Monday, March 8, 2010


This is an old chest that I found on the curb about a week ago.  I had went to the grocery store and was on my way home, it was a little dark and I thought I saw something on the side of the road.  So I backed up to take a look.  And sure enough there was a chest.  It was a pityful sight.  I struggled  to get it in the back of the van, it was quite heavy with the drawers in it.  And very dirty.  I didn't try to check it out until the next day.  When I took it out of the van I could see it had good bones so I grabbed the vacuum and Mean Green and started to clean it up.  Then I got my mouse and started sanding.  It really looked pretty good so I brought out the primer and gave it a coat, then a coat of oops paint that I found for six dollars.  I added a bottle of burnt umber to it to get it to the shade I liked.  This is how it turned out after two coats, two coats of wax and some different knobs that I had.  The pics look a little darker than it really is.  My furniture in my bedroom is Navaho White and it is pretty close to that. I was going to put this in the Antique Alley at Cleburne next month, but I liked it so much I decided to keep it for a night chest to sit beside my bed.  It looks good in there and gives me two more big drawers for storage.I took some pics of it before I cleaned it up, but they were not very good and I deleted them and forgot to take some more.  I don't remember things too well these days.  The drawers are lined with old newspaper from 1875.  It was some kind of wall paper that they put in when it was made.  Looks goods and I loved reading what was on the paper.Thought I would also show you my little eggs.  As you can see by the dime in there with them they are pretty small.  I made these while watching T.V. Saturday afternoon.  They have several coats of Light Victorian Teal on them.  Think they turned out pretty cute.  I am going to start putting some things in my other blog tatteredelegance&closecreation, its on my side bar under my selling spots.  I will probably list my eggs on there. 
I am working on a couple of chairs and will post them as soon as I finish.  I also found an old victiorian book shelf Sat. at a yard sale for ten dollars.  It needs some work, but I'm anxious to get started. 
Hope everyone had a good weekend and have a great Tuesday.
Hugs, Pat


Charlene said...

Thanks for coming to see my new BLING Necklace. I did have so much fun.

Your chest turned out really great! Amazing what you luck upon!!! You have the best luck. Sorry you couldn't join us for burgers last night. They were YUMMY! Susan went. She & Larry couldn't believe the price. See ya Friday if not before! HUGS!Charlene

Createology said...

We just do not have any curbs like you have with the finds you get. Wonderful and I can appreciate the work you put into each piece to clean them up. Well done.


You are so great at making something beautiful out of something that has been neglected. Turned out great! ~ Angela

Cynthia K. said...

Wow!! I'm just amazed at the great stuff you find for free at the curb. I think several of your last posts were showing curb finds also - good for you!! I rarely even see anything available.

Yes, this little chest turned out so nice and will offer you some good storage. We can all use more storage, can't we? Keep finding the goodies...

Cynthia K. (Beauty and Blessings)

Peridots Garden Blog said...

How beautiful!

I'm learning the rules of see it on the side of the road...last week while driving my Miss M to high school...I spied a table next to a homeowners trash...ok I'll get it on my way back...5 minutes later I drive up and ... it was time...see it...get it then...don't wait...are there other rules I need to know...perhaps driving Mr. B's truck to school is a better idea?

I love what you do when you do your magic with tossed items.

How do you make the eggs? They are soooo cute.

Thank you,


Barbara Jean said...

Great find!
Don't blame you for wanting to keep it. =)

Sweet eggs. Did you make them out of dough art? They are so perfect.
And a nice size. When I cannot find the size eggs I want, I just make my own. Thus, the 1/4" eggs for my tiny little nests.


barbara jean

Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

Never, but never do I see things like that...but then I don't drive much anymore.
However, we have a car..and things like that might not fit...and standing there waiting ( with cell phone in hand ) to see if my son in law was available to come by with his truck.
HUMmmmmm get the would be a bit awkward.

You did a nice job on it. GOOD EYE!!


Patti's Artful Design said...

That chest looks great, Pat! Another blog?! Where do you find the time?! I am going to check it out right now.

Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

Pat ~
The chest turned out wonderful !! The eggs are precious too !

Rose H (UK) said...

I've only just found your blog and I love it!
I the chest is great, I think tje paint finish really suits the style of it. Your eggs are darlings too!
Rose H


That chest turned out very nice. It is amazing how you find so many things to recycle and make pretty.

The eggs are very pretty. Have a wonderful and creative week.


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Alisa said...

It was really wonderful meeting you Friday night, Pat!
I can't wait until next month!

Inspired-Simplicity said...

It was so good to see you Fri and Sat. The chest turned out so cute. I can see those eggs in so many cute projects.
Carolyn said...

I'm telling you Pat, you are going to be known as 'The curside Queen' from now on. Girl, you find the BEST stuff for FREE! I would have paid 40. for one in icky condition. Your always lucky at yard sales too. BTW, yard sale time is approaching! Yeah! Let's try to hook up at your house & play week after next. Maybe Lori & Charlene can come, Cami too. How do you like my party plan for your house? LOL Lisa said...

Me again,
Carolyn got a new blog, she's closing her old one. Here's the new address
She did it all herself, it's beautiful!

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

LOVE it!!!!!! I invite you to link up to tThrifty Thursday this week. This is a great post!!!!

Maggie R said...

Pat, You find the greatest things and beyond that you do a great job of giving them new life.
I can see why you are keeping it. Never have enough drawers..