August 6, 2008

Favorite Thrift/Yard Sale Finds

Let's all join the party at Rhoda's at Southern Hospitality. She's asking that we post our favorite yard sale and/or thrift find....okay, this is going to be hard for a lot of us because we have a lot of favorites. I have decided on mine, what about you?


I must admit that my first favorite is not thrifted or from a yard sale but instead bought at my first auction about 4 years ago. Hubby and I went intent on finding a sideboard....instead we found two -- one for the den and one for the dining room. The one pictured here is my absolute favorite.






Now for my favorite yard sale item. The hubs came home one day all excited about a street find. Yep, that's right, he found this little baby on the street in front of a house in the not to nice section of town. I wish I had a picture of the before....it was all scuffed up and even worse (for me anyway) smelled of smoke. We aired it out, hubby sanded it and I painted it (black of course) then distressed it before adding a coat of antiquing glaze. While it is still not in the best condition, some of the drawers need to be redone, I really love this chest of drawers. I use it in my bathroom to hold all kinds of things. That way, I can use the top for display just as you would use the chest in any other room. I recently added the appliques after spraying them black, sanding them and brushing over with a dark wood stain.












And there you go! I hope you join in the party so we can all share some of our favorite pieces around the house.


45 comments:

Tausha said...

jealous! those are absoulately beautiful peices. My heart is going pitter patter for the black one! I love it!!!!!
Did i mention that I love it! I covet it and so wish that it was in my living room!!

ceekay said...

Beautiful pieces and I love the vignette on top of the dresser!

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Wow. WOW! Doesn't it make you wonder what people are thinking when they throw things like that out?! I am a true recycling devotee so I'm all about rescuing stuff. Good for you!

Jen r. said...

I love that sideboard, but that dresser is totally fabulous! What talent and such a good eye! I am so impressed with your hubby! could he please talk to mine? Jen R

artis1111 said...

Can I get the black one in my pocketbook! I love it.Kathy

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Judy,
You and your husband did an incredible makeover on the chest. I love the way you have the accessories displayed on both pieces. Yours is another home like so many I look at that proves you don't have to go broke to have a beautiful home!
Have a great day,
Diane

Sue said...

Judy,
Wow, love what you have done with that chest and the first buffet server.
Gorgeous as always,
Hugs,
Sue

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

I'm glad that I popped in here this morning...my hubby is looking over my shoulder and he said that there are some pieces like this from time to time at such and such flea market. I told him to snag one if he gets the chance. Now I'll know what to do with it, if he does.

Scooterblu's Whimsy said...

Judy, you have such a gift for decorating! Everything is just beautiful in these pics! I love the little black cabinet you used as a riser on the chest! Just Gorgeous! ~Rhonda

Bella said...

Those are beautiful pieces of furniture and your home is very lovely, too...love those black/white checkered plates on the wall, nice to meet you,

Bella

duchess said...

Two beautiful pieces.
I think I need to start getting out to some yard sales, auctions & dumpsters.

Nancy said...

Hi Judy, Beautiful pieces! I love the way You have them decorated too! Nancy

Darlene said...

Those are fabulous pieces and what???found on the side of the road?? Nothing like that ever happens to me....it turned out BEAUTIFUL...I love it!!!!!

Debbie said...

You have some very lovely finds! I was pretty much ga ga over that piece in the dining room, it’s so gorgeous!

I love the way you displayed the other one, it's such a pretty vignette with nice storage.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hey, Judy, I love both of those pieces & so glad you showed them up close. I had seen your sideboard, but not from this angle. Gorgeous!!! What a great piece. And I love that chest painted black too...you did a great job with it.

THanks for playing along!

Rhoda

Inspired Kara said...

How did you know I was searching for that same exact chest of drawers for my bathroom?!

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

Absolutely gorgeous! You did a great job on the dresser, and I love your little vignettes on both pieces!

Jeanne said...

Love your auction piece and what can I say about your great find, except you go girl. Lovely in every photo.

Jeanne

Cameo said...

