Treasure from the Antique Mall

No yardsales for me this week.  We woke up Saturday morning to some much needed rain, so it was nice to just stay put and enjoy the drizzly day, cozy and dry inside the house.

I did manage to find a treasure though on Friday.  I might have mentioned that we just got a 32″ flatscreen TV for the master bedroom.  Are we the last people on earth to get a flat screen?  🙂  My hubby’s TV in his office is on the fritz and is about to go out.  It was a $40 yardsale find from 2 years ago, so we got our money’s worth out of it and it was time to retire that one.  It seemed the best thing to do would be to put the new TV in the bedroom, since that is where we seem to gravitate for most of our TV watching.  So, the old armoire and TV in the bedroom went to hubby’s office where it fits in just fine with his colors too.

This left the 32″ flat screen with no where to land.  It’s sitting temporarily on that $5 yardsale bamboo table tray I found.   So, on the hunt I have been for the perfect piece to hold it. On Friday, I hit the Bama Antique Mall in Leeds and came across this little gem.  Now, this pic goes to show you that you do, indeed, have to look past what something looks like to see the potential in it.

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you’ll know that I would much rather find something used that is a solid piece, rather than a brand new piece of crap. 🙂

This piece is from a child’s room, but it’s the perfect height, width and depth for what I want AND it has storage.  Extra points for that handy little door on the right.  Lots of storage there.   Those airplane knobs didn’t deter me for a second! 🙂  Nor did the little ugly doodads sitting on top.  It even had a matching changing table, but I felt the need to leave that for someone else. 😉 For $100, I bought it, stuffed it in my trunk and brought it home.  So, here’s my painting project for the week.  It’s going to be painted a pretty soft blue/gray color, lightly distressed and some of my beadboard wallpaper will go in that door inset.  I thought about adding some grasscloth wallpaper, but I just can’t see spending $25+ for a whole roll when I have extra beadboard wallpaper in my stash. It’s all wood, in good condition and very solid.  Perfect! I love the feet too.  You can usually pull out drawers and look at the back of a piece to determine what it’s made of.  Most of the time peering inside behind the drawers and looking at the drawers themselves will give you a great idea of how sturdy a piece is.  This one has all wood drawers and all the hidden pieces inside are wood too.  Score!

It probably wasn’t a super expensive piece to begin with, but again, what can you buy brand new for $100?  Not much at all, as you know! And those cute airplane knobs?  My friend, Sarah, said she loved them, so I’ll be shipping them off to her.  She has a little boy, after all.  I’ll be hitting up Hobby Lobby’s 1/2 price knobs and find some extra special ones for this piece.

So, in case you were thinking that if you saw a piece like this, you would only think “baby’s room”, I hope you’ll think again.  Never just look at what a piece looks like at the moment.

Always look at the bones. Ask yourself these questions:

Is it a good size and shape for what I need?

Is it solid?

Can I personalize it for my space?

If the answer is yes, yes, and yes, then go for it!  I love finding used pieces like this for much less than some MDF crap that you will find new.  You just can’t beat shopping 2nd hand!

REMINDER from last week:   I’m going to end the Thrifty Treasures party at the end of September for the season, so looking at the calendar, the last one will be scheduled for September 26th.  I know you all love it, but by then it’s time for me to take a break.  Hopefully, I’ll bring it back again next Spring!  It’s been a fun party, but a break is good too. 🙂

Now it’s YOUR turn!  What have YOU found lately? Add your link to the Linky list and remember our guidelines for the party:

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  1. Joining in the party for the first time, sorry I can’t put the button on my blog but my pictures are a mess if I try to add anything! Thanks for hosting!

  2. Great chest Rhoda. I can’t wait to see how it turns out. I’m sure it will be beautiful, especially with the beadboard wallpaper. I’m like you, I never look at any piece of furniture the same any more. It all has potential. Love & blessings from NC!

  3. Rhoda, great piece there! It would be tempting to forget vision on that piece, but – once again – a great reminder NOT to look at “what is”, but to look at “what could be”. I can’t wait to see what it looks like after you work your magic on it! Linda

  4. Nice dresser. Can’t wait to see it refinished!

  5. Rhoda, It looks like that piece is going to fit your needs perfectly! Glad you have someone who wants the pulls!
    thanks for hosting! I will miss this party in the fall/winter, but I totally understand.

  6. Looking forward to seeing you put your talented Southern Hospitality touch on this great dresser.

  7. Score! That is a great looking piece. $100 is still out of my price range even though it’s a solid piece. I can totally see the potential too. And funny you mentioned Sarah because I thought of her as soon as I saw the airplane knobs. I can’t wait to see the finished product.

  8. That does look like the perfect piece for your TV. I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

  9. Hi Rhoda! I finally managed to join this party. It’s about time!

    I just love your piece–how good of you to look beyond the obvious and see what could be! And I know Sarah will make good use of the airplane knobs. 🙂 Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  10. Rhoda, You have a vision and that’s all that counts. Some people simply cannot see the forest for the trees, and they often pass up some good deals.
    🙂 Have fun with your project!
    ~ Sue

  11. Hi Rhoda! You are so right…it’s the bones that count. I can’t wait to see what you do with it! Happy week!…hugs…Debbie

  12. Oh I wanted to see the finished product.

  13. Oooh I can’t wait to see how you transform that piece. I am looking for something for my bedroom TV as well. And you know what? We still do not have a flat screen at our house. Our big screen is still woking and we keep getting hand me downs for the other rooms when our parents upgrade to flat screen! Enjoy your new TV & stand!

