Okay, well, I'm cheating here. This isn't an image (above) of a prairie dove pick up. I actually broke down and bought this sweet dresser from an antique shop for my daughter's room. It is really kicking my butt. I had better finish this fast, too, because school starts next week and I still have her clothes in my room because I sold her old dresser at the garage sale. I will post about her make-over when she is ready.
One day when we were just driving through town approximately two and and half weeks ago, and I had already commenced work on the antique-y dresser (above), when we saw this at the curb...
I literally almost pooped my pants. Had I known she would be out there, I don't know that I would have splurged on my biggy purchase.
So anyway, we had to pull over and I got out and had to wait at the curb guarding it (to make sure no one else took it) while my husband drives home and removes some of the van seats so we can fit her in the van (and the kids were in there, too).
So I am standing at the curb, biting my nails nervously waiting for my husband who would be back in about ten minutes when....
the owner walks out of the garage.
I go, "Hi, if you are throwing out this dresser, I am going to take it, ok?"
He looks at me and says, "Do you want the bed that goes with it??"
(SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!!)
So I go into the garage and there is this beautiful bedframe on casters. (Sorry, no original photo here). He starts hauling out the bed for me and I see this beautiful antique dresser mirror propped against the wall.
"That is a beautiful mirror," I say.
"Let me see if my wife wants to get rid of it."
So she comes outside. She didn't want to get rid of it. She wanted to try to hang it above her bathroom vanity to see if it would fit. It didn't match the dresser, but it was very old just the same. She said the pieces were her friend's grandmother's and dated from the 1930's.
So my husband comes back and we bring these girls home and paint them. The finish on the bed matched the dresser but was in very bad shape. I might take them down the street to the antique shop I frequent and sell on consignment, they have pretty good rates.
I may just keep "Cynthia" (the dresser)...I really do love her.
If I arranged it just right, I might be able to fit both dressers into my daughter's room. (Or maybe she will go in my room!)
"Ruthie", the bed, is a full-bed. She even came with the cross rails (not shown). We definitely cannot keep her as my daughter's room cannot accomodate a full bed. And, of course, a full bed is too small for two adults in 2011. But her curves are rockin'!!
And the story goes further...
The following week, on a hunch, we drove by again and there lay the mirror at the curb-side. Broken. Luckily, the glass wasn't broken, just the wood frame around her (cracked off in three spots), which of course can be glued. Of course, they must've tried to see how she would look over the vanity, dropped her and BROKE HER, and then just trashed her. I will not make any more comments about her history now because I find it most upsetting. I do not have a photo of the mirror, sorry, you will just have to take my word for it that she is super cool. She is in the garage awaiting transformation into a magnetic chalkboard, courtesy DIY magazine article. You will see a reveal on her when she is ready.
When all was said and done, we couldn't believe what a hot pick-up it all was, these ladies of the night. Beautiful prairie doves...just waitin' for a pick up.
Just look at those gams!!
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