Walking down the streets of San Jose, I stumbled upon this half finished woodshop project. As the students began to move out for the summer, they discarded many things, leaving bed frames and couches out on the sidewalk. When I saw this wood frame, I immediately called Keith and asked him to pick it up for me. He was skeptical of its potential, but I insisted. Especially when wood was so expensive to come by, I couldn't resist taking it home. And so began our new project!
With the frame already made, we made a few adjustments to create smoother transitions. Some of the vertical wooden pieces were awkwardly placed on the corners, so we used a handsaw ($1.50 from Daiso!) to trim the corners. We also removed the top bar. The original makers of this project had made one triangular shelf, so we took it to Home Depot and asked to have a piece of wood cut to a square of that size. Since we have yet to invest in a good saw, we were able to take it to Ace Hardware to have the square piece cut in half. Much thanks to Ace, who cut it for us for no charge!
Then we stained the entire frame, making sure to cover all the corners and undersides (we were too lazy to do the backside, however, so don't ever peek behind!) Once everything was dry, we used wood glue to secure the three shelf pieces onto the frame.
The last (and most fun) part was decorating! I bought a $1.50 vase from Michaels and spray painted a small gold strip between the white and cream colorblock, immediately upscaling it from a cheap vase to an elegant Anthropology piece. The other pieces came with their own story, a book folded page by page, a typewriter restored from history, and a lantern glowing in the warm late nights.
The Treasure Island Flea in SF is often a hit-or-miss - it can have all kinds of random objects and paraphernalia. But true to its name, it can also have hidden treasures. We have visited this flea market over 3 times now, and though many vendors are the same, the true flea market vendors always vary in their goods. We found this gold candle holder hidden between antique cookingware and murky bottles.
After buying the gold candle holder for $1, we took it home and contemplated what to do with it. We perused Michael's (our go-to crafts store, due to its perpetual coupons) for ideas, and stumbled upon some faux leaves and floral pieces we liked. We took some home and hot glue gunned them to the hoop, using fishing wire to secure the bottom pieces to the hoop. We then hung a black candle holder from a different candle holder we already had, stringing fishing wire to hold it in place. A candle holder perfect for a greenery-inspired living room!