I’ll admit– I like to hoard furniture. I don’t like to walk away from vintage furniture deals often–whether it’s on the side of the road or in a thrift store. In fact, most times you shouldn’t walk away from something you love. (Click here to read my article 3 Reasons Why Impulse Buying is Necessary at the Thrift Store).
But there comes a time when you have to say, “Okay, enough!” Because what ends up happening is that you’ve shoved all the “someday” projects into your garage, your basement, your spare “office”……and you start this ugly chain of self-hate because you’ve got more projects than you have time to complete.
It becomes this little nagging voice in my head that reminds me constantly, “Sereeeenaaaa….you’re not being produuuucttiiiivvvvee!”
Okay–well, I’m being a little dramatic. But that’s how I feel. Do you ever hear that little voice, too?
It’s the New Year and honestly I’m ready to plug away. I feel like I spend all my time thinking about doing projects than actually doing them. Ha! Well, no more of that. Me no likey.
So I thought I would catch you up on all the stuff that’s whispering to me at night, “Paiiiiint me….pppppaaaaiinnntt me…”
I found this beauty for $25 at an estate sale and it has been in my garage a long time. I will NOT be touching the beautiful wood on this, but that fabric has to go. Since it’s been in my garage, it’s gotten a bit moldy during the summer months. ICK!
This is a gorgeous dresser in my garage that I scored at a thrift store for a mere $60! It’s in great condition, but I plan to refinish it because the top is scratched and chipped a little. I love this dresser!! Maybe a nice shade of gray? Or is that too bland?
This buffet…..I’m in love with. Which is why I haven’t been able to get rid of it (yet, haven’t had the time to refinish it yet). It’s been in my garage since September 2012, and I’m flabbergasted I’ve let it sit out there for quite so long! I think I have the perfect spot in my house for this! I think a re-stained top with a painted body would be so pretty! And to think it only cost $50…..Yes, $50!
This was also such a great find! A sewing cabinet (solid wood) for $40! I’ve gone ahead and put it in my thrifted craft room. It’s almost too nice to paint. I think I may try re-staining.
How awesome is this? The thrift store had a sewing machine that came with it, but I got rid of that (re-donated it), and my pretty little computerized Bernina sits in there. It’s a solid piece of furniture!
And this vanity?? Only $15 from the thrift store! I was going to sell it on Craig’s List, but realized that I couldn’t bear to part with it. I want to get my
hands paint brush on it! Great pieces like this don’t come around that often (even as lucky as I am!)
For $15, you can’t beat this bench. We’re using it now, “as is” in our dining room. Although it doesn’t match the dining table that I bought and refinished from the thrift store for $12.00, it serves our purposes for now. I want to do something really crafty and creative with it!
I found this funky vintage dresser for $20 at the thrift store. I snagged it up as soon as they put it on the display floor. Look at those carved front panels! I still haven’t decided which of my sons is getting this cool dresser. It’s sitting up in one of the spare bedrooms waiting for me to make up my mind.
This vanity is so beat up, but I couldn’t pass on it. It was only $11.00! The pic quality is poor, so what you don’t see are the rough gouges along the edge. But with the right sanding and stripping??? Ahhhh….it will be a beaut!
This dresser was only $20. I found it on a half-off day, and loved the mid-century look. The way the drawers “stair step” like that is pretty cool, too!
Why oh why did I buy this? This was one of those purchases that I probably will never do anything with. I probably couldn’t sell it on Craig’s List. It needs a new cord. If I could repair it, it’s possible I could use it, right?? 🙂 Except for the cabinet, it’s in pretty sweet condition! I think this was $80.
Most of you have seen this piece. I found it fairly recent. It’s still sitting in my garage, hopefully freezing out whatever bugs may have been in it during these super freezing East Coast temps lately (EEK!). I can’t wait to reupholster it, though!
Would you believe that this list isn’t all inclusive of what is in my garage and basement? There are still a few things I haven’t posted because I don’t have pics handy. Let’s not forget I still have a zillion home improvement and crafting projects (like my dead mailbox and my sad garage-turn-workshop). I’m sure you have tons of projects too. But you know what I’m coming to realize?
If we are determined and organized, we can get anything done.
We have to stop making excuses. We’re all busy, and it’s never going to get any less busy (at least, not until we’re in a nursing home). So, let’s put away the excuses about schedules and kids and and feeling tired, and let’s start making our homes beautiful. One project at a time.
Have you gotten any projects done to start the new year off right? What are you tackling next?
p.s. For those who missed it, I did my first live news segment for Hometalk! Click HERE to watch the video! 🙂