FOUND FURNITURE: Makeovers of our free furniture
Transforming Junk to Treasure
Time for true confessions. I am a trash picker. Brad sometimes has to intervene and stop me from accumulating too much junk. Hey, one man’s junk is another woman’s treasure, right? Imagine my excitement, when after closing on our new home in Berlin, we unlocked the house to find left behind “treasures” . Here are some of the goodies left behind and how we transformed them.
Two Beds Become One
Two beds were left behind. One a broken king size bed made mostly of particleboard with some solid wood ( I think maybe mahogany) pieces, all covered in a mountain of what I believe was either carpet cleaner or baby powder. At least that is what I choose to believe. The other a cheap trundle bed. I believe the head/footboard were fabricated from aluminum foil, but the mechanical parts were fine. Those italics are help those of you that are seeing only junk to see the treasure. Brad, are you reading this post?
I decided that I needed to marry the best parts of each bed. After a lot of measuring, sketching, sawing and a trip to the hardware store for some decorative screws, we had all the parts we needed. As with every project that Brad and I build together, the design was altered as we progressed to make sure things would work. Things like having the ability to actually fit the trundle under the main bed without the trim dragging on the floor. We had to use a little plywood for stability on the inner parts that aren’t seen, but I stained them, just incase a little bit ever showed. I added a comforter and pillows from Ikea. This is what we ended up with .
Two Found Dressers Get A Makeover
Also left behind were two dressers, one of which even had glass knobs. There it is again, italics = treasure.
Here they are finished.
A Little Semi Round Table Comes to Life
This has to be one of my favorite little treasures left behind in our house. It was really exciting to see the beautiful wood on the top of this table after removing the many layers of paint. After hours and hours of working on the legs, I just couldn’t get all of the paint off, so I repainted them. I apparently never took pictures before I redid this little table, but I didn’t do anything to it except remove many layers of paint and repaint the legs and put a few coats of clear poly on the top.
Saving an Antique Mirror
One other treasure that I never took before pictures of, is the mirror that now sits over the mantle in our living room, is a mirror. This was another spray paint job and I kept the original heavy mirror. The mirror has stains in the silver backing, which I have decided to embrace as part of its character and personality.
Here are some things I haven’t decided to do with yet. Both of these items came from the back yard shed that we demolished.
Keep checking back because there is plenty more to come. It is amazing how much furniture people want to get rid of if you will just come and get it. Then there are the trash picked treasures. I promise I’ll do my best to keep working on improving my photographic skills! And I will try to remember to take before pictures. Sometimes I get so excited to start working……..