May 22, 2012

One of THOSE Pieces

This has definitely been one of THOSE pieces!  You know... the ones that you don't totally know what to do with, the ones that you really aren't sure about.  Once in a while that happens, I guess! 

It looked more like this when I found it a yard sale up the street from my house on my walk uptown one morning...

It was a mess, plus, the veneer was peeling on the top and the drawer. 

I hemmed and hawed about it, decided to leave it, and continued on my way.  But I got to thinking about what a great organizing piece it would be, so after about half a block, I turned around and offered them half of what they were asking... and they said sure.  So, then I had to get it home... I literally carried it down the street to my house... I probably made quite the site for all the cars passing by!  Oh the things we do! 

After, I got all the veneer off, I decided I would refinish the sides, and paint the rest... so I did, and it looked funny, so the sides ended up getting painted, too. 

My husband took off the back for me and we gently hammered each divider to make the painting easier.

I would have loved to change the handle, too, because I'm not terribly crazy over it, but there was no way to take it off without damaging the drawer.

Even though it's still not my favorite piece I've ever done, it is a HUGE improvement over the dusty, dirty, peeling and scratched mess it started out as.  I honestly think it would make a great bookshelf, or a terrific organizer. 

Linking to:
Domestically Speaking: Power of Paint
Southern Lovely: Show & Share
The Shabby Creek Cottage: Transformation Thursday
The 36th Avenue
Chic on a Shoestring: Flaunt it Friday
Miss Mustard Seed: Furniture Feature Friday
The Shabby Nest: Frugal Friday
My Repurposed Life: Catch as Catch Can 
Homespun Happening: Rustic Restorations
Five Days: Five Ways 
Gingerbread: Sweet Saturday
Funky Junk Interiors: Saturday Night Special 
Classy Clutter: Spotlight Saturday 
My 1929 Charmer: Sunday's Best 
Primitive and Proper: POWW


  1. What a great find! Love how you used it to store magazines...I keep a lot of my Canadian House and Home and Syle At Home magazines and this is a great storage piece! Good call on going back to get it :) Heather

  2. Hi, Cynthia

    This is a great piece, I am so glad you took it. It's lovely!


  3. You have restored that piece to life! Well done. ~ Maureen

  4. I love this. It is a piece of furniture I would not pass by. A definite yes.

  5. Love this! My little sister scored one of these from the thrift store but it's a tad shorter so it only has one shelf but I've been jealous ever since, lol

    Visiting from Southern Lovely

  6. Record cabinets make great storage for paper items. I have three in the house, but not as pretty as this one. By the way, I could use the knob - I have three and need a fourth! Came over from Shabby Creek.

    Distressed Donna Down Home

  7. I see what you meant about the water fall piece. But it turned out great! I always like two toned pieces.

    I looked around you blog and really like all of your transformations. Especially liked the foot stool. I have one almost identical and I've been putting off redoing it for the same reason you did. Now I have couragre to try, thanks to you.

    Elizabeth Ann

  8. Wouldn't this piece be great for a scrapbooker?? Love it.

  9. You definitely made the right call going back to buy this piece! I would love to find something like this to store some of my scrapbook paper.

  10. What a fantastic piece. Looks great now.

  11. What a wonderful piece! I would love for you to link this up to my Feature Friday Linky Party.

    Danielle @ Blissful and Domestic

  12. Good eye! This would be a great organizing piece to have around the house! I love the new look. Thanks for linking this up to Rustic restoration Weekend!

  13. What an amazing organizational piece for an office that is usually overflowing with papers (mine!) and file folders! You have the vision!!

    Small House / Big Sky Donna

  14. I love that piece of furniture. I haven't seen one quite like that before. It looks like waterfall style. Great job.

  15. So glad you liked my retro spring chair! Will you be posting the one you bought from Sept 2011??? I loved this little piece of furniture by the way. Perfect for organizing or for filing. And I like the handle on the drawer! Glad you couldn't take it off!

  16. That is an excellent piece. Congratulations on keeping it out of a landfill.

  17. Yep, I've had those pieces too.... they start out okay, but then as you get into them, you think to yourself "why". :)

    it really turned out sweet.... even the handle.


  18. I think it's pretty cool, and really like the old handle, gives such character. So happy you saved the new piece and gave it a new life. SO Very cute!!!! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration over at Sunday's Best, love see what your up to!

  19. WOW! i love the shape and so happy that you saved it from demise! it looks adorable!

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