Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Hydrangeas & A New Project

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Saturday afternoon my former mother-in-law brought over these gorgeous dried hydrangeas for me! The are so beautiful! (thank you Judy!) Her hydrangea bush is taller than the 6' fence! It's amazing that all these different colors were from the same plant! I'll show you later in the week what I did with these.
I didn't work on my chairs as I had planned and this is why...
Friday during my lunch hour I ran over to the thrift store by my work and found this cabinet. I could picture it painted white with some rose appliques added. I stood there for awhile staring at it wondering were I could possibly fit it in my already over-crowded apartment. Finally I thought of my bedroom...I could put it in the corner where I have my old screen door! I could stack all my antique linen and lace on the shelves! It would be beautiful and it was only $50.00! I bought it! I told the guy I could fit it in my car, he asked me what kind of car I had and I told him a Camero. He looked at me like I was crazy! He wheeled it out to my car and I put the back seats down and we slid it right in! It fit but I had to tie the hatchback down because it wouldn't close. I'm always prepared with rope and bungees in my trunk! This weekend I painted it and yesterday Lauren and I moved it into the house. It's not complete because I'm still waiting for the appliques that I ordered online but I'll show you later in the week were I ended up putting it after all...and it's not in my bedroom! It looks so much better now than it does in this photo!

77 comments:

Brenda Kula said...

Can't wait to see! Whenever I see that you're off on another project...I am there!
Brenda

Mary said...

It looks pretty darn good in the before pic -- I can't wait to see the after! Love those hydrangeas, too! Sounds like you had a much better weekend than I did. :)
xoxo,
Mary

Rambling Girl said...

Cindy, that is a great deal and I can't wait to see what you did to it. I love hydranges also. I have dried them before and boy they are so pretty on the table.

Melissa Wertz said...

I cannot wait to see it finished!

Liz said...

Way Cute! I love those hydrangea.
I'm anxious to see how you make the cabinet better. But you always do!

~~Liz~~

Glenda~Many Fond Memories said...

Well this a gotta see. I can't imagine where else you have room for it. Let me think, is it by the stairs ? or the top of the stairs ?. Oh, I give up.

I guess I'll have to check back to see.

Ciao

Andrea @ Big Creek Cottage said...

Wow....what a sweet former mother in law...the hydranges are beautiful.....I can't wait to see what you did with your latest project........I hope the mail comes quickly!

Brandi said...

It's beautiful, I can't wait to see it!!!

BittersweetPunkin said...

Hi Cindy...your Hydrangeas look so pretty!! Mine didn't come out quite so nice so I don't know if I harvested them too early or too late!! Oh well....
Hugs,
Robin

Gollum said...

That was the buy of the decade! I can't wait to see what you do with it. I LOVED the appliques you put on your chairs.

Brown-Eyes said...

Great find!...and when you win the HGTV house...space will not be an issue, so you were wise to snap this up...LOL ;-) Bo

Joanne said...

$50? Where do you find these bargains? Also, ask your M-I-L how she dried the flowers. Mine always end up looking quite dead!! Joanne ~~ glamourgirljoanne@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to see what you do with your hydrangeas and the cabinet - love the detail of the cabinet. What a lucky find!

Debbie V.

Jannet said...

OMG Cindy what an amazing find!!! I can't wait to see it
with all you linen and lace in there, gosh it is going to look
awesome!
Hugs, Jannet

Esther Sunday said...

What a total find!!!!!! I can't wait to see your magic on this one!!

Tara said...

Hi Cindy

Very excited to see what you did with this, you talented lady!!

Charlotte said...

Am so anxious to see the finished piece. Hydrangeas is (are?) one of my new favorite flowers. I'm amazed at how long the flowers last, and they are beautiful dried.

Her Shabbiness said...

I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with the hydrangeas and cabinet.

Linda's Blue Gate said...

Oh gosh those of the prettiest hydrangeas I have seen.... those colors are just stunning.... the cabinet will be perfect for your room.... can't wait to see...
HUgs
Linda

lisa said...

Cindy ~

Love the cabinet, you got it for a song. Can't wait to see what you did with it and where you put it.

Lisa
www.palepinkandroses.com

The hydrangeas are gorgeous.

Lisa C said...

This is not fair Cindy!

We shop the same stores!! However, I did buy an antique mirror this weekend for $16 - it had a minor chip on the frame. No problem, a little bit of putty & paint will fix my problem....that's whenever I get the time. Oh, the annual citywide garage sale is October 11.

Creme de la Creme said...

yea!! What a great find! and so inexpensive...

Shari R. said...

