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I bring home furniture like some people bring home pets!

By April 26, 201021 Comments

So I see a Craigslist ad for a “free dresser sitting at the end of driveway“. No picture. Just described as black.

I am such a sucker for furniture. So, I drive to the house. The dresser looks cute from a distance. But, the closer I get, the more TLC I see it needs.

I see it’s MDF instead of wood and one of the drawers is badly mangled.

But I disregard all logic and start to put the drawers in my truck.

And then ……logic returns and I take them back out.

But then I feel bad for the mangled drawer!!!!

I think of my husband. While a terrific sport, this may be pushing the envelope a little. I’m certain I will hear the word “junk” in conversation regarding this particular dresser.

I disregard all logic and reload it anyway. Grrrrr…….

I bring it home like a stray cat.

I spackle over that mangled drawer. I prime it. An improvement already.

I spray it black.

I bought new handles for it and took advantage of free labor by letting the neighbor kids put the handles on.

I need to disguise that one mangled drawer a little more, so I purchase these vines.

I paint them “pearl”, glue them on and antique them with black.

I’m calling this as good as it gets.

I have it listed on Craigslist. I’m hoping the cute factor will override the “it’s MDF” factor!

Lessons learned:

  1. only bring home purebred “pets”…. no more MDF pieces EVER!
  2. when you already have a garage full of “pets”….do you really need another?
  3. and…my husband is the greatest….he didn’t say “junk” even once.

Linking to Made it Monday , Making the World Cuter , DIY Day, Power of Paint Party and The Girl Creative.


  • Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures says:

    You’re funny. That made me laugh. I am glad you saved the dresser. I bet someone will buy it with a smile on their face.

  • Wow you are a creative and couragious women! It looks good even if its mdf – lots of people don’t even notice the difference.

  • Your post really did make me lol! I can totally relate, I have done the same thing myself, usually with really really heavy hutch dressers. My poor husband, I make him go and get them himself. Then I decide two weeks later that it is taking up too much room in my garage and I don’t want to waste my time painting mdf and chipboard stuff. So I sell it on trademe for $1 and hubby just smiles sweetly! Bless him 🙂

  • KC Mom says:

    You’re much better then the lady who hoards cats in her house!

  • Cassie @ Primitive & Proper says:

    ha! that cracked me up! i feel the same though- and my husband i am sure appreciates it now that i bring furniture home. i used to pick up stray dogs before i had kids. stray furniture won’t ever bite you, pee on your floor, or give your dog fleas. 😉
    you worked wonders on this piece! nice save!

  • I am the same way, but I bring home pets as well… ha ha!

  • You made this little orphan just adorable. Looks so cute . Hugs, Marty

  • Angie says:

    You gotta love a husband who let’s you do your thing!! I think it looks fantastic now and hope it sells quick!! Don’t feel bad though your not the only sucker for “free” stuff on craigslist! Or curbside finds! Stop by my blog when you get a chance- you won’t believe what I scored!!!! 😉

  • Red Lipstick says:

    You’re a great writer as well as a wonderful advocate for homeless furniture! I like what you did with the vines, very creative and it gives it a touch of style!

  • Renee says:

    I can never resist picking up stray furniture either!!

  • Sarah @ Hennessey House says:

    haha, you’re too funny. not to mention brave for taking in a stray! 😉 however, you did a great job with what you had, and the vine cover-up is very resourceful and looks so cute!! i think it turned out marvelous.

    (p.s. i live in the city, and the first money of the month is when people can set out big items and the trash truck will come pick them up, so on sunday night i totttttally plan to drive through our alleys looking for some rescues!)

  • Sarah @ Hennessey House says:

    woops, i meant “monday” not “money.”

  • Emily {Frilly Details} says:

    Too funny!! The dresser turned out really cute. Great job as always 🙂

    I have a giveaway right now for a $40 gift card to CSN Stores. Stop by if you have a second!!

  • Sandra says:

    I love those vines. I love your inner turmoil conversation. I’m totally like that.

  • Mandy says:

    i love finds like that! you made it look great! I have a link party on Tuesdays and would love to have you stop by!

  • I so can relate! I have two coffee tables, a door, and a head board in my basement right now. Hubs says “no more strays”! No promises :). Looks great black with those cute vines!

  • Katie says:

    You are just so funny! I love this it reminds me of someone I no as well…Me! My husband sees me looking at things on Craigslist and just cringes. You wouldn’t he has said many times. I look at him sometimes and just smile and he knows…the winner is..ME! I love furniture to, to much! He says I change couches like I change underwear..LOL! Oh and area rugs another weakness!

  • Joselyn says:

    I found your site via Hennessey House through a link party given by A Soft Place to Land. Your blog is full of creative inspiration. We have something in common. I too have a soft spot for furniture in need of TLC because I love the challenge of bringing them back to life.

  • Laura Lofgreen says:

    I can appreciate the love factor involved in what you do. The transformation is addicting. Great job.

  • Dayna says:

    This seriously made me lol! You’re funny. I do the same thing. I have a garage full, but I can’t stay away from Craigslist for fear of missing “the one”! I’m addicted.

  • Jerome Paul says:

    Good selection of furniture enhance the beauty of your lovely home and also attract the visitors so its very important you should choose the perfect and quality furniture for your home.

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