I burned out on the coffee table – the furniture selection was terrible at the five sales we hit – but I did find this great little table (image right).
I knew it would fit perfectly in our entryway. But it had an awful coat of cheap lacquer, was dirty, and made of cheap wood. I was giving it the once over when the seller walked over.
“Five,” he said.
“Five dollars. I’ll give it to you for five dollars.”
I was willing to pay $10 so this was a bargain!
Because we zipped through all the garage sale listings in thirty minutes (timing is crucial and it helps if one person can jump out and size up the sale – it may not be worth parking) I had time later that morning to begin refinishing my little desk.
First I sanded it down (at left). The mold, spider webs, and dirt came right off. A few gouges in the top pice of wood were too deep to sand of, though I was able to sand down the worst one in the front right corner (see light spot)
Next I slapped on a coat of primer. If I want to change colors later, primer will make it easier.
The baby woke up so I delayed putting on two coats of color until Sunday. I used leftover paint from our kitchen renovation, so I didn’t spend a dime on paint!
The desk is gray and the drawer is sea green, below. I wanted to buy a new handle, but it is an odd size (3 and 3/8 inches) so after a number of internet searches I gave up. If you have a standard size handle, I like the pricey designs at Anthropologie.
I let it dry a few hours then installed it in our entryway, replacing an ugly roller drawer desk that was cheap-looking and half chewed by the dog. The benefit of having less storage area in the entryway is that less crap accumulates!
What’s the last deal you found at a garage sale?