A funny thing happened at the Goodwill store last week.
I've had my eye on this old, beat up china hutch. In mid April it was marked $199.99. Too much. But I kept my eye on it, going in every week to see what else was new and would always end up in front of that hutch. End of April, it got marked down to $99.99. Hmmmmmm. I really liked it - could see way past all the dirt and scratches to what I wanted it for . . . but a hundred bucks? Still too much. Kept going back and last week I stood in front of it thinking, "It's meant to be - that's why it's still here." I have had no luck finding anything else on Craig's list or at yard sales. So I turned to walk up to the counter to tell the lady I wanted it. And from over the loud speaker came the announcement "Don't forget shoppers! Today's 1/2 price tag color is BLUE, and anything with a blue tag is 1/2 price!"
Low and behold . . . BLUE TAG!
Fifty bucks! Oh my goodness! Was I a happy camper!
So here it is in the workshop in two pieces.
It's pretty beat up, but boy oh boy - do I have plans for it! And it has all the glass too. It is currently standing tall in the garage, half way done. I hope to finish sanding it today and begin finishing it.
Did I mention my husband had a major coniption fit? I called to tell him I was on my way to trade him vehicles and told him I had bought a piece of furniture. He said "No problem Honey - I'll pick it up for you on my way home from work." What a guy!
I was waiting out front for him when he pulled up. Took one look at his face. Uh oh. Not happy. Uh oh. Every fiber in my body screamed "RUN!" But I stood there and took it like a woman!
"What the #**@!*!*# were you thinking Karen? Where is this piece of *@#*!!#** going to go in this house?"
"Uhhhhh . . . could you trust me on this one, like you have in the past?"
Allllllll righty then . . . I better make it good.
Well, while we were in Paso Robles last weekend, (Did I mention it was 108 degrees up there?) we went inside this little shop to borrow their air conditioning for a few minutes. And right there by the door was a beautiful armoire. I looked at Mark and told him "This is what I want the hutch to look like." And he looked at me and said "That piece of junk taking up all the room in my workshop?"
"Wow Honey, if you do that - I'm on board!"
Well . . . I've spent TWENTY TWO AND ONE-HALF HOURS sanding. three straight days of doing nothing else. (I think my arms and fingers are going to fall off! I'm having charlie horses in places I didn't even know I had muscles!) And I think I finally have it to where I want. It has the most beautiful color wood underneath all that goopy stain. And we BOTH love it. I DID GOOD!!! And for only 50 bucks! Well and about $100 in materials to get it looking like I wanted. But still! :)
I hope to have it inside and loaded up with my pretty dishes and things this week. I'll keep you posted!