Trash to Treasure and a little bit SAD

I promised you a post yesterday unfortunately I failed.

But I did take two naps so it wasn’t a complete and total waste.

I know I’ve mentioned this before but I don’t like winter.

I don’t like it being cold, dark and gloomy.

I suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) which is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons — It begins every year around the same time which for me is usually mid fall and continues into the winter months. It zaps my energy, I’m depressed most of the day, I lose interest in everything that I once enjoyed, I can’t sleep, I gain weight, I’m sluggish and agitated, and I just don’t want to be around people. I try really hard to be social when I’m feeling down but it’s so hard trying to connect with people.  I know I need the support and the interaction of friends but during these dark months I’m in a hole and I can’t climb out.  SAD is something I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.  If you know someone who is suffering with SAD please encourage them to get treatment.  If they don’t like doctors (like me) nor do they like prescription medication (like me) there are things such as light therapy and over the counter medications such as SAM-e that can help eliminate some symptoms. Without those two things, I probably wouldn’t ever get out of the bed.  Ever.

So there’s your public service announcement for the day and probably a little more about me than you prefer to know…but whatever. It’s my blog and I’ll write what I want to.

So now let’s get down to business.

Remember this?

image (2)Since I wrote about this here this little thing has been all over the interwebs.

It’s been mentioned by All You magazine, Country Living magazine, Good HousekeepingPassionate Penny Pincher, Yahoo, Red Moon Gardens, MSN and a multitude of others. I am tickled, humbled and honored to have been featured by so many great magazines and websites. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

So when I found a couple more magazine racks while thrifting I grabbed those suckers up so fast and ran out the door. I didn’t pay more than $5.00 for each of them. Of course they’ve been sitting because you know…SAD, but their finally finished now.

I would show you before pics but they were on the hard drive that died. Just what I needed right.

Anyway, I was able to save 2 before pics but you probably can’t tell what they looked like.

They were ugly.

The first one had a tacky fabric golf print on both sides.

1012949_344404655684053_2377552726591357648_nIt was awful.

The first thing I did was rip that crap off.

I replaced it with some cut down to size dollar store place mats that I had painted with chalkboard paint.

Then I painted the entire piece with my diy chalk paint, drew on my favorite vintage pie graphic, distressed it with a sanding block then sealed it with Polyacrylic in satin finish.

It now sits in my kitchen holding all my cutting boards, rolling pins and tongs that are too big or awkard for the drawer.

IMG_8156I love how it turned out.




FullSizeRenderThe second one was a little easier since I didn’t have to rip out tacky fabric.

It’s amazing what people throw away.

I painted this one the same way.

Getting to the insides are tricky.

But it’s done.



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IMG_8199I don’t have anything in this one yet.

I’ll probably end up selling it locally.

These were fun to do and now every time I go into a thrift store I scope them out.

I’ve managed to pick up two more since.

Maybe I’ll get them painted soon.

Or maybe I won’t.

They may have to wait until Spring along with all the other big pieces I have to paint.

Spring just can’t get here fast enough.

Until then…


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27 thoughts on “Trash to Treasure and a little bit SAD

  1. I have looked everywhere for the Delicious Pies Served Hot graphic and cannot find it. Can you help me locate it? thank you.

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  3. This is my first time visiting your blog, what a wonderful site-thank you so much for you hard work. Could you please give more info on how you did the graphics and got them so neatly transferred.

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  8. I love them all, they all turned out really nice. I remember seeing the first one. Loved it too. I have an old magazine rack but the sides are made with dowels, wish they were solid. You’ve inspired me where I need to pull mine out and redo it. Thanks so much for sharing!

  9. I’ve never been diagnosed with SAD, but I know what it feels like to hate the winter and cold weather. Spring cannot get here fast enough for me! Thanks for sharing your beautiful projects, but also your experience with SAD. I know someone out there needed to hear them. Thanks so much for sharing at Totally Terrific Tuesday! I hope you stop by to link up with us again this week. Remember the party starts tonight at 10pm!
    Christie ~ Sparkles of Sunshine

  10. I know a few people diagnosed with SAD and there are days that I think I may have it too. I HATE gloomy weather and when the sun is shining I get SO much more done! Its crazy how it works. I love these guys, they turned out amazing! The thrift store is my favorite place to be in the winter! I cant wait of yard sales to start hopping! I get excited just thinking about it lol! Pinned and shared thanks for linking up at Totally Terrific Tuesday!

  11. Sandy, this is my first time visiting your blog and I’m so glad I did. I love your trash to treasure projects so much, and the graphics and text you used on them, girl after my own heart! I will never overlook wooden magazine racks in thrift stores again – what a great way to repurpose them by using them in the kitchen. Love that idea!!! So sorry the winters are hard on you. I get a touch of that too but I’m sorry to hear how much you suffer. Hopefully this winter will end soon and we can all get more sunshine and fresh air!! Thanks for sharing your projects on Best of the Nest, I look forward to looking around your blog!

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