Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A Road Side Find


How's your week so far? Hope it's moving along smoothly!

I know so many people that just find stuff on the side of the road, or in an alley. I can tell you that has never happened to me, until just the other day. I came across this rusty, and slightly bent, vintage plant stand that had been kicked to the curb. I've always had a soft spot for these, so I brought it home. A little sanding, some gentle persuading it back to more of a circle shape, and a lick of some leftover gray paint, done. It now sits up in my office, but I'm thinking about finding another one to make a pair of bedside tables.



What do you think? Are you one of those people that always seem to find freebies lying around? Any tips?

Have a great day! Back on Friday.
janis

21 comments:

Jan | Poppytalk said...

cute! i love roadside finds!

lisaroyhandbags said...

Awesome job rescuing it! It looks great! I never find anything on the side of the road - I'm always amazed at the things people find (and what some people will just throw out). Maybe I've been looking in the wrong neighbourhoods... :)

SreeBindu said...

wao! Am one of street admirer! That piece after your touch looks stunning!

Annie said...

What an amazing find! And I love what you've done with it. Living in rural Wales there's not much to find by the road but weeds!

le@thirdontheright said...

that is soooo lovely - I found a similar 50 three tier wire on the roadside a couple of years back - I regifted to a friend:)

do you have road side pick ups with the council ... last one we had I found a set of shelves - very narrow - just right for hot wheel car display and a three tier cane stand almost six foot - great for soft toys :) best le xox

jules @ The Diversion Project said...

oh i wish i was that lucky! but sadly i'm not, however the ebay gods are sometimes quite kind i must admit!

great score darl, love it.

and that peach below is making me seriously hungry!!

Razmataz said...

I found a lovely Chinese Chippendale bamboo chair down the road and brought it home and had the seat recovered in a leopard print chenille. When my neighbors came for dinner they were shocked to see "their" old chair looking so fabulous and wanted it back. I let them sit on it whenever they come over, but I will never give it back.

I havn't seen a plant stand like that before. It does look great now it has had a little facelift and restyling.

briannelee said...

Nice! Great find!

I sometimes take wooden furniture off the side of the road, but I haven't found anything good in awhile.

Michelle said...

Yes please! I'll have one just like it! What a treasure.

kate / tinywarbler said...

lucky you- it looks great! i never find stuff like that on the side of the road. just old, wet sofas that are probably housing all sorts of bugs and animals......

PinkPanthress said...

Oh, yes! :D I love what you made out of it. So tylish...
You think, you'll be able to find exactly the same style again? -I hope so for you!

I got my granite bedside-table that way, 7 years ago. It was standing outside of a government building near my old apartment, waiting to be taken by the local rubbish-collector. :'(
And that old, huge vintage mirror, I brought it home to my mother's place with a discarted shopping trolley. She so loved it & we cleaned it together just to be on the safe side. :D

But here you have to be careful, you can get reported to the police. It even can go so far, as in that you have to pay a fine.
Don't ask me why though, our law makers must be either smoke the wrong stuff or be lunatics. :D
My bet is on the latter though...

Skuba said...

Oh wish we could have met sooner. I threw away one of thoes (or maybe goodwilled it) that was in its perfect white state about a year ago now. Single owner at least it was until I inherited from my grandma.

Beach Coast Style said...

I love road side finds I have a little small chair I need to DIY maybe I will do it now.

I love the way this turned out so pretty and you styled it just superb!

Edins House said...

I never find things on the side of the road! You've definitely brought your new-found plant stand back to life. I so prefer the grey colour it is now, and it looks terrific the way you've styled it. Where would you find a matching one for bedside tables??
Victoria

emma wallace said...

Wow! That is so charming! Great work on fixing it up!

Rachel from Birch + Bird said...

Last summer, I drove by a teak desk sitting on the sidewalk about 5 times. Finally, after thinking about it all day, I hopped in my truck to make it mine and as I pulled up someone was already loading it into their car. I'm still kicking myself.

Karena said...

I love this transformation! Perfect! I am going today too some sales to see what bargain I come up with!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

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Natasha @ Northern Light Blog said...

Great job! looks fun, like the color you chose.
can totally see this as a cool bar area for the next time you have a house party :)

Laura-Bear said...

wow what a find! Love it there! I found 2 danish modern dining chairs that we re-upholstered... that was my one and only good roadside "find"

shopgirl said...

i love this makeover Janis! If you call inheriting pieces from in-laws, then yes, I have updated some freebies. Sometimes, I post about them in my diy posts.

Just adore it!

p.s. just to let you know, i recently opened my etsy shop - http://rambleswithreese.etsy.com

Mitari Enteh said...

Wow! That's so lovely after being restyled. I've never come across any renewable roadside things :(