Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Shopping In My Garage


You read that right.... I went shopping in my garage and look what made its way back into the house!  Poor thing!  It was seeking solace with all the other "stuff" I had piled together. I had high hopes of having a garage sale with the intentions of preparing to downsize.  Neither one is happening quickly so there sat the Tom Thumb cash register looking all forlorn! Then, it hit me..... ok, the green is soooo not me... I have no intentions of taking it apart for the metal
number plates.... but it could be really cute in my studio.  Just needed some fixin' up! Filled with inspiration, I quickly snatched it and headed back into the house!

The result?  Meet the "after" version of a vintage Tom Thumb cash register!



Here is what I did.  Using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White and Annie
Sloan wax, in clear and dark brown....



... I had at it!  Yes, I have jumped on the Annie Sloan paint product bandwagon and felt this was the right product to use on metal.  No need to prep as it adheres beautifully!  After painting two coats (dry time is amazingly fast), I gently rubbed a bit of the paint off of the corners and edges to give it that time worn effect. Next came clear wax, buffed, dark brown wax (be stringent on this as a little goes a long way) and buffed once again.  There you have it!

However, now that I had covered the Crayola Crayon Green on the outside, the inside of the cash drawer screamed with blazing, Sunny Yellow!  Hmmmm... needed to correct that. I tediously glued paper from a vintage, french grammer book onto all surfaces.



I was so tickled with the transformation!  It sat on my studio table looking very demure.  Almost to the point where I needed to remind this girl, she needed to stop accepting sweetness and speak up!  She needed that bit of sparkle!  With help from a label image found at The Graphics Fairy site ..... http://graphicsfairy.blogspot.com ... plus, my creating the wording to insert in the center, this girl was starting to vamp it up with some oohhh, la, la!!





All I can say is that I'm glad I had a change of heart on this treasure.  I knew I loved it when I first found it.  After all, can anyone pass this by without pressing down on the numbers just to get it make that metal, clickitty sound?  Or punch down on the red button knowing the loud DING! would sound and the drawer would spring open?  Love It!!!



A makeover story that makes me smile every time I pass by!!

45 comments:

  1. I LOVE it! You are a genius. I just have to know . . . how did you get the Caisse on the front of the register? Is it a sticker? Do tell. Tippy ps . . . I too love Annie Sloan paint and wax. I could get into a lot of trouble with that stuff :)

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    1. Thanks! I had heard a lot about water slide decals and thought that would be the solution. So, online I bought a pack of Papilio inkjet clear water slide decal papers. Not only did I learn how to use them but it also forced me to figure out the "print on glossy paper setting" on my printer. Wow! a "two-fer" deal!

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  2. YOU Amaze me...next time I get a new house PROMISE you will come help me! xoxo

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  3. No doubt.... I will be there in a jiff!! As always, I truly appreciate your sweet comments!

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  4. It would make me smile too, thats just too sweet looking. You really transformed it and now it shines with good old pride... And yes, I love that clicking sounds they make, so no I would not be able to keep my hands off it : )

    Where do you get the paint from?

    Mari

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  5. Hi, Mari! I got the paint at an antique mall but there seems to be loads of places that it is popping up at. Try googling Annie Sloan Paints and see where the closest place is for you. So far I have done two large pieces of furniture and now this. Next up? A desk I bought at auction! I will post pictures when the rooms are completed.

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  6. Wonderful transformation...great idea. When I remarried I had to down size and had a HUGE sale..I miss some things and regret selling them but....life goes on. SO glad you reconsidered. I had a red one. DOWNSIZE is my Middle name..but it just don't happen too often.

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    1. I love to purge but this last time I think I waved goodbye to too many things that could have been repurposed. Darn!! I actually had a red one, also, and took it apart for the metal numbers. Now I look back and think my "new" cash register could have had a sister!!

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  7. Hi Kadee, Your garage seems to be a great place to shop :-). With your makeover you turned the cash register into a very decorative piece. I love it.
    Hugs,
    Julia

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    1. Thanks so much, Julia! It was fun working with the water slide decals and now have my eyes wide open for other possibilities!!

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  8. Kadee, this is pure genius! I would have been scared of ruining it. You took a cute vintage piece and made it priceless. Hmmmmm. What do I have laying around that needs some sprucing?

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    1. Trust me, Shawn.... now I am thinking of all the things I sent over to Goodwill! Awk!!!

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  9. Kadee, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE what you did to this - you are a genius!!!

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    1. Hey, Colleen! Thanks so much! I think I need to find these smaller projects as the larger pieces of furniture killed my back!! Uh, oh!!

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  10. Adore this! Great Job. Love your blog..

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  11. Well, how nice of you to say! Just got back from Goodwill (not much and I agree with what someone said.. the prices aren't cheap for a Goodwill. Better off at garage/estate sales. And I have to tell you, the trip to Allegan this weekend is sounding sooooo tempting! Love looking at the goodies the vendors offer!

