It’s Been A Good, Good Day …


March 1, 2016 by Terry

When I got up today I had plans on going on a little road trip to pick up 2 chairs that I bought from a lady.  I scooted the kids off to school, stopped and bought a coffee for the road and off I went.  The sun was shining brightly already, the songs on the radio were ones I knew and could sing along with and the coffee …. perfect!

When I arrived at the home of the lady with the 2 chairs I was surprised to see that she was in the middle of moving!  Downsizing from a 3000 sq ft beautiful home on an acreage to a 16 ft by 16 ft cabin in B.C.!  WOW!  No wonder she was selling all her stuff!  There is a long story as to her and her husband’s reasoning on such a drastic downsize but I’ll keep this story short.

About the chairs … they are both beautiful bamboo and cane dining chairs.  I thought they were in mint condition and was more than happy to give her the asking price for both.  She pointed out one tiny little scratch on the one chair and insisted that I take it for FREE!  “Really?” She told me that since I drove 45 min to come get them that she didn’t feel right charging me for the second one.  I told her that I felt like I was robbing her if she didn’t let me pay for it as the scratch was barely visible …  In the end I left with two for the price of one plus a little antique side table that I managed to give her the value of the chair for.

Then … the day gets even better!  As I was driving home through the city I decided that I couldn’t be in the vicinity of my favorite thrift store and NOT stop by to take a peek.  I had been in there a week ago and it was very slim pickings but I just felt like I HAD to look anyways.

Well look what was sitting there waiting for me!!!


Okay, I know you are thinking “eeeeeeewwwwwee!” but I’m thinking “this could be soooo pretty!”

And the price was ahhhhhmmmmmaaaazzzing!!!

The underside is all springs and straw and original everything!  The woodwork needs much loving but that’s not an issue for me.  The fabric is in good shape and it doesn’t smell but I’m going to give it a little shabby chic dress!  And NO, this one will not sit naked for 2 years in my garage like the other one ;)

I even found some linen to make some pillows with and some pillow forms.  There were two sweet hand stitched pillows that called to me so I bought those too!

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It is sitting in the space between my kitchen and dining area for now and hopefully I can get to it sometime next week.  I would like to take it to the upcoming Market in April but I can see me totally wanting to keep it!


I can hardly wait to make it into the pretty it deserves!  I probably won’t be able to sleep tonight because I will be making it over in my head!

Best day of the year so far?  Um, yah! :)

Hope you had a great day too!




27 thoughts on “It’s Been A Good, Good Day …

  1. Wow you had the best day ever. Isn’t it exciting to score a great piece of furniture and plan how to make it better. What fun.


  2. Becky says:

    Sounds like a great day. Can’t wait to see what you do with the sofa.


  3. Trent says:

    Looks good…can’t wait to sit on it!!!


    • Terry says:

      Thank you my sweet! … FYI sit on it now because once it’s re finished you and the kids won’t be allowed to even breathe around it! ha ha (not even kidding …. but I love you!) Thank you for not grounding me from thrift stores! Love you!


  4. I can see your vision with that couch. It has amazing lines and detail. It would be gorgeous with a cream duck cloth type fabric. Can’t wait to see what you do with it!


  5. Mary says:

    Hi Terry. I’m so glad that I am not the only one that makes up furniture in their sleep! When I tell people that I dream about how I will paint and style furniture in my dreams, I’m usually left with a strange stare. That sofa is going to be great. I look forward to seeing what you do with it.


    • Terry says:

      Oh Mary! We should be friends indeed … I think we get each other!!!! Sometimes I don’t get any sleep for all the plans I have roaming around in my head ;) This is why you are so good at what you do… you don’t just slap paint on a piece and call it done! I hope you have a great day!


  6. Good job on finding some fun new projects!
    I’ve found a few myself of late- although not quite as cool as yours….sigh…


    • Terry says:

      Oh I never get this great of finds so this is certainly my lucky day! I can’t wait to se what you found as well! I hope you have a great day!


  7. Can’t wait to see what you do with it. love the lines.


  8. Shelly says:

    Hi Terry,
    Lovely piece! I feel I have to say this! Please be careful of bringing soft goods like upholsterered pieces, pillows and cloth into your home without a good look over! You can bring bed bugs home along with other microscopic varmets. I recently read another blogger found live bugs in the old upholstery of a love seat. The stuffing was old straw and it was riddled with bugs under the pretty fabric! I am an antique dealer and have seen a lot of yuck in my time.


    • Terry says:

      WOW! I hear you! I am always extremely careful to look over a piece before I buy it even. I feel itchy just talking about it! lol! There really is soooo much Yuck out there and I thank you for the reminder to be cautious, so many people never think about things like that when they are thrifting. I hope you have a great day!


  9. Sounds like the perfect way to start a new month Terry. Don’t know if that 45 minutes was north or south but if it’s ever north, I’d love to meet up! Looking forward to seeing what you do with this sofa.


    • Terry says:

      Hi Marie! Hope you are having a great day! I wish it was North so I could drop in on you but I actually headed East for this trip. I’m so happy I did or I would have missed out on these great finds and meeting a great lady!


  10. Score!!!!! I can’t wait to feel jealous by how it turns out. Again.


  11. Alaina says:

    I thought I was the only one who was kept up at night thinking of furniture projects. Thanks so much for stopping by to visit and I will definitely come back and link up my settee project to your party when I get off work. I always love finding inspirational blogs and I can’t wait to see what you have done. Have a great weekend Alaina


    • Terry says:

      Alaina! Great minds never sleep! ha ha! I think we could start our own furniture support group for all of us furniture junkies! I thank you for sharing your talents with us and hope you come again soon! Have a great week!


  12. You totally scored Terry! The lines of the couch are totally gorgeous. I can’t wait to see if you keep it or not. It would be really hard to let it go. Hugs, CoCo


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