Monday, June 3, 2013

Trashformation complete.

Other than a misadventure with a wrought iron corner shelf back in '83,
I've never sought out curbside trash.  I have nothing against it, but I work
three to four (sometimes five) days per week and we live in a 90 year old
house in desperate need of attention, so the last thing I need is
another project!!!

It was purely by chance that I came across a threefer last fall.
A little spiffing up and the 2 enamel topped cabinets found new homes with our daughters,
but the forlorn looking whatchamacallit below sat in our garage all
winter long.  And a long winter it was here in northern MN!

Not very pretty is she?

This is how it looked when I picked it up off the
side of the road last fall.  I've been on a mission to clean out
our garage and this is one of the things that had to go!

After I brought the junk home, I noticed our daughter Julie
had pinned a photo of a play produce stand for kids.

Light bulb moment!

I'll turn it into a lemonade/produce stand for Mack!

I had my assistant scrape the rust off the cast iron frame
and cut a few rectangles from quarter inch plywood for the sides.
Then I gave it a few coats of glossy white paint to brighten it up.

The front of the stand is my old subway art covered
with chalkboard paint and screwed into the horizontal wood shelves.
It's a perfect fit and didn't cost me a dime!

I also had my handyman piece together some spare plumbing parts and
 insert them into the top holes of the pipe frame to support the canopy.

The only thing I purchased for the project was this piece of
 striped outdoor fabric.  I lined it with painters drop cloth
and sewed strips of velcro near the scalloped edges of the canopy.
I stapled velcro to the front and back of the top board
to attach the fabric canopy and viola!

A lemonade stand is born!

The back opening can be used to store extra supplies.

I had planned to photograph the stand outdoors in the sunshine, but
unfortunately it rained all weekend.  What good is
a lemonade stand on a rainy day?

Plan B:  Use it as a puppet theater!

A few months ago, the amazing Tracy of Crow's Feet Chic sent me this darling
 crocheted strawberry bag.  Hmmmm, is this the new fashionable
handbag for spring?   Why no, it's filled with.......

Finger puppets galore!!!
Squeal!  Aren't they adorable?!

Fun to be had by children of all ages!  Adults, too!
  I know this because I brought them to work for show and tell.
Finger puppets have a way of bringing out the child in all of us.  :)

Thank you Tracy!

Before & After

Total cost $5.00.
Moving it out of the garage.  Priceless!!

Our grandson Mack turned 2 on Saturday!
He may not grasp the concept of selling lemonade yet,
but he's no doubt inherited the salesman gene, so it shouldn't be long
before he's out on the boulevard selling lemonade.
  And tomatoes from their garden.
And toys from his sandbox.
 And kitties.

Tracy's crocheted version of Mack's beloved? kitties,
 Peanut and Mr. Meowmers.   ;o)

Thanks for stopping by!
  Have you hugged your cat today?  Real hard?


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  1. You got vision. It is wonderful.

  2. It's wonderful! It's fabulous! And thanks to Tracy, I think a puppet show along with that lemonade!
    You are a good granna, Vickie.

  3. I would have never thought you could make anything out of that thing! You are a genius. Really. Those little finger puppets are amazing. The tiny sock monkey is too cute!

  4. Vicki - That is darling! Think of how many hours the children will enjoy that in so many ways. You did a wonderful job!!


  5. I am SO impressed with that lemonade stand!!! That looks so cute. I would never guess that it started out as something else. Any child would be proud to sell lemonade out of that!

  6. OMG!!! Vickie now I have to say you cut it out you make me look like a slacker with this adorable and I mean adorable project. This is too cute. I want to sell lemonade out front of my house with this cute piece!!!! So adorable and clever. It really is a sweet treasure you made out of that old rusty piece. I think the puppets that Tracy made are amazing and it will work too for a puppet show. I can see a lot of fun hours playing with this piece. Love this post.

  7. Amazing! Such a good idea, Vickie. I think I've told you several times: you are so creative!!
    Lucky grandchildren, they'll enjoy a lot.

  8. Now that is one heck of a transformation! Doesn't even look like the same piece - wow!

  9. You are a nut! Ok now I feel much better with my curbside and Thrift Sore Picks! You do surprise me with how god your makeovers are! Ok you need to be in a magazine for goodness sake.. love your style girlfriend, Hugs, Diane

  10. What kiddo wouldn't love that! Great job!

  11. You are brilliant, Vickie!!! Another darling project!
    Mary Alice

  12. Oh Vickie, that lemonade stand is so adorable! It's perfect for a puppet stand too. It is so cheerful and fun. The puppets are so sweet. My 2 year old grandson would have fun with this too. I'll have to keep my eye on the curbside while I'm driving. :D

  13. Oh my gosh! THAT is what you made the Lemonade Stand from? You are a genious!! Love the storage area behind (where one can keep their sales $$$) and the canopy is so darn cute -- I love the colours. Great chalk work too. I didn't even recognize Gunner as being one of the finger puppets until I scrolled down. :) Glad the grandmonkeys will get some fun out of them... they were a hoot to make. :) Great job on your collage too! ;)

  14. Wow! That before and after is quite impressive!!!! Holy cow!!! Mack (and Mama) LOVES the lemondade stand. :) It will be played with often by both kiddos in the new playroom. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I bet you could take orders.....

    Love you...nice visiting with you guys, and look forward to coming up north next weekend! LOVE YOU!

    And Tracy, those finger puppets are hilarious. ;)

    I am going to hug a cat. Hahaha. ;) not.

  15. Ohmygosh Mom! That is an amazing transformation! Julie ... I see college funds growing already ;0)

    Also LOVE the finger puppets Tracy...I think they will get lots of attention with all the grandkiddos visiting this weekend!!!

