So, for a roadside yard sale turned DIY tale, this is a really long story, but this piece has some history!
During a holiday weekend at my in-law's place near a recreational lake, my mother in law and my hubby's aunt went to some yard sales. They live out in the sticks, and the locals take advantage of the Memorial/Labor Day Holiday traffic and there are yard sales galore. I will say that normally it's lots of clothes and brick a brack, but you can often find some unique things.
So, one such weekend we were on the hunt and I came across this old post office cabinet. I saw it, loved it immediately – even though it was pepto pink and ugly. Really ugly. Did I buy it? Nope - it was (GULP!) $200!!!! I don’t normally plunk down more than $20-30 for ANYTHING at a Yard Sale, especially something that doesn’t have, well, an obvious purpose! But, I was drawn to it. So, I left but thought about it all night, even woke up anxious thinking about it. The next day my mother in law and my hubby’s aunt convinced me I had to have it since I couldn’t stop thinking about it. My husband was thrilled too when I explained it to him (INSERT SARCASM FONT).
So we trekked back to the Yard Sale the next day and I gasped with delight when it was still there. I was convinced I could get it for $50, I mean who else wants to buy this ugly piece of . . . ? I was able to negotiate and get it for $100, low as the guy said he could go (see, it was his daughter's and there was a lot to the story and - yep, I think I was had). But it was mine and I was thrilled and oh yeah, it weighed about 300 lbs! Not joking, it’s a monster. It was then dubbed “The Pink Monster” (see pic below) and when the hubby saw it, he thought I made yet another one of my annoying junk buys that would just take up space in the garage.
It took a couple months before we could transport it to my house, and then it sat in my garage for several months (yes the hubby was right, shhhhh) while I contemplated what to do with my treasure. So, one day, a neighbor stopped by and gave me a bottle of wine while I was working in the garage. I stuck it conveniently into one of the “mail slots” and VOILA, the vision for the Pink Monster came to life! It would be a wine cabinet/bar. It even has “divots” in each slot that keeps the bottles from rolling around. It also has a convenient front "counter" for holding trays, cups, etc.
Rehab of this diamond in the rough was no easy feat. I used boatloads of wood filler, lots of sanding, nail removal, masking tape removal, 3 coats of paint, one coat of poly, you get the picture – it was a ton of work, but paid off! I love it, one of my fave pieces ever.
Although I often sell my rehab treasures, not sure I can ever part with this one. MORAL OF THE STORY - if you find a piece you just love deep down, buy it, or you'll regret it. And, on the flipside, don't buy it unless you love it. A house full of pieces you love and find interesting will be your haven!