Monday, October 25, 2010
The Old Chest
You know how it is. You know you've got to have a thrifting fix. You can hold off for a while, but it's inevitable. You're gonna have to go.
So I went.
All furniture was half off. One day only. I found this old chest. It had lots of character and....it was half price.
But the line for the cashier extended halfway back the store. And I didn't know if it would fit in my car. But our family room ottoman was broken, and we'd been looking for something to replace it with.
I texted Mister, who was out of town, with a picture and the question, "Do you think I can carry this out and get it home?" His emphatic answer, "NO!" So I knew what I had to do.
Fortunately, the chest has wheels. Very squeaky ones. I maneuvered it out of the big crowd of furniture it was in the middle of. EEEK....EEEEK... went the wheels. Bump, EEK, across the cement floor. Turned a lot of heads.
I waited in line for about 20 minutes. Checked out. Then EEEK'ed my way across the parking lot.
"You know," I told myself, "I think I can slide (jam) this into the back seat of the car." I did that until one of the legs started breaking off. Pulled it back onto the parking lot.
"Maybe I could kind of wedge it into the trunk", was my next thought. Which I did. Got 1/3 of it in the trunk, made a quick maneuver with some bungee cords, drove SLOWLY home.
Sent another picture text to Mister. This one was entitled Ta. Da.
As Clarence is showing you, the chest has charcoal in it. It smelled strongly of mothballs. I don't mind the smell of mothballs so much, but this really was rather strong. It also has a little extra storage section there where Clarence is peering.
My favorite thing about the chest is the patina. I love looking at it in the evening and seeing the scars and imperfections, and the color. It's also nice to have a flat place to set a drink while reading or blogging.
Mister remarked to me the other day that he hasn't decided how he will refinish it yet. Refinish it???
Have a wonderful Tuesday!
Today I'm joining Linda for Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays! and Bonnie for Twice Owned Tuesday!