Thursday, May 30, 2013

~thrifty thursday~ {using products meant for the garbage}

Every memorial day weekend we head to a lake in the mountains with the family.
Not just our family, but most of my husbands sisters go, and their families, and his parents.
This year was a lot of fun.
We hiked, we paddle boarded, we shopped, we swam, golfed, and rode go karts. 
It's a trip our kids always look forward too.
It was also a memorable trip because it will be the last one in 30 some odd years that my in laws will take in their motor home. 
They are putting it up for sale, just getting to be too much for the old folks.
So, how does this relate to thrifty Thursday you ask?

 Well, the last day we were there my mother in law got a big pile of stuff to throw in the garbage. 
This outdoor shower platform thing was one of them.
Just before it landed in the garbage I rescued it, while everyone around me rolled their eyes.
Yep, moms dumpster diving again kids. 
 My mother in law saw garbage, I saw.....
a sign!
 Here's what I did. I cut a piece of 1 x 12 pine to fit on the backside, then stained it grey to match the weathered wood.

 Flipped the "shower pan" over and nailed the piece of stained wood in.
 Then I got out my rubber alphabet stamps and loaded them up with white paint.
 I stamped on the words, 


 Easy peasy.
 I hung it here with pictures of my son surrounding it.


Nancy said...

Ya, didn't look like trash to me either. Nice work. Oh and what is the brand and color stain you used?? I have chunky pine boards my husband had left when he put a new bed on his 1 ton. I'm using them for open shelves in the kitchen and want them to look weathered.

kelly lautenbach said...

SO SO adorable. :) Great quick project with such a sweet sentiment.

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Sweet! So Sweet!

I hope that we are still blogging when he is taller than you and gives you a hug. I know that you will melt like me! The joy never ends!

I recently purchased ten mini pallets from the Van Lierop Bulb Farm in Puyallup,(which is sadly closing.)

You rocked my creative world on this Thrifty Thursday!


Korrie@RedHenHome said...

Definitely not garbage! Love it.

Jennifer Taylor said...

Ooh! I love it! What a great idea! I love it when we can turn trash into treasure!

A WHITE BARN said...


Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Love it too! Love your vision and creativity! It looks great!

Kim Harrison said...

I love your thinking. It was a great save. That is thinking out of the box.

momentum said...

Please tell what stain you it!

Miss Charming said...

Oh, I love it! Really a cute piece of art for your sweet little man.

JoLynn said...

This is really cute! It is so refreshing to me to see others rescue things from the garbage, because sometimes I feel like a hoarder when I grab things that I see potential in! :) So, thank you for making me feel "normal"!!

Brandi said...

How clever of you. This is such a sweet idea.

the furniture finder said...

Ah, I LOVE it! I'm going to have to make one, too! I'm an impatient crafter and this ones looks quick and easy! My to-do list of projects is growing. I better get crackin.'

T said...


You're the epitome of inspiration, woman.

Fabulous find. Beautiful job!

Nancy said...

very cute! Have a wonderful weekend.
xo Nancy

rudoo said...

Great project! I love the wood color. I have been looking for that perfect grey weathered wood color. What brand and color did you use?

jotaamigo said...


best post

and best Blogspot


lafamigliadesignllc said...

Can I mention just how much I love this???? So precious and thrifty!
xxo Monica

Old Red Barn said...

Love it! It's so sweet. I have two boys, so I might make one myself.
Feel free to share on my blog.


AmyH said...

what lake do you guys visit? it is a beautiful picture!!

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