Well, I have absolutely no doubt in my mind the cabinet is going to look spectacular after you get finished with it! I'm anxiously awaiting the big reveal.

So sweet of your MIL to bring all those hydrangeas. They are stunning in a big bunch like that. Oddly enough, I can't ever recall seeing any hydrangeas growing where I live. Maybe they don't do well in FL. (???)

Michele said...

I can't wait to see the transformation!! You always get such awesome deals at the thrift store!!! I've been lucky with mirrors but not with furniture....yet!!

I also wanted to thank you for the help you gave me with my questions about paint and stripping furniture. I spent $113 on all the stuff to complete the project. I'm very nervous about doing it because of all the warning on the stripping product....even though I got the "green" spray gel product. I'm nervous about getting it on my skin and even more about the smell.

Anyway, I look forward to seeing the finished product on your new beautiful piece of furniture!! I know it will look fabulous!!

Thanks so much!!
Michele R.(CA)
luvkittysmeowmail@gmail.com

Pink Slippers said...

I can understand finding a place for that piece. It is very beautiful. I can not wait to see what you made it into. Wendy

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Wow, that was a pretty good find for $50!! I can't wait to see after you have completely worked your magic on it!

Blessings,

Sher

Bettsi said...

Wow! What an awesome cabinet! I can't wait to see it- I'm sure it will be wonderful.

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Wow, what a beautiful tablescape. Those hydrangeas are so gorgeous. Wow. I would wrestle someone to get a hydrangea plant (interesting picture that would post!) but we live in the high altitude (frost zone). Those colors match your beautiful decor. What a wonderful ex MIL.
Blessings,
Debbie

Jan~Feather Your Nest Antiques said...

It looks pretty good right now, but I agree with you. It will look even better once it's painted white. You shop just like I do. I'm always imagining what things will look like painted white.It drives my husband nuts!

Carla said...

I can just imagine how lovely this will look filled with your linens and lace. It has great lines, and we all know the magic you work with a paint brush!

Sue said...

awesome cabinet--AND ONLY $50.00, CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THE FINISHED PRODUCT. LOVE THE HYDRANGEAS


SUE

Tracy said...

Oh no - later in the week?? I'm already dying to see it all fixed up, so I hope those appliques make it soon!

I got that same "are you crazy lady?" look when I backed my Honda up to pick up my pie safe at the flea market - but I had room to spare. What do men know about such things anyway?

Devonia said...

Oh my those hydrangeas are exquisite. I grew green hydrangeas last year and meant to do so this year just to have dried ones. Anxious to see what you do with both the dried flowers and that gorgeous piece of furniture.

Hurry!
Devonia

Shelia said...

OOOOH, Cindy! What gorgeous hydrangeas! I just love that flower and the colors are wonderfully 'you'! Now that little cabinet is great and I think you got a great deal on it! I know you're going to do your magic and make it beautiful. Did you go by Susan's today to see the tablescapes? I have mine on my blog...come see.

Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Frankie Kins said...

Oh, Cindy...the hydrangeas are BEAUTIFUL. I want some!

Can't wait to see what you did with the cabinet. $50.00? What a steal!

By the way, I drive a Camaro, too! It's red, a 2002! (Not bad for an almost 55 year old grandma, huh?)

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

Ooooh Cindy I see the beauty in it already!! Such a great find and it is going to look sooooo pretty when you get it done, I can't wait to see it and those hydrangas are beautiful, such good Fall colors.
Hugs~Kelly

Debbie from NJ said...

oooh, Cindy you lucky ducky! I love that cabinet, and I can't wait to see it after you've done your magic on it! Linens stacked up inside there!!! Oh, awesome.
The hydrangeas are so pretty. I was able to get some last year in those purple like colors too. They have held us very well. can't wait to see what you are doing with them.

Joy said...

Beautiful hydrangeas and can't wait to see your finished progect.

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Can't wait to see where you placed it, Cindy! I was saying, "Oh no, don't do away with the screen!!" I love that screen!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Lady Dorothy said...

Oh, I can't wait to see the finished project!

twinkle said...

$50! Shut up!
And your FORMER mil brought you those lovelies...how sweet...
I spent $14 at Goodwi*ll yesterday and had a ball. But your buy is a winner...

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Cindy,
The before picture is pretty good...can't wait to see the after!
Love your hydraneas. What a sweet thing for a former MIL to do!
diane

Anonymous said...

Wow! I can't wait to see where you put the beautiful cabinet and also how you used the hydrangeas! Is that screen in the cabinet doors? Linens and lace would look gorgeous in there!! Please don't make us wait too long please!! I know we must all sound like impatient little kiddies:)

Have a great day!
Karin
I love your projects!

