Friday, May 21, 2010

Fab Friday finds

For many years, I was a garage sale junkie. Every Saturday morning, I'd wake at the crack of dawn to trawl the local sales for treasures. And what treasures there were to be found! I was constantly amazed at the things people were discarding. Think huge cedar chests of drawers, beautiful carved mirrors, picture frames, the odd chaise longue or two; you name it. I bought it.

I've restored and sold many of these over the years, but one of the advantages of living on acreage is that I have a huge shed. A shed which is still full of goodies, either awaiting restoration, or inspiration, or both. So I thought I'd share a few of these with you all each week, and we can discuss what should become of them. Ok, I'm starting small this week, because it's pouring with rain at the moment and they were much easier to wrangle than a marble-topped dining table!

This chair is one that I managed to pick up for $1, and the little chandy for $5. The chair is painted a fetching shade of mission brown (ugh!) but the chandy had already been given the white treatment.

The chair will probably end up as my new home office chair, and I'm even considering painting it in a colour other than white (shocking I know!) All I need to decide on is a pretty fabric for the seat cushion, and I'll be done. And I'm thinking of hanging the chandy in the corner above my desk - you know, a bit quirky and off centre? 

So, what do you think? I love hearing your thoughts, so any ideas you have will be welcome.

Have a great weekend everyone, I'll be spending mine adding the finishing touches to the kitchen reno, so I promise to post all the pics next week. Stay tuned!

all images by me


  1. Kerri, you have what I have always coveted... a shed to store all those wonderful vintage finds! I'm literally green with envy (in the nicest possible way!).

    Have a great weekend x

  2. I bet the chair will be white with some vibrant fabric for the seat. Love the idea of the off centred chandy!!
    Lucky you to have a big shed to hide -- oops I mean store your treasures - well they will be treasures once you have worked your magic on them

  3. I want to come and live at your place my friend...the shed will do! I love that chandelier and I'm really pleased that you're considering something other than white for the chair...silver leaf perhaps!! Joking...I know you're not THAT mad, unlike me xx

  4. Hi Kerri. I love old chairs like that (sitting on my great grandmother's right now as I type!) and am on the look out for a light fixture like that from above my dining table. I love the sound of your shed full of goodies.

  5. Great buys, boy, I wish I had a shed to store stuff in - though, it would make those unwanted goodies all the more tempting.
    Can't wait to see more :)

  6. What amazing finds, I love them and so cheap! It's funny, I'm ready getting the kids to sleep and your waking up to a wonderful Friday morning, I love blogging :)

  7. What do I think Kerri? I think I'm going to really enjoy reading your posts over the next while (as I always do) and having a nosey around your shed.
    I too, am a semi-retired garage saler. I can still remember the thrill and the buzz of getting up with the birds and hoping to be the first customer so I could have first dibs.
    Looking forward to seeing what you decide for the chair.

  8. A huge shed! Oh, *jealous*... so jealous.

  9. Great finds Kerri, I was hoping that you were going to say that you were going to work on them and then sell them, I was so ready to put my hand up for the chandy! It is gorgeous! I can't wait to see what you do with the chair! Have a great weekend! xx

  10. I think your idea for the chandelier is great. I would paint the chair a royal blue or dark grey...Looking forward to seeing another of your masterpieces emerge! Have a lovely weekend..Rachaelxx

  11. I love the chandy, I've been looking for one like that to hung on our deck nice and low above our table. The chair has heaps of potential! Can't wait to see more of you diy. Have a great weekend Kerri.

  12. Cool scores Kerri. I think i'd be right at home in your shed : )


  13. What a cool chandelier. I am in the process of redo-ing two. They're going on my front porch!
    Love garage sales! My hubby, and three grandkids go for breakfast on Sat. morn. then the farmers market then on to sailing. Family fun :)

  14. Kerri.. I really wish I could rummage through the treasures hiding in your shed !! I guess I'll have to be patient and wait for you to unveil them one by one :-)
    That chair will look lovely painted ivory and upholstered with a lovely ticking toile..?!
    Hugs !

  15. Oh Kerri I used to be really addicted and than I thought I was cured but I have started all over again recently. Great finds. Have an inspiring weekend (with some painting as well may be?)

  16. You surely got those pieces for a song! As for the chair, how about go crazy and paint it a color other than white? Just for the heck of it?

  17. Oh it sounds like an Aladdin's cave full of wonderful treasures waiting to be unearthed and restored to their former (or better) glory. I am very envious.
    You know I am keen on chandeliers, do you think that one would travel?

  18. Hi Kerri,
    you are so lucky to have so much storage, cant wait to see what else you have to show! Love your art work too, its just gorgeous xx
    Laura, my summerhouse

  19. Yes!!! Great finds:)
    Love them both and can't wait to see them finished:)
    Oh for the chair...I say turquoise:)

  20. Dear Kerri, thanks for your visit on my blog. I came here to know a little about you and just loved your blog!
    I guess I could learn a lot with your projects.See you soon!

  21. I am truly amazed by your ability to turn junk finds into designer pieces. Your vision and patience is astounding. You are too creative!!! (-:

  22. Am totally loving that chair!!


  23. Love the chandelier - exactly the sort of thing I'm looking for for our bedroom and that chair will be wonderful once transformed x



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