Thursday, November 15, 2012

Bulk Trash Rescue {Paris Gray Vanity}

This project starts off with a story.  An illustration of how life can be crazy and unpredictable and how God works in mysterious ways.  This vanity and the matching double bed shouldn't have been ours. They wouldn't have been ours if our friend's car hadn't caught on fire on the way to a youth event. 

Let me explain.  My husband and I work with the high school youth group at our church.  My good friend Linsey works with the middle school youth.  We planned a joint event to the local pumpkin patch to try our hand at the corn maze and other activities.  On the way to the event I get a call.  "Hey Jess,  I'm not sure if I'm going to make it on time to the event.  My car's on fire".  Well turns out Linsey was only minutes from the patch and we were only minutes from her, so we headed over waited for her husband and kids to arrive so he could figure out what to do with the car, loaded Linsey and all the food for the event in to the back of our van, and went on our way. 

After the event Linsey who was still carless needed a ride home.  That would be us.  Upon arriving in their neighborhood around 10:00 at night we notice junk piled up on the corners.  Score!  Bulk trash.  After Linsey was safe inside her house we started driving up and down their neighborhood's streets.  Street #3.  There she sits.  An antique vanity and her sister (a matching double bed with curved footboard)!!!  You have got to be kidding me!  Who throws this stuff out?  Yes she wasn't perfect but she was still beautiful.  Only problem, both pieces weren't going to fit in the back of our car since we didn't empty out the carseats and kiddie paraphernalia.  There was no way I was leaving one of them behind!  So we called Linsey back up and ask if they would mind stuffing one of the pieces in their van until the next day.  Obviously they did because we cam home with the most lovely trash I have ever seen.

To make the haul even better a piece that we thought was missing and 7 out of 8 original casters were in the drawers of the vanity.  My husband and I just laughed.  It's still hard to believe.









After locating the piece of trim that was missing below one of the mirror wings we set it and the mirror back in place and secured with a few wood screws.  Then we applied two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Gray.  I finished the piece by using a paintbrush to apply gold Rub'n Buff on the wood details and then distressing with a sanding sponge.  I retouched some places where too much of the gold came off and sealed the entire piece with clear wax.  I can't even believe this piece was on the way to the burn pile.  So glad we had an excuse to be there to save her that night.

Have you ever had any incredible roadside finds?  Do share!  We all love a good rescue story!


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41 comments:

  1. That's awesome! I be thrilled to find such a great curbside find. You must have been so excited! :-) You did a fabulous job with this piece. I love the color. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. so so pretty! love the gold details! i heart bulk trash day!

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  3. Just lovely! You were so lucky to find the matching bed, too. I just found a similar vanity, made by Gibbard, on the side of the road. Some people are crazy with the things they throw away.

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  4. That is one amazing find and a beautiful transformation!

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  5. Someone else's trash turned into a mighty fine treasure!! BEAUTIFUL!

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  6. My goodness. Stunning job - absolutely Love those GOD moments. That is a gorgeous Vanity :)

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  7. This is so beautiful! You truly gave this piece a new lease on life.
    Hope you'll come by and visit me at http://altered-artworks.blogspot.com

    Doreen

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  8. Years ago, when I was very young and away from home for almost the first time, I had a room in an old folks home (don't even ask!) which was furnished with a whole set of furniture which looked like this. I bought a couple of antiquing kits (that's what they used to called them!) and painted it. The dressser looked pretty much like yours. I loved it and have wanted another ever since. The owner nearly had a duck fit -- no I didn't ask her permission! Oh well -- thanks for the memory! You did a great job on this piece.

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  9. That is so pretty! I have never found anything half that good on the side of the road! You did a beautiful job with it, so glad you got the bed, too!

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  10. I can't even tell you how jealous I am!! You did a beautiful job on it, gorgeous!

    Faye (MacGIRLver)

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  11. no story could top yours. that lovely set is beautiful.

