I spent a recent sunny Saturday morning roaming various yard sales in my neighborhood. I’d have to say my expedition was successful: for $50 I collected an assortment of home furniture/decor, toys, games and other items.
To be honest, I was hesitant to go. I'm not a regular yard sale goer. I was worried about insulting an owner if I would leave their sale without buying anything. But fortunately, I was relieved when that feeling quickly vanished the moment I found my first deal...a $2 oval shaped brass framed mirror with loads of potential and a $5 barely used game of Cranium. Score! I was hooked.
Out of all the items I selected, that mirror and a pair of bar stools were going to be my next upcycling project.
The mirror needed a paint job: I taped along the inside edge of the frame and painted one coat of light primer. After allowing time to dry, I added a couple more coats of white trim paint using a foam brush. I removed the tape, allowed time to dry fully and gave the mirror a good cleaning before hanging. And voila...a boutique style decorative mirror!
The bar stools, which I purchased for a steep $2 each, needed reupholstering and a paint job. I removed the old upholstery and foam from the bar stools making sure to keep them intact to use as my template for the new cover and foam.
I chose a heavy weight denim I had on hand and cut out exactly the same sizes and shapes. I notched the circle at four evenly spaced spots along the perimeter in order to align with four evenly spaced notches I had placed along the rectangular piece. I sewed the 2 pieces together and set aside. See sewing guide for bar stool cover. I cut out a circle of the same size from new foam padding.
For the legs, I primed them using a foam brush and followed up with several more even coats of white trim paint. Finally, I stapled the new cover and foam padding to the stool.
I'm definitely looking forward to my next treasure hunt. What great treasures have you found at yard sales?
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