Sunday, November 10, 2013

There's Signs of Christmas and Refinishing Furniture in the Air

There weren't many options for auctions in my area this weekend.  I decided to go to a hoarder's auction that was only 20 minutes from me.  I was a little worried because all the pictures that were posted just showed junk.  So, I was hoping there were some buried treasures in there somewhere.

This first piece is in REALLY great shape, except for the top and edges.  They have a lot of white paint on them.  Looks like they tried to paint the wall without moving the furniture.  Also, as you can see, some of the finish is coming off in places on the front.  Although it will be a little work, I'm going to sand this finish off and re-stain it a nice dark color.  Then to the booth.  Or my house.  Would you refinish it or keep it original?

This is the second piece I bought.  A 24 drawer parts/file cabinet.  I freaking love this and again... after cleaning this up, I may keep up.  The top is a little rough and may need sand blasted and repainted.  The rest is in great shape.

I really liked this cute little ornate shelf.  It will look great in my booth once I had the space for it!  All it needs is a little lemon oil to spruce it up!

This piece is an amazing older piece... except for the fact that someone put crappy plywood on the back.  The rest is solid oak.  I think if the plywood is replaced with oak and the rest is sanded down and then stained a dark color, this will look really nice.  What do you think?

The auction ran several rings and all the junk was mostly sold it lots, so it went rather quick.  I knew I needed to visit my booth space and bring more stuff.

The "gone with the wind" style lamp was a purchase from the hoarder too.  I added a little Christmas tree with some vintage ornaments.  I definitely need to bring in more holiday goodies.  However, my Christmas etsy shop, Melissa's Retro Christmas, sells so much holiday stuff this time of year and need to keep my stock for this store too.  What are you doing to your booth space for the holidays?

The washstand with pitcher and bowl was also a purchase from the hoarder.  I think it is so adorable!  There were lots of empty spaces that I filled.  I am always trying to come up with new ways to maximize my space.  What would you do to your walls if they were pegboard, like mine, knowing you can't nail or screw anything in?

Hope you all had a good weekend!

Linking to:
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
The Nifty Thrifty
Junkin Joe
We Call it Olde
Thrifty Things Friday


  1. I love the furniture that you found...and especially the 24 drawer piece! I'd love to find one of those! ~~Pam

  2. Hi Melissa! Wow, I love that red cabinet too....anything with lots of drawers appeals to me! I think you really scored at the hoarder auction!

  3. I'd refinish that big piece too. If the original finish was in good shape then I'd leave it, but since it's not go for it I say! And that red cabinet HAS to stay with you. It's so cool!

  4. I love all those pieces-great stuff.I be tempted to keep it all too. I think the last shelf would look amazing with some vintage wallpaper on the back plywood too.

  5. Love that red cabinet!! I never find any furniture that I like. Sigh. Poor me. :) Very impressed with your Etsy christmas shop!

  6. Oh wow! I LOVE the red file cabinet! Can't you just clean it? I totally wouldn't sandblast and paint it because it's so great like it is! Sorry...apparently I felt I needed to picture it as "mine" for just a moment! lol You did great!
    Erica Heading to your x-mas shop now! :)

  7. Hi Melissa,
    I'm visiting from We Call it Olde. Lots of great finds, there nothing more fun then a good auction. I am just thrilled to hear you say that you are going to "stain" the pieces, instead of "paint" the pieces. That seems to be what everybody is doing these days and it just makes my heart sink when I see a beautiful walnut or oak antique furniture painted! It means somebody someday will have to strip it!
    Have a great day,

  8. The first piece, if someone slopped white paint on it, then yes it would probably look good refinished. The red piece, OH I love it! It reminds me of a library card catalog, I'd love to have one of those! You could try wire through your pegboards maybe to hang things? Thanks for sharing this at the We Call It Olde Link-Up! Take care - Dawn @ We Call It

  9. Oh, your booth looks great! Would love to visit it. Nice you found some things at a sale that looked like just junk. Visiting from We Call It Olde.

  10. Love all the furniture and your booth looks AMAZING. I need to get to work staging my tiny one nearly as nicely ;) Seriously, need to save that photo as inspiration...

  11. I would rearrange my house to find a space for that red file cabinet. It looks PERFECT just the way it is! The wardrobe is amazing too. I would want to use it in my bedroom so I would probably refinish in and paint it (gasp!). I'm not a huge fan of plain brown wood.

    Your booth looks great!


  12. i love that bookcase - the last piece you showed. amazing booth as well - loving the yellow cupboard at the back!.

  13. Looks like you picked up some great pieces for your booth! Thanks for sharing at TTF!

  14. What great 'scores'... it's a double edged sword tho' when the 'Pick' is the stuff Dreams are made of... the Temptation to want to Keep rather than Flip some of the great Junque! *winks*

    Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

  15. Oh you so must keep that fabulous piece!!!! : ) hugs...


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