About a month ago, I drug the kid and Bill out of bed early one Saturday morning to go yard saleing.
hate love it when I do that. 😉
I decided to be nice for once and give Grunt Labor the Saturday morning off.
He usually gives me Saturday mornings off, so it was long overdue.
Before leaving the neighborhood, we had lucked up on a bamboo patio table for a whopping $2 and a 5×7 leopard print rug for only $5.
Luck was on my side that day.
It quickly ended when there was a meltdown with the kid when I refused to buy a creepy $7 FurrRealz Cat.
$7 for a toy cat at a yard sale? And it looked possessed? Move along child, move along.
At the next stop though, we lucked upon a play phone, a beanie baby skunk and a Care Bears nightgown that the kid just had to have.
I’ve never been so happy to see a Ty Beanie Baby in my life.
The meltdown ceased.
As we were about to leave, I spotted something that had potential out of the corner of my eye…
A vintage paper sorter.
I looked at Bill.
His eyes lit up and he said, “We can do something really cool with that.”
He’s starting to think like me.
I asked the man how much for it.
Oh honey. You must be crazy. I don’t pay $12 for anything at a yard sale unless its furniture. Let me show you the rug I just snagged for $5.
Yep, I’m that girl, y’all.
Sorry not sorry.
We started negotiating.
I walked away with the paper sorter for $6.
It was still more than I wanted to pay for a paper sorter, but it was half of what he started at.
I’ll take it.
Once we got it home, we realized we weren’t really sure what that something really cool we would do to it would be.
But when in doubt…use all the colors.
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I know, right?!
Aren’t they all just great together?
Here’s how she started:
Vintage Paper Sorter Makeover
To achieve this uber-colorful look, we used:
- Paper Towels
- Velvet Finishes Minimalistic (White)
- Velvet Finishes Glamorous (Bright Pink)
- Velvet Finishes Boheme (Light Blue)
- Velvet Finishes Stately (Purple)
- Velvet Finishes Bold (Yellow)
- Velvet Finishes Exotic (Coral)
- Velvet Finishes Enchanting (Green)
I started by pulling the trim off the outside of the sorter to be able to get all the shelves out and easily paint them.
I did this very carefully because I didn’t want to damage the wood.
After the trim was off, I pulled out every shelf and primed each of them as well as the sorter itself with Ready.
This thing had a glossy finish on it and was dirty as well. Ready primed and cleaned it at the same time. I just sprayed it on each shelf and the sorter, let it sit for a couple of minutes, then wiped it down with paper towels. Bill and I tag teamed it, so that it didn’t take as long.
To make all the soon-to-be colorful shelves pop, I painted the outside and inside of the sorter with Minimalistic – a true white.
It took about three light coats with a good quality paintbrush to do the job.
I gave each shelf a couple coats of color.
I also did this with just a paintbrush – but a good one. 😉
I didn’t worry with a topcoat, because Velvet Finishes paint already has a topcoat built-in and this won’t be getting a lot of hardcore use.
After everything was painted, I had to sand the edges of the shelves a bit to make them fit back in the sorter, then I put the trim back on.
There was a mishap with one shelf and it was tragically lost.
I broke it. 🙁
But really, I don’t think this paper sorter makeover could get any cuter.
Those colors are just perfection.
I’m going to save it for the circus’ upcoming room makeover.
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