Thursday, July 10, 2014


When our son was visiting the last of May, we were doing our usual Sunday afternoon ride around town and trip to Sonic for Happy Hour.  Close to home, I spotted a free desk on the side of the road.  We went around the block, and (!!!!!!) it was a really nice oak office or teacher desk.  We checked with the owner; and yes, it was free.  We loaded that up so fast.
Our son said he needed a second desk, and latched on to it.  After Bob refinished it, we took it up to Mike's house.  (Sorry, no photos - furniture moves in and out of here so fast.)
Mike had to make room for the new desk, and decided it was time to get rid of the $5.00 yard-sale bookcase from grad school (1993).
It had some really good lumber in it, and gave it to his Dad to make something out of it.  Sorry, no pictures - Mike had it all torn apart by the time we delivered the desk.

I do have pictures of what Bob made -- a rustic bucket bench.
 He found the idea in a woodworker's magazine; it has mortise and tenon joints.
He gave it a distressed finish with blue milk paint.
 I wish I had room for the bench as I have a nice collection of buckets.
But, no room, so it is off to the consignment store.
How's that for recycling, upcycling?  A free desk, a $5.00 bookcase, and now a bucket bench!

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The Dedicated House for Anything Blue Friday
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Boogie Board Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Inspire Me Monday
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A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday
Ivy and Elephants for What's It Wednesday
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Linda @ A La Carte said...

Love the shelf and what a fun way to display items!! Love recycling!

gentlejoy said...

Nice bucket bench --- and great finds. :)

Little Susie Home Maker said...

Wow, that is awesome! I love finding good things for free! haha!
Your husband did a really great job!

SmilingSally said...

Morning Sally,

Now, I've heard of a bucket list, but this is a new one to me--a bucket bench! What a good idea. Well made--VERY well made, and blue too!

Isn’t it fun finding blues to share? Thanks for playing today.

Happy Blue Monday!

Anonymous said...

A bucket bench! That's a first one for me - creative thinking:)

bettyl-NZ said...

Sounds like a great return! Lovely work by Hubby.

Suzan Sweatman said...

That is just beautiful - and your buckets are pretty amazing too!!!
Hopping over from Savvy Southern Style -

Jann Olson said...

Turned out so cute Sally! Love the rustic paint. What a great bargain on both it and the desk. I bet it sold so fast! Thanks for sharing with SYC.