That title sounds like a fishing story, doesn’t it?
Notice I haven’t been doing much of anything lately? Seems that way. Last week was one big party and I’ve been trying to get back on track since Sunday. Nothing is ready to show yet. Almost though, almost.
I will say that I’ve taken over Mike’s half of the garage since Sunday, and he is starting to grumble. Working on too many pieces at once can be difficult to manage. I NEED the garage space to store pieces between paint coats….so, all I can say is “Soon honey, you’ll get your parking space back as soon as I can get these things done!”
It would sure help if I didn’t have to go to work all week.
Enough of that. On to my favorite pastime. Curbshopping. Over the last 2 days I did make time for that. Have I mentioned before how much I love to curbshop?
Makes my heart go
pitter-patter thump- thump kind of love.
Especially when I see a ladder just laying out at the curb, waiting for me to rescue it.
Check out the patina on this one.
It’s perfectly weathered.
And it’s pretty darn tall too! A 7 footer.
Have I mentioned before that I love ladders?
How about dressers? Have I shared my love of dressers with you yet?
This blonde cutie of a dresser was getting pretty nervous, the garbage truck was right behind me.
The owner was in the yard, gardening, and was kind enough to help me pull it away from the curb, just in the nick of time!
One drawer has some veneer missing.
And a corner needs repair.
But the piece is very solid and the drawers are all dovetailed construction. The nice lady named Paula who set it to the curb told me her son wanted matching furniture, so she was going out to buy him a bedroom set for his graduation present.
What a shame! I’ll bet what she buys this time won’t be nearly as well constructed as this piece.
I know I was pretty happy to find it!
Some miscellaneous pieces….
This little ladder is cute, I think it should be a wall hanging, turned sideways.
And the wooden folding chair. Some painted detail would surely give it a new lease on life. It’s super sturdy.
Wonder why the owners threw it away?
Now this next piece I drove past the first time and didn’t pick up. Didn’t even stop, just slowed down to take a look.
What on earth could I do with that?
Then I got to thinking……
The weathered patina is soooo perfect.
Wouldn’t this make a perfect clock face? It would have to be an outdoor clock, since it is HUGE! I could always cut it down, but what’s the fun in that?
Of course, you know I went back to get it!
And then there was the huge pile of windows. If I haven’t mentioned it already, you will soon find out just how much I love me some windows!
I picked through the pile and came out with a few to take home with me. The long narrow ones were very intriguing. I picked up 4 of them.
And a couple of smaller windows too.
You just never know when you will need a window for a project.
Now the next piece turned out to be a bust. If you ever looked at the project list on my sidebar, you would have noted that I plan to build an outdoor kitchen on the patio this summer. (along with about 10 other big projects)
So when I spotted this stainless steel gas grill, I nabbed it. Actually I was giddy with glee over it.
Have you ever priced stainless steel grills?
Granted, the inner works are in bad shape, why else would it have been thrown out? But I know from experience you can order new replacement parts (Mike has rebuilt our gas grill several times)
I proudly showed it to Mike, who then reminded me that I had PROMISED him a brand new grill, one he could pick out himself. But if I really wanted him to have a used grill, he would make it work and learn to live with it…….even though he already had his eye on a very special model….
Boy did I feel like a Grinch after that guilt trip.
Well, maybe I can use the stainless doors or parts of the cabinet in my construction. I’ll find a way to use it. You watch and see.
Now for the one that got away….
Isn’t this bookcase great? I imagine it was lovingly handcrafted in a home workshop.
I just love the lines of this. Painted up it would look so great, don’t you agree?
Alas, it would not fit into my van, it was 49 inches high and 49.5 inches wide. (Always, always, always carry a tape measure when curbshopping!) There was no way it would fit.
I very sadly drove away, after taking these pictures to share with you.
I hope someone else stopped to rescue it.
Gotta go now, it’s trash day somewhere!