Sunday, June 2, 2013

Oops Paint + Free = AWESOME!

I found this desk listed for free on Craigslist.  It was from a storage unit facility that auctioned off an unpaid unit's contents and no one wanted it (that is the Craigslist photo).

Then I found a free chair driving home one day. Would you have known if it weren't for the sign?

Yikes!  Ugly and rickety to go with the scratched up sad desk.  But free is free!

Because I use the homemade chalk paint, when I go to HD to get the sample pots for a specific color, I always check for oops paint.  I had this turquoise blue color that I paid $.50 for.  It was supposed to be a color match, so the color does not have a name, but I would name it AWESOME!

Tell me this didn't come out incredible!  This paint was Glidden and I only needed to do ONE coat on both the desk and chair! (I did sand the drawers first to get rid of those ridiculous scratches)

I had to replace the knobs on the desk since it was missing one.  I had gotten four of the knobs at a flea market over the summer for $.25 each.  I found two more matching ones at True Value for $.99 each.

I covered the seat of the chair with a black bandanna I got from a garage sale and it completely transformed it.

I lightly distressed the desk and was only trying to lightly distress the chair, but the paint came off really easy so it has a more rustic look.  I covered everything with the dark wax "glaze" technique and buffed it when it was cured.

In the end this matching desk and chair cost me less than $5! Well, $5 and a million hours of my time because in order to get this done I had to:

-go to HD looking for oops paint A LOT
-go to flea markets/garage sales A LOT
-go to thrift stores A LOT
-scan craigslist for free items A LOT 
-check out trash piles on garbage day A LOT 
-hoard things to save for future projects A LOT 
-AND spend my spare time sanding, painting, distressing, waxing, and buffing furniture

But, you know, like I said LESS THAN $5!!

Linking to:
Life On Lakeshore Drive
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I Should Be Mopping The Floor  
Creative Home Expressions
Homemaker On A Dime  
Better With Age
Coastal Charm
Kammy's Korner
Today's Creative Blog  
Lolly Jane
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia  
Cozy Little House
Kathe With An E 
The Winthrop Chronicles
Not Just A Housewife
DIY Showoff
Hickory Trail
Thrifty Decor Chick 
Elizabeth & Co.
If It's not Baroque...
The DIY Dreamer
Fluster Buster
Savvy Southern Style
Southern Lovely
Yellow Bliss Road
Real Housewives of Riverton
Not Done Growing
The Shabby Creek Cottage
Mom On Timeout 
Green Willow Pond 
I Gotta Create 
All Things With Purpose 
House of Hepworths
Domestic Superhero
Crafty Scrappy Happy
Miss Mustard Seed
Finding Fabulous
The Shabby Nest
Liz Marie
Funky Junk
The Dedicated House

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  1. That's amazing Susan - I love the colour too! Way to go on the virtually free remake!
    Peggy @ The Painted Pear

  2. What an awesome transformation.
    I love the color.

  3. A match made in heaven. Truly awesome!


  4. Beautiful and well done. What a great bargain.

  5. Susan,You did a wonderful job !!!!I love the color,and i look for deals too.Love the calk paint,it gos a long way.

  6. Susan its beautiful.i hope it sells real fast-love deex

  7. Love it Susan! Isn't it so true, it takes a lot of time to "thrift" and "create" but so worth it in the end! Always such fun to see what you've been up to!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY...

  8. I love it SO much!!!! The color is amazing like you said but what amazes me more is the fact that this project "fell" together perfectly!! Even the handles, what are the chances that you would find a bunch at different places and times??? The whole product is just stunning...once again GREAT JOB!! Love reading your blog :)


  9. That is so pretty!! I love the color:)

  10. gorgeous combo!! :) free is THE BEST!

  11. Very cute! I love the shape of the desk and the colour is fantastic.

  12. What a great make-over! I can't believe you got that paint for $.50! Awesome!

  13. Huge improvement! Love the color choice.

  14. This turned out great! Great color choice and I love the chair seat.


  15. visiting from dream to reality. Love this. I love a bargain and it is so good to say to others "it only cost $5". The time is your love. Wow

  16. Those both turned out awesome! Gotta love a great bargain & turning them into something so fabulous!! Saw you at Elizabeth & Co

  17. Great transformation! Love the color. I found you threw the oh what a happy day link up.

  18. awesome is right! great job! Thank you for spreading JOY and sharing at the Oh What a HAPPY Day party.

    Holly at Not Done Growing

  19. CUTE! I love the bandanna on the seat. :)

    Good Job!


  20. Wow! Great job, I love how it turned out!

  21. This is AMAZING! Love that shade of "oops" paint and I can't believe how well the desk and chair go together--beautiful! And you certainly can't beat the price. I popped over from House of Hepworths--thanks for sharing!

    ~Abby =)

  22. Oh how I love "oops" paint!!! thanks for sharing these cute makeovers at my party.


  23. They are so cute!! I have to agree that the color should be named Awesome. I love it!


  24. Love that color of paint! The desk and the chair turned out great.:)


    btw, I'm stopping by from the I Gotta Create! link party.

  25. You've given these pieces a whole new life. Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

  26. Love it! The bandanna was genius! Thank you for sharing at Give Me The Goods!

    Dimples & Pig Tales

  27. Fabulous transformation Susan! Love the color and the bandana. Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great weekend!


  28. That has got to be one of the cheapest transformations I've seen. It turned out great. I'm going to start checking out craigslist more often. Thank you for coming by and sharing this on Fluster Buster's Creative Muster Party.

    Fluster Buster

  29. Great saves! And so true - if I let myself think about all the time and energy that goes into each project, it makes me a little crazy! So I just try not to think about it!!!

  30. featuring this tonight!!! :) Love everything you touch!

  31. Amazing what you did with the two free pieces of furniture - they look fabulous! I love free items! Saw your link at the Dedicated House.



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