“Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see.” – Confucius
Our home is filled with a variety of furniture – some thrifted, some handmade, some hand-me-down, a piece or two from actual furniture stores, and the occasional roadside find. I have my favorites, but it’s always interesting to me to hear what catches the eye of others when they visit our home. By far the most complimented piece is this little stand/dresser in our living room:
Don’t get me wrong, I love this little guy too, but I’m always amused that among all the beautiful pieces Jordan has built, or the interesting antiques like the apothecary cabinet or dining room table, this little handmade, rescued from the curb, piece stands out.
I wish I had a “before” picture to share with you, but way back when we found this piece (close to ten years ago) I had no idea what a blog was, let alone that I would start one someday. I can, however, share its story with you:
Jordan and I were in the process of moving into our second house and we needed furniture. I was visiting my parents one afternoon and noticed their neighbor had hauled a bunch of things to the curb for garbage day.
A sad, dingy little dresser jumped out at me. It had an unfinished wood top, a barely-there coat of flat white paint on the base, and the largest, homeliest, wood knobs I have ever seen (I love wood knobs, but these particular knobs did nothing for this dresser). It was scratched, dented, and broken in a few places, but I was drawn to it nonetheless. I would love to say it was only the character that drew me in, but it also could have been the price (free!) – we were short on funds and in the midst of a full house reno at the time.
I asked the neighbor if he minded that I take it, and he said I was more than welcome to it. I think he was amused someone would want it. He proceeded to tell me a little bit about it – it was built by his father, and he used it as a dresser all through his childhood (doing the math, I’m guessing this dresser is nearing the 100 year mark now), and his children in turn used it as they grew up. Once they all left home and found places of their own, no one wanted it, so it sat in his basement unused for many years. At the time I found it, he was in the process of moving and didn’t see a need to take it with him.
Of course, I’m a bit sentimental when it comes to old things, so once I learned the history of this piece I was even more in love with it. We brought it home and gave it a couple of coats of basic white spray paint, stained the top with some leftover stain from when we refinished the floors, and replaced the wood knobs with bin pulls I found at the local hardware store. The transformation was remarkable, and I was so happy I didn’t let this treasure end up in a landfill.
We used it as a small buffet in our dining room for many years, but most recently it has been home to our television. Someday I would love to alter the top drawer to hide the components when we’re not watching TV, but until then this little setup works just fine.
So the next time you see a sad and neglected piece of furniture at a garage sale or by the side of the road, take a second look. Try to see it for what it could be, instead of what it is – you might be surprised at what something can become with a little bit of love.
What do you think of our little TV stand? Have you ever rescued a piece from the curb that soon became a favorite part of your décor? Share with me below!