Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Retro Ashtray Stand Table

Like I say, I am blessed to have friends and neighbors (you know who you are!) who give me their cast offs to repurpose.  A few weeks ago I saw this cool, retro ashtray stand on top of my neighbor's trash can.  After a quick text asking if I could have it, I snagged it because I knew EXACTLY what I wanted to do with it.
 I loved the whole retro feel to this piece so it was definitely going to be a table for my gazebo, and of course, it would HAVE to be red.  
 Another friend had given me a lot of 'stuff', and in that haul was this lazy susan.  So I removed the "rotating" part from the bottom by just removing a few screws.  A quick coat of white chalk paint and some distressing and this was ready for some artwork.
 Anyone who knows me knows how much I hate winter and how much I love summer.  I knew that I had to find a 'summery' quote for this piece and was so excited to find this quote by Lucy Maude Montgomery, (gosh I love that name!) author of the Anne of Green Gables series.
 In keeping with the 50's feel of this piece, I found this great retro font.  I printed it out using WordArt to get it to curve and then traced it onto the wood using graphite paper.
 Here it is, painted and with a few coats of wax. A little E6000 glue attached this nicely to the base that I had sprayed with a few coats of glossy red paint.
 I love red (did I say that already??) and I love summer (said that too??) and I LOVE spending as much time as possible in my gazebo on hot, summer nights so I am thrilled with how this turned out.
 Ava likes it too :)
I wonder what it WOULD be like to live in a world where it was always June!?

Linking to these parties this week:

The DIY Showoff   http://diyshowoff.com/ (Monday)

I Should Be Mopping the Floor http://www.ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com/ (Monday)

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday http://linda-coastalcharm.blogspot.com/ (Tuesday)

Cedar Hill Ranch The Scoop http://cedarhillfarmhouse.com (Tuesday)

Ivy and Elephants http://ivyandelephants.blogspot.com/ (Wednesday)

The Thrifty Groove  http://www.thethriftygroove.com/

The Feathered Nest http://www.frenchcountrycottage.net/ (Friday)

The Charm of Home http://thecharmofhome.blogspot.com/ (Wednesday)

French Country Cottage http://www.frenchcountrycottage.net/

The Enchanting Rose http://theenchantingrose.blogspot.com/ (Tuesday)


  1. Thanks so much for your visit and for taking the time to comment!! Adding a bit of height to the Solar Lights has also changed the lighting and they seem even brighter and add more light to a larger area!


  2. I love it! What a difference you made painting it and I love this quote. I moved to FL to try to have June weather a little longer! lol Hugs!

  3. Oh Lauren, what a great transformation. You did a great job. I love the red and the quote. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.


  4. Hi Lauren!
    Firstly- thank you very much for your nice comment on my blog, and following. I follow you right now .
    Secondly: Great job! great transformation of this stand!

  5. My dear Lauren, the transformation is fabulous! I love the pretty pop of red. Thank you so much for sharing with Roses of Inspiration - I hope you're able to join us again this week. Hugs!

  6. That is so cute. Great job. Loving the red.


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