So hiding in the corner of this estate sale was a vintage wooden ironing board. After a few minutes of haggling, the seller was worn down and let it go for $20. I had some idea of what I wanted to do but researched what ideas Hometalk and Pinterest might have. Bunches. With Christmas fast approaching I narrowed my search to Santa. Here is my version.
My neighbor was moving and while she was dragging a table to the trash she thought of me. Funny how that happens. It had suffered much abuse. The top was duct taped to hide the gouge marks.
I found a vanity and matching dresser on line for $100. I thought it was a good deal until I met them. They had been left in a damp garage for 20 years and the veneer was just falling off. So without thinking I offered $50 and they accepted. The “Buyers remorse” bell kept ringing in my head.
So in July we are moving our antiques and repurposed furniture into a new booth inside a Mall with 60 other dealers. While we have been at different places before, this one encouraged a more high end design and feel to it. The lighting is great and I have 7 electric outlets to work with. I got great feedback from HomeTalk when I posted a question asking for ideas. Thanks Gang. The first problem to solve was what kind of sign will grab peoples attention.For my sign I wanted something that would stand out. In my garage I had two 7 foot, ten inch wide bed rails that I found on the side of the road. Hobby Lobby had eight inch letters that were already painted white and a great price. The guestion then became, “how do I mount them on this chunky bed rail?”
So this idea came as I was cruising garage sales. I picked up a faucet from a 100 year old claw foot bath tub. With the dollar tin from the Dollar Tree and a chippy cabinet door I could picture the next masterpiece.
During garage sale season in Ohio my impulse is to stop at every one. Yes I probly need therapy. This sale last summer gave up a beat up, cheaply made, Ugly desk. It has sat there looking at me over the winter being ignored until some modicum of inspiration set in. I noticed a stack of pallet boards in my treasure room and that set things in motion.
So I get a knock on my door. My neighbor said she’s cleaning her garage, was dragging an old vanity out to the curb and thought of me. Did “I want it“ was the question. Free! Old vanity!! Are you kidding!!! So another rescue from the curb.
I love old doors. They all have a story to tell. This $10 French door was a beauty. The challenge was, what do I want to have fun making next. This is usually dictated by collected pieces and parts neatly stored in my garage. (Wife laughs loudly!!!)
For several years I have watched people make suitcase tables. It was always on my crafters bucket list but these vintage suitcases were always $20-30 dollars wherever I went. Until last week. JACKPOT!!! Three 1940’s suitcases at an estate sale for $5 each.