Tuesday, September 13, 2011

One Man's Trash...

One man's trash is another man's treasure. Or in my case, one neighbor's trash on garbage night is my new (free) project. Yes, I admit, I have garbage picked a time or two (or six) and found some perfectly good stuff in need of a little TLC. This antique wooden side table is my latest acquisition. Can you believe it was tossed? I was on my way home from work when I spotted this could-be-charming piece at the curb, clearly discarded among other unwanted items. At first, I didn't feel like stopping or being seen in broad daylight looking through someone's trash! I try to have a little class! But then I went back. I had to see if it was broken or salvageable. Nothing was broken! It was just covered with dust and debris, in need of a serious cleaning and paint job. So I put this orphan into the back seat of my car and took it to it's new home. 

Look at the detailed lattice work and scallop trim. Can't you see this piece looking new again? Andrew can't. All he can see right now is the ugly. He didn't know what it was at first and told me to make it look better. I accept the challenge! 

I can already see it holding a couple nicknacks and magazines, maybe a lamp. What I really want to do is paint it a bold color and make it a statement piece. 

Like this red beauty from Mable's House. I have loved Liz Owen's red end tables since I first saw them on her blog. 

Or this cute nightstand (sans the chalkboard top).

But then there's turquoise. I like turquoise. How can I fit this into my decor? 

This set of drawers is a nice light aqua with a shabby chic distressed effect. This might work...

 But then there's dandelion yellow/mustard!

So many color choices! I'll need to think about this...


  1. Mustard!! something about that color keeps drawing my eye!


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