How To Repurpose Flea Market Finds – Happy Little Toy Chest

How To Repurpose Flea Market Finds – Happy Little Toy Chest

One of my Shupp’s Grove picks a while back, during my annual Sister’s Getaway Weekend, was this awesome aqua blue (my favorite color) side table, made out of reclaimed wood.  The vendor told me it came from her uncle’s house and that they used it as a toy box when they were kids.  The top is hinged and opens to reveal a roomy spot to put lots of stuff into….I’ve got kids so the possibilities are endless!

I love how you can see the wear and tear on the legs and the top (not pictured), where the tiny little hands flipped it open over and over again.  What’s also interesting is all of the different kinds of bolts, nails, and screws that were used to put it together.  No leg is attached in the same manner, but it’s a sturdy little piece!  One sunny weekend, my son helped me wash the dirt and grime off of it.  Then I sanded it down using a palm sander on another very windy day.   Thank goodness for the wind because it made me feel better about the possibility of the paint containing lead.  The huge gusts of wind whisked it all away!  

I wanted it to go in this spot…where an old stationery cabinet used to sit. That piece was purchased at a local barn sale.  The drawers don’t come out too easily, but they work well enough to store seasonal items in it like sunscreen, sunglasses, and odds and ends like cell phone chargers.

I contemplated repainting the chippy aqua blue toy chest because some funky drip marks did not sand out like I thought they would.  I knew I couldn’t find an exact match to the paint, but thought about using some chalk paint like this one made by Dixie Belle Paint Company (As an Amazon Associate, I earn commission from qualifying purchases).  I ended up deciding that I liked the grungy look and so here it sits in my family room.  

On its own, it might look downright shabby and not worthy of display to some people, but it fits my aesthetic just right.  Paired with some other vintage accessories, no one’s going to care about the nuts and bolts and drippy paint.  At lease I don’t!
I moved my West Elm hack owl lamp to the opposite side of our gray sectional couch.  That project was fun and seriously satisfying! I bought an ugly semi-realistic looking owl lamp from Ebay.  It had creepy, bright yellow eyes.  I spray painted it a nice clean bright white and gave it a new shade.  The project cost me about $35 as opposed to the very expensive brand new one at West Elm.
Well, I hope you enjoyed hearing about some of my projects.
As always, stay cozy!


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