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  12. Oh my! Wholly Smokes! I love and want that piece. I would have come back with a wagon and wheeled in home through the streets at midnight if necessary! You did an amazing job making her gorgeous!

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  13. Gorgeous! You should take a picture of it and stuff it into their mailbox w/a thank-you note! (Providing you know which house the "junk" came from!!)

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  14. Wow! It was meant to be! I can honestly say I've never found anything at the side of the road, I guess people don't do that in Idaho... I love what you did with someone elses roadside trash! Beautiful!!!
    Danielle @ http://antiquerecreation.blogspot.com/

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  15. What a beauty - great rescue! Much to my hubs humiliation, I often leap out of the car for a great roadside find!
    Kelly

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  16. wow wow wow awesome find great job on the redo looks fabulous now

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  17. My daughter has always wanted a vanity like this! You did a wonderful job refinishing it. It's gorgeous. These are definitely my favorite types of makeovers...when you find something discarded and make it BETTER than new.

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  18. I love the way the vanity turned out!!! You did a great job! I just love working with Annie Sloan paint. You can use it on so many different types of finishes. It is so easy to work with and you can change the look with just adding dark wax or dry brushing or sanding, etc. It is so much fun isn't it?

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  19. You gotta be kidding me. Someone threw that out? Are they nuts? So glad you saw it and rescued it. What a beauty! Great job. I found a solid wood sofa table recently by a dumpster. Great lines and all it needed was to have the joints tightened and a new paint job. Score! Love those kind of finds.

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  20. The gold was the perfect choice! Looks so beautiful with the white. great work, looks absolutely fantastic.

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  21. You did a fabulous job! I bet the people that put this in the garbage are sorry about that.

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  22. Great find and great write up on the piece! Congrats!

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  23. Good gravy! THat is an amazing find!!! I am jealous!! You did a beautiful job - love all the gold accents - so stunning!
    Please come by to link this up - it is too awesome not to share!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  24. I am seriously so jealous! I've been trying to get one of those off Craig's List for a year! Stunning transformation!

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  25. My brakes would be screeching also for this
    find.. in fact I'd post a guard and go rent
    a truck if it did not fit in my car....
    Beautiful job with the refinish..
    Happy Thanksgiving
    Sandy

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  26. That turned out soo soo pretty! love it!

    Thanks so much for linking up and linking back last week at the Humble Brag! Even though its Black Friday, hope to see you back tomorrow to link up more great projects. Don't forget, we will be giving away more free ad space! :)
    http://www.oneprojectcloser.com/the-humble-brag-link-party-8/

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  27. This is drop dead gorgeous! You always WOW us!!!! Thanks for sharing over at Junkin Joe and hope to see you again this week! Sending Holiday Hugs...

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  28. This is such a gorgeous piece!! Such a great find!! :) Have a great weekend! xo HOlly

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  29. What a beautiful find! I am still waiting on the day that I am this lucky to find big gorgeous pieces on the curb! Found you through Roadkill Rescue!

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  30. Featured you, girlfriend!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  31. I love how it has that space in the center for the mirror!

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  32. OMG.... that is so pretty. We have found several pieces on the trash pile too. I get soooo excited!

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  33. Awesome trasnformation. The gold makes it so pretty and French!
    Kim@reposhture.blogspot.com

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  34. You did an amazing job on the vanity! The gold was inspired. Like jewelry to make her more beautiful. We found you at Beyond the Picket Fence and we are your newest members. Can't wait to explore your site.
    We would love it if you would visit us and join as well.
    Linda (and Jeannie) The French Hen's Nest

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  35. Fantastic find! I love what you did with it. I would have never thought of the gold accent, but it looks wonderful. Hope you find some more treasures soon!

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  36. Beautiful - and an instant blessing for being a good Samaritan! Love the dresser and the story!
    -Revi

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  37. This is soooo beautiful! Whoever would have thrown that out? Stopping by from the Best DIY Project of 2012.

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  38. That's gorgeous! I never find anything like that in my neighbors trash, or maybe I should start looking. ;)

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