Monday, October 1, 2012

Roadside Scavenger

I have this little habit of seeing things that may not be in the best of shape, and thinking of their possibilities.  By this I mean....I love to find free crap on the side of the road.  

My husband...he does not think this is my best quality.  I mean...he is okay with the finished products (usually) but I have been known to do some pretty crazy crap in the name of curbside finds (strapping a full sized couch onto the top of my [then] Rav-4 while I was 8 months pregnant with Jack is up there at the top of the list.  It was a really awful couch too...that we then sat out on our curb for someone else to find).

One time I was considering running down to the corner to pick up something or other and the poor guy just whispered "at least wait until it is dark!". 

Oh hun.  I can't help it, it is a compulsion.  It has kind of turned into a little joke if Matt is in the car with me, whenever I see even a pile of boxes I yell "Free Crap!" and pretend to stop.  He loves it (not so much actually).

A few weeks ago we were heading to my sisters old house when I saw them.  THEM.  Yes, that is plural.  I spotted two (kind of awful) pink wingback chairs.  I immediately got excited, but Matt refused to stop.  I guess he rethought the situation though, because a few minutes later he looped back around and...
He loves me.  They wouldn't fit in our car (shocking?) but we eventually got them home, and we (okay, just me) were pretty stoked to lift a cushion and see that the chairs are made by Ethan Allen.  I have never really dipped my toes in the water of reupholstery before, but my brother-in-law loaned me a stapler, and I am at least going to try!
 I just know(hope), that with a little elbow grease and some love these diamonds in the rough (very rough) can look something like this...


I haven't started in on them yet, I am still compiling some ideas, but tell me...are you a roadside scavenger? (care to share your best score? Links are always welcome!) Or are you more like my husband, and totally mortified by the thought of picking up 'garbage'?

13 comments:

  1. Those are gorgeous chairs! Or, at least, they will be!
    Mr Vita is NOT on board with picking up random crap. He is the purger to my hoarder, so it works to keep us both sane!

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    1. It definitely helps keep the clutter down! Basically, with Matt, if it isnt a guitar, he isnt interested! Haha

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  2. Nice find! Every time I see stuff on the curb it's either: Broken MDF furniture or a couch that is out in the pouring rain.

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    1. Yeah, there is definitely more trash than treasure out there! Im glad I got these when I did because about two hours later it POURED!

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  3. That is a great find girl! Nicely done!!

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  4. My dad told me that he scored a double jogging stroller on the side of the road for free. It's not brand spanking new, and definitely needed some work, but he used to upholster and is kind of a jack of all trades when it comes to mechanical stuff, so if anyone can fix it? Dad can. And I'm excited.

    I think those chairs are going to be GREAT. Have you seen the tutorial for PAINTING fabric chairs on Pinterest?

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    1. I found a double jogger a few weeks ago! I scrubbed it and I need to fix a tire, but otherwise it is decent!

      I did see that! There are a few rips in these though, and the fabric has a funky texture, so I dont think it will work for me :/ Its still really cool though!

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  5. Reading your blog is fun, because we are such opposites. I am an anti-hoarder. Our house is very minimalistic and modern. I usually can't even bring myself to go in a thrift store, so the road is definitely out.

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  6. Definitely love roadside thrifting as well... but unfortunately there's not a lot of it around here!

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  7. I haven't picked anything up roadside before but I can't see my hubby being too agreeable. But I keep trying to convince him! LOL

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  8. Love those chairs! I actually have one too! Instead of reupholstering it (I'm not that brave) I painted mine navy blue! Can't wait to see what you do! :)

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    1. I remember that! It turned out great!

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  9. Holy. Crap. That is an amazing find!!! This reminds me of the two chairs I saw at a yard sale as we were driving by. I LOVED them. MrC wouldn't stop (to be fair, I do still have a dresser I've been working on for 3 years sitting in the garage) but I still think about those chairs.

    I'm anxious to see how they turn out! And seriously- great find!!

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