Free Furniture Makeover

Last week marked one of my favorite days of the year… spring clean-up trash day!  In our neighborhood, we are allowed to set out as much “garbage” as we want just one day a year.  Most people take this opportunity to get rid of unwanted furniture and household items.  Our own trash pile included complete junk such as a disintegrating vanity, old toilet, shower doors, beat up chair that I once had hopes of refinishing, and other nasty items taken out of the house during remodeling. Last year, we got rid of urine soaked rash-inducing carpet thanks to our amazing neighbors.

Spring clean-up trash day is pretty big news around here.  There’s typically a parade of cars and trucks, filled with other people’s junk, going up and down the street.  It’s actually pretty entertaining to watch :)  For instance…we watched one man get out of his truck, reach into our disgusting uncleaned toilet and take out a part.  I laughed for a while over that one!

My neighbor a few doors down just happened to be getting rid of an impressive pile of stuff.  This table stood out among the treasures, so I promptly took it, in the rain, and carried down the street and right into our living room (after a good wipe-down, of course).

It seems to have an interesting story… it’s hard to tell what it used to be, but it looks like it was pieced together a long time ago from other pieces of furniture.  For instance, it is split right down the middle and held together with brackets.  The back of the table doesn’t match the rest, and looks like it was made from an old wooden box, with a small part of the paper label still attached.  It was in very rough condition, with the veneer popping off in places on the top, made even worse by the rain.  To me, though, this just enhanced the curiosity of it.  I mixed some gray called Urban Pulse (Lowe’s), with Honeysuckle from Sherwin Williams, and a bit of white trim paint.  I didn’t want a very vibrant yellow… but I also didn’t want to go out and buy paint just for my freebie find.  I’ve had good success with mixing paint in a mason jar in the past, so I used that trick again.  And here she is in all her distressed glory!

Because I used latex paint, I didn’t feel as though a protective coat was necessary, so I just left it the way it was without wax or polyurethane.  I don’t mind if she gets a little more beat up!

Now the waiting begins for next year’s big trash day!

Details: the birdcage was a gift from my mom, and contains an African violet. The jar next to it is filled with decorative balls with our letters on them; E, J, and N.  The wall color is Sharkey Grey by Martha Stewart, mixed by Sherwin Williams.

  • Anita
    Posted at 20:36h, 10 May Reply

    I remember curb shopping in a ritzy neighborhood with my Mom as a child. We had a van and filled it with goodies. That was the best yard sale we ever had! =)

    Glad you were able to find something and make it look so adorable!

  • Bebe
    Posted at 11:35h, 11 May Reply

    What a terrific table! It is radiant in it’s imperfection and history, a testimony to the ingenuity and creativity of those who came before us. That is something worth preserving, both the table and mindset.

    Did you use a latex enamel? I like the distressed look.

    • creekbedthreads
      Posted at 13:28h, 11 May Reply

      I just use regular latex, nothing special! Same stuff we used on our walls. It takes a fair amount of sanding, but it still turns out alright!

  • Cynthia
    Posted at 12:06h, 11 May Reply

    Looks cute! I probably would have snagged that one, too!

  • sherry
    Posted at 22:32h, 12 May Reply

    I love how this turned out! I discovered you on Miss Mustard Seed.

  • Mary
    Posted at 21:44h, 17 May Reply

    Love the transformation! I’m one of those people that drive around finding treasures too! One of my favorite times of year and I’m not ashamed to say it!

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