Do you remember when I wrote about this amazing house in December? It is a historic home that had sat vacant for years before a very nice man bought it and started bringing it back to life.
Saturday morning we got up and loaded the truck with my cedar lumber. It was another bittersweet moment. I now know I won’t be making anything else in the Garagemahal from scratch. My projects will have to wait until we get the house sold and move into the place we are planning to buy.
As we headed toward our storage unit, we rounded the corner and low and behold, the house I sort of have a crush on was having a clean out the barn sale. There were old windows stacked four feet thick. Of course we stopped. The homeowner’s sweet mom was there to greet us. When I asked how much the windows were, she said $2.00! I almost swooned. I couldn’t just grab them up and go because I couldn’t live with myself. I told her the windows were too cheap. She said her son told her nothing over $5.00 because he wanted it gone and me buying them was better than a burn pile. She explained that the windows along with the other items were in the barn, not the house, and probably belonged to the dentist who lived there from the mid-fifties until the early eighties. He must have been a character. He had his dental practice in an office on the property and was known as a bit of a collector and frequent visitor at garage sales. I ended up getting 20 windows,
a vintage door,
(no photo because it got put directly into the storage facility and I did not have my phone or my camera.)
a cast iron sink,
I don’t have an actual photo of this one either for the same reason, but, I did find an exact replica on Pinterest according to the site it is a 1926 rolled front farmhouse sink. I am going to have to have mine reglazed but it is in great shape and going to be a stunner.
6 Art Deco light covers,
(By the way, have any of you ever seen the light on the left? I can’t find it on the internet. I know it is 1940-ish Art Deco, but nothing else.)
3 mid century Danish lounge chairs,
Once again.. no pictures but I did find examples of the chairs on Design Addict.
I believe they are teak but they could be walnut. They have leather strapping in the bottom that needs to be replaced and they need to be stripped and refinished. I am going to look for some wild outdoor fabric for them.
a section of vintage adjustable scaffolding platform,
(Boring but it will a huge help when we are working on the porch addition.)
two really old crutches, (No photos or no idea what I will do with two mismatched handmade crutches but they were cool and I could not pass them up.)
and finally I picked up a cool chrome retractable light that was purchased in 1959 but never installed. According to the internet it is a atomic era UFO ceiling light (This thing even has little holes that let a row of pinhole light out through the edge of the light and a diffuser at the bottom of the light.
UFO Atomic Light from 1959. New In box.
Here is a link to the light on EBay. I could only find the copper version online. UFO Light
Folks, I racked up. The whole load was $100.00. The windows are definitely old. I would love to know their history. I am going to keep some of the windows for my crafts, but I will probably sell many of them.
All this treasure really helped me to decide what I am going to do with the guest shed should we get our property. ( Fingers crossed. The lake house is being shown regularly.)
The guest shed doesn’t look like much from the outside but that puppy has cabinets, sheetrock walls, reclaimed hardwood flooring from a gym, a wood burning stove, and it is going to have a bathroom and a kitchenette (insert today’s cast iron farmhouse sink here).
My plan for the guest shed will be to finally have a space that has my mid century aesthetic. Hubby doesn’t love mid century but I do. The cool UFO light is going to go over the game/dining table. The Art Deco lights are going in the bathroom and over the amazing farmhouse sink.
The chairs will go in the space and can sit out on the porch when needed.
I happen to have a mid century headboard just waiting for the space along with an atomic era end table and burled walnut atomic era light.
I am almost there… but only in my mind right now. Oh how I want this property to work out for us. I would love to hear from you.
17 thoughts on “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Storage Building ”
Oh what a find! I am so excited for you! Hopefully your place sells soon, and you are able to purchase the other property in time. I would love to see your new purchases as you describe them. Thank you for sharing these photos with us. I am especially excited to see the UFO light instaled and working. It looks like a fun fixture! Enjoy!
Thanks. I can’t wait either.
I have seen crutches being used (in threes, though) as the legs for a stand lamp. Looks really cool.
I will have get a picture of these crutches. They aren’t exactly the same size.
BTW, I have a mid century drop leaf table with a yellow top and chrome legs that I may or may not be selling. Hubby wants to use it in his shop as a work table, but I think that would be a shame. Would you be interested in it?
If the price was right, I would be interested. I also have a really ugly oak based tile topped table he could turn into a work table and no one would cry, Karen.
Oh you don’t want to hear from me, because all I have to say is I’m freaking jealous!!!
Ha! I am pretty proud of this haul. You just need to come visit us in Texas once the guest shed is functional.
Wow, what a find. You have enough windows to build a greenhouse (or whatever you want).
A friend of mine really wants me to make a greenhouse.
Wow! You did good! Let me know if you are still interested in the mantle, I am going to list it soon. Gotta get it out of the garage!
I think I may have to pass even though I know I will kick myself. I just don’t have a place in my brain right now for where it will end up.
I saw chairs similar to that on Flea Market Flip- they’re really expensive!! Great finds!
They are a great find. My chairs need love. They need to be refinished and need new strapping in the seats but otherwise they are in good shape. I cannot wait to dig them out and get moving – literally.