I think I might start going for late evening cruises around the neighbourhood on garbage night. I’m not even kidding. I’m not sure if people are lazy or lack vision or both, but to put a gorgeous antique to the curb just because it needs a little work?
Some people adopt children, some take in animals… and I rescue furniture. It’s just my calling, I guess.
(Note: I also have three children, two dogs and one cat, so apparently it’s not my only calling.)
Last week I wrote about the unbelievable and beautiful antique table that I took from the end of someone’s driveway – I still can’t get over that one. Then just two days later as I was driving my son to nursery school in the POURING rain at 8:30am, I spotted something amidst another pile of garbage that caught my eye.
I couldn’t stop… I was late and traffic was crazy. So I told myself I’d drop him off and STAY CALM and pass by on my way home to check it out, and that’s what I did. I pulled into this person’s driveway and literally lifted their sopping wet bags of trash out of the way to get to my treasure… I wish I had a photo of THAT. (Not really…) At first it appeared to be an antique dresser with the drawers missing. Awesome! I figured I would turn it into something like this:
But as I dug through the wet garbage (I know, I’m a classy, classy gal…) I saw a drawer, and then another, and another… ALL THE DRAWERS WERE THERE! What’s is wrong with people?! I was practically dancing in the rain as I loaded ’em up…
Dumpster diver & dumpster diver jr… lovin’ the thrill of a good score!
The drawers are stiff and unfortunately some of the wood inside is bowing and warping, but I think it’s because it sat outside overnight in the rain!! If it hadn’t been raining it would have been perfect, and whoever abandoned it, well, they’re just nuts. I brought it in, wiped it down, warmed it up and gave it some
hot cocoa time to dry before I set it up.
Holy smokes was I excited. Even after the wood dried, the drawers had a pretty tough time sliding in and out, so I knew pretty much right away what needed to be done.
Remember my bathroom makeover that I shared a few weeks back?
Here’s a refresher of the “before” sink and vanity…
I LOVE the idea of stripping the top back to the wood and staining it a dark walnut colour and then adding a vessel sink. And hey – nothing wrong with returning the counter/sink we bought and having some extra $$$ in the bank! I’m not sure that the hubs is on board with this one… so we’ll see. But I think it’s fabulous and I still can’t believe that I got it for FREE. It truly would be perfect in there, and since the drawers are stiff I’m thinking we could use hinges and just have the fronts open like this:
So it looks like I have another project to add to the list… haha. Happy Monday to ME! What is everyone working on lately? Any weekend projects I should know about? I’m always looking for new ideas as you know…
(I literally just heard my husband cringing from his office 30km away)
Brief side note? Yesterday marked four glorious years since I went from this: