I took friends and followers thrift shopping on Tuesday.
Did you go?
We headed over to my favorite thrift shop in town. We plowed through furniture, vintage treasures, old books and rusty junk.
We found treasures. Today I’m sharing the makeover to a small treasure that cost $1!
It wasn’t until I finished the project that I realized I didn’t take a before photo. But you can watch the dizzying video from the shopping adventure here. Scroll down to the watch more.
I found a hamster wheel for $1. In most cases I would feel bad about taking apart a hamster wheel, but we don’t have a hamster. Plus if you look closely the last hamster on that wheel must have weighed a bit too much. It’s whoppy jawed. That’s crooked in Oklahoma! 😀
So now for my idea to make it over. I cut a circle from scrap wood. The wood came from an cabinet and as you can see was cracked. The square piece on the end will get used too!
If you notice the circle was cut slightly larger than my pencil mark.
I used a table sander to sand the circle into a round shape. A table sander would be my suggestion for a great tool for women woodworkers after the miter saw. Makes sanding and shaping a breeze.
Notice little Bella is laying on the jacuzzi top. She likes to watch.
The inside of the old cabinet was pinkish??? But the outside was many colors. The last being black. The sander took a couple of layers back. But just in places…I have in mind junk makeover.
Next I aged the circle with ironed vinegar and tea.
Using a dremil tool, I cut off one bar that held the wheel to the base.
The base of the hamster wheel was mounted to the square piece of wood. It was painted with white and gray chalky paint and sanded around the edges. Now it holds burlap ribbon.
Plus a spindle was placed where the wheel was.
The wheel was mounted to the circle and the bar that was removed was added to the circle edge. Now it a junk makeover using all the parts.
What do you think of my unique hamster wheel wire basket and burlap ribbon holder?