Saturday, February 5, 2011

Giving it a second life...or a third!!

Well, after spending money renovating our kitchen and main floor of our home you learn a few lessons about giving old items a new life!
Like this piece that came from my hometown post office. My sister got hold of this and I was lucky enough to get it from her. The deal is that someday it goes to my son.
But........I was never crazy about the natural wood so....
I stuck it in the basement, in its original state, until I could figure out how to incorporate it into our home....               
And then did what works best for me....paint!

Garbage-bound, rescued by my sister.....and pièce de résistance in my dining room!

So this was a 10$ score from the flea market that I picked up many years ago, originally a small buffet. I turned it into an island, made a wood counter top out of pine steps and added a few benches and...we had a functioning island.  A bit small but it hosted many a party!! Our new island in the kitchen renovation has its own story.  It is made from a pine door!!
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  1. Oh my goodness...that piece is fabulous! It's a good thing you didn't get rid of it.

  2. I am glad you gave it new life. It is a great piece of furniture.

  3. I love that post office find. I wish I could find cool things like that. It makes a perfect place to store wine bottles, although it holds a lot of them. Maybe you could fill some of the openings with bottled water.

  4. Well, it almost went out to the garbage but thankfully the post office was willing to give it away! I have imagined having it filled with wine but then again...hmmmm...anyway, it does hold bottled sparkling water along with wine. We love the statement that it makes in the dining room!

  5. Wow, you did an amazing transformation with that post office piece, as well as your other repurposed pieces! Paint always brings out the best! ~Marcy

  6. Love all the finished pieces...but that pice from the post office is spectacular...I'm so envious!!! BEAUTIFUL!

  7. There is just something so fun about old post office boxes and hotel boxes...Love it!

  8. Ha! That was just downright fun! Seeing those pieces morph is something I do all the time. They're always changing jobs. :)

    I sure loved that first whatever it was. Fabulous! Glad you took it out of hiding!


  9. Paint does some to contain magic, of course, some pieces seem to escape my paintbrush but those that don't often get a dose of all the variations of white or black.
    I think the idea of re-purposing pieces is such fun and certainly good for the budget!
    Marcy, welcome as a new follower! I am enjoying all of your blogs too!

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  11. I absolutely LOVE your wine cabinet - fantastic!! I have a great old piece much like this one too- I have thought about storing wine in it as well- thanks for sharing this at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

  12. This is an awesome piece, love the black paint. and really cool as a wine rack! Thanks for joining in on VIF!

  13. This is beautiful! And so interesting to look at before then turning it into a wine rack was amazing! Great job!

    Thanks for stopping by and following me :)



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