Today was one of those days where the good restored my mood after hearing a news report about the effects of climate change. Did you know that planes can not fly if the temperatures are too hot? I don’t fly so hadn’t thought much about how temperature affects air travel. In Phoenix, Arizona flights had to be cancelled due to it being too hot for the planes to lift off. I guess that’s one way to curb emissions although a bit too late if you ask me.
So how about some good news?
I’m asked often where the best place is to find used furniture inexpensively. My first answer is to ask rental property owners. If you don’t know anyone who owns rental properties you can look up “property management” companies in your area. When tenants move out and leave furnishings behind it costs the landlords time and money to clear out the homes. Most are happy to let you take what you can use.
Yesterday I received a call that a woman moved out of her house and had left a lot of stuff behind. Was there anything I needed. I suggested I was looking for a small the dresser/nightstand for the boys’ room. Today the landlord suggested I come over and take a look.
I met with the landlord and was introduced to him as the woman who restores old furniture. Guess that’s about as good a description as any other. Since I couldn’t get into the house my friend took my phone inside and began snapping pictures of any tables she thought I might be able to use. She knows I prefer to work on wood so that’s what she focused on.
These next two I passed on only because I wasn’t sure if I could sell them later and couldn’t think of anyone who was specifically looking for these types of pieces.
This magazine table was cute.
And then there was this coffee table. I saw it and immediately saw the frame being restored and stained a different color and the top inset being painted with a mural of some kind or maybe a pretty stencil.
I’m almost kicking myself because there is a chance I could have sold them through the new store in town.
Would you like to see what pieces I did bring home?
This little table will make a much nicer night stand for the girls room than the one I previously made which was awfully small.
I’ll give this a nice white wash to match the other stand I have for that room. It will be adorable with the milk glass lamp (that belonged to my grandmother) on it and has the shelf to hold a couple of books for bedtime reading.
I brought home two stands for the boys’ room. I hadn’t found any before this and will need one for each boy. The boys’ room is currently a rather dull shade of blue but I’ve decided on a soft green to brighten the room up. I haven’t decided the overall look of this stand yet, but as usual it will come to me once I begin working on it.
As you can see the woman left most of her furnishings behind. The landlord plans to burn what he can’t rehome.
Yes, I brought the lamp home too. It’s pretty beat up, but with a soft green wall color I’m thinking a bright green on the metal parts and a nicer stain on the wood section will be perfect for young boys.
The lamp will sit on this table.
I set this on the deck, finally a dry day to sit outside, while visiting with the friend who took me to view the furniture. I kept looking at this table then suddenly announced I’d be right back. I returned with sandpaper and began sanding the drawer. My friend laughed and said she knew I couldn’t just look at that table without starting work on it.
I knew I wanted to start on this when a vision of how I wanted to finish it came to me.
Look at how beautiful that wood looks already. Inside the drawer is a label from the manufacturer stating this was made in the USA. Guess this is pretty old as not much is still made here.
Here’s a sneak peek at one finish I’m using on this table. I have about 3/4 of this container left after refinishing the Ikea dining table.
It doesn’t take much to get me excited but real wood furniture will do it every time. That coffee table is still on my mind I see so much potential for it…….
All things come to those who wait.