Monday, June 18, 2012

Tool Box

I am SOOO excited about this project! I have been looking everywhere for a tool box for Alax, and I finally found one today at Savers. Tool boxes are kinda expensive!! I got this one for $2.99! I didn't think it looked that bad until I put it on the counter to checkout. I put it on its side and the whole bottom was rusted! I debated right there if I should still go ahead and get it, and I'm really glad I did!! I went home and researched how to get rust off of metal, and decided to use some steel wool to get the flakey rust off, and then I went to Walmart and got this!!
You just spray right over the rust, how cool is that?? 

Here is the before and after. MUCH better right?

I didn't know how to take the handle and latches off, so I just taped it off before I painted. I also put a piece of tape over the Craftsman symbol on the front.

All painted!! 

I am so happy with the way it turned out! It's still dented and worn, but it's a tool's supposed to be beat up right?? :) 
On a side note, I've really got to stop going to thrift stores as much as I do...I've been watching Hoarders, and the way these people shop, and love free and cheap things makes me worried for my 

Monday, June 4, 2012

Microwave Stand

I was at Savers the other day and spotted something with great potential :) just a warning, the before pictures are truly disgusting. Alax and I have been looking for a little something that we could put our microwave on so that we had a little more counter space, so although this was a lot of work, I knew it would be perfect for what we wanted!  At the store it didn't seem to need too much work, but once I got it home I realized how bad it really was..It kind of grosses me out to think that someone actually had this in their house like this..It smelled like smoke, and I honestly don't think it was ever cleaned. After hours of scrubbing, and bleaching the CRAP out of it, Alax and I ripped the back off and the bottom of the drawer, got the measurements and went to Home Depot and had them cut new CLEAN pieces. Then we spray painted the back white and nailed it on! So here are the before and after pics!




 The total cost of the project was under $10!! Not too bad if you don't mind a LOT of cleaning :)
Happy Monday!!