Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Little Sideboard that Could

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! ;)


~Allison

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32 comments:

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Love your sideboard- it is gorgeous! You did a great job on the redo and score on the price and selling it so easily! I love getting a deal too so can just imagine your excitement after you loaded it up!! :)

clairesmom05 said...

I can't believe you let that go! Way cute! :)

bet1975 said...

love your humor! great job on the table!!!!

kimberly @ craftyland said...

wow - what a steal!!! all she needed was a little tlc and a great makeover!

Gabrielle said...

$5! WOW! I would have peeled outta there with that fantastic piece! Love it! Congrats on that find!

Nicole Jennings said...

Getting a steal like that is marvelous! I love the color you chose for the sideboard. I wish I had a piece like that on my hands! You did wonderful :)

Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

What a find for $5!!! Great redo and how nice to have someone contact you about putting the piece in their shop. Great feeling I am sure!

Karen T said...

Gor-jus!!!! Looking for something similar for my new kitchen! I have to keep my eyes peeled for a great bargain!

Christa @ Stories of a House said...

5 dollars. I'm shaking my head at the fact that I see everyone in blogland find these amazing deals and I come up empty every time! Good for you! You did a stellar job of refinishing and what a great contact you made from Craig. Maybe she'll sell more stuff for you! Thanks for linking up @ Project Diaries.

Pamela said...

What a lucky find! It is sooo beautiful! I am looking for a similar piece or an old dresser to put in our laundry room for folding. I hope to get as lucky as you and find a great piece.

lauren@WESTFURNITUREREVIVAL said...

loved the way this turned out great color

Pam @ diy Design Fanatic said...

What a fantastic piece for $5!!! You made it look wonderful with the new finish!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Great transformation and so cheap.

It's Just Me said...

Hi Allison, I found your blog from Savvy Southern Style. I LOVE your page ... had to follow. Your work is really good and your a fellow bargain hunter : ) Just saying Ello' !!

Linda said...

This project turned out beautifully, Allison! Hopped over from the BTB party!

Shelia said...

Hi Allison! Oh, my - $5? That's amazing and it looks wonderful after you refinished it. I couldn't have let her go! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Mare said...

Wow I love it! I came over for the 20 below Thursday party. Now I'm going to nose around the rest of your posts :)

April a.k.a. "A. Liz" said...

Now that's a find! The wood work on that piece is amazing. I'm going to have to start checking out estate sales.

Serendipity Chic Design said...

What a beautiful transformation...Love the detail on the piece...

Take care,
Lisa

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i don't think i ever saw this one, so i am glad you linked it! it's gorgeous!!!! i love its unique shape and style, and the paint updates it nicely!

Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said...

Stop! Just . . . Stop!!! $5?!? Wow! And what a beautiful finish! Kudos to you!

Would love for you to drop by and link up to Passion for Paint this weekend.

http://MuralMaker1.blogspot.com

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Only $5? Now that's what I call a NIFTY THRITY deal!!! Hop over and show her off at my NTT party next week.

Blessings,
Linda

Patti said...

Beautiful piece of furniture...love how you painted it, too!

Tina said...

Absolutely beautiful! Can you share the paint color you used and the brand? I am so bad with picking paint color. Thanks for the inspiration!

Donnie said...

You really found a steal there. No pun intended. Great shopping and the work you did on it is really gorgeous.

Sue said...

Nice little transformation of that sideboard. Hope you made a nice little profit- you can bet the girl who sold it in her shop sure did! I hope she left her card so you can contact her the next time you create another masterpiece. :-)
Visiting from Linda's. ~Sue

Lisa said...

Way to go. It makes me wonder why things like that get left behind in the first place. Okay, they may need a bit of a sand or paint etc, but how can the potential be missed. Well done.

Cheers,
Lisa x

Lori said...

Great find! It looks amazing now!

Ashley said...

$5??!!! Wow, great find! You did an amazing job with it!

Jennifer~My Vintage Bliss said...

That is a great find and I love how you transformed the piece!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Happy to see ya here:)

Blessings,
Linda

Maggie said...

omg I would luv to go an estate sales w/you :)
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