Do you hear it?
It’s a light tapping. It’s the tapping of feet dancing. Mike and I are dancing into the night because the pump organ makeover is DONE!!!
After months of sitting outside under a big blue tarp, the organ is inside, full of storage space and painted pretty!
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This is part of the monthly themed junk makeover. This month is Paint it Pretty! Make sure to visit the project at the bottom of this post.
This pump organ was bought at our local Habitat for Humanity ReStore for $50. It was such a great deal…I bought two! The first one was turned into a garden bench, a potting bench, a faux mantel, a chalkboard and a vintage style table lamp. Plus I still have pieces for more projects. It’s surprising how much is inside a pump organ!!
For this organ, I wanted to gut the insides for loads of storage. Otherwise, I wanted to keep the organ intact. I picked Rustoleum’s Chalked Paint in Country Gray for the paint. I love the color and how easy the paint goes on. I didn’t have to do any sanding to the organ before applying the paint…whew! I did write a post about sanding the chalked paint, using waxes and “where” to sand!
Then I used a mixture of leftover oil-based stains for a surprise color when you open the organ. I made a cubby that would fit inside the organ where the keys use to be. At first, I thought I would use the keys as a shelf but realized they would take up too much room. Currently, the keys are hanging in my craft room and still might turn them into a shelf for another area.
Above the organ is getting busy as a desk with all that storage!!! I turned the area where the pedals for the pump was into shelves with a small door. I found dollar store bins that fit perfect to hold office supplies. The panel was turned into a door with a large area for massive storage! The storage continues behind the side panels.
The organ had dated “bump outs” that I cut off. The bump outs had little finials. So, I used two of those finials to help the roll back panel lay correctly when open.
I cut out the front panel for a drop down to make the organ desk height. Hinges were added. To close the organ the front panel folds up and rests on two more finials.
To hide where I cut the bump outs I added dental trim. The metal plaque showing above the computer was on one of the pedals. It reads ESTEY ORGAN CO.
I’ve used several colors of the Rustoleum paint on other projects. I love the colors but love the price more! On Amazon, a quart is under $20. The paint performs like expensive chalk-based paints. Give it a try on your next project.
Update: I’m creating a painting series on guides for different types of paint. The first in the series is chalk based paint that you can read here.
While our feet are pooped from dancing, we’re going to rest them on the ottoman and watch Netflix. We’re watching the series “Life.” Have you seen it?
Join me and visit the other fab junk makeover painting projects below. Thank you for letting me join in this month! 🙂
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