Trash to Treasure Chest – The Before and After

People leave the most remarkable things at the street for trash pick-up!

I was following PAM (Painter Artist Mom) along a street a couple of months ago.  She stopped suddenly, got out of her car, and came to my car window.

I wondered what was going on…

PAM asked if I wanted the chest that was placed at the end of a driveway we’d just passed.  It was set out for trash pick-up.  I hadn’t even noticed it!  (I’ve been away from civilization far too long!)

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Spunky Daughter was thrilled to get this chest!  It’s in very good shape.  While waiting for her to pick it up, it sat on the front porch during Christmas.

Yep!  Just like people in the country who act uncivilized…people with furniture sitting on their porch…who don’t know any better…and don’t care.  We’re truly living the life now!

Trash Table

After Fun Son moved the drop-leaf table that had been in this spot to his new apartment, this chest finally came in from the front porch.  OK, now we’re civilized again.  Ha!

Trash Table

SD had big ideas for the piece.  She saw a video on-line about gluing octagon tiles over a tabletop painted black.  But when I told her the finish on top was easily salvageable, she decided to keep the stain but to darken it.  Brown stain took the red tint right out.

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The decorative gems were stick-ons and removed easily.

Stick-on Jewels

As for the paint color, SD wanted a soft charcoal.  The picture of the chest looks navy, but it’s grey.  Granted, the soft charcoal has a bluish cast, but it definitely looks grey when you see it in a room.

I’ve heard from two separate sources that for 2017, navy is the new black.  This chest appears to be “IN”, right?  It does take on a navy cast in pictures.

In reality, the color looks like Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year 2017 called Shadow.  (Click image for details.)

SD mixed two Valspar Super Flat Paint with Primer colors that Lowe’s color-matched for me a few years back.  Annie Sloan Charcoal (which looks very much like black) and Annie Sloan French Linen (as I used for this vintage coffee table redo and this medicine cabinet transformation) were mixed together to SD’s liking.

Since the paint is a chalk paint substitute, I sanded and wiped clean the surfaces before painting.  One coat was sufficient, and SD didn’t plan to rough the edges at all.

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The next day, she added the knobs she’d found at T. J. Maxx.

New Decorative Nobs

The screw was too short to fit through the drawer fronts, so I removed the gold cup from behind each knob.

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They fit just fine without the cups.

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Excited, SD loved the new look, and we moved it that day to her apartment.  We took a few pictures before loading it into the truck.

Trash to Treasure Chest

When we returned, I had a hole to fill.  So, I placed the piece that HH’s grandfather hand-crafted, the very thing that was in this spot a few years ago.

New Arrangement

It left an empty wall in the kitchen under the plate shelf.

New Arrangement

With the arm chairs moved around the breakfast room table, the extra space is handy.

New Arrangement

It’s interesting how moving one piece out of your home can cause revolving furniture pieces.  Do you like to change things?  Or, do you prefer things to stay the same indefinitely?

Blessings~

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Comments

  1. Nancy says

    When you encounter problems with the length of the screws, just remember you can
    Always get longer lengths that fit knobs and handles…..

    • Sharron says

      Love the results of the chest !
      I have used ASP before and it turned out real good . Last week I finally got around to buying paint , to paint my Mom and Dad’s old jelly safe!!! It has to be at least 75 to 80 years old .. Because I wanted to paint it a color I had seem at Pier 1 on a table , I went to the Paint Spot.. They matched up the color just perfect with Rust-Oleum Chalked paint . It is an ultra matte paint. I loved the way the paint went on and my old crackled safe looks great !!! I have a spot waiting on it in my kitchen !!:)

      • says

        Thank you, Sharon. I didn’t know Rust-Oleum has chalked paint now. Thanks for sharing that, and I’m glad you enjoy it. I’m thinking it was probably much cheaper than Annie Sloan, too. The Valspar superflat I’m using as a sub is $13 per quart. That by far beats the ASCP price in the upper thirties. Have fun with your new piece in the room! 🙂

    • says

      Yes. We hunted through our stash because we don’t run to “town” (15 miles away) for just any little thing. She wanted the chest Pronto – so excited to get it moved. She likes the knobs without the cups behind, so it was an acceptable solution. 🙂

  2. robin says

    I like the color she used! And the knob re-do was a smart idea.

    I have been trash picking since I was a little kid. I would fix things up and then sell them at my yard sales if I was not keeping them…AS A KID! My grandfather had a junk yard and would take the stuff out of old cars and trucks to see if anything was salvageable. The man was trash picking up until his late 80s! He would give my dad stuff to bring home and give to ME. So I get it honest! LOL!

    I recently got some FREE stuff….from CL…I decided to keep part. I got an Imaginarium train table with a lot of trains (not ALL the pieces but hey…it was FREE!), along with a bunch of Transformer toys. The Imaginarium train table and trains sell for $119 new. I will be donating the Transformers. I am keeping the train stuff for any young visitors.

    Right now the train table is my coffee table in the living room! I will get it downstairs once I am done painting.

    • says

      Ha! Yes, we need to keep some things on hand to entertain young ones when they come around. They need something to do while keeping away from “the breakables”. Ha!

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