From Trash to Treasure: 50 cent Matchbox Parking Garage

This is a project I’ve been sitting on for awhile. Here’s the scoop–over a month ago I took my whole gang to a local indoor flea market just for the heck of it. Actually, I was on the hunt for a chair for my sewing desk. I did not find a good chair, BUT we stumbled upon this dusty old pre-fab wood rack. It had a 50 cent price tag so we decided to pick it up and make something out of it.

our 50 cent find


Can you guess what this was? It sort of looks like an old cassette tape rack, but the slots were too big for tapes. An old 8 Track storage rack maybe? It was meant to be posted this way, but I had an idea forming for a gift for my twins, who are turning 4 next week.

A little dusty, but not too shabby overall.

First things first–this guy needed a major cleaning. I wiped it down good and used my staple gun on the one back corner, which was a little loose.

I *heart* spray paint.

Next I used painters tape around the edges of this rack. I used Krylon spray paint in this fun blue color for the inside portion. Once I had a good couple of coats on the inside, I taped the inside and sprayed the outside a white. This was a gift for my boys, so we were keeping it on a boyish color scheme.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

The final result? A little parking garage for my little guys’ matchbox cars, trains, tractors, etc. They helped me “park” some of their vehicles and we  even parked some planes and a helicopter on the roof.

Happy Birthday Buddies!

It’s amazing what you can do with a little elbow grease and some spray paint. Yard sale season is just around the corner, so keep your eyes peeled for your own hidden treasure!

1 thought on “From Trash to Treasure: 50 cent Matchbox Parking Garage”

  1. You have so many cute ideas, Rach! The boys look really pleased with it! I just have to keep reminding myself that I am “not equipped to handle what you have, both good and bad!” =) Love you!

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