Tuesday, March 30

Some men bring home flowers...

I just happened to glance outside one day last week and noticed a something in the bed of Sean's truck besides the normal fire wood that kept the truck from sliding during our winter snows. "What's that?" I quickly asked.
"Oh, do you like it? I found it on the curb outside a trashy apartment building in Utica."
"Um. Yes!"


She has/had some issues. She's very lightweight so Sean is planning on screwing it into the wall now that I've found a home for it that I'm pleased with. I washed and scraped and painted and wood-glued and clamped. She was old, with only one coat of paint and original glass knobs. The knobs got a soaking and we agreed we liked the creamy color against our kitchen walls so an oops gallon of paint already had made her look fresh and clean.

She was missing a door so we (read Sean) took the other one off and I found the baskets for her lower shelves. I almost wish I had bought two more for the upper shelves but paying retail to get two matching baskets about did my frugal tendencies in.
Sean is also planning on cutting two more shelves for it, to replace the missing ones in the top portion of the hutch. I plan on putting all my colorful pyrex and fun looking dishes that I use regularly in it once its done. For now, it brings a happy smile every time I walk into the kitchen!

17 comments:

Kiley said...

It looks great in that nook! Hooray for curbside treasures!!! BTW, the sign on top??? Did you find or make it? I love it!

Mary Ann said...

That is so cute! Love what you've done with it so far.

Way to go, Sean!

Tesa said...

You find the most wonderful curbside treasures!

Laryssa Herbert said...

What fun!

april said...

HI,
Hannah I have been reading your blog for a year now and I thought I comment today. It looks lovely. I love refinishing furniture especially, if it is free. I am planning on refinishing a methodist deacons bench that my husbands parents had when they were younger. I want to paint it black and put in my living room. By the way what state do you live in? I was just curious.
thanks,
April

~ Shannon said...

What a lovely find! It's hard to believe some of the still-useful items that are thrown away -- you did such a beautiful job of fixing up your cast-off treasure!

Blessings,
Shannon

Joy said...

Oh, I LOVE that! Don't you love free things?! My husband brought home two antique school desks last year that he found on someone's curb, and the children were thrilled to have their own desks {for free!}! :)

Mat. Emily said...

I love it! I bet that you could fit some books on half of each shelf and put one basket on each (opposite sides!). Hope that makes sense!

Cindy (Letters From Midlife) said...

What a great find and what a great husband for bringing it home for you!

Hannah said...

Kiley, I found the poster on etsy.com very cheap and love it. Everyone comments on it and it is a great reminder for me at dinnertime when kids tend to be a bit more energetic to keep calm!

Hannah said...

Tesa, congrats on the coming wee one! We are surrounded by little towns and in the spring I always check their webpages to see what days they have allotted for large item garbage pickup. They do this once a year around here and on those days you'll see everyone out in their pickups, making mad dashes to the curbs and hauling stuff off. Ultimate recycling!

Hannah said...

Hi April,
Thanks for taking the time to comment. We live in upstate NY - both of us born in this general area. We love NY, everything except the ridiculous taxes and corruption. Thank God, He is good to us and provides despite it all!

Hannah said...

Joy, I've been loving reading through the archives of your blog! What a great find the desks were!

Hannah said...

Emily, that's a great idea - I'll give it a try. I also thought maybe I could sew some baskets for the shelves. Think. Think. Think. I feel like pooh bear.

Melissa said...

Oh, wow! What a fabulous piece and such a blessing!

My hubby knows that a piece of "trash" like this would fill my cup way fuller than flowers as well. :)

Michelle said...

Love the new hutch! What a great find... It reminds me of the time my husband drove up with a butcher block topped kitchen island in the back of his truck. He had done a kitchen remodel and they were just going to throw it out! So he saved it...brought it home to me...and it's still in my kitchen today and gets used ALL DAY LONG. I LOVE it. WAY better than a bouquet of flowers any day!

Lynn said...

Hannah, I love LOVE the cabinet! I'd much rather have that than flowers! :)

Lynn