Sunday, February 21, 2010

Metamorphosis Monday- Sometimes good things come your way!

It may not happen often but occasionally something good comes your way! 
When it comes after a long period of difficulties in life it can be just the thing to
lift your spirits...
Theres nothing quite like finding a great bargain to excite me,
and recently I found a couple of REALLY GREAT ones! 

This one was my VERY favorite kind of bargain....
FREE!! 
 I got this beautiful 4 poster headboard and footboard that my neighbors no longer wanted.  Sure it had a few scratches and was missing a finial at the top of the post on the footboard and there were no side rails. 
But come on they just tossed this gorgeous thing out into the cold! 
Can you believe it?!
 I guess sometimes it's just easier to throw something out
than to take the time to sell it or fix it...  
To those people I say
THANK YOU!!! 
I'll be happy to fix up those discards, and turn them into treasures! 
(well some of them anyway).

Here it is in the back of the truck looking all muddy and cruddy.
Poor thing!
Another look (before)...

I just got a damp rag and wiped all down thoroughly then after it was good and dry I rubbed it lightly with some extra fine steel wool.   
Then wiped on some matching stain/polyurethane with a clean soft cloth.


...and Voila!!  Good as new!!

I've already put the headboard in my guest room,
you know the one I already did a little mini makeover on.
Well as you might have guessed I'm redoing it again. 
Still haven't yet decided what to do with the footboard...I've been combing Ebay hoping to find a matching finial to replace the the broken one,  or maybe I might just replace all four finials.
But so far I'm just thrilled to have this beautiful headboard!! 
 For FREE!!!
Here's a sneak peak of it in the guest room...

I'm thinking about possibly even painting both headboard and footboard in a creamy white or maybe a different darker stain color.... 
Hmmm decisions, decisions.
I'll be sure to let you know when I get it all figured out lol!!

I've already moved on to refinishing my kitchen cabinets!! Ha! 
I've been feeling like my old self (I mean younger self) lately... full of energy!

The other bargain I got was a beautiful piece of furniture on Craigslist! 
It wasn't  "Free" 
but pretty darned close!
Stay tuned I'll be showing it soon!

For more transformations head on over to
Susan's @ Between Naps on the Porch
for

Susan is also having a wonderful Give away as well...
Don't miss it!!!

Have a great week!!
Sherri :)

18 comments:

T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Sherri, good to see you back again, but sorry to hear about all the heartache you've had to endure of late. Sounds like things have taken a turn for the better with everyone and that is good thing. I hope you will continue to take care of yourself, eat right and get in that exercise. Even 30 min a day is better than nothing. Your free headboard turned out great. Take care and have a great day. Blessings, Tammy

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

What a fabulous headboard. I love it. Hugs, Marty

Allison Shops said...

What a great find! The wood is nice, but a painted finish would lean more towards a cottage feeling - if that is what you are wanting to do. (They may want the bed back - be careful!) Great job!

I hope you'll drop by AtticMag this week to tour my home.
Allison

Lori said...

That looks great!

Please stop by and enter my giveaway....

http://lifeaslori.blogspot.com/2010/02/advertising-and-giveaway.html

Melissa Miller said...

Sheri what a fabulous deal! You can't beat free and it is a beauty. You did a wonderful job staining it. It's so pretty!

Thank you for your kindness on my healthy new life. I really appreciate it my friend. I am so relieved and happy you are feeling better. That is super fantastic news!

~Blessings, ~Melissa :)

Rebecca said...

That bed was just an amazing find! Whoot Whoot! I just love love love it when we stumble upon the great stuff!

I'll visit again soon! GREAT BLOG!

Rebecca

Mimi said...

Beautiful bed and you sure can't beat free!

June said...

Way to save a beautiful piece from going to the landfill Sherri. It looks beautiful in your guest room. I love it when we can reuse and repurpose rather than toss.
hugs

The Stylish House said...

Sherri,
You scored! I would have snatched it up too. This is called a rice carved 4 poster bed. The carving on the posts are rice (not wheat). The center back is a broken pediment with a finial. Have you searched to see if there is any manufacturers mark on it? It looks like decent quality. From the photo I'm guessing the wood is oak, because of the large graining. You can buy finials online, by doing a Google search for “bed finials”. They run about $15 a piece, but you might have to stain it to match. Gee airn't you glad your know it all furniture friend stopped by ha, ha.
I’m happy your feeling better:)
Cathy

Sharing with Sherri said...

Hey there Cathy,

Yep I did look for a manufacturers mark but couldn't find one. I've seen some very similiar beds in an Ethan Allen catalog and their mark is on the side rails, which of course are missing.

I've have googled finials and checked ebay also, still haven't found an exact match, but still looking...

P.S. I'm always glad to have you stop by girlfriend!:)

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hello sweet lady...

Ohhh...I was just elated to find your lovely note, my sweet friend! I have missed you terribly and wondered how you've been doing! I read through your last post and Darlin', my heart just goes out to you! You have really been through it lately! I certainly will keep you and your sweet family in my prayers!!! I am so happy to read that you are feeling so much better!!! That is just so scary...please take care of yourself!!!

Well now, I do want to talk about this fabulous treasure find...your beautiful 4 poster bed! My goodness, I can't imagine your neighbors wanting to throw this beauty to the curb but their loss is your gain!!! Wow...it cleaned up sooo beautifully! I love, love, LOVE four poster beds and this one is simply gorgeous with all the beautiful, ornate carvings!!! Girl, you scored big time with this treasure!!! I'm so happy for you! Your bed linens look so beautiful...just perfect for this beauty! Ohhhh...and I love your red embroidered pillow!!! Thank you so much for sharing your pretties with us today! Sherri, I really am sooo happy to hear from you...I've missed you but you take care of yourself and do what you need to do!!! You and your health is so very important! Girl, you must be feeling better though...if you're busy redoing kitchen cabinets...that's not a project for the "faint of heart"...that's for sure! I'll be looking forward to seeing those pretty cabinets when you get a chance to post, my friend!!!

Warmest wishes and prayers...
Chari @Happy To Design

Ms. Bake-it said...

Great save! Looks good.

~ Tracy

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Sherri, that is un-be-liev-able! I'm so glad you happened by when it was on the curb. It is beautiful. I love your Morning Glory pillow too. Can't get any better than "free"! laurie

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi there, sweet friend, woweeee, I love it, Sherri. It looks so adorable in your guest room. Don't you love a great bargain? :-)

So glad to hear you feeling like your old self. This just warms my heart.

Have a blessed weekend!!!!!!

Hugs, Barb ♥

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Sherri, your Easter header is just so precious! Love those vintage looking bunnies. Hope you are your familiy are doing well! laurie

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Sherri, thanks for your dear visit....it is always so good to see you. I really do miss you and hope that you are doing well.

Have a wonderful and happy weekend.

Hugs, Barb ♥

Janean said...

Sherri, your redwork morning glory pillow IS fab!!! thanks for stopping by...hugs.

p.s. you are gorgeous - guessing you some kind of homecoming queen or miss something?

Sharing with Sherri said...

Oh Janean... My new best friend! Thanks so much for coming by and for both wonderful compliments!!

I was never homecoming queen, but I was a high school cheerleader and was a local beauty pageant winner and contestant in the Miss California U.S.A. pageant some 20 or 30 zillion years ago!

Big hugs back to you!!

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