Enter a g-sale I hit up a couple weeks ago and found (what I thought was) a cute side table.
I kinda smiled but Im sure my facial expressions read "WTF did you just say?" because she started to ramble "Well, that's what my husband said. Since that's chicken mesh wire on the front of the doors, it was obviously meant to hold chickens.".... oh please, go on....
"We never put any chickens in it though. I wanted to raise chickens in the back yard and that why my husband bought it for me, but we never did.".... ... ... (insert my kindest blank stare here)... seriously! What was I supposed to say?!... ... She continued, "Roosters. It's because roosters are too loud. We tried to put my dog in it once, but he didn't like it. I don't think it was meant for dogs."
After continuing the conversation for a bit and assuring her that I would probably use it as a side table, not for dog storage, the story alone made it worth the $5 I paid for it.
So I took it home, looked it over, and tried to decide what best to do with my new "chicken storage unit".
So I took all the hinges and doors off... making sure to keep all my hardware in a plastic bag so not to lose any small pieces.
Anyway, it was getting late, so while the stain sat, I made a run to Home Depot.
|Also notice how it was improperly labeled "Hardware Cloth"... not "Chicken coop wire".... psh, get your stuff together Home Depot.|
|I love the name of the one on the left... Champagne mist...It sounds like the name of really classy stripper perfume.|
Here's a zoomed in, blurry picture of the knob with the screw in the middle to give you a better idea.
I happily skipped back home and took my project in the garage since it was getting dark out
I preped all my wire racks for a good spray painting and went to town...
The next day, I made sure to give my new table a nice heavy coat of Polyurethane so we could put drinks and what-not on top of it without having to worry.
|Remember: Stains get an OIL based poly coat... Paint gets WATER based.|
First step was simply using a staple gun to reattach my wire gating.
Flipped it over and put on the new knob... ... ... sweet.
I went to the sunroom and put it into place in between the two chairs I made.
Here's the Before and after...
Quite the change from the "Chicken coop" huh? I dont plan on trying to put Gus inside (or any other living animal for that matter) but I sorta giggle every time I pass it and think of the awesome conversation I had with that lady.
So what do you think?! Like it? Do you have any fun/random/strange/awesome garage sale stories to share? I would love to hear them!