I, like any good hunter/picker/scavenger out there, can't pass up a free pile. You know the ones I mean. The boxes, (sometimes a blanket or tarp, a table if the former owners are feeling classy), left on the side of the road, in front houses and apartment blocks or next to bus stops, and full of assorted trash and treasures. Some things are obvious grab'ems. Some are obvious junk. But what about those bits that find themselves somewhere in between? Enter, the UPCYCLE!
This magazine rack, shown here just before the project began, came with all the necessary pieces. The board that slides in the bottom, acting as the base, was an atrocious looking piece of faux wood wall paneling. The handle was water stained wood with brass caps on either end. But when I saw it sitting down the road from my house, something vibed right away. I liked the lines, the zigzagging geometry, and simple, sturdy construction. So, home it came and Mission: Re-Fab had begun.
And behold, the finished product! A few coats of white spray paint on the metal body, a sanded down to clean wood handle, with the brass caps left as found (a little shabby authenticity), and that atrocious faux wood panel? Covered with genuine 1970's floral print fabric. A shabby chic gem ready for its new life as... a holder for your many bathroom sundries? An alternative spot for those spare linens in the guest bedroom? A snack caddy next to the couch? It fits four bags of munchies, I checked! Or, hey! How about a rack for your books and magazines... ;-)