Wednesday, June 10, 2009

My New Love

Let me tell you how this love affair began...it began with an amazing list known to me as my daily obsession, but known to all as Craigslist. Now, I had been in search of a small desk to fit in my boys' room and low and behold one appeared on my obsession. Listed as heavy, solid wood- $15, but without a picture ... my appetite was whet. I drove out to DIP to check it out and...oooh, wonderful potential. Now, I'm attracted to this desk, but it is not my true love. As I hauled this beauty into my van, the seller wanted to show me another treasure of hers. She hated to sell it, but had to downsize. Being polite I went, saw and*****I fell in L.O.V.E.!!!!***** I did, I'll admit it. I fell head over heels for something I really didn't have room for. The charm, the uniqueness, the fabulous-ness of what it can be-AND-only for $35. When can you get a hutch for $35?! BUT...sigh...I'm practical...I went home without my beauty....

I called my sis, Whit, and lamented the loss of this treasure. I wanted it, but I didn't need it, really don't have a spot for it...she and I decided I'd sleep on it. I did...I still wanted...I resisted...

The story would end there, except I couldn't get it out of my mind. I told my husband and brother all about it. I rehashed "the meeting" with my sisters and Mom when they came later that week. I was lovesick...so, I gave into the attraction and phoned the seller. It was still available! She hadn't listed it and it was mine if I wanted. Such glee filled my heart. I know I shouldn't be attached to material goods, but I AM!

My wonderful husband went with me to pick up my love. It was everything I remembered and the love was still there. We brought it home and I've gone to work. Loving this baby hasn't been easy, much stripping and cleaning have been going on, but it is a labor of love.

I'm sharing with you my mid-work pictures. This is after I have stripped the heavy yellow 70's varnish off the top of the hutch. I'm debating whether I need to strip the primer already on the base or not. If you have any suggestions, I'm open to them. I'm learning as I go on this one.

Can't you just picture it in a beautiful, popping shade of red? Note the beautiful stars
Hmmm...I'm smiling...


The Top


The Base-bad pic, taken from under my table :)

The Side-View

The Most Fabulous Knobs, EVER

The Cute Kid Who Happened to Want His Picture Taken-silly beastie!

11 comments:

The DeVito's said...

That's beautiful!! I can't believe you found it for so inexpensive. Is the wood good enough to just stain?

Steph said...

It is fab-u-lous!! Now I am more anxious then ever to see the finished results!!! It looks so darn cute and soooo one-of-a-kind. Jealous! :) Good for you for taking on such a project, but it will be oh, so worth it in the end.

Andrea said...

That is beautiful. I'm so glad that you went back and got it. Sometimes we have to give into our wants. I don't think that is bad. PLUS...I mean that is a FABULOUS find at a FABULOUS price. Good for you! I can't wait to see the finished project.
Maybe you can help me get into Craigslist. This is crazy, but I'll let you in on a secret. I'm scared to call people on Craigslist or even listings in the paper for fear that they are CRAZY people behind that add. :)
Perhaps I'm the CRAZY one.
Thanks again for sharing your find. LOVE IT!

Lively Luckinbills said...

It's so cute. I need to learn how to refinish stuff. You've done a great job so far. I search craigsist, but don't ever find anything THAT good. Congrats.

Jill said...

Craigslist is so addicting! That hutch is so unique, so lovely! Congrats!

Sandy said...

Nice find. The hutch is beautiful. The detail is amazing. I can't wait to see the finished product.

Coty said...

Craigslist is Oklahoma is for the birds...

I la la la loooove that hutch. i'm looking for one for a bare half wall in my kitchen, but can't seem to find one for $35 bones...must be nice!!!!

Good work, congrats (from the bottom of my jealous heart)!!!

Jeff, Jenny and Pearl said...

Good for you! Treasures like this will be something special for years to come. I can totally picture it in red. I have a similar "love" in our garage...an old, tiny dresser that Jeff's great grandma used as a washing table. Sigh...I have no clue how to fix it but I can so picture it red and lovely too. Send me your tips for striping down your hutch and maybe I'll get brave and fix mine.

whitney said...

I LOVE it!!! Thanks you soooo much for posting pics! It's just so darn fabulous I'm almost speachless...not quite though, so I'll keep on going...I adore the stars on it and I'm practically salivating over the knobs (you know my love of vintage knobs). You should totally paint it red, black would be too dark and it'd hide the beautiful-ness and detail. In Geogia-speak: mmmmmm, love it!

Anna said...

What a great find---gorgeous wood and unique design. You definitely know a great piece when you see one! And you can't beat the price!!!!

Emily Kim said...

Awesome find! Sung is ALWAYS checking craigslist. But hey, we've gotten a lot of great stuff that way!