    Can't wait to see everyone!

  16. How cute is that? You're right...Mack may not get it yet, but he will! Good Grandma!!!

  17. This is just too stinking cute!! I love this and I love the fact that you can use it for two things. The finger puppets are adorable. I'm a goof and would love to play with them with the kids.


  18. Pure genius Ranger 911. You rock! I love it.

  19. oh, my, this is just the cutest thing!! vickie, you are an awesome, clever g-mom:) the puppets are so darling and that chalkboard is a winner, too!

  20. You are a genius. So clever and a great use for your curbside find. I can't believe how cute it came out. I just love it!

  21. You are amazing. What a wonderful idea. I never seen a better repurpose for a curbside find!
    Love it~

  22. 100% awesome. And the puppets from Tracy........ TDC, TOO DARN CUTE!!!


  23. OH...this is a fabulous project, Vickie! You are one talented lady! And the idea to use it for puppets (Tracy's puppets are wonderful!) is perfect!

  24. Oh my goodness, you way outdid yourself on that one. From nothing, you created a masterpiece (theater) hee, hee. What a fun versatile creation. I'm simply amazed by your vision for this and your execution. Tracy's hands must be plumb worn out from all that fabulous work she's been doing too. Those puppets are amazing! Crazy cool! I can't get over the two of you!

  25. I did not see a lemonade stand coming with that piece. Toooooo cool and very fun!

  26. OMGosh Vickie...that is so stinkin' cute!!

  27. This is so, so cute! And how you made it it so impressive! Thanks so much for sharing! Happy Wednesday to you!

  28. Wow ~ this came out great! I'm visiting today from Savvy Southern Style. I co-host a Linky Party Tuesday (open thru Sat) and I'd love for you to link up! I hope you get a chance to stop by, link up and leave a comment, too!
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  29. Incredibly inspired, incredible transformation - who would have thought of that !
    Your assistant is very handy isn't he, and it's good to see that you're already thinking of your grandchildren's financial future. The greatest entrepreneurs always start young !!

  30. now thats a wonderful transformation, you have a wonderful imagination, I would never be able to do thi s, ever, its beautiful and I love the idea of a puppet theater!

  31. This is by far one of the most creative and cutest makeovers I've seen in a while! Your grandkids will have years of fun playing with it. Great job, Laura

  32. Adorable! You are going to get a huge amount of traffic for this project. It's ingenious!

  33. Love this, I don't need a lemonade stand but it would be fab as a drink stand on the patio! I am sure I can find something in my garage to transform..well have hubby do the hard labor...great job!

    Hugs, Lynnie

  34. Wow this is so cute! I love it.. I am new from southern charm. I would love for you to check out my blog and hopefully you will follow me back. Nicole

  35. Wow-this is the cutest!! It took some serious vision, and you pulled it off!:)

  36. Oh my dear friend Vickie, you are one very creative lady. I LOVE IT. WAGI my friend. Oh and here's another acronym for you RAT...Roadside Acquisition Treasure! Love me those RATs...Hee, Hee, Hee.

    Oh and I couldn't stop laughing when I saw the girl laying on her eyes on your previous post...Hee, Hee, Hee...So cute. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.


  37. Wow! How cool is that. Incredible transformation. Love it, especially the awning. Thanks for sharing it on our BeBetsy Link and Hop!
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  38. Love this . What a creative idea from a curbside find. I'm also in love with the cute finger puppets! Great project!

  39. Too too cute! It makes me want a grandchild even more so I can make fun things for him/her.

  40. What an incredible transformation! Your grandson will love this... if not today... someday soon! Amazing and fun project!

  41. AMAZING. You did one heck of a transformation there! Such fun!

    Why can't I find enamel top cabinets on the curb? Sob.


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  43. Vickie you are so clever! What a cute idea!That is the cutest lemonade/puppet stand I have ever seen!

  44. Absolutely amazing transformation! What a fun idea! (and so cute) Had my grands here yesterday and was thinking I might let them do a lemonaide stand just to keep them busy ... so maybe ...

  45. girl, you never cease to amaze me! what a lucky kid little Mack is! and yes, I hug my kitties reeeeal hard every day!!! love the kitty names...and all the finger puppets!

  46. Love the lemonade stand/puppet theatre, that is adorable! New GFC follower!

  47. Diane this is adorable! Great thinking lady!

  48. That magazine stand is amazing!!!

  49. Hi Vickie! Thanks so much for popping in and checking out my blog! I had to come take a look at yours- seriously, that lemonade stand is the cutest thing ever!! My kids would love it-every time we have a garage sale, they like to try to sell treats. What a wonderful transformation!!!

  50. Happy Birthday to You Happy Birthday to you!!!!! I wanted to break into your blog and wish you a very Happy Birthday today. Enjoy your special day. Midge wanted to wish you a Happy Birthday too!!!!! She would like chocolate sprinkles on your cake!!!! Rest (whatever that is) relax and enjoy the special day.

  51. What vision! The lemonade stand is just adorable, I love it!
    Super creative.

  52. OK I hope you see cause your have a Birthday...and I want to say Happy happy Birthday to you

  53. cutest lemonade stand ever! you are a genius. i love's just so darn cute!! Tracy makes the best crochet adorable the bag and everything in it is (did that sound like Yoda
    your posts always make me laugh a gal with a wry sense of humor!!

  54. you are a GENIOUS!!!!!!!!!! and i love those finger puppets!
    happy summer to you, too!

  55. This is adorable!!! I don't even know what it was (a shelf??) before and you turned it into something so fun and playful! I would have loved this as a little girl! Your grandbabies will have a ton of fun with this!:)


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