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Furniture Hoarding

19 September 2012 16 Comments

The one downfall of being creative and inspired is that you see potential in everything.  Even old melamine furniture is just waiting to be made over.  And I have no shortage of furniture that is brimming with potential.  I added to my growing hoard collection this weekend.  Who can say no to free furniture? The boy’s Grandmother sold her home and moved in to a retirement residence.  She has graciously offered us any of the furniture we wanted from her house.  I’ve had my eye on a few pieces for a while and I was so happy that she didn’t mind us taking them.  The first item I’ve wanted for years now is her piano.  Do I play piano? No.  Would I like to learn?  Yes.  Will I?  Probably not.  But hey, pianos are great furniture pieces.  Take a peek. (Sorry for the grainy pictures.  These were taken with my phone.)IMG-20120916-00300The second item I’ve wanted for a while is her dining room table.  She had is custom made, it’s a very simple style and it’s solid wood and I love the grain.  There is a second extension which will make it the perfect size for seating eight.  I haven’t decided if I want to re stain it or leave it the way it is – a little bit worn.IMG-20120916-00296 I almost jumped for joy when I saw this chest of drawers.  I know it’s a laminated finish but it’s 90” long and only 16” deep.  It will fit perfectly on the long wall of my entry way.  And can you imagine the storage capacity? 12 drawers!  I’m in love.  Now I just have to start researching the best methods of painting that finish.  And don’t worry – I plan on getting rid of the mirror.IMG-20120916-00292And I scored an entire bedroom set – two night stands, a dresser, and a headboard to match this set.  I’m hoping to refinish it and set it up in the guest room – if we ever get to that point.IMG-20120916-00301Refinishing the long piece is the first item on my to-do list as I am dying to have a functioning entry way again.  Tell me I’m not the only one with a furniture hoarding problem.diana

16 Comments »

  • Amy@BuffaloRoam said:

    I have that light in my half bath! I love it to death.

  • Melanie said:

    Wow! What great pieces! I’m sure there is a way to paint over a laminate finish, I think I’ve seen something about it on Pinterest awhile back. :)

  • Girl (author) said:

    Haha. Yes Pinterest – The DIY Bible! I will be consulting it for sure!
    -Diana

  • Lindsay @ Me, Ed and Pea said:

    The bedroom set is awesome!!! And I’m sure you’ll be a pro at Heart & Soul and Chopsticks in no time :)

  • Kate said:

    Such great pieces! And it stays in the family. I think that’s a win-win! Looking forward to seeing the long console in your entry way.

  • Shelley said:

    That table is gorgeous! Would a little bit of oil help to bring up the finish (until you decide if/when you want to do anything more with it)?

  • Girl (author) said:

    You’re absolutely right Shelly! A little oil may help bring up the finish. Great thinking. Thank you!
    -Diana

  • Whitney @ drab to fab said:

    How sweet of her! I can see so much potential there, and I can’t wait to see what you do!!! I’m picturing a very dramatic statement for that long dresser, but I know whatever you do will be awesome. :)

  • Christine @ Casa-de-Christine said:

    Great pieces! You got so many too! I love that they have family history too- makes them that much better!

  • Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication said:

    What awesome (and fantastically free) pieces! The table and chairs are my favorite! I think a darker stain would be perfect for them! I can see the piano a crazy fun color and the dressers will look great painted! :)

  • Christine @ A Merry Journey said:

    I have been dying for a piano! I don’t play either, but I think they make great show pieces.

    Can’t wait to see what you do with these bad boys!

  • Gabbi @ Retro Ranch Reno said:

    You definitely are not the only one!! I had a whole bedroom set, 8 dining room chairs, two night stands and a buffet to re-finish at one point haha. And I used a long dresser in my entryway too! I love the storage it provides!!

  • Kelly @ Corner of Main said:

    Holy Moly, I’m jealous! I can’t play piano, but I would love one also. Everything is awesome, and I can’t wait to see what you do with them!

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