I bought this hutch at a yard sale for $3.00.
Can we pause just a moment and take that in…..and remember what I said about my endless hunt for the perfect yard sale? A journey filled with Hooter’s t-shirts and broken down appliances and old florists vases. A journey where you never know what you might find at the next yard sale…..so a true yard saler never gives up.
Because hope always springs eternal.
My completely redone $3.00 yard sale hutch. Isn’t she beautiful?
I know she had a rough start in life.
Bless her heart.
She had old scratched wood and chipped pieces and dings and dents and she was missing her door fronts and her back. And then there was the odd issue with old electrical wires sticking out everywhere. Wires that the lady at the yard sale proudly pointed out to me.
Like it was a value-added feature.
Like she added an extra dollar to the price….just for the wires.
So I bought the hutch at that yard sale….scratches and all.
Then her doors were fixed and her dings were sanded and the break in her arch was filled with pieces of wood and putty.
And she was painted.
And then distressed a little.
Until she looked a little like this.
And it’s all thanks to my carpenter.
I am so lucky to have the cutest carpenter ever….as in the history of ever.
He’s smart and funny and really talented and never met a jig saw he didn’t like.
He can sand and prime and paint and reconstruct a piece of furniture……
…….and take care of four children while his wife goes to Haven.
But my favorite part about him is his eyes.
He has sparkling brown eyes that twinkle and dance.
All the time.
And when I burst through the door after four days in Atlanta and my hands were waving and gesturing and the list of projects that I managed to come up with on my six-hour drive home was growing by the minute. And thirty minutes after I arrive we were out in the workshop discussing how we can attach a broken arch to the top of the hutch and what color we should paint it and why on earth anyone would ever think that re-attaching all those wires was ever a good idea.
And through all the discussions and handwaving and growing list of projects….
….those eyes were twinkling at me.
And then I’m reminded how much I love my carpenter and his twinkle.
He truly understands that a $3.00 hutch can be a thing of beauty and that the wave of inspiration from a blog conference is a thing to be taken seriously.
He’s creative and funny and hard-working and talented.
And he only charges me one or two of these 🙂
Now what’s your favorite yard sale find?