Thursday, August 19, 2010

Roadside shopping

You have to love roadside shopping.
There you are, driving along, minding your own business...
When all of a sudden you see a sign. "Free."

So meet my "new" buffet. Book matched, dovetailed, solid oak drawers that slide like buttah!  Two of the original pulls were in the top drawer. Don't ask me what the owners were thinking with the monstrosities they replaced them with on the second drawer. It needs a little work.
I'm thinking creamy white on the bottom with a little antiquing to bring out the detail, and a beautiful dark stained top. Yes sis, I know what you're thinking. I'm painting it because it has some missing trim that just can't be fixed to match the existing trim, so paint it is. I think it will bring out the carved details nicely.
This little marble topped plant stand was right next to it, so I got greedy and took that too.
I want to work on the buffet this weekend, the sooner the better before things get really crazy again with school. You can be sure I will be showing the finished project:>)
*sigh* I love roadside shopping:>)


  1. Can I just say that I am very envious/jealous/wishing they were mine?

    What wonderful finds! I can't believe someone put them on the curb.

    I know you will make them beautiful! Can't wait to see them

  2. That buffet would have been mine had I seen it first!! It will be gorgeous when you paint it! Lucky Girl!

  3. Amazing freebie find! I'm looking forward to seeing the makeover!


  4. Awesome FREE treasures!!! Have fun painting the buffet. I've been painting some small pieces today. Must get it done before WINTER!
    Deb :)

  5. You are going to have SO much fun with's gorgeous and I am sure it's going to look like dynamite when you are done! Lucky girl!


  6. Wow, I'd be driving by that house every few days, they obviously don't know a good thing when they have it! Who knows what else they may throw out! I'm so glad you were able to grab it right then.

    Your quilt is going to be wonderful too.

  7. Oh, my!!! You found a deal, you did. Can't wait to see the finished piece and maybe see where you put it and how you accessorize it. The plant stand is fantastic! Lucky you.

  8. That's just remarkable! That looks like the find of the summer to me! I think your idea of painting it is right on the money. It'll be so pretty when you're done. I hope ya post some pics when you're finished working you're magic.

    God Bless Ya,

  9. Great find! and free.
    I had the same experience two days ago a Jenny Lind bed on the side of the!
    I know your joy!
    Have fun redoing it!
    xoxo~Kathy @
    Sweet Up-North Mornings...

  10. WOW!!!! I can't believe they just sit them both out for FREE,,,, I would have grab them too..... they are so gorgeous,,,,, can't wait to see the buffet all done,,,, have fun with it...


  11. oh my my my! I have NEVER found a roadside treasure! That is going to look FABULOUS! And no hard feelings when you paint something that never belonged to you to begin with! Can't wait to see how it comes out.
    I'm loving the look of painted furniture with stained tops these days!

  12. You are so lucky! Amazing what someone will sit out by the curb! You were at the right place at the right time! Can't wait to see the end result!~Patti

  13. HA!
    I have totally decorated that buffet and I wish you could see it :)
    It has one of those tiered cake stands on it with little desserts and a white lace cloth on top ...silver pieces...teacups :) and it is painted white and sanded and lucky deserve such finds too!!!

  14. I'm so geeked about this I keep coming back and looking at my own silly photos (the sweet buffet is in the garage waiting for it's makeover)Lol, I'm such a dork!

  15. Oh wow , what great finds. Sometimes wonder why people throw out such fabulous things, maybe they have no vision of what it can be turned into. Painted white and antiquing the details will be wonderful

  16. Totally the best kind of shopping! I've found a few fun things too. I try not to embarass whoever might be in the car with me too much. It's gonna be great painted. Mimi

  17. Wow! These are wonderful!
    What a lucky find!
    Thank you for sharing!

  18. OMG! I wish my neighbors would throw out such fabu stuff!

    That is going to look SO gorgeous painted! Love the plant stand too!

    Free is the best!


  19. Whoo hoo!! You really scored!! Both are great pieces. Lucky you.
    Hugs, Rhondi

  20. Oh my goodness! You hit the roadside lottery!!! That is a gorgeous piece of furniture and I love the plant stand too! As the old saying goes, one man's junk is another man's treasure! Can't wait to see what you do with it!

  21. Seriously, not on the side of the road. What are people thinking? Great find.

  22. I laughed out loud at "Yes, sis, I know what you're thinking." I give you my blessing to paint this one. LOL

    I especially love the detailing along the bottom. Gorgeous!

    The plant stand is identical to one Grandma Lois gave us, that I've since gotten rid of. Maybe you've recovered a family treasure! I kept the finial screwed underneath because I thought it was weird sticking up like that. Does that show my complete lack of taste/decorating talent? Break it to me gently, ok?

  23. How in the world did you et that thing home...Ofcourse if I saw it and it was free I would have dragged it along behind the car...I love the "wave" could be turned into something beachy looking...maybe painted a robins egg blue...oh don't mind me....I'm just dreaming of my beach house...that I don't have! Have a great weekend...

  24. Kathy it is gorgeous! Cant wait to see it painted...what a great find!



  25. Kathy,

    What a treasure to find for free! I love all the little dodads on it and painting it will make it really special.

    I can't believe you got two one.

    Have fun with your freebies.

    Hugs, Gretchen

  26. Ohhhh Kathy what wonderful treasures! I love the buffet!
    Can't wait to see the transformation!
    Miss ya,
    Hugz, Dolly

  27. Congratulations on both these beautiful finds and for winning over at Mimi's. Maybe you should go and buy those lottery tickets. LOL
    This is so beautiful, I am anxious to see what you do with them.

  28. What a find! I'd have screeched to a halt for that baby, too. I can't wait to see it after it's refinished! ::Jill

  29. MY GOSH, GIRL...I can't EVEN believe these were tossed out. They are STUNNING...and a creamy white sounds perfect. Can't wait to see both of them in their fine, new dress..
    xo bj

  30. free? free? FREE? if i had to carry it on my back, it'd be worth it. what a lovely buffet!!

  31. What a find! Well, I finally got up and running after I changed the name three times. Crazy. Have a lovely day ~

  32. Oh my goodness that is a gorgeous piece. I'm so glad it fell into your hands! I can't wait to see!

  33. I love "roadside shopping" too! Just the other day my husband (God love him!) stopped and picked up a corner table someone had curbside! It was a little worn for the wear, but that was easily disguised with a coat of paint. It looks fantastic and only cost me a little time and some second-hand paint. It's true what they say...One man's trash is another person's treasure! Love the post! Love the Blog! You inspire me!

  34. Great finds! I know you will work your magic on them!

  35. SCORE!!!

    Wow, someone gave these away!?

    I know that you will make them pretty!!

    have fun!


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