October 9, 2011

Roadside Finds

As I was driving through my neighborhood, I came across these wonderful finds that a neighbor had set out for trash pick-up in my neighborhood. I couldn't believe my luck that someone else wanted to throw these items away. Couldn't they see their hidden potential?

The first item is a wooden child's chair. I'm thinking that I might paint it and cut a hole in the seat and use it as a planter. What would you use it for?

The second item, an antique water fall chest, didn't appear to be in the greatest condition. The drawers wouldn't shut, the sides of the drawers were displaced and lying in the bottom drawer, and the back panel was lying on top of the chest.

While I was trying to decide if I could save the chest or not, my neighbor came out to tell me that I was more than welcome to either piece if I would just haul them off. I told her I could do wonders for the aesthetic of the piece with some paint and a little elbow grease, but that I wasn't as confident about my carpentry skills. In a unique twist, she then proceeded to volunteer her husband to repair it for me, and then deliver it to my house. She followed up by saying that she wanted to see it when I finished with it. I was a little dumb-founded why she hadn't just had her husband fix it to begin with. But, regardless of her reasons, I am grateful.

I think this chest will be my biggest challenge yet. It still needs a lot of TLC but I am willing to give it a shot and see if I can transform it. It will have to wait awhile though, I have several  other  projects I need to to get finished first.

1 comment:

Kammy's Korner said...

Hey! I got two of those at a garage sale once for a total of $3! Here's what I did with them in case you're interested.... not really the shabby look you're into though! http://kammyskorner.blogspot.com/2010/08/destroyed-waterfall-dresser.html