Monday, October 22, 2012

Roadside Rescue

I have a confession for all of you:

I am a curbside looky-loo.  'What's that?' you ask? It's a breed of person that slows down their vehicle, possibly holding up traffic, just to see if there's something good on that curb full of unwanted items.  I do this to find a great project for the most part, but often it's because I know that sometimes trash is just treasure waiting for a coat of paint.  I consider it my duty to the Earth to roadside rescue and save those items from the landfill.  I found a great curbside rescue and wanted to polish it up and take it a step further.

We live near a college town which means that every August, people move out of the apartments nearby to head back to college life.  And that means they throw stuff away... I mean, a lot of stuff.  I found this bookcase on the curb around the corner and knew that this piece had potential.  I HAD TO SAVE IT FROM THE LANDFILL.

It was dusty and in need of some love.  I said supportive, nurturing things to it and then I gave it a wash-down to clean it up a bit.  Once that was done, I scoured Pinterest for inspiration and got to work.  I had grand plans for this project, so I had the husband drill two holes in the top.

After that came the priming and painting.  A quick trip to the hardware store for some paint and supplies and I started the sanding and priming.  With laminate furniture like this, priming is essential.

That's my best side, right there.  I painted the outside white and the inside blue.  Well, not just blue... the prettiest blue in the whole world. 

Once the paint dried (I'm so patient in every area of life except when I'm waiting on paint to dry and then I'm like a kid at 3am on Christmas morning) I installed the lights where the hubs drilled those holes up top.

These lights are so simple... they have a four-foot cord that we plugged into a timer.  We just popped them into the drilled holes and secured them.  No wiring or anything tricky! 

I put the freshly painted shelves back in my beautiful bookcase and I stood back.  And I panicked.

I have nothing beautiful to put in this wonderfully re-done piece.  And I don't want to spend a lot of money to decorate it.  What's a resourceful gal, who wants to rescue more castaways, to do?

She hits the thrift stores.  I found these pieces that I just knew I could turn into something great.

I filled in the bookcase with my Goodwill rescues and some thrift store items that just needed some cleaning, like this little lovely jar, the marbles inside, and the glass bowl behind it:

Here's a shelf-by-shelf replay for you:

In the end, I had a roadside rescue that my husband thinks is my best project yet.  And you know something? I do too. :)

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  1. I love it!! I'm a looky loo too! There are some great books on those shelves too! A great transformation and job well done!

  2. Great great job. I love a good rescue, love how it turned out and especially love that you filled it with some great thrifty pieces. Great all around before and afters!!! Well done!

  3. That turned out so lovely. I really like that shade of blue. You accessorized the shelves so well, too. What a fantastic job!

  4. Gorgeous! I am on the look out for bookcases as well, I just hope I find some with as much potential as yours:)


  5. Amazing job! I love the thrift store finds you spruced up too! We live right by Notre Dame and I always thought that we would snatch some good finds right after school ended, but they hire people to swipe them all up then hold a big yard sale (over priced one at that) during the summer. I wish I could find some good curb side finds too! Lucky You!!

  6. Wow, I am so super impressed! I LOVE what you did with that bookcase! (and of course the blue is just perfect to me! :) ) Dang girl, I wanna go thrifting with you! Our Goodwill stores around me are so much more expensive these days! I need to find a few more thrift stores that aren't as expensive as our Goodwills are. AWESOME job! (now to keep an eye on on tree lawns for rescues...) :) Actually, I did ALMOST rescue some wooden dining room table chairs that was on the curb at the house across from the hospital I have physical therapy at, but I only have a little car and knew probably only two of them MIGHT be squeezed in and it was on a super busy street. Looking back, I should have snagged at least what I could have fit in the car and just made people honk or wait on me :)

  7. You did such a great job!!! I think you've given me just the inspiration I needed to get back to work on a few of my projects. Keep up the great work!

  8. Ah.Ma.Zing! So awesome! I love the blue and you dressed it up beautifully! I am a fellow curbside looky-loo, although I was not aware of said technical term for it. I love this! Really wonderful job!

  9. Um...I am at a complete loss for words. This is AMAZING. Job well done my friend :)

  10. Wow. That is fantastic. You have a LOT of talent!


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