This project starts off with a story. An illustration of how life can be crazy and unpredictable and how God works in mysterious ways. This vanity and the matching double bed shouldn’t have been ours. They wouldn’t have been ours if our friend’s car hadn’t caught on fire on the way to a youth event.
Let me explain. My husband and I work with the high school youth group at our church. My good friend Linsey works with the middle school youth. We planned a joint event to the local pumpkin patch to try our hand at the corn maze and other activities. On the way to the event I get a call. “Hey Jess, I’m not sure if I’m going to make it on time to the event. My car’s on fire”. Well turns out Linsey was only minutes from the patch and we were only minutes from her, so we headed over waited for her husband and kids to arrive so he could figure out what to do with the car, loaded Linsey and all the food for the event in to the back of our van, and went on our way.
After the event Linsey who was still carless needed a ride home. That would be us. Upon arriving in their neighborhood around 10:00 at night we notice junk piled up on the corners. Score! Bulk trash. After Linsey was safe inside her house we started driving up and down their neighborhood’s streets. Street #3. There she sits. An antique vanity and her sister (a matching double bed with curved footboard)!!! You have got to be kidding me! Who throws this stuff out? Yes she wasn’t perfect but she was still beautiful. Only problem, both pieces weren’t going to fit in the back of our car since we didn’t empty out the carseats and kiddie paraphernalia. There was no way I was leaving one of them behind! So we called Linsey back up and ask if they would mind stuffing one of the pieces in their van until the next day. Obviously they did because we cam home with the most lovely trash I have ever seen.
To make the haul even better a piece that we thought was missing and 7 out of 8 original casters were in the drawers of the vanity. My husband and I just laughed. It’s still hard to believe.
After locating the piece of trim that was missing below one of the mirror wings we set it and the mirror back in place and secured with a few wood screws. Then we applied two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Gray. I finished the piece by using a paintbrush to apply gold Rub’n Buff on the wood details and then distressing with a sanding sponge. I retouched some places where too much of the gold came off and sealed the entire piece with clear wax. I can’t even believe this piece was on the way to the burn pile. So glad we had an excuse to be there to save her that night.
Have you ever had any incredible roadside finds? Do share! We all love a good rescue story!