My man is already very well trained when it comes to keeping an eye out for potential gems other people throw out. About a month ago he called me, the conversation went something like this ,
Him; hi babe, there is a really old looking antique cabinet thing sitting out the front of work, it’s with a bunch of hard rubbish. Did you want me to bring it home?”
Me: hmmm describe it to me, how old are we talking?
Him; it looks pretty vintage to me, it has a cupboard down the bottom and two small draws, and it’s stained dark brown.
Me: it sounds alright can you send me a picture?
Him: yep, no worries.
Anyway, the picture never came through because of the crappy mobile signal I get up here in the stix, so he called back and I made a decision without seeing it.
Now this experience has taught me a few things, the main one being that I need to teach my beloved the difference between “old looking” and “vintage”. I was envisioning a lovely rustic looking Eames era or older vintage dresser, alas he came home with a not so old reproduction Balinese tv cabinet. Sigh.
But not one to look a freebie-from-off-the-side-of-the-road type gift horse in the mouth, I decided all it needed was a coat of crisp white paint and some pretty knobs and it would fit perfectly in Charlees room. I have been trying to talk her into getting rid of her doll house and this was my chance. I sold the idea to her by convincing her it would make a great place to store all her Blythe and barbie stuff and that eventually we might get her a little tv to sit on it. They were the magic words, that dolly house was out of there quicker than you can say… Well, anything really.
Anyway, here is the before:
And here it is after, all prettied up and settled in her room.
Complete with new vintage looking knobs. All up the transformation only cost me $24 for the knobs, because I already had the paint in the shed.