Woo hoo, the late summer neighborhood garage sale season has started! My sister and I headed out to one of our favorite St. Paul neighborhoods last Saturday, Macalester-Groveland.
After day long torrential rains on Friday, Saturday morning was at least dry although not exactly sunny. The overcast skies were probably a good thing though because it kept the temperature down and we didn’t have to sweat our way through Mac-Grove.
We were on a mission, and we managed to come home with a full vehicle.
Yep, all of that fit into the back of my sister’s mid-size SUV.
As you can see, once again it was a good day for chairs. I found another library chair that I’ll be painting at some point.
And I’ve been looking for an Eastlake style chair for a while now. I want to attempt the ‘deconstructed’ look, but I didn’t want to spend a lot of money in case it’s a dismal failure. This chair was only $15, so if it’s a bust I’m not out too much cash.
I found a pile of galvanized flower buckets at the first sale we stopped at, so I grabbed all of them. These are always fun to paint or to add transfers to.
I’ve already had some fun with the galvanized watering can that you can see in the first photo next to these flower buckets. I removed the green plastic spout, washed the can with soapy water and then added one of the Prima Marketing transfers from their French Pots IV set.
I was curious to find out whether or not the transfers would look good over galvanized metal. As it turns out, the answer is yes. As long as you like a somewhat subtle look.
By the way, those are my Little Lime hydrangeas. They are advertised as a dwarf version of the Limelight hydrangeas. I can report that this bush is about half the size of my Limelights. However, the flowers are much more green and they are starting to turn that pretty pinkish-bronze color while the Limelights are still fairly white.
Here are the Limelights for comparison …
Another purchase from Mac-Grove that I’ve already revamped is this simple chrome stool. It was pretty dirty and had a skanky old vinyl seat.
I started by removing the seat. When I flipped the stool over I found that there were metal tabs that were folded over to hold the seat in place. It’s easy to lift them up and take the seat right off.
Ewwwwww! It was pretty gross under that seat.
And as it turned out, there was an original layer of red vinyl underneath that boring grey vinyl too.
So I ripped off the disgusting vinyl and then cleaned all of the chrome with Brasso. Then I recovered the seat with a layer of fresh cotton batting and the remnant from a feed sack that I had on hand and then just put it back on.
Easy peasy makeover!
I saved the Mac-Grove ‘find of the day’ status for this bed.
It was one of the very last things I purchased, and I was determined to get it in the SUV. My sister’s girl scout packing skills really come in handy at moments like these. And she’s always game to try to fit at least one more thing in the car.
It’s going to be so pretty painted, and I think that foot board is just calling out for a Prima Marketing transfer, don’t you?