Saturday, April 2, 2011

One Man's Junk.......

One man's junk.... is another woman's treasure.......

I'm constantly amazed at the things people throw out.  

Take this solid timber outdoor setting.   It was destined for the local  rubbish tip when I spotted it.  Before the owner could change his mind - I quickly loaded it into the back of my ute and took off down the road - not even daring to look back in the rear view mirror.
(In actual fact - it took me FOREVER to load - it weighs a TON!

When I look at the solid timber chunks of timber and the rusting coach screws I can't help but wonder about the person who built this.   How long ago was it built?  Where did the timber come from?  

I also think about the times and occasions when people would have sat around this table and the stories and good times they would have shared.   As a rub my hand over the rough timber backs of the chair I wonder what stories these chairs could tell.  If only they could talk.

I think that is the beauty of re-cycled/reclaimed furniture.  So much beauty and history.  Being able to preserve the memories of this old piece and create new ones - fills my heart with joy!

At this stage I'm not even sure what I am going to do with it.  Paint.... stain......or just let it bask in the glory of its natural raw beauty.  

Maybe a few comfy cushions?   Hmm..... Not sure at this stage.

I'm just so pleased that I was able to rescue it from its fate.......

And give it a new home here in the Valley.


  1. How on earth did you load all of that by yourself?! And I think it looks wonderful just as it is, and I'm sure you and your family will create even more wonderful memories with this set!

    Enjoy your weekend!

    Kat :)

  2. What a beautiful piece of furniture - would be so lovely stained and with some comfy cushions. It definitely looks like a well made piece - great find!!

  3. I love these sorts of finds but my family hate it and always cringe at my stories.Who cares what a great find, I would have been giggling so much I couldn't have done the lifting!!

  4. Awesome find & amzing feat of strength. i love how fabulous your beautiful rustic timber looks sitting under that glamorous chandelier. I am jealous.
    Well done!!!

  5. What a great score, it was the joy that gave you superhuman strength wasn't it? Amazing what others throw away.

  6. Hi Sharyne
    Great table.

    As for colours you mentioned on The Beach House The grey is a colourbond roof colour called Dune, the trim is Dulux Fair Bianca. A great combo.

    Thanks for visiting
    Best Carolyn

  7. It's beautiful, I love it. I'd leave as is and let it tell it's stories like you said. Maybe a few new cushion and you will be making all kinds of new history there. Congrats on an awesome find. I know she will be very happy at your house.

  8. What a find! I love it when things happen that way.

  9. Wonderful find. I so wish my car wasn't tiny European sized sometimes (not when I park, though). I wouldn't have been able to fit that table in my car, maybe not even ON my car!!!

  10. Gosh . . what an amazing find . . Why would anyone want to part with that? Looks right at home at your place !! Pure serendipity!!

  11. Are you planning on varnishing it? That table shows excellent craftsmanship.
    First time on your blog :)

  12. Hi Sharyne
    I love the photos in your header. You live in a truely gorgeous spot on the planet.
    Best Carolyn
    I know what you mean about fragipani.....
    Summer is like the pleasure and Winter is like the pain,

  13. Don't you just love finding pieces like this? That setting is amazing and will look great any way you choose to do it :)

  14. Wow! This is a fantastic idea!
    Great photos! Thanks for posting.

    Solid Timber


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