Saturday, January 4, 2014

The Free "Mystery Furniture" from Craigslist (That Mom Stole)

The conversation went something like this:

Me: Hi, I saw you had a listing on Craigslist for a piece of free furniture and I was just calling to ask about it.
Her: What do you want to know?
Me: Well, how about what is it?
Her: I have no idea.
Me: Well, is it like a dresser?  Table? 
Her: We seriously can't figure it out.  It's big and was left here when we bought the house.
Me:  Okay so you can't give me any hints as to what this might be used for?
Her: Nope, don't have the slightest clue, you just have to come if you want it.
ME: So can I fit this in a car of do I need a truck?
Her: It's very heavy.

This was going nowhere, and my curiosity was very aroused, so I set up a time to pick up this "mysterious furniture".

So with that as the only information to go on, I had no idea what to expect.
I was pleasantly surprised and excited when we arrived and saw this waiting for me:

The missing door was inside, and the legs needed to be attached.  It also had a skeleton key to lock the drawers.  Awesome!  And then there it sat.  First in my garage for a year... then I decided it probably should be put to better use rather than being hubby's work bench and we moved it out to the barn (where it sat for a few more years) and I painted it gray.  I was going to paint it gray and highlight all the details in white.  Going to, being the key phrase.  Because not long after I got my base coat of gray paint on,  I had another phone conversation.  This time with my mom.

Mom: Hi Kammy, you know that big old buffet out in your barn?  I want that!
Me: What?!  I want it!
Mom: Where would you put it?  You have no room!
Me: But, but, but...  I'll find a spot. Let me think. I already started painting it.
Mom: Well that's too bad...  I want it for my dining room, to put in place of the one I'm going to sell.
Me: Okay, I guess for all you do for me, I can spare my beautiful, gorgeous buffet....
Mom: I'm coming out with the truck (She lives five hundred miles away) and I'm going to paint it black with gold highlights.

  And she did come get it and she did paint it and she did do a darn good job if I do say so myself!  I was visiting last week and it was beautiful.  I snapped some photos to share with ya'll.

Beautiful legs, that took a little work to attach - Thanks, Dad and my Honey!!

The original hardware cleaned up good (according to mom).

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  1. Wow! An interesting piece for sure, & the paint was exactly what it needed. Your momma is a visionary-- & you inherited her ability to see potential.

  2. What a resurrection!!!! Beautiful job you did on this!!

  3. Gorgeous! What else do you have in that barn? You should start selling the unfinished pieces to all the new furniture painters--I am sure you could make some good money!

  4. That is seriously gorgeous! Your mom rocks.

  5. I would have never put together that those pictures were the same piece. I guess the apple didn't fall far from you mom's tree. You both create beautiful pieces!

  6. Your mom did a good job! I love that she just came and got it...mine would totally do the same thing if she was closer! Of course, I have my eye on a few pieces of hers

  7. Great job, Kammy's mom!!! Now we know where she gets her amazing talents...

  8. wow your mother did an excellent job on that piece its stunning

  9. Wish I had your vision. Speaking of cleaning up hardware, I just saw Rehab Addict clean gunky old hardware by letting it soak in water overnight in a crockpot. Maybe you already knew that - sounded slick to me.

  10. Your mom did a great's beautiful.

  11. Wow you and your Mom are just amazing. It came out awesome. I would love it if you would share this inspirational post at our WIW Linky Party. I hope you can join us.


  12. Cool piece! Are those pull out linen drawers in the center section? I love that no one knew what it was but you all wanted it.

  13. wow
    she did do
    a fabulous job
    making that whatever piece
    into something fantastic

    would love for you to share
    at Fridays Unfolded!

    Nancherrow (formerly Stuff and Nonsense)

  14. What a unique piece, and a lucky find! Beautiful transformation--well done! I saw your post at Think Pink Sundays, and had to check it out!

    I would love it if you stopped by our Facebook page to say 'hello!'


  15. I love that piece! And......I love the drapes in the dining room as well!

  16. What a wonderfully satisfying project - sorry you have to enjoy it from afar!!!! :) Thank you for sharing this. Gentle Joy

  17. oh my that looks great!
    I love the way you did it gold and black!

  18. Reminds me of a 1920s piece, subtle Art Deco....very nice!


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