Thursday, November 29, 2012

{trash to treasure: my curbside find}

Hi everyone! Sorry for the lack of posts this week - work has been heavy but I am ploughing through. I promised to show you guys a peek at my little curbside find, so here is the super cute brass bench I shoved into my trunk faster than you can say PULL OVER! Seriously, I nearly gave myself whiplash when my eyes locked on this fab FREE find. Good thing was that hubby was driving and was willing to indulge me and make a quick U-turn! Even though he thought I was crazy, he happily shoved it into the trunk ... it's a DIY just waiting to happen:

 
Cute right? But a closer look would show that it's covered in rust and needs major TLC. So here's where I would love your advice - sand and spray with a metallic finish? Any expert tips on removing rust from metal? Any favorite metallic finish spray you have used that looks close to real metal?? So far I'm considering these from Valspar, Rust-Oleum, and Krylon.
 
 
And fabric for the seat! I'm considering placing the bench in my entryway - which has got me thinking I want something with a bold touch of whimsy. My ULTIMATE dream would be Scalamandre's zebra fabric in black - but the black wallpaper colorway doesn't exist as a fabric yet!! :(
 
 
I love the modern take's on toile that I've been seeing these days, and blue & white could be a fun addition of color {above is Lee Jofa's Willow pattern}. Another favorite of mine is Schumacher's Shantung Silhouette in smoke - I've been dying to use it somewhere for some time now!
 
Would Scalamandre's zebras in another colorway be fun? My entry pretty much has no color thus far.
 
 
Or a modern take on toile?
 
 
Or my beloved Shantung Silhouette? I adore the scale:
 
 
What other fun & whimsical fabrics do you think I should consider? I'd really love your suggestions, I'm not stuck on any look right now. And any rust removal & re-finishing tips you can give me are MUCH appreciated also!
 
Have a great Thursday :)
 

20 comments:

Julia {Pawleys Island Posh} said...

Rustoleum metallic ALL THE WAY! It's by far my favorite gold. Just be sure to spray once in the store to make sure you're getting gold. I buy it a lot and twice have gotten home to find my gold cap is really a silver and you can barely tell the difference. Poor packaging on their part bc it doesn't specific gold or silver on the bottle. Any of those fabrics would look amazing. Three of my favorites!

Natalie {Designer Bags and Dirty Diapers} said...

What a major score you lucky girl! Love all the fabrics but the Schumacher Zebra is one of my all time favs!!

modern jane said...

Three of my favorite fabrics and all would be awesome on that crazy steal of a piece! I'll be waiting to see the end result of that one for sure!

White Weathered Hutch, said...

Wooo Hoooo!! You lucky girl!!
Can't wait to see the transformation.

barbara@hodge:podge said...

Nice find! I have no tips as I have bought a metallic spray it it look awful. I'd have to look in the garage to see which one. I know Centsational Girl has an article on the best metallic sprays. As for fabric, I think a blue and white would look fabulous in your entry way for a pop of colour!

Jessamie {Bird and Branch Redesign} said...

DEFINITELY use the Rustoleum! Don't even bother trying the other two. Rub 'n Buff might also be a good option if you want to warm up the gold spray paint any. LOVE the bench, so jealous

Steph | glitter and goat cheese said...

Rust-oleum makes a product called Rust Reformer (http://www.rustoleum.com/CBGProduct.asp?pid=40) that turns rust into a paintable surface, but you could also try sanding it off -- either with regular sandpaper or a wire brush attachment for a drill. :)

Jackie said...

Oh my gosh!!! What a cute bench!!! I think women have that knack for seeing potential in things like this. I have personally used the valspar (I like the spray nozzle) and Rustoleum, they are both good spray paints to use. This would look gorgeous with any black printed fabric. Can't wait to see end result :)

Hannah said...

I like the zebras in another color. I just love that zebra print so much and feel like it needs to be on that bench! So jealous of your find!

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LindsB said...

Have you tried steel wool yet? Works like a charm to get surface rust off and makes it shine again.

LOVE the idea of using something fun on this- its a small area so go bold I say :)

Albertina || MimosaLane said...

Lucky! lucky!! that is so beautiful. I love the zebra scalamandre fabric!! But I can also see it in a minty leopardy fabric....or maybe one of Designer's Guild wild florals?

Stephanie Bottoms said...

What a great find! I like the Shantung Silhouette Print especially with the gold frame!

I also just bought some Krylon Gold but haven't used it yet, so not sure how it looks.

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Sarah MacMillan {Prairie Perch} said...

What a find! Can't wait to see you transform it. Your plans sound fabulous.

ronda roush said...

I've used every kind of gold spray paint made, and for painting on metal I prefer Valspar metallic gold. I just used it on my Baker iron coffee table, then came back and hit it again with a life changing product, a gilding wax from Gedeo Company, which I got through the Faux Finishing Institute. It turned out really great. I have used the gilding wax on raw metal also with amazing results. It is expensive but so worth it.

ronda roush said...

You could add finials onto those little end caps! MacKenzie Childs or some other kind. Fun!

Tim said...

OMG... .. who on the right mind would put that bench on the curb?? lucky you Nancy ... and I'm super jealous!!

chichi Furniture said...

Shantung silhouette or the zebras are my fav and although the zebras would look good in another colour the gold and black would be perfect for your bench. Upholstering is great isn't it, you can make an item of furniture so perfect for your home if you have it upholstered, either to blend in subtly or to be a statement piece of furniture. Good luck :O)

Sheila @sZinteriors said...

Hi Nancy!
What a fab find :-) I have used Rustoleum's on a little pitted brass table, and it came out really well...Here's the link:

http://www.sheilazellerinteriors.com/articles/happy-new-year-with-a-little-gold

For the rust I washed the table down, then sanded the rust spots with steelwool. I wiped it down with a dry cloth, and then sprayed away! Can't wait to see this great curbside find once it's complete! :-)

Tanya from Dans le Townhouse said...

Rustoleum! I have always been happiest using that brand on metal - no matter what the other labels say, they don't always cover as well.

What a great find!! I can't wait to see the makeover.

Christina anguiano said...

Love the bench! I think you should try polishing it before you paint. I have brought some really bad looking brass pieces back to a high shine. It will take some elbow grease but will be well worth it. My favorite polish is called maas. And when i have a badly rusted piece i use the polish with 0000 steel wool and then do a last coat with a soft cloth and buff it to a high shine.

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