Office Chair Mat Project- Designed by My Son

My Trash 2 Treasure Teen

Every so often, there comes a moment in a trash to treasure decorator’s life when someone in her household grasps the wonder of the thrill of a great T2T project. That moment when she isn’t the only one who stands back and admires a project, but when she is instead the one admiring the work of one of her offspring. And the feeling of pride when that offspring is her 15-year-old son who has come up with his own trash to treasure project is nearly impossible to put into words. 

Recently, my son cleaned his room. I know, wonders never cease. He was of course motivated by the stipulation that he would not receive another allowance until he cleaned it and kept it that way for 7 days. After he finished cleaning, he was in there with the door closed for quite some time, until he asked me to come see what he had made.

He’d unearthed an outdated poster-sized calendar of vintage cars and he didn’t want to throw it away. But he also knew I wouldn’t want him to tape them all over his walls. So he came up with a trash to treasure idea. He chose 5 favorite calendar pictures, cut them all down in size and laid them out on the floor. Then, he put his clear office mat over the top. 

 The little points on the back side poked right into the paper (those are the dots you see in the pics), which was about as thick as magazine paper. It’s held in place without glue or tape and it can be changed out any time. I was so proud and I wished I’d come up with the idea!

Just think of all of the things you could recycle this way besides the calendar pictures. Wrapping paper, fabric, posters…there are all sorts of possibilities! If you have other ideas, feel free to share them in the comments below.

It all starts with an office chair mat like this one from Office Depot:

Add a little of your own creativity, and you’ve got yourself a terrific office makeover. Thanks Austin for using your creativity and letting me share your idea on my site. You’ve done your T2T mama proud.

Now, it’s your turn to share your ideas. 

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What did you whip up this week? Or what did you find in your basement or at a thrift shop that’s just waiting to be redecorated.
Blog Hop Instructions:
  • Be sure to link to a specific blog post not your home page so that we can find your fab projects easier. 
  • Please include a link to the site and mention on your blog post that you’re linking up to T2T OR Mention on your twitter account that you’re linking up to Trash to Treasure for the blog hop and include a hyperlink to this post. If you tweet a link please mention my twitter name: @trashtotreas in your tweet.
  • You can even get the code and paste the blog hop on your own blog if you’d like these very same ideas posted for your readers.

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Inspiration From Other Bloggers

I just have to share some of the cool projects that I saw this week on the “I Did it Without My Hubby” blog tour at Shanty 2 Chic. Check out the blogs to see full descriptions and tutorials of these great trash to treasure projects.

Gail at My Repurposed Life turned old windows into these awesome cabinets.
Photo belongs to Gail

Traci at Beneath My Heart made a clever towel rack for her bathroom from an old headboard.

Photo belongs to Traci

Over on Junk Fest, they’ve turned an old radiator into a classy beverage bar. Who knew?
Check out the process on the blog. 
Picture from Junk Fest
And who could pass up this amazing painted floor at The DIY Show-off. She’ll show you step by step how to create your own custom floor. 
Photo from the DIY Showoff

I just know I’ll see tons more great posts this week, so I’ll share them next time. Thanks to all the great bloggers out there for the inspiration!




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Hope for Old Linoleum

Some of my favorite Trash to Treasure ideas are faux finished. And I especially like projects that save huge sums of money or huge chunks of time. Even though this project took some time, it was well worth saving the effort of ripping out a floor, installing a new subfloor, and installing new vinyl. In the end, a faux finish saved both time and money. Cha-ching!

I was at my friend’s house Saturday for a home party and I had brought my camera along since I had heard she had some trash to treasure gems. I wasn’t disappointed! This bathroom floor is painted over linoleum. Vergene primed it and then she and her friend Maureen painted it to look like stones. Then they sealed it well with a poly coat. Believe it or not, it has held up well to use. See instructions below to paint your floor; it can save you a lot of money!

How to paint a linoleum floor:

  • Wash the floor with ammonia to remove any residue or build-up of old wax. If it has a lot of waxy layers, wash it multiple times. Rise with plain water and let dry thoroughly.
  • Prime floor with a primer such as Bulls-Eye 1-2-3 primer by Zinsser, or Kilz
  • For the paint layer, choose something with high durability. There are floor paints but there are some acrylic paints with high durability that would work as well.
  • There are many possibilities for faux finishes as well. In Vergene’s bathroom, she painted the background a solid color and then painted “stones” over the top.
  • Once you have the floor looking as you’d like, let it dry well. Then, top coat with a clear acrylic polyurethane. Let it dry according to the manufacturers directions and then coat again. Repeat process several times to get a good seal on the floor.
  • It will take a few days for the paint to cure, so don’t do anything that would scratch it during that time.

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