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On a recent trip home from work, I decided to stop in at my local Goodwill. It’s literally right down the street and within walking distance. I stop in there often to just see what they have. I usually walk out empty handed or with thoughts running through my head about furniture I just saw (i.e. I wonder what that would look like blue or how could I make that piece work).

Well my last trip started to seem like it would be no different. I walked the aisles of furniture and decided I would take another quick look back through.

Here’s how the conversation I had with myself went on my second trip back down the aisles:

“Wait, what’s that? No way, is that…is that a Cedar Chest? Hmm..

(pulls out said chest) Okay, the outside’s not too bad. Hmm, what about the inside?

“Oh my god! Oh my god! It’s a Lane! Okay, calm down. I’m sure it’s too expensive.

What?! $60?! Oh, I’m taking this.”

For the next ten minutes, I pulled it out, opened it up, turned it over, and just stood there trying to calm myself down to having rational thoughts. After quickly deciding it was for sure coming home with me, I didn’t move from that spot. I just waited for a Goodwill employee to walk by, and he did. He had to go get a cart for me to tote it out. At the register the cashier asked what it was so that she could type it into the computer. The guy helping me said “Um, a box” I thought, “if you only knew buddy.”

Okay, I’ll admit. My freakout over this cedar chest was a little nuts. But living in Austin and seeing what they go for, is what informed my decision to grab it up. I knew it wasn’t going to last long once it was displayed better.

Once I got it home, and the fella and I examined it a little bit closer. I realized, sadly, that the bottom had to come off. We just took out the screws and the ones that were too deep we had to break off the wood to get to them. As you can see, the damage was pretty bad on the base. It was broken, some worm holes, and quite a bit of water damage. Not to mention a lot of the veneer had started to come off. If I could have saved the base, I would have. Because removing it significantly decreases the value of the piece. That’s okay with me though. I’m not planning on re-selling it anytime soon.

After a quick clean up with diluted white vinegar, liquid detergent, and then a polish with beeswax, it looks so lovely in its new home. I’m on the hunt now for new legs.

After doing some research, I discovered that my chest was manufactured on May 16, 1950. That meant that the day after I bought it, it turned 61 years old. Such an awesome discovery.

Also, I left the original marketing stapled to the inside. How awesome is that typography?

Do you have any treasures that made you freak out upon discovery? Please tell me that you do, because I’d really like to not be the only crazy out there! Also, if you know where to buy some cool legs for this chest send them my way. I’m considering these after I saw them on Retro Renovation.

I linked up over at Her Library Adventures: Flea Market Finds and Apron Thrift Girl: Thrift Share Mondays

 

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Upcycled Pallet Path

Pallet Path via Little Eco Footprints

I’m really wanting to do this in my backyard. I’ll be sure to let you know if it happens.

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Renting often equals living with white walls or super ugly wall colors that your property manager/landlord is unwilling to let you paint over. OR, if you can paint sometimes it’s just not worth it depending on room size, amount of time you’ll live there, etc. Although, as they say, the easiest way to spruce up a room is some fresh paint on the walls. Hands down.

When we moved in, our bathroom was baby yellow with black and white checkered floors. The previous tenant left a brand new black and white shower curtain. The yellow just wasn’t cuttin’ it and it made the bathroom look constantly dingy. I wanted something crisp so we set to it.  I’m one of the lucky ones whose landlord will allow them to paint.

We used Martha Stewart Living Cumulus Cloud paint. I took the paint sample home and sat with it for a couple of days. I decided to just go ahead and do it. At first, while I was painting it seemed like the color was too purple. Weird, right? I didn’t think it looked purple at all in the store. Then, I started regretting it. My fella talked me into sitting with it for a bit longer and honestly I didn’t really have the money to waste on paint, so I stuck with it. I’m so glad I did.

We also decided to paint the trim in the bathroom pure white because the previous painted did a seriously shit-tay job when they painted the yellow. Yuck. Also, I decided to paint the chair rail the gray at first. I didn’t like it and decided that the bathroom needed the detail, so I went back and painted it white also. Again, I’m glad I did.

I decided the room needed a sink skirt for pattern and a new rug. Okay, on Monday I shared my grievances about IKEA furniture, but as I said, we love each other (IKEA and I). I love their housewares and all things awesome. So, after I searched at my local vintage shops for fabric and I wasn’t able to find any I went to IKEA. I purchased the white/light grey/orange Majken fabric and my bathroom rug in a dark grey (which I cannot find on the site now).

I made the sink skirt by measuring the base of the sink and the height from the floor. Then I cut the material accordingly and added a pleat. I didn’t want it ruffled, just straight. I think I accomplished that. Then, I just added Velcro and attached to the underside of the sink.

At the last moment we decided to spray paint the towel hooks with some leftover bright orange spray paint. It matched perfectly.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with the space. Sure, I’d like to paint the ceiling the back of the door and change out some accessories but that’ll all have to wait. Decorating is a process and I’m okay with that.

 

  • Paint: $30
  • Supplies: $30 (Since we just moved I had to restock)
  • Fabric: $8
  • Rug: $3ish (I think)
  • Total: $71

What quick fixes have you done recently?

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