Wednesday, August 18, 2010

What A Find!!!

Recently, we were driving home from church one Sunday and were almost home when we passed a single pickup truck hosting a parking lot sale. As we whizzed by, I thought that I might have spotted a possible treasure. Like any sane woman would do, I yelled “Put on brakes. Turn around and go back! I need to stop back there for a second!” After some huffing and puffing, the hubby relented and did as instructed.  As we got closer, I could see that it was indeed a treasure. I quickly came up with my maximum bid and tried not to seem to anxious as I got out of the car. It was blazing hot and the people selling were packing things in the truck to get out of the heat. I meandered over to the treasure, glancing at a few other small items on my way. I asked the man how much he was asking for my treasure. He replied “I’ll take $20 for that.” Oh my goodness! $20!!! I wanted to ask “Are you sure you don’t need $45?”  But instead, I calmly asked, “Do you have a tape measure?” FYI …..I keep a tape measure in my everyday purse but so far I haven’t needed one at Sunday School! The man quickly whipped out a tape measure. 38”. I told him that I really needed something 36” but I thought I could make it work and asked the hubby for $20. The hubby handed over the $20 but informed me that the treasure would not fit in his car. I insisted that it would, be conceded that maybe it wouldn’t. I told the man that we would run home and get the big car and be back in 5 minutes. He asked where I lived and said he lived nearby and agreed to deliver it. He decided to stop his loading and follow my home right then. All for $20!!! I LOVE it!
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Here it is in its raw state. I wanted to use it on the screened porch and didn’t want to spend a lot of money!
As you can see, it was quite dirty and had some damage to the veneer. It has two drawers and they both operate smoothly.








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This shot is a little fuzzy but you can see how the veneer has come off on the corner of this drawer.














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After thoroughly cleaning the piece, I got out my Elmer’s glue and wood clamps. I used toothpicks to carefully get some glue underneath the loose veneer. Then I clamped it down until it dried.







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This is a closer shot of the gluing process.














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Another shot of the gluing process. All of this gluing and drying took a day. Then I removed the hardware and sprayed it silver and I applied a little black paint to try to antique it a little.






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This photo does not do justice to the hardware. It has a great relief on it with a little round pull.








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I used a brush to paint it with black satin paint. It only took one coat and turned out great.
















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Here’s the final product in its new home on the porch!  $20!!! I love it when a plan comes together!!!



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29 comments:

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

pat, that looks fabulous! it is SO much better, updated and fresh! love what you did with it!

Pam said...

That looks great. I love the old hardware too. It's amazing what a little paint and glue can do.

Amy @ Design-Aholic said...

Oh, I love it! The height is great!

KHS said...

I just loved reading your cute story of your treasure find on your way home from church. You did a great job with the painting and it looks perfect on your beautiful porch.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I love this piece and the paint job...it's amazing what just a little paint can do. Where are all these good finds when I'm out there hunting?

MarytheKay said...

That just looks fabulous! Oh, how I love a thrifty find that finds a pretty new life!! Great job!

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Wow - what a deal - AND it is gorgeous, as well! BTW, is there some universal grunting and moaning that men do when stopping, or going back for a bargain??? Don't they realize how much money we are saving them by spending just a little! Linda :)

Anonymous said...

Just beautiful! What a find. And, thank your hubby for stopping, okay? Not all of them will. He's a keeper.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

OH, Pat, that is a beautiful piece! Love the lines & the legs. In fact, reminds me of my sideboard in the DR. Very classic and pretty. Lovely with the new black paint too, since you had to salvage her. Very nice find & a steal at $20!

Erin said...

Oooh, it turned out so pretty. That hardware is just to die for! Great job.

Susan said...

I love this piece and I also love your paint job! I, too, love it when a plan comes together. Congrats on a great piece. I also love how you have it decorated!
Susan

Thrifty Chic said...

Wow! You are a woman after my own heart, there are many times I tell the hubby to slam on the brakes and turn around to go look at yard sales!

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

What a BEAUTY!! Bless you for giving that treasure some of her luster back :)

Blessings!
Gail

Jennifer said...

what a nice piece!

Cara @ I Love My Sheets said...

This looks wonderful. Gotta love a great hubby who will turn around in hopes of finding a little treasure. My hubby was sent to town to pick up a $10 round drop leaf table and 4 chairs.... and he did it with a smile on his face!

Mimi said...

What a nice piece of furniture. You did a great job making it look fabulous.

NYCLQ said...

A thrifty girl after my own heart! What a find - and fantastic transformation! Happy to have found you today over at Susan's BNOTP blog party!

Thanks for sharing!
:D Lynda

Jeannine said...

This came out perfect. What a great find.

Kathy said...

you did an amazing job -it really looks nice on your porch --appreciate the tutorial --I just discovered your blog through BNOTP -I am enjoying browsing

Emily {Frilly Details} said...

What a great find! You did a great job revamping the piece. It fits the space perfectly!

Lisa's Creative Home said...

Oh It looks great. I would have locked up the brakes too!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

What a steal at $20...love the style of it!

Blessings,
Linda

Mom in High Heels said...

Sopping by from TLC. LOVE it! It looks beautiful on your lovely porch.

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

WHAT a find! It looks great on your porch. And, only twenty dollars.... Good for you. You have an "eye"...

Warm blessings,
Spencer

Carrie from Carrie This Home said...

Wow--what a difference! It looks gre--especially since it only cost 20 dollars! I'm visiting from Throwback Thursday (#3 Budget Bathroom Makeover and 4 Pumpkin Crock Pot Oatmeal)

Alli Smith said...

What a find! Glad I'm not the only one that carries a tape measure in my everyday purse! You did a great job on the redo. Beautiful!

So glad you shared this at Throwback Thursday!

Paula@SweetPea said...

What a great job you did rehabbing your $20 find. It looks great on your porch. Thanks for sharing with this week's Throwback Thursday party.

Kimberly Glinski said...

Pat it turned out beautifully! I just love the spot on the porch. And a steal for $20. Thanks for linking up to Throwback Thursday!
Kim

Jen @ Girl in the Garage said...

What a stunning piece! It looks perfect in black on your porch. Stopping by from Throwback Thursday. :)