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Estate Sale Bedside Tables

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Last weekend I visited a great estate sale.  The sale was for a young family that has moved from their starter home into an awesome custom built home that one day soon I will give you a tour of.  The ceiling in the family room alone is worth the virtual visit.  I get sidetracked when I think about that 18 foot grey coffered ceiling with white molding…

Back to her estate sale.

At the sale I collected four great items that will be coming up soon and checked out.  My buddy, The Social Planner (TSP) did pretty well, too.  As we walked out,  TSP spotted stuff in the garage.  I have to admit, I reluctantly headed in.  I had already blown my budget ($20.00) and it was raining.  Even if I found something, it was going to have to be small because I had already rounded up Mr. Math for a large item pickup and there was no way I was interested in interrupting his mowing again.

I noticed two 1970’s side tables, but frankly I was ready to go and the were moldy. (Wooden furniture that stays in a humid area sometimes gets a white mold on it.)  I really didn’t give the pair another thought until we got home.  TSP pointed out that they would go with my 70’s headboard, and that when I am ready to move up to the country full time whoever wants the headboard will probably want side tables, too.  No way am I parting with the table in the picture below because my dad saved it for me.

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She was right…as always.  We headed back to the estate sale and asked about the tables.  $5.00 for the pair.  It is hard to pass up two tables at $2.50 each. They came home with me.

Here are pictures after they were cleaned up enough to come inside the house.  I used paint thinner, Goof Off, and Fantastic on them just to make sure the mold was gone, the stickers on top were removed, and the gummy varnish was gone.



  

Aren’t they beautiful?  Seriously, they were sturdy, they had all the hardware, and have closed storage which our current tables don’t have.  We are messy folk so closed storage is good.

I happened into a Walmart looking for blue tape one evening.  Along the way, I spotted something new to me.  Walmart carries chalk paint now.  What?  Did my eyes deceive me?  16 ounces of chalk paint for less than $6.00.  I had to give it a try.   I bought two bottles of Parisian Grey and anticipated opening it up this weekend.  I am not much of a chalk paint fan.  It is crazy expensive usually, I like polyurethane on top of my stuff and the idea of not using primer seems crazy to me but I figured, what did I have to lose?

After cleaning them with everything but the kitchen sink, I removed the cabinet doors and got busy.

One coat and I was impressed.  It is a great option for painting inside.  The paint is thick so it is a little less messy.  It is water based so I could clean up easily.  The whole no priming thing sort of freaked me  out.  It took three coats for me to be satisfied, and I did not like the brush strokes left after each coat, but sanding lightly minimized the brush strokes.


  

After getting them all painted, I distressed the edges lightly then waxed it all with clear wax.  To get both of these done completely I only used one 16 ounce bottle of paint.  I was impressed how far the paint went.

This time I decided to put the tarnished brass hardware back on, just as I found it.  I like the look.  

Don’t judge the bedroom right now.  I have curtain issues, blind issues, harry dog concerns, and bedding problems this winter.    I do however love the quilt my buddy crocheted for me as a Christmas present.  Those colors will be coming to this room soon.

  

For those of you, like me, who don’t always have the time to shop in Walmart, they do have online options for the paint.  I always choose site to store option because shipping is free.  I pick up my items at customer service.  In and out quickly and no one gets hurt.

I am not going to say that I am now fully in the chalk painting camp.  I still think using a sprayer to put quality latex paint on a project gives the most smooth finish, but this will for sure be my winter/inside choice.  I did not like sanding, and I for sure did not like waxing.  I must have done something wrong because it took hours to get the wax to look right.

I am definitely going to try it again to see if I get better.

Thank you for following along on our journey.  This past week was the one year anniversary of the day we put our beloved Star Hill on the market so we could buy this place.  It is hard to imagine that in the three years I have been blogging we have sold two homes and purchased two others.  Are we crazy?

It is nice to know we have settled on our forever home.  Now, back to work making it wonderful.

 

Blessings,

Karen

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Weekend Finds and the Plans I Have for Them

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This past weekend I visited my favorite faith-based resale shop up near our lake house. It had been a few weeks since my last visit and stuff had been dropped off. I love this little place. It is totally run by volunteers and the proceeds go toward their youth ministry. It is hit or miss with me finding stuff but this week was a hit.

Outside in the weather was this 1940’s waterfall style Art Deco dresser.
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I was surprised that Hubby didn’t totally turn up his nose at this piece, but he liked it too. I mean she was rough. The veneer was peeling off on every curved surface. The varnish on the sides looked like reptile skin and was so loose it literally blew off when Hubby blew out the inside with a leaf blower. I offered the lady at the shop $20.00 for the piece but she said no. She told me she couldn’t sleep at night if she took that much for the vanity. She took $10.00 for the dresser.

Feeling guilty for getting the dresser so cheap, I walked inside and saw this beauty. I mean this side table defines 1970’s fabulous. Can you just imagine the room this beauty was in? Orange shag carpet…that needed raking, paneling, over the top lamps and a flowered couch. That is my story and I am sticking to it. For $5.00 this guy was mine.

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I know you think I am crazy right now. Hang on.

Hubby spied this beat up maple night stand hidden by the door. An additional $5.00 and it was also loaded up.

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She threw in an “ugly frame” when I asked the price. It is going to be a great project in the near future. No photos yet.

Soooo… Here are my plans for the three pieces:
The Vanity is going to be painted using this piece as inspiration. I would link the source but it is a dead end on the internet.

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I am sad there is no mirror, but I will be looking for an awesome shaped mirror that I can personalize to go above the vanity. I thought I might be selling this piece but it is going in my bathroom. I need an awesome vanity to make me feel pretty. That is my story and I am sticking to it.

This is the color I am going with.  Sea Salt.

French Provincial ornate

Here are my plans for the piece.

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The 1970’s Fab night stand will be sold. I love ornate side tables. In the right space they add that wow factor. Here are three of my favorite ornate end tables. All of them make me smile, but live in other homes now.
marble topped side table

spray painted ornate side table

Painting the Night Stands Yellow

My plan for this one is to add a stained wood top. The top on this piece is shot so I am going to skin it with super thin plywood stained dark. The base. Well I need help here. What do you think? Blue, green, aged white, or red?  Something different?  Help me… please. I plan on lightly distressing the edges and glazing once painted. Click the photos to take you to the source.

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I know for sure what I will be doing with the maple table.
I am painting it like I did the Junk Fairy end table and donating it to be sold by Team Dean. I know and love this sweet family. When they asked for art donations in green I knew what I could give.

Junk Fairy End Table

So, what do you think about my $20.00 finds from the weekend now that you can see past the ugly?