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From Trash to Fab With Nicole

I did it again. I found something destined for trash/recycling and gave it new life. I was out for a drive during spring clean-up with a friend when I spotted this gem. I slammed on the brakes and said: "I think I need that piece of garbage!". I backed up and grabbed it - in its rusty glory, a former metal stand, likely used in a bathroom for towel storage or another purpose. 

This ultimate before-project sat on my deck for a few weeks, before I got tired of looking at it. 

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The rust on it was quite thick, but a few scrubs and some elbow grease had it shining again. But you know me, I can't just have something be in its original state - this was a job for spray paint!

Could I have left the rust since I was painting it anyway? Absolutely. But the scrub with a metal brush allowed for a nice, smooth surface for a coat of matte black paint. The piece looks small to cover, but it has lots of nooks and crannies, so it took almost an entire can of paint. It required to spray paint it as it currently stands and then flipping on its various sides to ensure proper coverage. I left it to dry for a few minutes and then started decorating. This one is styled with:

  • A lobster rope bowl from EastCoast Lobster Rope Product from the New Glasgow Farmer's Market
  • Lavender plants placed in affordable planters from Ikea
  • A succulent planter from a local garden center (I was assured they're pretty hard to kill)
  • A basket that I was able to find at Value Village for a couple of dollars. 

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Now, I have a beautiful little plant stand on my deck that cost next-to-nothing, and was destined for the landfill!

Nicole Leblanc HeadshotAbout Nicole
Hi, I’m Nicole! My partner John and I have owned a Stone’s Prestige Home for over 3 and ½ years, and we love our space! With a passion for DIY, I’ve had so much fun personalizing and really making our space our own. I love to craft and get creative, and like all DIY’ers, I’ve had my fair share of fails. I’m excited to share ideas, inspiration, and projects, and a few tips along the way to help you along your DIY journey!

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September 28, 2022