Thursday, July 14, 2011

My 1st Curbside Find!

I've been so jealous reading all the great before and afters that all of you have done from a great find that was thrown to the curb.  I haven't ever seen anything that was worth fixing up, in fact rarely do I ever see furniture of any kind.  So the other day I was yard saleing (it is a real word to me, I do it all the time) and not having very good luck at all.  I thought I saw another yard sale and went to check it out and it was a house where someone had moved and left several things in the yard with a sign that said "FREE".  I was so excited when I saw this desk, (pretty sad that such a pathetic looking thing can make me so happy) I was determined to make it look great, no matter the cost,  okay,not really.

The leg was broken off and the top drawer was missing.  The top had really deep scratches in it, in fact I finally had to use wood filler on them because I didn't want to go any deeper with the sander.  I did sand the top though and it wasn't a pretty wood grain finish so I opted to paint it.  I had to wood fill just about every where though.  I love my Elmer's wood filler, it has just the right consistency so you can work with it for awhile and yet it also drys pretty fast too


After sanding all the places that I filled and knew it would paint up really nice, it was time to paint.  I had decided on a two tone grey pallet.  So I headed to Lowe's to get two of the sample size can's, just the right size for my project.  I knew I wanted different knobs on it, some that were a little less decorative.  I didn't want to spend much on them though, because after all this is my "1st Curbside Find".  So I went to the restore and found these three, for fifty cents each.  They were a shiny brass color but I sanded them and sprayed them with Rustoleum bronzed spray.  This is the first time I used it (the bronzed spray) and I love it.
 

 This has become my favorite piece that I've done so far.  And I'm sure it's because no one wanted it and I saved it and turned it into something that I'm sure I will be able to find a good home for.  What do you think?


                                         Simple but elegant handles, they fit the piece so well. 



I sure had fun with this one and hope I find more curb side finds.  For some reason it's so gratifying to restore something that has been given up on.

47 comments:

  1. Wow that turned out incredible! I must admit that I would have kept driving down the road...so glad you picked it up...turned out to be a great project:)

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  2. I am so impressed. This is fabulous!

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  3. Yay! A freebie curbside find! Usually when it rains, it pours. So here's to you finding more!

    And great job on the desk. You brought it back to life and the paint color and handles make this classic piece look more modern. Awesome job!

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    Emily

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  4. That's awesome! The other day I was driving down the street and someone had left a wooden headboard on the side of the road, I thought about stopping but it seemed like a lot of work. Next time I'll pick it up! I just recently acquired a whole bunch of interesting old wooden furniture I'm not sure what to do with but I'm thinking about buying a jigsaw and redesigning most of it! Thanks for the side of the road inspiration! : )

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  5. Lucky you! What a great save, you fixed her up nicely! I love her dainty leg on the one side and the 2 colors together!

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  6. I remember my first project. Sooooo ugly and afterward I was sooooo proud :) You should be too, this is gorgeous. I love the upstyle on the pulls.

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  7. beautiful! You did a great job. I love it to see a piece get rescued like that.
    I recently found a great chair, I have to get busy and make over.

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  8. You did a wonderful job! Love how you used the two colors!
    Glad you shared at Fantabulous Friday!

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  9. What a wonderful job you did putting that back together into a usable piece.

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  10. I love FREE! :) great save sandi!
    I am catching you next week!
    gail

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  11. I love it! I particularly love the 2-tone look. You did a great job!

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  12. What a great rescue! Looks terrific!

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  13. I am so glad you stopped for this little fella! It is absolutely beautiful! Great job :)

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  14. It looks wonderful! I love your color choice. Great job!

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  15. That turned out great! So cute!

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  16. Gray and white is a great combination you can't go wrong with it, nice transformation :)

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  17. o wow LOVE it!!! great find :)
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  18. Watch out, you might end up like me! It's an incredible feeling to take something that's been thrown away and make it beautiful and useful again. You did a beautiful job on this and should be very proud of yourself. Kudos to you! Keep up the good work.
    (Stopping by from Gail's Catch as Catch Can party)

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  19. Great makeover, it looks absolutely beautiful:-)
    Hugs, Biljana

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  20. It looks great! And it's so not sad that that can make you happy...at least I hope not because the same things make me happy too! I'm your newest follower!

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  21. Love what you have done with the piece. I am a huge and I mean huge garage sale freak. My husband and I go every single saturday. Sometimes we score and others just odds and ends. I always come home with something for me. This weekend we scored big.
    Ok, I took over, but going back to your piece I love it. You did an awesome job.

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  22. REALLY gorgeous!!! Love the grey and white together!

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  23. I know how you feel. I never seem to find old wooden items. I can't complain too much because I ahve found like-new items, including this cushy computer chair I am sitting in right now :)

    Anyway, I LOVE the colors you chose and that definitely does not look anything like the photo of when you found it!

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  24. Score one for you. I always ready about everybody's curbside treasures and think I need to move to their town. :0 This turned out great. Really like the two tone monochromatic thing you have working here. Thanks for linking this up to Motivated Monday. I'm so glad you came back. I love your stuff. Painted furniture is my weakness!
    Pam

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  25. You did a great job! That's a lovely first curbside find. You've inspired me to hit the garage sales and junk stores!

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  26. yay!!!!! awesome curbside find and i LOVE the color scheme you used to modernize it. nice curb rescue!

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  27. Yay for free!! Love the palette!!

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  28. What a cute desk! I also have a freebie desk waiting for some TLC. Isn't it fun? Question - how did you make her so shiny? The sample colors I find are always in flat latex. I am not a fan of these for furniture.....

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  29. Aww, I can tell you are a kindred spirit! I love to find free junk & fix it up too. This turned out great. Congrats!

    Warmly, Michelle

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  30. Great find! It turned out so well!

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  31. Great curbside find. Would love to have you come and link up to my Sizzle into Summer party with this project.

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  32. That turned out Lovely. I would love for you to stop by http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/ on Monday to link up your desk and any other projects you would like to share.

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  33. I like the colors you chose! Thank you for linking to Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

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  34. You are a Hero!! ...saving the land-full and all!
    Cute little desk, the proud owner of TWO colors. :)

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  35. thanks so much for joining my party! this desk looks beautiful!!

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  36. This turned out great! I LOVE curb side finds!!! They are my favorite. It is so fun to take something that someone thought was junk and make it into something amazing! :)

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  37. that's a nice transformation !

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  38. Fantastic job! I just hauled my first free furniture piece of the roadside last week! You've inspired me to get on with fixing it up:)

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  40. This turned out beautiful! That was one amazing transformation! I'm still waiting for that day when I find something on the curb!
    Beth

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  41. What a great transformation! I'm so glad you got a curbside find:)

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  42. I only put things on the curb :) I don't usually find anything. Good for you! It's lovely.

    Dana

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  43. What a great find, you certainly made it into a treasure, well done!

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  44. Beautiful job! Your transformation is fantastic!

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