Yardsale Finds

I did this post a while ago...

This past weekend I did the yard sale thing. Even my man went, which is amazing because he doesn't care for them. I don't know why though? What's not fun about rummaging through someone else's junk? We had a good time...until th
e kids started crying. They each had some change, and I might say they did pretty well. For .50 cents Q got a new Transformer and P got a little pink toy {don't really know what it is...}.

Anyways, yard sales started on Friday afternoon when picking up Q from school. This guy had one in the afternoon! So I stopped. I got a frame {which I re-did and posted pictures below} and an armoire. I didn't get the armoire at first, but it was only $40!! I really liked it and had seen a picture of one the exact style on this blog I frequent called The Nesting Place. I thought about it all afternoon, then decided to go and get it. My man helped me bring it home, then I got to work. {I might add that they yardsale was over...leaving me to knock on the dude's door...but he sold it to me anyways...it's that normal?..I'm not normal...}

I just wanted to do this post to show what I did to the thing. I was really proud of myself, and even my hubby liked it {until I asked him to put the doors back on a t 10pm...which he did...thanks, babe!} It was made in Mexico, and had too much of a Hispanic/Old West look for me, but I am happy with the way I was able to change it to my style.

So here's the frame and the armoire. :)

This is what the frame was before. It is the perfect size for an old calender print. I purchased a Liz Lemon Swindel calender last year when it was 75% off with the intention to frame the prints, but I never did it. I was happy to find this frame for $3, mat included.

I painted it black, sanded the edges and bumpy looking things, then replaced the picture and put it back together. I think it turned out great. Not professional and don't look close...but good enough for me.

And here's the big ole armiore. I thought I would paint it a creamy color and put it in the girl's room, but stupid me didn't measure it first. It wouldn't make the squeeze into the room...just too big. So I called my mom to see if she would buy it off me, or better yet...give me an idea of where to put it. She said she would take the finished product off my hands if it didn't have a home, but after it was finished I had to find it a home. Here. At my house. {and with the help of my man, a place was found.}

And here she is dressed all in red. I really like it, but I don't know if it's because I'm aching for fall & winter to come and the color is just perfect for that or what. It was about a 3-4 hour project, halted by a quick sand-storm, a game of croquet and some running through the sprinklers.

I have so many projects to do--the garage is full of otherwise useless junk {just ask my hubbs...I take over ever space in the house...poor guy...}. I take a lot of satisfaction in working with my hands to make something that once was ugly or un-useful, pretty and useful for me. I get most of my stuff for free or nearly free. In this case it was $40. It wasn't always this way though. It's only been over the past few years that I've learned to see things in a different way. There are lots of blogs and idea websites full of these kinds of projects! I love seeing before/after photos of how to make things better than they were. It's all a work in progress.

Oh...and I got my fall decorations up on Sunday afternoon. Here's a quick picture of that buffet hutch I re-did a while ago...all dressed up for Halloween. I'm still so in love with this piece.


Peanut-Butter Kitty said...

Found you through "Better After". Just wanted to say thanks for the laughs. Your post was so funny! I keep dragging stuff home to be painted, I'm so bad that I have a bedroom set at one sister's house and a small china hutch at the others. Can't decide on the color but white may work. Really enjoyed the visit and I'll be back to see what your up to.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Just Fabulous! What did you use on the red one? That is stunning and unique! Cindy

bsurrounded said...

I'm also wondering what finishes you used on the red hutch. Red paint with a brown glaze? It looks wonderful and I hate to think what you would have paid for a piece like that. You've got a great eye.

Jessica said...

Oh yes, do tell in detail what you put on that hutch, brand, color, finish. I love it all!