What I Plan to Do With Two of My Finds

Sunday, June 26, 2011

The first item is the little bench thingie that I already showed you a few weeks ago. I scored it for $40 at the Christie Lake Antique Show.

I have some nooks and crannies around the house that are kinda bare so I thought a little bench could fill up one of those spots pretty nicely. The only problem was that once I brought the "bench" into the house it looked more like a little table.

But then the lightbulb went off. I'd been eyeing these little table/bench things from Pottery Barn forever:

Let's compare the two bench/table thingies:

Small Pottery Barn Bench: $169 and fake-old
My Bench: $40 and authentically old

Now, my next purchase was this chippy old piece of architectural salvage:

The minute I saw the chippy white paint and dentil moulding I knew I had to have it. The images that crossed my mind right away were also from Pottery Barn:

The Pottery Barn shelf is large and chunky enough to use as a sort-of headboard. We currently have a double bed in our guest room with no headboard. Cha-ching!!!

Here is the other image from Pottery Barn:

Now let's compare my version with the catalog versions:

Chunky Pottery Barn Shelf #1: $525 and fake-old
Chunky Pottery Barn Shelf #2: $591 and fake-old
My Chunky Shelf Thing: $125 and a real piece of architectural salvage

What I love about buying antiques and old things is that with a little bit of creativity and elbow grease you can turn them into your own version of a catalog item. The best part about that is the catalog versions are usually five times the price!!! And we all love a bargain, don't we?   

Now, all I need to do is actually get one of these projects done. Not today though. It's beautiful and I'm off to the cottage with the two pups. And Alex, if he's good. :)


  1. Love your "real" old pieces... looking forward to seeing what you do with them.


  2. This is so lovely.
    You really need to do that with your stuff you found.
    I think it will be great in your room or sell it again if you want to make money with it.
    These pictures are amazing.
    Xx Liefs

  3. Can hardly wait to see what you do with your new pieces!

  4. Great finds Sarah! Can't wait to see what you do with them,,,it is cool and rainy here today so I am going to get caught up on some picture stuff and maybe organize a few posts, since I have a busy week ahead. Do you have a for real your very own cottage!! I would love a cottage!! Have a happy day!

  5. Hands down, your objects will work just as well and great finds. Pottery Barn is a fantastic place. I love, love going in there just for ideas, like what you're doing. See it - find it. Debi

  6. love both pieces! and never would have thought of using the salvaged piece as a faux headboard:) I just love Pottery Barn for inspiration!

  7. oh my gosh, I love your 'architectural salvage' find. It is gorgeous. I can't wait to see where and how you use that treasure!

    Ngaio May x

  8. Beautiful pieces. I've been eyeing the same PB photos for a while now, too. Looking forward to seeing your tranformations.

  9. Your pieces are soo pretty!! Can't wait to see them put to use!

  10. Love Christie's! I found a great dresser that I have big plans for!
    Looking forward to seeing your pieces finished! :)

  11. Love the pieces you've found - can't wait to see how you used them!


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