My girls love to make art and my 9 year old is especially good at finding use for ‘found’ objects like paper towel rolls, shoeboxes, and our recycling. A few weeks ago she found a pot the neighbors had put out on trash day. It was clear it had been outside and the paint that was either originally on it or that they had added was peeling off so curbside it went. She saw something beautiful about it though, so we rescued it from the trash. (this is typical in our neighborhood-every big item we put curbside gets picked up by someone before garbage day)
We spent some time cleaning it with water and soap and then I used sandpaper to rough up the surface.
At first I added a watery white paint to the surface to allow the original clay and blue paint to shine through but it looked unfinished not intentional, so I wanted to update it again.
My inspiration was this pin from Pinterest.
I thought the color was gorgeous without being too perfect (a problem in a house where kids destroy things) and akin to one of the layers of color on our pot. When we looked at paint samples I couldn’t find the ‘right’ blue so I opted for a glossy white instead.
Now it’s an adorable little side table for our narrow living room, or an umbrella stand for use by our front door. Personally I love it as a side table, but the umbrella stand was it’s original use.
Have you ever taken a found item and turned into something you loved?