Monday, April 18, 2011

Grouchy.....and some treasures.

Hello people. I'm grouchy. Grrrrr. Ok, I'll start from the beginning. I found this BEAUTIFUL chest of drawers on Craig's List for $30. YAY! I am in the market for a dresser for Hayden's big girl room and this was THE ONE!! I am in love with it!
My mind instantly started swirling with ideas about all of the super cool things I could do to that awesome oval on the front. Pretty fabric. A 3D "H," even her silhouette popped in to my mind. SO awesome!!!! So? What's the problem? Well, the lady I bought it from was a smoker. Not an occasional smoker, but like a ten-pack-a-day smoker and her house was filthy. The minute she opened the door to her (disgusting nasty stinky) home, I should have ran for the hills. I don't know why I didn't think about the fact that the dresser would most likely hold on to the smoke smell like everything else does. Well, it did. Once I got home, I was super excited to get started. I dusted it off (there was an 8" layer of dust and grime coating the whole thing...again, another red flag) and started priming the drawers. As I was priming, I started to smell something gross. Not sure what it was, I started looking around my garage. Then, it hit me, it's the dresser!!!!! UGH! I instantly contacted my furniture guru (thx Cassie) and she told me what to do.

But, after 4 days of scrubbing it inside and out with white vinegar and water, and coating the thing in baking soda, and leaving bowls full of vinegar sealed up in the drawers, it is still SO stinky. So, I'm moving on. $30 is not too much to pay for a valuable lesson (but it does sting because I love it so much). It's getting thrown away (if I can't have it, nobody can) and I'm starting from scratch. It's going to be hard to find another one to live up to this one, but I really fear that I would spend tons of time making it just right, and it would end stinking up my sweet baby girl's room....NOT ok! :(
Moving on, I have some new "treasures" to share with you. I went to the flea market with my sister and some friends yesterday and we had a blast! It was a HOT day, but super fun too. First up, I got this awesome (random) finial thingy. It's shabby chic and I love it (& for $6, I couldn't pass it up)! where to put it ??
Next is this awesomely gaudy gold frame for $5. It will probably get a coat of paint....not sure what color. Decisions, decisions.
I got these super pretty vases ($10 for the pair). Again, not something I "needed" but definitely pretty and a great deal. I may spray paint the green one....hmmmmm.
Next I got this trio of prints of the sweetest vintage ballerinas for Hayden's "big girl" room. I love the antique look of these and they are so girly and sweet. All 3 for $10 = a great deal!
This cute little swan dish was calling my name as I walked by it. I know, I know, I did not need another swan. I know.
And last but not least, I bought my first official knick-knack (& if you think my swans are knick-knacks , you are SO wrong - ha ha). This little bird mobile thingy just looked magical to me. I don't know what it is. The colors, those sweet birdies. I don't know, I just love it. Again, not too sure where it will go, but it's mine and I'm a happy girl ($5).

Other than the ouchy sunburn, I had a wonderful day with my sis and friends, and even got recruited to be on a new game show on NBC called "It's worth what" about vintage items and collectibles hosted by Cedric the Entertainer. My sis, the hubby, and I are all going in to be interviewed this Thursday so stay tuned!! The ultimate prize for the winner is a million bucks. Um. yeah. I'll take it ;) Happy Monday everyone!


  1. I have that SAME sunburn - LOL - but you're right...SO worth it!! I love you and I LOVE flea-ing with you more than anything!! Oh, and bring on the million buck-a-roos!! Bring it!!!! xo sis

  2. oh that is such a bummer!. i am so sorry before you throw it out, did you try lemon oil? lemon is also great wirh odors. just one more shot!! it's so pretty!
    and love your treasures! great finds, ali!

  3. Oh man, what a MAJOR bummer about the dresser! You're right though, you would not be happy with it if it was the most gorgeous thing in the world, but it was stinky! Maybe you'll find an even better dresser and you'll realize that it was meant to be ;) (Did I mention I'm an eternal optimist?).

    As for your other treasures, major scores! Love the bird/mobile thing. And if it makes you happy, who cares what you're "supposed" to do with it :) The frame is gorgeous (not in it's current gold state...but I'm not a "gold" person) and has awesome potential. And those ballerina pics are perfect for a big girl room. Great finds!

  4. Grrrr! My stupid server is blocking your pictures and I am so angry!!! Can't wait to see everything in person.


  5. That is a total bummerrrrrr. I heart your treasures. I need to shop with you =)

  6. Ali, that is so sad....I wish that was not the case, throwing it out is such a bummer! I loved the look it had, you can find another one!!! Thanks for sharing!

  7. THAT SUCKS!!! Sorry to be so blunt, but it really does...Don't thrown it away just yet. I know this sounds crazy, but sometimes just leaving it outside or in a garage for a few weeks will work. If it doesn't work, then off to the dump I guess....

    What kind of primer did you use? I'm just wondering if there is one that will hold the stink in?

    Anyway, your other finds are awesome. I een like your 300th swan...LOL!

    Have a great day...


  8. I think "een" was supposed to say "really"??? I'm like you..I type so fast I don't know what the heck I am writing sometimes...

  9. Aww bummer!! I read this last night and didn't comment because I wanted to do some research. I found this link
    It has a couple of ideas on how to get the smell out.
    And I found this one too
    The finds from the flea market are awesome! I LOVE the bird knick Knack!!! So cool! And sorry about the sunburn. ouch!

  10. awe...I loved that dresser! Totally stinks...literally! haha! A million $$$...sweet! good luck!


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