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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

"Trash"....To Treasure! Phase 1

I have this friend who is a single mom. She works very hard to support her 10 year old son all by herself. She recently asked me to help her choose some paint colors for her home, and I was more than happy to oblige her!

We went to her house to take a look around, and she started to fill me in on her plan to re-fresh her surroundings and make them a place to call home. She pointed to the sofa and said it is to be sold...she wants new ones...then she started to point to things all over the place that she had already resigned to the garbage pile.

OH NO!!! Not the wood furniture!!! Why throw it out? Why not just do a make-over on this stuff??? These were the first things out of my mouth. There is nothing really wrong with any of her stuff....she is just plain tired of looking at unfinished pine. SO....This is where I come in.
This bench was sitting in her front porch...it was supposed be burned ...as she has had it for 7 years or so...so I took it home and did...well a few small changes to it.
I wasn't even finished with it and she was so excited she made me stop here! She didn't want me to tone it down...or blend it anymore...she just loves this new look!
I had also brought home some of her smaller accessories...the magazine rack....got a coat of mat black spray paint and a rub with some reddish stain.

There are three of these...

Which now look like this! Huge difference it makes!

These wooden crates were also originally pine...but now they have some weight to them with a fresh new look!I also brought home this pine buffet. She hated it and tried to give it to me...I like the bones...and started to work on it a little bit.
Here it is...almost finished.
All done! Bet you never guess who doesn't get to keep the buffet! ha ha! She found a new appreciation for the storage it will offer with it's updated new look.

The next day, she came with a truck to pick up the finished pieces...and to my surprise...she had a load to drop off!


This armoir used to be the same look as the other pieces were...unfinished pine. (I forgot to take a before pic)

The potato bin before... After.
This is a close up of the small shelf she had in her kitchen. She hated the sunflower look...so...

SUNFLOWERS....BE GONE! (sorry Gloria.)

Now this is the first few of several pieces...she likes this look, and wants it all the same...but I have some plans for some of the other pieces...just to give it a little variety. If I can convince her to let me be me...lol...they will co-ordinate.


50 comments:

Lillie Mae Acres said...

Girl, what a great makeover on all of her stuff. I should ship a truckload of my stuff to you LOL. I cherish nice wood furniture, so I can't even imagine her wanting to discard and burn anything. You really did her a good service, she's blessed you came by.

Tootsie said...

DON'T FORGET TO ENTER THE GIVE AWAY GUYS!!!!

Rhondi said...

Your friend must be thrilled with how you transformed her furniture. That is a lot of work.

Helen said...

All I can say is OMG, OMG! I am sitting here with my mouth hanging open! You are pure genius and the ultimate inspiration.....

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my word, I can't believe the difference in all the furniture. Everything looks just fabulous. How in the world do you have time for all of this. You really do have an eye for making things seem new and fresh. I just love it all. Hugs, Marty

Stacey said...

Well first let me say that you are doing great things for your friend. I'm sure she is absolutely thrilled with the turn around her home is making.

I will go visit those websites. I hope YOU are getting one of those garden signs. :)

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Now girl that's what I call a DIY for the better...I so hope she appreciates all you have done for her...this would have costed her money what you did for friendship...You need to start charging for your services my friend..love the buffet you did...I hope all is well in your world today my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

You need another crown Tootsie. You are indeed the makeover Queen. They are all gorgeous!
I loved so many things in the GSN store. I certainly have in in my favorites bookmarks now. That could be dangerous.LOL! I had to move on to see what was in the Mailboxes store.
It has some terrific things to. I loved the Chickadee Vine Garden Plaque and that you could get one personalized. That may be in my future. LOL!

Troy said...

OK, let me get this straight.

I go to CSN Stores and pick out an item, like the Hinkley Lighting Lantern Head Path Light in Copper Bronze, which, incidentally should look wonderful with the sign.

Then, I drop off a truckload of stuff at your house, like I am giving it to you, but once you get it all fixed up, I stop by and pick it up.