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  12. It would make me smile too! What a fun story you have and shopping in your garage? That's the best part. I love the vintage pages you used for the drawers. Great peiece for your studio!

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! Let's just hope that all the stuff left in the garage doesn't slowly make it's way back in the house again!! After house hunting in an area where storage is a premium (no garages or basements), I took one look at our garage and felt deflated.... where is all of that supposed to go if we move??!! Yikes!

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  13. Hi Kadee,
    what a gorgeous makeover.Love it.
    Have a great weekend.
    XO Marie

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    1. Hi, Marie! Thanks for your sweet comments! I have such an urge to go back to Allegan this weekend but I think I need to reel it in!! Gosh, I love seeking out flea markets, don't you?

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  14. I love how you transformed this! It is beautiful...so creative! I also love your blog, I look forward to reading more!
    Thanks for stopping by Fat Cow Studio and entering my giveaway and the kind words! I am always happy to meet such nice, creative people!

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  15. I'm keeping my fingers crossed and hope I win! Wouldn't that be fabulous? Thanks for dropping by my blog, Cindy!

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  16. What a wonderful transformation!! Just found your blog and I love it! I'm your newest follower-I'd love you to visit and say hi! :)
    Susan

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  17. Well, I'm glad you dropped on by!! It always means so much when someone finds you and loves what you do... I really appreciate your sweet words!

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  18. I just love this transformation~! And thanks for your fun comment on my blog. I'm a Chicago transplant too ... originally from Jersey. I think it may be Chi-CA-go. You know, that hard KA in the middle ...

    So happy you found me! And that, in return, I've found you back!

    :)

    Linda

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  19. Oh, I love it! It looks like a completely different piece...you did a great job :)

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    1. Thanks so much for the kind words... and becoming one of my newest followers! Looking forward to getting to know you better!

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  20. Wowza! I love absolutely love what you did with this little cash register. It was cute enough before, but the "after" is amazing. The inside of the drawer and the graphics are perfect finishing touches. Fabulous transformation!

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    1. Always good to get such thoughtful feedback... I really appreciate it!! Thanks so much for dropping by and I always look forward to making a new friend!

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  21. What a fabulous transformation! So createve to use graphics in the drawers!!! You turned this into a WOW factor decor piece!
    Please join us for TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS, my weekly linky party. Your project would be perfect to share! Linky goes live tonight (Wednesday) at 8:00 pm. Hope to see you there!

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    1. Yvonne.. as I love your blog and became your newest follower.... I am so thankful for your kind and thoughtful message. Get ready. True confessions. I would love to link up and will try to do so. However, the knowledge of doing a link is not my strong suit. So sad, isn't it??!! I will do my best and wish me luck! And a huge thanks for the invitation!!!!

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  22. What an amazing makeover! Wonderful!

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    1. I really appreciate your sweet comments! And I love your photography.. great images. So right back at you!!

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  23. Thanks, Linda! And thanks for becoming my 90th follower.. so exciting!

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  24. Big fan of that paint and it looks amazing afterwards, great job!

    Thanks,

    Jan
    door251.com

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    1. You know, I am becoming one, too! I see other blogposts on the different ways to create a look with Annie Sloan paints and that really helps. Thanks for the kind words, Jan!

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  25. This is charming!! THank you for stopping by my blog and your lovely comments. Happy to follow you back

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  26. Aren't you so sweet!! Thanks for dropping by. I'm looking forward to keeping up with you!!

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  27. Kadee, that's fabulous! I love it! The drawer lining and the graphic...perfection!

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  28. Thanks, Jean! Good to see you and from someone who loves to refurbish, I appreciate your compliment!!

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  29. Kadee - thank you so much for taking the time to offer up your suggestions and advice about my computer issues. They were all so very helpful - and informative! :) It was a disk space issue and I'm now saving all my photos to my external hard drive and all is well on my computer now! Yay! Gotta tell you that I love your blog and enjoyed seeing how you transformed that sweet cash register! Great job, girlie!! Keep up the good work on your transformations!

    xoxo laurie

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  30. Laurie... you're so sweet!! It's so funny that I took a break from sewing this bed skirt and saw your post. You see, I have talk radio on and there's this program on about computers and programs. Who knew! Such a foreign language to me but some of it I get.. LOL! Glad you found your solution and so good to hear from you! Thanks for the complements.. it always feels good to know someone is out there reading the posts!

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  31. WOW! That is beautiful! What a transformation.
    You are very creative.

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  32. Monica.... thanks for dropping by! And your thoughtful compliment! Trust me, there is more in the garage and I keep eyeing things everyday. Who knows what else I might change up?! But it sure is fun and nothing feels good like finding free stuff... if only! Love how if you keep something long enough, it seems like "free"! LOL

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