Would you believe me if I told you that I was thrilled to find this table in a thrift store last week?
I was. Because although it was hideous, it was solid and BIG!
My son thought I was nuts, but he took the legs off and carried it to the car for me anyway.
Why was I thrilled?
Because this is what we've been using as a coffee table in our TV room. We made it. From scratch. And we've used it for about 10 years. But it's falling apart. Mostly because we had no clue what we were doing when we made it. (much the same way we had no clue what we-OK, what I-was doing when we bought that couch. Some decisions will haunt you for years, if not decades. The only good thing is that it's comfortable.)
So I went to work on the hideous table and sanded the top down. Turns out, it's real oak. I decided to stain it and do a 2 tone treatment.
And now I have a HUGE coffee table in my TV room. Big enough to play board games around. Big enough to craft on.
But low enough that we can still put our feet up.
I was just messing around (playing with my toys) and decided I need to turn that grain sack into a real table runner. (And, I think that those shoe forms might need a hunk of reclaimed wood on which to rest. But this is where they're going, until or unless a genius idea hits me.)
Also, that galvanized tote? It was $1.50 at another thrift store, and I aged it using a different method than the Clorox method.
I'll tell you about it next week.
My husband is sad to see the old ottoman go. It was the exact same height as the couch, and if we pulled it up close, it made sitting on the couch more like sitting on a chaise lounge.
My nephew has been here to visit for a few weeks. (My son had to work for some of those days, so he got to hang out with me. He was good about it. :) Most teenage boys can think of a million things that they'd rather do than hang out with their aunt.)
I took him to an estate sale, and I must say, he's got a good eye.
He pointed this camera out to me, and asked if it was a good price. It was~especially with the case and the owner's manual. So it came home with him.
I found these old shoemaker's forms. The price on these was more than fair, also.
Tomorrow, I'll show you where I'm going to put them.
Hair care stuff (I didn't think you'd want to see the professional blowdryer. I tell you, it pays to have a cosmetologist in the family), Itunes cards~and my nephew made me the coolest key fob. Plus, they all made me dinner.
Life is good.
I found something kind of cool at an estate sale (so did my nephew. He's here visiting)~I'll show you tomorrow.