By that time my light has arrived, and I can pick up my matching sign, all in one trip?

Sounds like a plan, I can hardly wait!

La Petite Gallery said...

Tootsie,
You are amazing. Where do you get those pine crates? They came out wonderful.
You have got stamina girl.
great post.

yvonne

CiNdEe said...

OMGosh you are a busy girl! You have done a fabulous job with all that!! It looks fantastic!!!! I bet your friend is beside herself with joy(-:
I will have to swing by and see those sites asap(-:
Oh and by the way I love sunflowers still(-: I know they are probably out of style but I still have them in my house(-:

Darla said...

Well aren't you just the creative one...you see beauty in everything don't you? These are turning out great. Now, you just have to make her let you take photos of her home when it's all decorated.
I went to Outdoorlighting and I love the Minka small outdoor wall lantern in vintage rust-dark sky..

Evelyn Howard said...

Interesting post Tootsie.

Justine said...

OMG, I cannot believe how much work you're doing for her! You've taken boring, plain pine and given it new life! I think I told you once before that I don't particularly like that treatment (I know, I'm so mean) but you've done a terrific job and I'm so happy SHE loves it! Now where did you find the liners for the baskets? Imagine, she was going to throw all of this stuff out and you made it look NEW. Bravo!!!!!!

Justine :o )

leavesnbloom said...

wow Tootsie that was some makeover - I'm impressed.

Rosie

Calming Scents said...

Your WAY to talented for me. I look at this stuff and think Wow why couldnt I have thought of that. Truly I lack creativity.

mishebe said...

Good job. And a very nice thing to do... mishelle

9405018--Pat said...

You are one amazing woman..what a great makeover...I stopped by CSN store love the outdoor funiture (bar stool)..thanks for sharing...Pat H

Nancy Jane said...

The makeovers are amazing...you should start a business... Nancy

onlymehere said...

She's so lucky to have you as a friend (in more ways than one!). You just saved her so much money with your make-overs. I love what you did. There is so much that needs refreshing around here too. Hmmmm, maybe Tootsie could stop by and help me out too, lol! Oh well, someday, someday! Now I'm off to finish working. I work a late night on Sunday and it gets a little lonely in Blogland so I'm really glad you posted tonight! Me

P.S. Sorry my posts made you sad. I've thought often about your comment. I hope to make you smile soon!

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

What a sweetheart you are to makeover all those pine pieces!!!
It would have been fun to see a before pic in her home and then after in her home!!! Great job lady!
Warmly,
Deb :)

Andrea said...

WOW!! Beautiful furniture re-do's! They look awesome!! I just came over from Lulu's blog.
Blessings, andrea

PS: I was drawn to your blog b/c of your name: Tootsie. My husband's mother's name was Elizabeth, but "everyone" called her Tootsie!

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Tootsie, great transformations! Everything looks wonderful! I will check out the stores you mentioned...Kristen

Laura said...

Wow- what great projects.
You did such a good job.
Now I need to get busy!

Laura

Lori E said...

It usually just takes someone else's eyes to see the potential for us. Job well done.

Treasia Stepp said...

What amazing transformations you have done for your friend. I can't wait to see more of them.

Thank you so much for the link to the CSN store. I've already been looking for one hour. LOL. So far this is my favorite as I am in need of a new duvet set. Lawrence Home Fashions Opus Comforter Series - Opus Comforter Series
SKU #: LAW2607

I've also found a china set I love, a new buffet and more. Now to head back and dream shop some more there.

Sonia said...

Wow when do you sleep!?? I love all the transformations! So nice to help a friend and get new treasures from old things! Great Post!

Miss Bloomers

Mama Holli said...

WoW!! You are one busy mama!!! What wonderful work you do and so fast! I had fun stopping by your blog and I will be back!

Cindy said...

What a true friend you are! Great transformations....so many folks try to pass off their furniture to me because it's outdated, then I paint them and they fall in love all over again :)

Thanks for linking to Mi4M!

