Last summer while away in a small town near the Okanagan in BC, we were pleased to see that there was a neighbourhood garage sale. As DIY’ers will know, there’s something thrilling about poking around other people’s unwanted treasures. I showed great restraint when I saw a pair of mid-century kitchen chairs in need of some love. When they were still there at the end of the day, and I was still eyeing them, Scott finally said, “Go ahead!” My in-laws agreed I could store the chairs at their place until I was ready to work on them. Continue reading “Sitting Pretty On A Mid-Century Makeover”
We’ve all been there – you move out for the first time and your family donates their old furniture to you or allows you to take the furniture you grew up with. While it seems great at the time, eventually your tastes change, and you begin to want your furniture to tie in with the rest of your belongings. Buying new furniture can be really expensive, and if you already have good quality stuff, why get rid of it? All you need to do is modernize it. Continue reading “Modernizing Dressers”
When we moved into our home, I brought with me a storage table that belonged to my grandmother.
It was very well worn, but there was something about it I loved, whether it was that musty smell that comes with older objects, or the fact that I knew that beneath the table’s top lay potential hidden treasures.
My grandmother used to store her sewing and knitting supplies in there. Turns out that was its original purpose.
The table was hand built by my great grandfather back in 1912. It was a wedding gift for my great grandmother, a place for her to store her sewing supplies. Over one hundred years later, I decided it was time for it to be spruced up.
There’s something about garage sales that I always find exciting. Other people’s unwanted junk can often yield some pretty awesome treasures… not to mention deals.
Last year, a family friend was selling the house that I had remembered them living in forever. We decided to go to her garage sale to see if there was anything we wanted. We picked up a few underliners for plant pots, admired some furniture that we had no room for, and laughed at some of the things that people were scooping up. My eyes wandered over to a section where she was selling off garden tools. I headed straight over and hesitated for only a second before dumping all the tools and holding up the crate that they were sitting in to Scott.
“Cool crate!” he exclaimed. I agreed. It was stamped as originally containing metal files and coming from Winnipeg. I knew that the dad in this family, who had passed away when I was a child, was from there. Time spent with his family make up some of my happiest childhood memories, and I wanted a little piece of something that I could keep with me to remind me of that.