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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A New Place To Make Music


I had this old box sitting around, not being used for anything.
So, I planned on adding it to my next yard sale.
Then I had an idea :)

This is the inside.

This is a chair that I use out on the back porch,
 in the summer to play my guitar.
It has shorter legs than most chairs and is much easier on my back, 
when playing my guitar :)

Now, for my re-do!!!

Here is the first coat of paint.
Next I applied crackle medium, and painted it white.

Here it is finished :)
 
You can see the pink, yellow, green, and blue through the cracks.

Another view. 
 
Here is the box painted.
I first painted it white, 
then after it was dry and finished, 
I sanded it so the white and the wood would  show through.
I wanted it to look a little worn. 

Here you can see the inside.

I added a little shelf, which slants to the back.
The purpose is to create a music stand.
My music book can sit on this shelf,
while the box becomes a great place to store other music books.


This works so well, that when fall comes 
and I start playing inside again . . .
this will be moving into the house.

It is perfect . . .
I am so glad that I rescued it from my yard sale stuff :)

Here are just a couple more photos.

It is so nice when you can take something that you were going to get rid of . . .
and make it new and useful again.

Have a lovely week
&
Please leave a comment, so that I know you visited.

Here's wishing you a song in your heart, 
that lasts all day :)



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87 comments:

  1. Your new chair and stand turned out so nice. Hope you enjoy many hours of enjoyment from playing music! Nancy

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    1. Thanks Nancy, I do enjoy sitting outside and playing when the weather is nice :)

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  2. You've turned a rescue into a lovely useful piece! Your wheels are always turning Connie. I can tell;o)

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    1. Hi Debbie, it's always fun when you can rescue junk and turn it into something to love again:)

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  3. Oh my, you are so creative! They both turned out great and will be so useful for years to come.

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    1. Thanks so much . . . it's was a fun project :)

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  4. Great idea... it's always good to re-purpose isn't it, such a satisfying feeling!

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    1. Hi Carolyn, it is satisfying, much more than spending money on something new :)

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  5. Oh, adorable! Just LOVE it. And I'd love to hear you play the guitar. I play, too, as well as banjo. Music is so wonderful, isn't it? Take care and congratulations on your project. Just super! Susan

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    1. Hi Susan, It is so nice to see you. I would love to hear you play, too. It's too bad that we don't live close enough to jam together :)

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  6. Wow Connie what lovely makeovers and such a great idea for the box.

    Felicia

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    1. Hello Feliica, I think that I'm going to enjoy this box for many years to come :)

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  7. This is a fabulous idea, who would have ever even thought of such a transformation? I especially like the inside of the box, the stand and the music notes.

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    1. Hi Ginny, Sometimes I think I go over-board with detail, but in this case I really like it too :)

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  8. Connie, that's a fantastic makeover! And what a clever repurposing. I hope you have many happy hours of music-making with these items infused with your creative talents.

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    1. Hi Melanie, When the weather is nice I love to practice outside . . . I've never gotten any complaints, so either my neighbors stuff their ears with cotton, or they appreciate my music, LOL :)

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  9. I really like this, Connie, it is so creative and pretty! The colors are so sweet and the care you have taken with all the details really makes these special. What a lovely little corner you have made for yourself to play your guitar! Hugs, xoxo

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    1. Hi Karen, thank you . . . sometimes I go a little overboard with detail, but this project was really fun :)

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  10. You are so clever, this is lovely. I love that colour blur and am going o have a statement wall that colour xxx

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    1. Hi Fran, it is a pretty color isn't it. This was my FREE quart of paint from Ace Hardware. Every spring they have a day where if you come into their store, you can walk out with a free quart of their best paint in your choice of colors . . . We are in there a lot and more often in the spring, because of all the projects that need doing that time of year :) Have a great weekend :)

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  11. How beautifully creative, dear Connie!
    Love it all...enjoy!!!
    xoxo,
    - Irina

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    1. Hello Irina, and thank you so much :)

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  12. Oh my goodness what an absolutely fabulous idea. It's beautiful :-) xx

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    1. Hello Kay . . . I am delighted that you like it :)

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  13. I just adore that chair--and the box too! What a perfect place to sit and play. I don't play but just love to hear a guitar. Enjoy!

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    1. I'm so happy that you like this project . . . it was a lot of fun to paint :)

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  14. Perfect- what a fantastic remodel!

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  15. What a great idea, Connie! I love how the chair and box turned out. The color is great. I like to give things I've put in the donation pile a second look sometimes, too, just to see if I can repurpose something before it goes. Glad your box got a second lease on life! : )

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    1. Hi Kathy, I'm sure happy that I had this idea before giving this old box away . . . sometimes the idea comes, to late, LOL

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  16. Wow what a beautiful redo on both pieces. I love the use of the crackle medium and the checks a great combo. It now looks like the perfect spot for a little strumming! Laura

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    1. It turned out perfect for what I needed. Now I don't have to drag out a music stand each time I play outside :)

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  17. Such cleverness on your behalf. xxx

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    1. Thank you . . . it is very useful new :)

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  18. I really like what it turned out to be.. Very creative and lovely to look at too. Nice job!! :-)

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    1. Hello Anne, I just came from your blog. I love all the lovely garden photos.
      Have a lovely weekend :)

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  20. Wow , I love the colors, the only ting missing is a nice glass of lemonade or iced tea for a summer eve of music!

