The snow is gone. The days are getting longer and little bit warmer. And I have finally made it out to my Carriage House workshop to get things organized. I was just telling my friend Sue that I have 13 pieces of furniture waiting to be refurbished. Yikes! I may be turning into a hoarder.
I have good reasons why all of these pieces have been waiting for spring, but I won’t bore you with all the details. Now that spring is here, I have taken inventory and consulted with Ken about repairs and I have a plan of action.
Here are just some of the pieces in the line up.
Mr. Q found this desk on the curbside in our neighborhood and he snatched it up. See, he is becoming properly trained in the art of junking! Someone has already gone to the trouble of stripping the top of the desk, but I suspect they decided it was far too much trouble and they gave up after that. It needs a little repair under the middle drawer and it needs all new hardware, but I think this will be a darling little desk. Plus, I have set a goal of improving my ability to work with stain, and this guy will be a perfect jumping off point since his top is already stripped. I plan to paint the bottom and stain the top.
What I love most about this dresser are its curvy front legs. I think this one will be a charmer once it’s painted. This one is next up on the to-do list. I just need to decide on a color.
This vanity is part of a bedroom set that Mr. Q and I picked up on a Friday date night. Isn’t it pretty? I debated briefly about removing the mirror and just calling it a desk, but in the end I think I’ll paint the mirror and leave that option up to the buyer. Keep the mirror and have a vanity, or chuck the mirror and have a desk. The seller also included a little vanity seat, but it’s obviously not original to the set. Not sure if I will keep these paired up or not. What do you think?
Here is the gentlemen’s dresser that came with this set.
Isn’t he unique? This will be a fun one to paint. I’m going to have Ken replace the back on it first because it’s in pretty rough shape, but otherwise this one is in quite good condition.
The bed is by far in the worst condition. A leg broke off the headboard on the way home. The veneer on the footboard has definitely seen better days. Ken is confident that he can repair the leg, and I am confident that a coat of paint will bring this one back to its former glory. I love these curved footboards.
Next we have this sweet little drop leaf desk.
Some friends of mine dropped this one off for me one day. They had planned to refurbish this themselves, but never got it done, and thought of me. I love friends like this! And isn’t it a sweet little desk? Ken will put new hinges on to reattach the drop leaf and I will add paint. I have a plan for this one forming in my mind. It includes one of my new French stencils.
Finally, we have this sideboard. nnK, my craigslist spotter, has the whole family involved. She sent her dad off to fetch this one from the wilds of Wisconsin. Her folks live in a beautiful lake home about an hour from here and this sideboard wasn’t too far from them.
nnK also came up with an idea for this one. Replace the two center drawers with shelves instead, cut a hole in the back for cords, and market this as a TV stand.
I’m having trouble making this decision. The conservative side of me is afraid to mess with a perfectly good sideboard. But on the other hand, I can definitely see the plus side of turning it into a TV stand. It’s the perfect size to balance out a large wide screen TV. The center section is the perfect size to hold a couple of components. I think there are more buyers out there looking for a great piece to hold their widescreen TV than those looking for a great place to hold their silver and china.
I plan to give this one an updated color and more modern hardware, giving it an updated look.
So … weigh in. TV stand or sideboard? What do you think?