.  It took 2 pallets, some 1×4’s that I had on hand for the base underneath, and some random 2x’s I had in the basement for the top.  Suuuuuuper easy and FREE for me since I had everything on hand!  Yippee!

 

 

After I painted 1 coat primer, and 2 coats of a semi-gloss latex paint, it looked really pretty good!  But I had something even better in mind!

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I was inspired by this piece from Sisters of the Wild West.  And they were inspired by a Pottery Barn wall piece.  Dont’cha love how inspiration works?!?!?

 

Easy DIY Numbered Pallet Bench by DIYinRealLife.com I simply printed a document of the numbers 1-9 in like 5 different fonts in various sizes.  Typically one number per page.  This is simply going to be a matter of preference.  Then I spent the next couple hours watching “Psych” and cutting out numbers.  Yeah.  It was awesome.  😉

 

After they were all cut out, I randomly arranged and re-arranged the numbers in various directions all over the top till it was completely covered.  Absolutely no method to the madness, just in case you’re wondering!!! 😉

I taped them down and then put various weights around the edges of the numbers to get a crisper line.  I wasn’t too worried about getting a super crisp line since I would be distressing it a bit.   If you were really particular about it, you could do this in vinyl too I suppose?

 

 

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Next step: Have a Handsome Man spray paint the top for you.  I mean, you could do it yourself, but as for me…. I let him spray paint whenever possible!  It’s one of his secret talents! 😉

 

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Again…. I wasn’t too worried about getting a super crisp line since I would be distressing the top later.

 

 

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Hello happy numbers!  🙂

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This is right after the numbers were painted.

 It was at this point, Handsome Man calmly stated, “it looks like something from a horror movie.”

“It looks like WHAT?!?!?”  I said.

“You know… it looks like something from that movie…. Oh what’s it called?  It’s about a guy who deciphers codes and stuff?”

“A Beautiful Mind???”

“Yeah.  That’s it.”

Because “horror movie” is exactly the genre I put “A Beautiful Mind” in.

Granted I wasn’t a big fan of the whole story line…  Can’t say it was my best use of 2 hours.

Man deciphers codes for the government until the end when you find out he’s not deciphering anything for the government after all.  He’s just schizophrenic.

Anyway!  I decided that maybe if there wasn’t quite so much contrast between the gray numbers and the white top, it wouldn’t look so “HORROR MOVIE-ISH!”

So out came the glaze.  I just used whatever I had on hand.  It was a clear glaze that you use sponge painting walls, etc. mixed with some gray paint.

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Easy-peasy.

Brush it on. Wipe it off.

Easy DIY Numbered Pallet Bench by DIYinRealLife.com

Easy DIY Numbered Pallet Bench by DIYinRealLife.com

Easy DIY Numbered Pallet Bench by DIYinRealLife.com

LOVING the finished product and Handsome Man doesn’t even seem to mind the numbers now!!  (Not that he’ll admit, anyway! lol!)

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Need to get big baskets, etc. to style the bottom…  But I love the space down there!!

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*happy sigh*

Not bad for FREE, eh?!?!

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Dining Room Table and Mismatched Chairs

You’ll notice a lack of BEFORE pictures in this post.  2 reasons for that:

I tend to JUMP into projects with abandon… Much too anxious to get started, I forget all about things like cameras and how people might want to…. You know… Actually SEE what my piece of junk looked like when I started.

 

Secondly…  This was before I started my blog… Or even seriously thought about *maybe* starting a blog.  Therefore… Not really on my radar screen at all.

 

So anyhoo…  Since we’re skipping BEFORE… On to the DURING and AFTERS!  🙂

 

Imagine this…

Free dining room table…. Large… Screamin’ 80’s… with a damaged laminate top.  This thing was uuuuuuuugly!  🙂

 

 

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Went to Menards…. Bought 7 – 2×6’s…    We arranged them on the tabletop… Not an easy task, because even if you spend forever picking out the straightest boards… They’ll still be a wee bit crooked.  So we arranged and rearranged and rearranged till we found they fit the closest.

To attach them,  Handsome Man just screwed them in from underneath.  He had me use my weight to our advantage… Ummmm yeah…. That’s code for… He had me sit on the table while he drilled!  😉   Whatever works, right????

 

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A little leftover stain from the wood floors….  and 6 coats of high-gloss poly sealer…

 

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Looks AWESOME, right?!?!!?  Love it!!!

 

I suppose you’re wondering about the base/legs too, right?

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I painted the legs with several coats of various gray paints… and just for good measure, I sprayed flecks of black spray paint.

 

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Sanded the living daylights out of the edges to distress…

 

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And then glazed the whole base with this miracle stuff.  Seriously?  Love what magic this glaze can preform.  😉

 

 

And the chairs!   My pretty little white mismatched chairs.  Again…. No before picture.  KICKING myself, of course!!! 🙂

 

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I did, however… Get 3 random pictures of me recovering the seats with this awesome gray vinyl I had on hand.

 

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LOVE these chairs actually!  All mismatched but painted the same.  Kinda adore the look and the price makes it even MORE attractive!!! 🙂  Especially since friends gave them all to me for freeeeeeee!   All it cost me was the paint, people.

 

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Anyone else in love as much as I am?  And cheap!  Sweetness!!!

 

 

Check out these other mismatch chairs I loooove!

 

 

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Ooooh! A Blue Painted Dresser Before and After!

 

The Before and After of a blue painted dresser acquired on Craigslist!

 

Because a little paint and distressing is awesome.

 

 

Complete with sugar and a coffee cup.  At that time, we didn’t have a kitchen and we kept the coffee maker in our bedroom.  Newlyweds!!!! Ha!

Can’t knock it though until YOU’VE had a coffee maker with a timer sitting on your side table and woke up to the sounds and smells of COFFEE!!!!!  🙂

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