  14. what a fabulous find! i cannot wait to see the finished product!

  15. dropping by to visit. i normally visit from http://www.iyampam (i forgot what i was doing) but i saw this and HAD to post. on my other blog i blog about children’s book and i posted about a great find i made at a thrift store so it kinda counts, right?

  16. We bought our first flatscreen, last year. It is here at the condo. We just brought another one down, today, to use in our “new” madeover bedroom here. Still have those heavy old tv’s at home and one here, in one of the guest rooms. Slow but sure, we will replace all the older tv’s with flatscreens. So much easier to handle, besides having a great picture.

    Most of our tv watching is in the bedroom too.

  17. I LOVE that cabinet! It is perfect for a TV cabinet! Can’t wait to see how it turns out! Good eye! 😉

  18. I saw a peek of it on Twitter the other day. I agree, good bones – that’s all it takes. Can’t wait to see the transformation!
    I haven’t been thrifting lately. 🙁 This makes me wanna go now!

  19. Rhoda
    Thanks for hosting each week.
    I put the right link, but wrong photo, but it is in the same post. Hope it is OK. do not know how to change it.
    blessings and happy Monday

    barbara jean

  20. Wow… can’t wait to see how it turns out! BTW, I still do not have a flat screen.

  21. You are not the last one. I am still using a $100 15″ tabletop model my son bought me when he worked for Best Buy, so at least 10 years ago. Do you think I have shown appreciation enough and can trade up? It still works great, so I can move it to another room.
    Out saling I saw a 32″ (not flatscreen) for $20 but to me it looked huge!
    How do people fit in a 46″ or 52″ tv? You have to design a room around one.

  22. Rhoda-Some mother to be is going to be very envious! I think it was darling before, but will enjoy its new life as an “adult” in your bedroom 🙂 I am so happy I finally have a garage sale find to share!! Thanks for letting me join the party!

  23. We have finally updated all our tv’s to flatscreen. Bedroom, kitchen and greatroom. Bedroom and greatroom are both in antique armoires as I like a tv to be hidden and not a focal point. We neither one do alot of tv watching. Looking forward to seeing how your cabinet turns out!


  24. Way to see the potential in the piece Rhonda! I totally would have thought boys rooms. But I do have two young boys who love airplanes!

    Mary Ellen

  25. Nice find. Can’t wait to see what you do with it! I love that it has drawers and an area covered by the cabinet door.

    And no you are far from the last, there are lots of dinosaur TV’s around! We just upgraded to a flat screen recently as well.

  26. Rhoda,
    That cabinet is going to be perfect after you work your usual magic on it–can’t wait to see the finished product. We are all going to miss your blog party. I truly hope you decide to start it again in the spring.

  27. Love the knobs..They are just so darn cute

  28. Love the dresser – so beautiful! Love those knobs too..they will be perfect for your friend’s little boy!

  29. Hi Rhoda, commenting for the first time here and joining the party too. I’ve been lurking for a while and love to mooch through everyone’s fab bargains. I so agree with you about seeing through what something looks like on the surface to what it could become. I buy stuff like that all the time. Your dresser – or should I say new tv stand – is a perfect example. Have fun doing it up. Bx

  30. Ooooh…can’t wait to see how you make it over! Great questions to ask abt pieces.

  31. What great finds! I love your drapes! What a great way of thinking out of the box! I can’t wait to see the finished cabinet! It is going to be wonderful! Now I need to talk my daughter out of her changing table. lol I took mine out of the bedroom and now going to make use for my computer, printer, ect in it. I am now of need for another cabinet in the bedroom for a TV! I shall keep this in mind! Love the idea!
    Going to miss your Thrifty Treasures, I sure hope you do bring it back again, wish I could visit every week, for I do love it so!

  32. Great piece! It will look great when you get through tweaking it! I too, got a flat screen for our master bedroom. I was browsing magazines and websites and came upon an idea for my tv. It was an antique mantel attached to the wall with the flat screen above it. As I was driving down the road a few days later, there sat my mantel in someone’s yard for sale! I got it for 25 bucks!!! I have attached it to the wall and am going to have a mirror cut to fit the opening for the “fire box”. I am having a blast decorating this piece! I can just see some “his and hers” stockings this Christmas holiday on my mantel! I enjoy your blog and read it daily. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Angie from Tennessee

  33. Hi Rhoda,
    I’m with you on finding a solid piece of used furniture instead of something new made of poor materials! You have some fantastic finds this week!


  34. That dresser has a ton of potential–excited to see what you do with it.

  35. I linked up! & also i added your general button to my page so everyone can see it at anytime. check my blog out if you get a chance & follow back please!

  36. Can’t wait to see the finished product! Agree whole heartedly about looking at the bones of a piece.

  37. Can’t wait to see the finished product!

  38. Marilyn Holeman says:

    Rhoda, dear Rhoda, Some of the words in this post are not up to your ladylike Southern ways! Please don’t offend my delicate ears with your displeasure at modern products that are not well made. You can do better!


  39. I think your right about the bones of this piece! It should turn out great! I will be back to see how it turns out! Thanks for sharing

  40. Great tips on bargain furniture buying, Rhoda! I know it’s kind of hard to look past the initial appearance but the 3 key questions you mentioned are right on point, I will also add “how long will the project take? how soon do I need this piece?” – what do you think? In any case, hope your painting project is going well and can’t wait to see the after pictures. Thanks for sharing!


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