Thursday, October 11, 2012
Think Outside the Box - Repurpose
One of the funniest challenges in decorating is "thinking outside the box." I think just about anyone can grab a picture and copy what someone else has done, but to put your own "thinking cap" on gives you great satisfaction.
I am a reluctant garage sale person. I like to drive by the place without getting out to see if I can spy from my car. I have mentioned how my husband and I tag team on my other blog. So one day we were tag teaming when he came to his waiting wife in the car and said, "there is a small side table, but it only has two of its three legs." I didn't hesitate..."get it." His reply, "what for?"
Thinking outside the box I had two projects for the price of one. The two legged table was $3.00. The top was round. So on the side where the third leg should be I cut across the round table top...about 1/3 into the table surface. This 1/4 moon shape table top became a shelf.
The rest of the table would be placed in the hall attached to the wall by L brackets (one of the many uses I have used L brackets for) By removing part of the side table the table no longer protruded into the walk way, but gave a wonderful space for a picture display above it and accents on the table.
I wish I had original pictures of the table standing it in all its glory and how I mounted the shelf...I do not.
The second transformation was years later I renewed the table with paint and stencil. It was first spray painted and distressed, then I glazed it with a stain and stenciled the top of the table.
Final product....now living another life in our new place. This one piece has had countless lives...by just thinking outside the box.