Look What I Saved From the Trash!

July 21st, 2009 in member junk     
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This desk in its current look.
Previous look using the desk. My hubby also made the mirror above the desk out of an old window. I hand painted and wove a new seat for the $6 chair.
The desk with the lid closed.
I think one drawer is missing on the right side behind the silver candlestick. The writing area even pulls out to allow more writing space, kind of like a cutting board does.
This desk in its current look.

This desk in it's current look.


This is a really great story...We arrived back from vacation to find that our new neighbors had moved in. When we got up in the morning, it was trash pick-up day. I look out and saw a beautiful walnut spinnet desk in the neighbors trash. I went over and knocked on their door and asked if I could have their trash. She even helped me carry it over to my home!  She told me that the leg had been broken for 42 years and was stored down in the basement of her parents home. Her husband hated antiques and didn't want the hassel of taking it to auction, so the next alternative for them was the trash.   It took my husband 15 minutes to pin the leg back together with a dowel rod. Then all I had to do was oil it and decorate.  The top flips down to completely close the desk. The drawer in front is burled walnut. It's just a beautiful piece and I can't believe we got home from vacation just in time to save it.


Pattern or design used: My own design
posted in: member junk, antique, walnut, Spinnet desk

Comments (9)

MimiToria writes: It sure was your lucky day to find and save this treasure. It looks wonderful in your home, and like it surely belongs there.
Gretchen Posted: 11:15 am on July 26th
shabbychick writes: Fabulous save! And like every else said - what a lucky lady you are!! (time to buy a lottery ticket?? ha ha).

It looks great in your home - congrats!

Kathy Posted: 2:43 pm on July 22nd
alicemom writes: You are living on the right side! (or should I say in my case the left side) You two are just the Renaissance couple of the neighborhood! Good on!
smiles, alice Posted: 11:39 am on July 22nd
RustyDiva writes: Congrats on a great save! It's beautiful. Posted: 10:45 am on July 22nd
suewhitney writes: Are you Irish by any chance? You certainly have been a lucky lady recently! This is a beautiful piece...great save! It looks absolutely lovely in your home.

Be Well,
Sue Posted: 9:29 am on July 22nd
oldnews writes: Fate. That's what this is!! It was meant to be yours! Lucky, lucky you!!! Marie Posted: 12:42 am on July 22nd
monakent writes: Okay, give me your address - I'm moving to your neighborhood!!! You have been one very lucky woman lately, I see, with your latest finds. The antique barrister wasn't enough, hey??? You needed MORE??? :o)

I thank God there are people like us out there, to save things from being added to the already overflowing landfills. To be able to find and restore/fix things is a true treasure in itself. Us junkers ALL deserve a pat or two on the back.

One of my sisters lives in a city that have an annual "dump day," in which everyone is allowed to put things they don't want, out at their front curb. Anyone can come and take what they want (for free). Whatever doesn't get picked up, goes to the dump. I sure wish all cities would do that. It would be a get way of "spreading the wealth" and reusing.

Sorry, I got sidetracked...... fact is, your goodies as of late are true family keepsakes. Just think of the stories you can pass on!!!!

Congratulations on you finds ~ gailmarie Posted: 11:56 pm on July 21st
fellowjunker writes: Your house is full of treasures!! Great save on this desk.
xojanis Posted: 11:39 pm on July 21st
PrimTracy writes: WOW now you are one lucky woman! This is a beauty and it looks so pretty with all your stuff. WTG on getting an awesome item. Posted: 8:30 pm on July 21st
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