Have you ever gone for a walk only to come back with a treasure from the roadside?
Last spring I went for a lunchtime walk on an unseasonably warm and bright day.
About a block and a half from my house I noticed a pile of disassembled furniture and other sundry items at the curb of a home that had recently been sold. Evidently the home was part of an estate and the remaining items had to be disposed. As I walked by slowly, I noticed some tall French provincial cabinet doors stacked on top of each other amidst the partially deconstructed cabinetry. As I continued my walk down that very long cul-de-sac, I contemplated those doors with the very cool small chicken mesh screening.
On my way back to the pile of trash I decided that I should take one of the doors home to prop up in my studio and use as an art or idea board. Since my husband was at work, I didn’t have a vehicle at my disposal. What’s a girl to do? Carpe Diem. I picked up the solid wood six-foot-high door and walked home with it, down the hill and back up again to my house. As I set it by the garage I contemplated the fact that there were three more doors, and if I got another one, I would have a pair, and two would be better than one, once I figured out what I would do with them. So back I walked.
When I was almost there I decided that three is better than two. Everything looks better displayed in odd numbers…so I needed to have three of the fine French provincial doors with the awesome chicken wire inserts. Yup. Three.
Keep in mind that my treasure gathering is being done on solely on foot. Another thought came over me. What if someone else saw these fabulous finds while they drove by and decided they wanted them too? I needed to act fast. Being the efficiency expert that I am, I decided that I should carry home two doors. Two very heavy solid wood doors. I know you are thinking that they can’t be all that heavy…they have wire inserts. Well believe me, they were heavy. I’m sure their length had something to do with their heaviness and awkwardness.
Can you imagine the neighbors looking out their windows to see this lady huffing and puffing down and up the hill, carrying two beautiful French provincial doors with chicken wire inserts? I really do wonder what they were saying.
When I arrived home, I leaned these up against the garage too. Then I went in the house to get a tall drink of water and rest. Whew!
You do realize by this time that there is still one remaining door sitting on the lawn calling my name?
Uh huh! I walked back and picked up that one too. Who is that crazy lady walking back and forth down the road carrying those beautiful doors? I hope that’s all the neighbors thought. [grin]
The doors spent a few months in the garage while I decided what to do with my finds, a decision was made. My husband and I removed the hinges and re-attached them so that two doors were secured together to make a screen and then we stood the two screens side-by-side in front of our huge window. I had thought about repainting them, but realized that it wasn’t necessary, and if I had painted them it would have been a lot of work to get the look these have. All they needed was a quick wipe-down with a damp cloth.
I can’t tell you how very happy I am with my vintage French provincial screen. I really didn’t want curtains at the window because they would block the light which I love. Though that same wonderful light made taking pictures of the screens so difficult. I often sit in that room to write on my laptop and when someone like the letter carrier steps up on my porch it sort of feels like my personal space is being invaded. The screens are a perfect solution…kind of like a visible-invisible barrier. Plus…they were FREE!!!
Do you pick up trash and make it into treasure for your home?
Have you ever picked up something that you could use without having to clean it up and repaint it?
What’s the best roadside treasure you have found?
This trash to treasure transformed to screen helped me with a few more issues as well. Prior to painting the window trim white, the trim was an awful orangey stain that shouted 1955! The style did not go well with my vintage furniture to say the least. The screen serves as a foil to the era.
Also, I’d love some input on the small chest in front of the screen. It’s an old cast-off I acquired. It’s not solid wood, but it does have dove-tailed drawers. I’m considering decoupaging the drawer fronts with music pages. I kind of wanted some flowy French script, but my husband doesn’t want something he couldn’t read. In addition I was thinking of painting it a dark red color. You know my penchant for red. Or, maybe I should paint it Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Country Grey like my sideboard? Or should I simply use a wood restorer and then wax it? I’d love your thoughts and suggestions on it. Please.
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