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    1. Hi Donna, I thought that maybe you would bring the lemonade and sing a long :)

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  21. Fabulous Connie, they have a great shabby chic look about them

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    1. Hi Liz, I'm trying to make over my back porch and soften it up a bite. Therefore; everything that i've done this year is in a more shabby chic style. It just feel so cozy and relaxed :)

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  22. why would you want to get rid of a great box! your re-do is wonderful. love that blue.

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    1. Hi Ellen, and thanks. The only reason was because I didn't have a purpose for it, and I am very limited in space. I agree it is a great box.

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  23. Brilliant, Connie! I love what you've done with the chair and box. What an inspired idea for a music stand/box! Lx

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    1. Hi Lynne, it is working out great. Nice storage and it works well for supporting a music book. I wish that I had thought of it sooner. That box has been getting push from here to there and really needed a purpose :)

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  24. Those both turned out awesome. They look like they were made for each other. That was a great idea for the box.

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    1. Thank you. It was just a lucky match.
      I usually have these ideas, the day after I get rid of something, LOL.

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  25. Connie your chair is wonderful...I love the technique and choice of color and patterns you chose. The inside of the box is very appealing and creative. ♥

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    1. Hello Dee, thank you, I love all the positive feedback, that I've been getting with this post. Even more I love that I now have a cute place to store my music . . . glad I didn't toss it :)

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  26. Connie, upcycling at it's best!! I would have loved to have snagged that box at a garage sale! You are all set.....Strum away!

    Carol

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    1. Thank you Carol . . . it was too nice of a box to get rid of, but space was an issue. If it's not servings a purpose, it's taking up too much space :)

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  27. Evening Connie, LOVE the colors and of course, your creativity! What a darling idea! Blessings and have a wonderful weekend~~~Roxie

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    1. Hi Roxie, and thank you so much . . . right back at you, with a wonderful weekend. I'm looking forward to your sweet little trailer re-do posts :)

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  28. oh my..that is just the cutest ,
    great idea...
    my favorite color too(:)
    love the blogger sister thing (:)
    hugs

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  29. You are very artistic and creative. The chair and box look a treat. Great recycling/reusing.

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    1. Hello Diane, it is great to see you, thanks for the visit and for the sweet comment :)

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  30. WOW! What an awesome transformation and a great place to inspire your music! I love the soft tones as well!

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    1. Hi Anita, thank you so much . . . I am delighted that you like my re-do :)

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  31. Such a neat idea!! Yes, I have gotten rid of many things in a garage sale and later thought, "gosh I should have kept that". I need to get motivated to start learning how to play my guitar.....someday.

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by . . . I wish you lived closer, we could plan an afternoon each week to get together for a couple hours and play together. It's always fun to play and practice with a friend :)

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    2. Yes that would be fun to get together a couple of hours to play guitar. I found a chord sheet like you had encouraged to get off the internet. We went to a Garden Walk today and I got lots of new ideas for my gardens.

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    3. Going on a garden walk . . . than sounds delightful. There are many two and three chord songs out there. That's where I would start. Go to my Strumming & Singing Blog (find it on my profile page) Then go down the right side column and hit two chord songs. You will find Waltz Across Texas and Jambalaya, two easy songs to start out with :) Have fun.

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  32. What an incredible re-do! Love both the chair and the music box.

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    1. Hi Melanie, you always leave such positive feedback, you're a sweetie pie :)

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    1. Thank you . . . you're a sweetie :)

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  34. Hi Connie...Thank you for the kind words you left on my blog and signing up to follow my blog...I will do the same. I Love how you transformed the chair.

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    1. Hi Kelly, it is so nice to see you here, and thank you for becoming a mutual follower. I'm looking forward to getting to know you better through blogging :)

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  35. It is marvelous Connie, and I'm not surprised you would think to re-purpose these items in such a charming way. I love the checked pattern you came up with and how it all fits together in a worn and well-used look.

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    1. Hi Sara, I was just at your site visiting. You have inspired me to do some well needed closet cleaning.
      Thanks :) Also, thanks for this very kind and sweet comment :)

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  36. At first I didn't think I was going to like that chair...love it! What a great idea. I, sadly, told my guitar teacher I need to take some time off. I just do not have the time for it right now. It has been one thing after another. I hope to start back up in the fall.

    Cindy Bee

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    1. Hi Cindy, Oh, what I wish you lived close to me, we could get together and just jam. I go to am open jam that takes place every Thursday afternoon in the backroom of a friend. We usually have anywhere between 5 and 9 folks show up. It's a great way to practice, get pointers, learn new songs, and have a load of laughs.
      Happy Summer . . . and so glad you changed your mind and liked the finished product :)

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  37. Wow, Connie, I love it! You are so talented! I agree that the checked pattern is great! - Revis

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    1. Hi Revis, and thank you so much . . . it was a lot of fun to paint :)

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  38. That set turned out great Connie! Thanks for stopping by my "place" and visiting. Such sweet words. Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Hi, I am delighted to see you here . . . thanks for the visit.
      Have fun watching your baby birds :)

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  39. Thanks so much . . . wonderful to get a visit from you :)

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  40. This is such a lovely makeover. Job well done. :-)

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    1. Hi Libby, and thank you so much. I am delighted that you like my project :)

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  41. Oh, Connie, not just useful but very beautiful too! Love the color and the little shelf sure was a great idea. You are a lady of many talents! Enjoyed your French journal post too :)

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    1. I am delighted to see you, thanks for the lovely visit and for the sweet compliments.

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