I’m curious, just what would someone have to give you to get you to agree to make him a headboard bench?
And what if that someone wanted that bench to be stained, rather than painted?
And with a cushion, rather than a wooden seat?
What if it would involve STRIPPING off the old finish entirely, and staining it a darker color?
Would it take a lot of persuasion to get you to do that?
It would me!
I hate stripping finishes, absolutely HATE it!
But what if a good friend of your daughter’s called you out of the blue and asked if you would be interested in an old media console?
And what if he said during the phone call, while you were hemming and hawing about whether you wanted it,
“I’m moving and I think I have some other things in the basement you might like”.?
Would you get right over there the next morning to check it out, or would you say “no thanks, I’m not interested”?
(now mind you, no mention had been made yet of an ulterior motive)
Well, being who I am, of COURSE I showed up bright and early the next morning to get that TV stand.
While not anything really special…
It still had good bones, and I could see it as a nice storage console for the office.
Why the printer could go on that sliding shelf, and files could be neatly stored in the divided compartment.
And maybe painted white, glazed, and with a dark stained top it would look really nice!
So I agree to take it. (no strings attached yet)
Then he says, I have some stuff in the basement too, want to see it?
So down the stairs we go.
First thing he shows me is this cedar lined trunk.
It has an old photo taped to the underside of the lid. How cool is that?
The leather on the outside is worn off in places,
but the front has this cool star embossed on it.
And I’m drooling over the hardware.
And then he shows me this little gossip bench, how cute!
And a plant stand with the top falling off,
And a run of the mill wooden chair; plain, but very solid, not a wobble in sight.
And this old suitcase, with lots of travel stickers still clinging to it.
It opens up sideways, how cool is that?
Then a tool and dye storage box.
It has some cool cut outs inside where the parts used to fit in.
Ah, and then there was this trunk, made from old barn wood.
Will you look at that grain? The saw marks are soooo cool!
It had been pretty recently made and has a polyurethane finish on it to showcase the wood grain.
There was an ice cream maker, (not really old, but all the parts are there)
And a huge 15 pane divided glass window. (apparently it came out of a credit union, the stickers on the glass tell that story)
What do you think? Is that enough yet?
Or would you hold out for this window too?
It’s the door from a built in china cabinet.
There’s an old soda crate. Anyone out there remember Squirt?
What about this thing?
An old cider press, I think.
By this point I’m overwhelmed by all the possibilities, and drooling over each new piece he points out.
I mumble something like, “But these things are so great; I can’t just take them, let me pay you for them.”
AHA! He must have been waiting for just that moment
because he says: “funny you should say that…..
(Uh-oh, now what did I do?)
He then shows me this.
It’s covered with yucky, moldy stuff. Ugh!
And says, “I would really like a bench made from this bed, it has a lot of sentimental value.
Do you think you could do that for me, in exchange for all these other things?”
I think about it for a nanosecond, and of course agree.
(Duh! No brainer there!)
And then happily proceed to load up as many of the goodies in my van as we can fit.
Yep, that’s what it takes to get me to make a headboard bench. (more on that to come later)
So what would it take for YOU to agree to that proposition?
If you could only pick one piece, which one would it be?