Cleaning Up Shop

This past week, while working in the shop, we found a few goodies!

We’re preparing for a large garage sale next weekend in an attempt to empty the place out and picked up some re-purposable keepers. Back when Phillip and I started dating, he brought me up to the shop and I instantly became giddy as we started exploring. It’s a DIY, thrift store lover’s dream! We’ve gone exploring a couple of times since, but this time we found a couple of gems. This should both make you giddy (or sympathetic to my giddiness) and aware of just how much stuff is actually in there to get rid of.

Here’s a list of stuff we found:

  1. Phillip’s mom’s old set of flour/sugar containers that are dovetailed wood boxes that fit inside of one another. Super cute! They have a retro design on them that I’m in love with.
  2. A small brass owl. If you know what the word “hipster” means, you’ll know why I love this. If not, move on to numero three.
  3. Two cheap photo albums (to be used for the project listed below).
  4. A mini overnight suitcase for shower stuff from what looks like the 50s. It’s gonna make a great card box at the reception!
  5. A record player.
  6. A box of wood frames for canvases.
  7. A box of small 8 oz. canning jars for cocktails at the reception.
  8. An old door, complete with antique key hole (to be used for a project listed below).
  9. A small red tool box and a large tool box to keep our craft/project stuff in, such as the wood burning tool we bought! Woot!

  1. Two canvases. Yes they have paintings on them, but I have an idea for them (to be used for a project listed below).
  2. A stack of Rhonda’s, Phillip’s mom’s, records which included The Beatles, Neil Young, Led Zeppelin, and many others. We just brought these back down to the house so no one would mess with them in the garage sale, but I just had to mention them, because it just goes to show you how cool Phillip’s mom is.

So a pretty sweet list. Now here’s what we plan to do with a lot of it.

Project #1: Cheap Photo Albums.

I saw a picture of a wood photo album recently on my favorite wedding blog that I’ve been following for years, Style Me Pretty. Instantly I knew that I Phillip would love this project and that it would be an easy one for us. So while we were looking through the garage and stumbled upon this…White Elephant photo album. Finders keepers. We took the pages out of a photo album and saved the bolts.

Photo Album Pages for Project

So we found a piece of wood, really it’s just a piece of plywood with a veneer that we liked and cut it into two small pieces for the covers. Phillip then brought out an old leather belt that was almost in pieces already so we decided to use that as hinges. I recently purchased a wood burning tool that I’m using for this project.

I’ll do a post about it as soon as we are done.

Project #2: An Old Door.

We found this idea to make a headboard out of an old door from another one of my favorite DIY (Do-It-Yourself) blogs, Design Sponge, so we’ve been on the look-out for a door. We found an old white door with an old knob and keyhole. It’s perfect! I’ll do a post on this project after we are done as well.

Project #3: Canvases.

I have 3 canvases now to work with, one from a thrift store and two from the shop. I plan to create something with them for our bedroom or living room, but I’m not quite sure what to do with them yet. I’ve seen a few options on some DIY blogs, but I have to do more research.

So more to come with projects…

Phillip came up with another great idea recently. We’re going to paint the side of his 54 Chevy panel truck for the reception!

We’re also thinking we might use some of the other cars for decoration outside. When you have 54 Chevy like this available, how can you resist?

While we were playing around in the shop, I also tested out the table arrangement for the reception. Please forgive the rudimentary props I used, but it’s just to get an idea of what would fit on an 8′ x 30″ banquet table.

Option 1: Wine bottles in the center, centerpieces on either side.

Option 2: Wine bottles on one side, champagne on the other and a centerpiece in the middle.

Option 3: Wine bottles on the end of the table, centerpieces on both sides of the table and no center item.

Not sure which one to do. We are going to be making boxes for the centerpieces with succulents in them. I was thinking about adding a lantern from Ikea in there for light. We are going to leave wine bottles on the table for dinner. Other than that, not sure.

Well, that’s all for cleaning up shop. Will post pictures of the shop next week of the garage sale and the aftermath.


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