What is a monkeybox?

When I was a little girl, we had a pet monkey named Amanda. My Dad worked in the produce business, so each night he brought home that days culls in a big box - spotty cucumbers, pithy apples, limp celery, moldy oranges and the like. We called it a monkeybox. It was really just trash, but my Mom would take each piece of fruit and trim it, pare it and cut it up to make a beautiful fruit platter for Amanda. Even though it was deemed trash by one, it still had life left in it and was good for the purpose we needed it. That's how I live my life - thrifting, yard saling, looking for another's trash to be my treasure.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

I Bought a Can of White Paint

And then I went a little crazy.

First I painted the stool I bought last week that was a badly painted aluminum color.

Then I painted the carrier thingy that I scored on Clean Up Day on the curb. It was black and the criss-cross details didn't show too much.

Then I painted this old silver tray. Love the decorative edging.

And this old oval silver tray.

And this two tier tidbit tray that was a glaring bright Christmas-y green.

All of these items were rather ho-hum and not really me until I painted them white.

Now I love them all! I'm not sure what I will do with the trays. I was thinking of making a collage on them or using them as magnetic boards. Who knows. That's half the fun of Junkreating!


  1. Anonymous11:42 PM

    Oh man, you weren't kidding, you did go crazy with the painting! Lol! Way to go - everything looks awesome. I love white, it makes everything look so nice. Maybe this'll motivate me to get out my paintbrush tomorrow.

  2. Love, love that first tray.

    I am the same way with paint, once I get started I start thinking I should just paint everything! LOL

  3. Ah the power of paint! You had a good time, didn't you! LOL!
    Love how everything turned out!



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