Transforming Curbside Finds
It’s True! I have found so many great items by the Curb! Sometimes they are just dirty, other times they need small repairs. If you see something near the curb on garbage day, don’t be afraid to grab it! Many times, people will put large items out a few days before garbage day to give others a chance to grab them. There are also some great “Buy Nothing” pages on Facebook that allow neighbors to connect and giveaway items that are no longer needed.
Recently, I had been looking for a Basketball Net for my kids. We have a small kiddie basketball net, but my boys are starting to outgrow it — they can just reach up and dunk! I have been pricing them out, but they are over $100 in stores!!!
A few of my friends knew that I was looking for one. I got a text on garbage day. A friend saw a basketball net out to the curb!
I quickly pulled everything out of the van and folded the seats into the floor. I knew I would need all the space, if we were going to get this back to my house. I called my friend, Giselle, to help me get the net into my car. This particular net was not too heavy (the base was empty) but it is 10 feet tall, making it awkward for one person to move.
I stood on a strangers front lawn, guarding the coveted basketball net, awaiting Giselle’s arrival. Several junkers drove by. Awkward as I felt, I stood my ground. This net was just what I had been looking for.
Giselle arrived within about 15 minutes and we loaded the net into my van. The bolts were rusted on, so we were unable to remove the net. We tied it down the best we could, as the net was hanging out the back of my van. Giselle followed behind me. We both drove slowly with our flashers on.
We got it back to my house and loaded in my yard a few minutes later. Success!!!
My curbside find was not without faults. The base was dirty with spots of rust. The post was covered with rust and flaking paint. The backboard was secured with rusty bolts that would not budge. It was going to take some work, but I knew that I could transform this curbside find into something great.
My first job was to remove the rusted-on bolts. I sprayed them with WD-40 and let them sit in the sun for a while. Then I grabbed two sets of vice grips. One for the bottom bolt and one for the top and I started to slowly remove the nuts. It took some time and quite a bit of elbow grease (my hands are still sore), but it worked! I got the bolts off and I was able to remove the net from the post. I was able to purchase replacement bolts for just a few dollars at the local hardware store.
Once the net was removed, I scraped the peeling paint and rust off of the post. I used a metal brush to remove smaller bits of rust and paint.
I removed the net from the rim so I could clean and paint.
The base and backboard needed a little work as well. I sprayed them both with Lime-Away and let it sit for a while. I scrubbed them both with an abrasive sponge. I was amazed at how easily the rust marks came off!
Ready for Paint!
After everything had been cleaned, I was ready to prep for paint. I taped off the base and backboard and covered both with newspaper. I sprayed all of the metal parts with black Rustoleum. Two coats did the trick.
Once everything was dry, I removed the tape and newspaper. I used my new bolts to re-attached the backboard at a lower height that is more appropriate for my kids. We can adjust it higher as they grow.
I am SO pleased with the results! I only spent about $9 on paint and hardware. I was able to transform a curbside find into a great looking Basketball Net that my kids will enjoy for years to come!
My friend Giselle recently found a kids picnic table at the curb on garbage day. She was able to transform her curbside find into a great summertime spot for her kids to sit and eat!
We would love to see your transformations! Send me pics of your recent garage sale or curbside finds and I might just add them to this post! E-mail your pics to firstname.lastname@example.org
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