Monday, January 16, 2012

Our Newest Addition

No, I didn't give birth (yet!). We have 6-8 ish more weeks to go in that department (and let me tell ya, I'm soooo ready. Well, maybe we should finish the nursery and buy some diapers first, but then, me and my old bod are ready to get this kid out of the booth!).

Back to our 'other' new addition =)

I search Kijiji everyday. Most days I find nothing, some days I find beautiful things that we either just don't need or are the seller is asking too much money.

I came upon a blurry ad of an antique dresser and it piqued my interest. It was hard to see on the picture, the drawers were partially opened and it was obviously stuffed in a closet. There were kids toys and mess everywhere. No wonder it hadn't sold quickly (I'm sure if they would have staged that picture better, they would have had a better response!). You see, Kijiji-ers can be a brutal bunch. If there's a great piece for a decent price, you need to be first in line or you will not get it. It's happened to us before, and it's upsetting to lose a great, unique piece because someone called a half hour before you. Anyhow, I sent hubby cross town after work one day to check out the piece.

I had a few things for him to confirm:

1. All the drawers fully opened and closed, and did so smoothly
2. All the hardware was present (in the picture, several of the handles were half on, and one seemed to be missing it's pull. It isn't missing the pull, but needs one screw to put it on-something my hubby can easily do).
3. It didn't stink
4. The marble top was in decent shape-patina is good, cracked and totally stained is bad. There is one chip out of the front, but I could live with that.

All checked out and it turns out the people selling it had bought it at an auction house in Victoria that both my hubby and I are familiar with (we both lived in Vic for years).

He brought it home and we were excited to examine it closer: square head nails (ie ooooold and a 'true' antique), dove tail joints, great shape for it's age, and just in need of a little tlc to bring it back to glory.

I washed with Murphy's Oil Soap (oh was it grungy!!!), then decided to rejuvenate the wood (which was so dry, it was like running your hands over firewood) with Tung Oil. I applied two coats as per the instructions and the difference was amazing. The wood just soaked it up and it brought out the grains and features of the piece.

Lastly, I cleaned the marble top and used a marble sealer, which also made a huge difference. It didn't make it 'shiney', but just brought out the lustre.

I have lined the drawers with paper, and now it happily resides in our Master, filling a space that bothered me as it really needed something there to anchor the picture above it.

I love it! I quickly 'shopped the house' to pull out some accessories. Not sure if they'll stay or if I'll find something different, but for now, it's good enough. I've been checking out terrarium inspiration on pinterest for some ideas for this glass one that my Mom found at the thrift store.

Do you regularly scan Kijiji or Craig's list?  Have you found any great pieces lately?

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marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...[Reply to comment]

Such a great piece. I love the size, design and the finish is lovely. Great to have the marble top. Hugs, marty

Diane said...[Reply to comment]

Awesome deal! Beautiful piece of furniture. I know Kijiji can be crazy sometimes, I hate when you email someone and you wait and wait and wait....I like when they have a phone number or you are able to text them. All and all I love Kijiji! Diane

Pamela said...[Reply to comment]

This piece is wonderful! My in laws brought us one very similar back when we bought our first home. The top is a peachy marble which is not my fave but it is a special piece none the less.

Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...[Reply to comment]

What a score! Gorgeous piece and fits perfectly in that space.
I didn't realize you were so close to delivery. Time has flown. Probably doesn't seem like it for you I'm sure!

anangloinquebec said...[Reply to comment]

I am addicted to kijiji!! There is something about the hunt and the satisfaction of finding these amazing pieces for very little money. Often like you I see pieces I do not need but I am so tempted to get them for 'somebody'.
Great find, beautiful piece and it fits so lovely into your bedroom. Hang in there...won't be long! Those weeks will fly by!

Teresa@Magazine Your Home said...[Reply to comment]

Lovely piece and I love your curtains.

Eclectically Vintage said...[Reply to comment]

Love it - great find. I'm sure your TLC did wonders for it! Glad to have found you and following along!

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...[Reply to comment]

That is a gorgeous piece Andrea...WOW. I do not look on craigs list enough and I should.

Olive Cooper said...[Reply to comment]

That is a magnificent find. I do not shop Craigslist as I would get into trouble. I do thrift shop and garage sale in two states however.

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...[Reply to comment]

What a great piece and your room is lovely! I'm a confirmed kijiji buyer and have made a fair bit selling too. I have added your blog to my Canadian blog list on my sidebar. We love Alberta (and have family in Edmonton and Brooks.)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...[Reply to comment]

Beautiful piece, Andrea! It fits that spot perfectly! Love your drapes, too, by the way. : )

Visiting from Met Monday!

Joy@aVintageGreen said...[Reply to comment]

What a great little dresser. Love the way your restored it.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...[Reply to comment]

That is stunning- love it!!!!

Well done!

Lizabeth @ Infuse With Liz said...[Reply to comment]

First I've never heard of Kijiji- that's a new one to me! I like your find and it's wonderful that it was in such great condition! Square nails...we know that means it's pretty old! I'm sure now it will have a much better life than where it was!
It's a very attractive piece!

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...[Reply to comment]

That turned out to be such a beautiful piece. You certainly found a perfect spot for it, too.