Thursday, September 1, 2011

{Addicted? Maybe?...}

As many of you know I have a bit of a curbside trash addiction...several months ago on my way to the grocery store I spotted a shelving unit.  I got out of my suburban & took a quick look...I immediately saw potential{it's a disease} and went back home to beg my dear husband to help me with this fantastic find!   When we arrived he looked at me like "seriously Nancy, this is junk that's why it's here"  oh how quickly does he forget how I can see past all the holes, broken legs, get the picture...he finally agreed to load it up... I was thrilled or delusional?
We brought it home and then had picker's remorse... I rinsed it off & let it dry..came back to it and  the same thought...uggh! trash or should I try was spinning thru my head..

Here is my take on curbside see something, you get excited, you get out, you look & you procure all while this little bit of consciousness it saying stop but, the thrill of finding something takes over...also, it's a you snooze you loose type just never know how long you have before 1. the trash trucks come by or 2. someone else saw exactly what you did and snatch it up!
 {rarely does this one happen}
ok here it is below....this is after I had my husband take the top off- I didn't take a picture bad

 now you know why my husband looked at me like "seriously Nancy"?  
it looks like they used it to store paint and paint thinner...the top reaked of paint thinner, must have been leaking for months and it shredded the wood into little pieces.

the middle has some drawers & the last cubby is covered in metal?  I figured that maybe at one time this had doors on both side & possibly some type of pie safe? 
don't's not super old maybe from the 60's?

we sanded, replaced a section in the back w/ a thin board...

  added thin board on both sides of the unit to cover up the holes....

 added more thin board on the inside to cover up the holes...

my husband cut a piece of wood for the top, added a thin molding around the sides to give it a finished look & a another piece of molding underneath.

filled in little nail holes with wood filler & sanded once more.

we have now primed it and ready for paint...I can't decide on paint color & it's on hold for right now. 

 I am currently using it to hold items for the upscale yard sale.  You ask "I thought that already happened?"  no, we had a busy summer & did I mention 3 digit weather around here!  
So, I'm hoping soon very soon..
I'd like to get our living room back & i'm sure the rest of my family as well.

Are you inspired? lol maybe this is not for you but, if your ever driving around and spot something don't be embarressed to stop, take a quick look because you never know! 
 Take it from me a professional or addict?! :)

* did I mention we have spent $20 on it...we had most of the material! {does this really make it ok? lol}

xoxo's Nancy

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