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The Little Sideboard that Could

Saturday, 16 October 2010

I should be arrested. Really, I should.

I love to go to estate sales on the final day. Usually, not much is left, but whatever IS left, is often steeply discounted. Say...50% off.

Back in July, I hit an estate sale on a Saturday. I loved a lot of the stuff at this sale, but it was above my usual price point (which is ridiculously low...but that's another post). I decided I'd come back the next day and see what was left. On the way out, I saw a small sideboard...with one front leg propped up in a coffee mug. The price on the piece said "$10...broken leg". I noticed that it was a nice piece, but I didn't know a thing about fixing a leg. So I went home.

The next day, after the kids had managed to run me out of the house, I headed over to the same sale. You know...just to see what was left over. There was the same sideboard...this time, for $5.oo. FIVE bucks. I took a closer look at her. Lifted her up to see what the damage was on the leg. Here's the kicker....the leg wasn't broken. It was completely intact!! I looked at every single leg...all attached and all sturdy. I felt like I'd won the lottery. The peeps working this sale were extremely cool and down to earth...they basically paid ME to take it home. Another shopper helped me load it into the car and away I went! I looked behind me several times to make sure I was street legal.

Are you done with the long story? Want to see the sideboard? Ok....

Thomasville Sideboard

Check out those sweet little flowers!

She needed a little work. I painted her with a creamy white, distressed her and wiped her down with Minwax dark walnut stain. I wasn't sure about how she turned out, but a gal who owns a boutique in Minneapolis contacted me off of a Craigslist add. She bought this piece and she sold it in her shop the very next day!

Here's the finished product...

I know...it was a long story, but FIVE dollars? I'm still watching my back for the cops! ;)


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