Bonnie said...

What a beaufiful job you did on the furniture! Great vision.

"Blossom" said...

Just when I thought you couldn't be any more amazing you go and do this. How beautiful, you made this furniture and items really come to life. Great post by the way, have a wonderful week.
anita

The Japanese Redneck said...

Wow, wow, wow. Will you never cease to amaze me at your talent. Your friend is lucky indeed to have you helping her!!!

my home sanctuary said...

Oh what a great job. One persons trash is anothers treasure!
BTW the garden on your header is beautiful.
Thanks for sharing today.
Have a Blessed Week,
Sherry

Chari said...

Hello sweet lady...

Ohhh my, what fabulous transformations, my friend! I just know that your friend really...REALLY loves you now! Hehe! Seriously, you did a fabulous job giving these tired ol' pine pieces new life!!! I love the finish you did on them...simply gorgeous! Tootsie, you are so creative and talented, Girlfriend!!! You should see if your friend will allow you to take photos of these newly refinished pieces in her home...I'd love to see what they look like there!!!

Well Darlin', I really appreciated and enjoyed your visit to my Changed Room post! Your sweet comment just made my day! Thank you so much for all of your warm and generous compliments...so sweet!!!

Have a marvelous Monday, my friend!
Chari @Happy To Design

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

Where do you find all this time? No wonder your friend changed her mind, everything looks great!

Twice as Nice said...

Outdoor lighting and more~I didn't have to go past the front page. LOVE the lantern lighting on the garage. What a fantastic look.

It also looks like you've been busy being a good friend. I'll bet she'll be painting everything that isn't nailed down before you know it.

artis1111 said...

Looks great,How many plants are you going to have started from seeds?????????LOL Kathy

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Wow, those are some amazing transformations! Your friend is lucky to have such a talented and generous friend. Have fun with your CSN giveaway!

Ashleigh said...

I want to win!
I love the buffet, but really I think you did an amazing job on everything! Did you just paint them or stain?
ThankfullyThrifty at gmail dot com

Julie said...

WOWZERS! You go girl!!!!!

raxx a day in the life said...

Hey super talented Tootsie! You are the makeover queen! I love all those pieces you really brought them back to life! and to think your friend reclaimed all of them! too funny!

My favorite are the baskets, they look store worthy!

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

Good gracious, you have been a busy little girl. I like the redo, but also liked it the way it was. I can't believe she wanted to burn the bench, 7 yrs..my goodness my dining table is 40 yrs old and I'm not nearly ready to burn it....I guess when you want a new start, you want everything new again. I really like what you did with the baskets and the bench.
Now I really think she should share with you for all the work you did.
Molly

Patricia said...

I just went to The CNS store and went to the garden decor, OMG...
they have the most gorgeous bird feeders, I love the electric blue
Monarch Bird feeder and that is just on the first page. I can't wait to see what they have in planters, Thanks for the opportunity to win that great sign, I would love to have it.
The furniture makeover is great, you are a good friend, thats a lot of work.
I be back with more of my favorites.

Sandra said...

Wow, what a transformation, Tootsie! You did great! Thanks for sharing with us, sweety!
Blessings,
Sandra

9405018--Pat said...

I spent more time today at the csn store.....what a great giveaway...love the outdoor page the globus and the bird feeders, wonderful..thanks toot...Pat H

Nishant said...

You are pure genius and the ultimate inspiration.....

Work from home India

La Petite Gallery said...

Hi,

Just took another peep.


yvonne

Outdoor Garden Furniture said...

Amazing work Tootsie.The make over and transformation of the furniture stuff is really awesome and fabulous.For this spring i am thinking to buy some new garden furniture and also transform & renovate old furniture to new.......
I like this post.....!!!!

conservatories said...

Your friend is really lucky, first to have a friend like you and also to have such a great collection of pine wood furniture. I loved all of them, they looked so new and fresh. You gave a great make over. That was really creative.

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