Friday, March 25, 2011

Look What I Found

Last week I scored big!!!!  I found these two pieces on craigslist for $50 each.

A beautiful antique highboy dresser

An antique dough boy

Turns out I was the first to contact her about them. We drove 30 miles and picked them up that evening.  She had been bombared all day by people wanting these pieces.

It gets better!

As we pulled into her driveway I noticed the house was for sale.   Her husband passed away seven years ago and she is moving into a small condo.  She was selling most of her furniture.  I walked into her home and had to take a deep breath as not to hyperventilate.  This women's home was beautiful!!  I was like a kid in a candy store. The first thing I noticed was the beautiful antique table in her entry way.  I asked her if she was keeping it and she said no.  I asked her how much she wanted for it and she said probably $75.  My husband and son began loading the two pieces we came for and she said, "If you want all three peices you can have them for $125."  YES YES YES!!!!

She had tiled the table years ago and had not added grout in the seven years since her husband passed away.  She even gave me the grout.  I grouted the next day and it made a huge difference in the appearance of the table.

Mid-grouting. What a differance.  Just look at those legs!

If that weren't enough, it gets better!

She told me to come to the garage, she had another table I could HAVE. She bought it at an antique place in Lake Tahoe with plans to refinish it and never got around to it. There is a neat green paint under the white.

I love the wood knob.  It is as big as a door knob.

She had lots of rooster decor and I told her I had rooster decor as well.  She told me to follow her to her car.  She pulled our a wicker basket of rooster decor that was going to Goodwill.  There were two cast iron, super heavy roosters and two ceramic ones.  On the bottom of one rooster the price tag said $17.50.  She gave me those as well.

I came home with four pieces of furniture and four roosters for $125.

That is just the begining!!!!  In my next post I'll show the rest of the furniture we went back and got!!!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

It's in the Details

I find that details make a piece.  In this case I am talking about knobs and pulls. I have four pieces of furniture I have recently refinished.  When Hobby Lobby had their knobs and pulls 50% off I gave each of these new pieces the hardware they deserved.

China hutch before:

China hutch after:
 knobs: $2.50 each
Please excuse the shadows from the chandelier

I wanted the knobs on the china hutch to match the ones on the buffet.

Vanity before:
These are the knobs that came on it.
They are white porcelin but I didn't care for the flowers on them.

Vanity after:
knobs $1.50 each

Table before:
a small wooden knob

Table after:
knob $2.00

Armoire before:
It had 6 wooden knobs originally.
I painted them oil-rubbed-bronze but didn't like them

Armoire after:
door pulls $2.00 each
drawer bin pulls $1.00 each

I purchased the bin pulls on the drawers online at Cripe Distributing. They come in a pack of 25 and cost $14 plus $11 shipping. That's only $1 a piece.  I saw these on another gals blog.  She used them in her kitchen.  I have to admit I had my doubts about the quality since these pulls are expensive at the hardware store.  But I couldn't be happier with them.  They are very good quality and heavy.  I sprayed these with oil-rubbed-bronze paint so they would match the upper pulls and hinges.  The only downside is they don't come with screws.  I took one to a hardware store and got screws that fit for 5 cents each.  I plan on using the rest of these pulls when we refinish our kitchen this summer.