These pieces are just gorgeous. I love your decorating style. I love the pulls on both pieces.

Picket said...

Ohhhhh those pieces are gorgeous girl!!! But I absolutely love that last piece....it turned out fantastic and it was a freebie!!! Oh it is so pretty..the black and the destressing just made that piece girl!

Shelia said...

OOOOH! What great pieces. The buffet is just gorgeous and I love how you're using the chest of drawers in your bathroom. This gives me an idea!!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

nikkicrumpet said...

What an awesome find!! I love that your hubby picked it up off the street...what a sweetie. The appliques were a nice addition. It looks wonderful and I love the display on top!

teresa said...

Your finds are fabulous! The street find is awesome. I found a headboard like that and I felt like I was on the prowl driving around to pick it up! It was on a not so nice part of town and I was hoping no one would see me!

Bobbie said...

You did a great job1 Great finds! I love your home! So beautiful!!

Rue said...

Hi Judy :)

Gorgeous pieces!! I can't believe the things that people throw out. It turned out wonderful :)

rue

Mary said...

You always have the most beautiful things! Love your finds, and your wonderful accessories, too!
xoxo,
Mary

Nikki said...

I love a good street find! I love the chest!

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

WOW...you have trained the wonderful man well. The best part of the story is that he came home with it!! YEA for him. One more person to covet it right here in NC.

Legacies For You said...

Gorgeous pieces! The sideboard was stunning and don't you just love auctions? I've been addicted for years. The "curbside" find was also a treat and pops against the red background. That's what I really call thrifting!

Beverly said...

Your pieces are just absolutely stunning, and you have them displayed so tastefully.

Melissa Lester said...

Those are great finds! I want to find something similar to keep in my kitchen to house linens and the kids art supplies. But I just never seem to find the time to explore the flea markets and antique stores around here. Maybe once the children are back in school!

new every morning said...

gorgeous!!!

I love your red and black (my kitchen!)

Your decorating ideas are very inspiring
Thanks!

The Summer Kitchen Interiors said...

Judy, this is fabulous - how lucky to find it! Thanks for inspiring us!!
Karla & Karrie

bj said...

I'm over from Kari and Kijsa's ...
very pretty pieces..

kari and kijsa said...

Judy,

This piece is absolutely beautiful! You know how much we love black and white!

Thanks for the inspiration!

smiles, kari & kijsa

Lazy Mom Leslie said...

I love that dresser. It looks like a well loved family piece, just the best!

Cheryl said...

Wow! I love furniture-- your a lucky duck!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Beautiful treasures!! Why would anyone throw a piece like that last one away?!?! Good hubby, Good Hubby!!

Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Beautiful treasures!! Why would anyone throw a piece like that last one away?!?! Good hubby, Good Hubby!!

Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Miss Mustard Seed said...

I can't believe that you found that on the side of the road! And I love the wood showing under the distressed black. I'm going to have to give that treatment a try. I also LOVE the buffet you got at the auction. What a wonderful buy.

Funky Junk Interiors said...

what a stunning outcome! Just the right of darkness without looking like a black hole. Gosh what a gorgeous piece! I just love it pops off the red wall and how you've arranged things to boot!

Visiting from Mustard Seed Creation's linky party. :)

Donna

Chari said...

Hello Judy...

I'm just comimg over from Musturd Seed Creations. Ohhh my...I do love how you transformed that chest for your bath...it's simply gorgeous, my friend! Ohhh...and what a fabulous buffet! You have some really beautiful pieces here and I really enjoyed seeing them!

This is my very first visit to your blog...I've been snooping, my friend! hehe! Your blog is delightful...I just wanted to let you know that I added you to my list of blog follows and look forward to your upcoming posts and getting to know you!

So very nice to meet you, Judy!
Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

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Low Tide High Style said...

Why can't my husband ever find anything like that on the side of the road to bring home?! I love the black and the distressing really makes it look even more beautiful.

Kat :)

Miss Mustard Seed said...

That buffet is just gorgeous and you know I love that dresser. The finish really makes it special.

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