|Transform garage-sale castoffs into fun finds|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Thursday, 30 May 2013 09:51|
As the warmer weather is upon us, it brings many new activities: baseball, picnics, beach time and garage sales. People are purging what they don't need or no longer want.
It's the perfect opportunity to turn their trash into your treasure. From outdated odds and ends to forgotten furniture, there is a wealth of worthy items just waiting to be found, re-imagined and re-purposed.
• Pretty in paint. Rusty metal, chipped paint, colors from another decade - they are common sights for the garage sale shopper. But when you look beyond these imperfections - and at their spray paint potential - you'll soon find some diamonds in the rough.
Metal products, such as tables, chairs, garden tools or even watering cans, can receive an easy and instant update spray paint.
• New uses for old things. The key to finding items at garage sales is to look at how they can be used in new and different ways. Don't view that dusty, broken typewriter or vintage camera as mechanical pieces you have to fix, but rather as interesting design elements to be admired on bookshelves and mantels.
Even old books can add a level of sophistication to your home. Grab a handful in coordinating colors to stack on a dresser or end table for instant eye appeal. Buy an old ladder and prop it against the wall to drape blankets. You can even spray paint an old coffee mug rack to create a fabulous jewelry organizer to hang all your favorite accessories. The possibilities are endless.
• Turning up treasures. If your main reason for getting giddy over garage sales is to make a quick buck, you're not alone. Valuable items could lurk at every turn, and they are just waiting to be snatched up by eager buyers.
Before you head out to garage sales, however, do your research and read up on collectibles. Generally, pieces with high nostalgia will fetch a higher price tag. Think classic lunch boxes, comic books, sports memorabilia or board games - things you loved as a kid that never seem to go out of style. You can also enlist the help of a collectibles expert, who can tell you everything you need to know.
As you head out this summer on a hunt for some bargain fixer-upper or forgotten gems, keep your eyes peeled and your mind open. The perfect home addition is right around the corner. You just have to use your imagination and bring it back to life.
For more information on project ideas, visit www.krylon.com.
(Courtesy of Brandpoint)
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