Anonymous said...

Wow, that's a steal. I wish I could find something like that for my place. You're always an inspiration. Keep creating beauty!

Suzann said...

I love hydrangeas. They are quickly becoming my favorite flower. I hope to have several bushes when we are finally able to do my yard (I'm shooting for next year). What a beautiful cabinet! I cannot wait to see the finished project and then to see what you do with the hydrangeas too.

Virginia said...

Wow! What a deal. Can't wait to see the transfomation. What a nice ex-mother in law, but I am sure you are very nice and sweet to her.
Can't wait to see what you do with all those beautiful hydrangeas.
Blessings, Virginia

Jean said...

What a great buy on the cabinet. I can hardly wait to see what you do with it. I love the hydrangeas too.
Have a great evening.
Jean in Virginia

Carolyn said...

What a great find! I know it will be beautiful when you are done of it. Carolyn

cheapdiva said...

Really, when DO you sleep? I'm tired just reading your blog most of the time!!!

sandy T said...

Cindy, It will be beautiful I am sure. I have antique amoire that I painted a soft french blue then rubbed it with a cream white. It houses my collection of blue and white china. That is why you have become my favorite blog, you like blue as much as I do. I don't see many that are in the blue, don't get me wrong, I like pink, too but blue is my favorite. Can't wait to see how your armoire turns out and the price was perfect!!

September said...

You find the best things! That cabinet is going to be gorgeous, I can just tell! I can't wait to see where you put it and how you finished it. :) The hydrangeas are absolutely lovely. I have GOT to put some in our yard... I have been saying this for weeks now, I guess it's time....

Ximena said...

I am so excited to see how it looks all finished! Cindy, my sister and I started our own blog just a few days ago. You were definetly one of our biggest inspirations in starting it and would love it if you and anybody else who wants to go visit it. We will post pictures our our projects, shabby chic stuff around the house and much more. We are begginers at blogging so please excuse anything that seems odd :)
here's the address, hope to hear from all of you soon....

http://enchantedshabbydivas.blogspot.com/

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

for a 50 buck.. this is a good deal!.. I can't wait to see where you shall put the cabinet.. and I love those hydrangeas..

For the Love of Cottage said...

$50....what a steal!!! I can't wait to see what you turn it into. Knowing you it will be spectacular.

Hugs,
LeAnn :)

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Hello,
Nice find at the thrift store :)
I have a hydrangea bush and was wondering, how do you dry them, just cut them and let nature do it?
Can't wait to see the finished project :)
Warmly, Deb

Anonymous said...

Wow! Another cabinet and what a bargain. It looks great in the before pic.

I can't wait to see where you put it.
I thought the bedroom idea sounded great.

~elaine~

Joyce said...

Wherever you put it will be beautiful. You have such a knack for that. I'm just amazed at how quickly you finish projects. You buy something and you get right to it. I wish I was like that. I so admire that in you and I wish it would rub off on me. Anxious to see everything when complete!!

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

Hi Cindy~
That is such a beautiful cabinet! It will look so amazing painted white~ I am excited to see it when you're done!

Oh, and I love the dried hydrangeas! One time I was at a garage sale, and a lady was selling some vases. They had some hydrangeas inside of them, and I just wanted those! She wanted me to pay for them, and I was so thankful for them that I even gave
her a little more than she'd asked! :) They dried beautifully!

Enjoy your cabinet AND your hydrangeas! :)

Mo said...

You always find the best items! I can't wait to see it when it's done. I wanted to invite you take part in an event that I'm hosting September 4-7 called "Show Us Your Pretty Pumpkin."
Take a pic of your prettiest pumpkin, leave a comment with a link, and Sept. 4-7 I will add your post to the list.

Donna @ Party Wishes said...

WOW! I can't wait to see the finished cabinet after you work your magic!

Angela said...

I was thinking today that it's almost fall, and that means your HG show will be on soon. Can't wait to see it and have a voice to put with your wonderful blog...

Jen r. said...

You are as crazy as I am sister;) What a great find and I can't wait to see the finished result! :)

Sue said...

Oh Cindy, I'm sure what ever you do to this beautiful piece will only enhance its curvy lovelyness. Can't wait to see the finished product and how you incorporate it into your precious home.
Hugs,
Sue

Mariafer said...

Oh! Cindy, I can't wait!!!! give us a sneak peek!!
Maria

Becky said...

I have to laugh when I think of how you put that in your car. I remember a gal coming to my shop in a little VW bug and buying a piece of furniture like that. I looked at her like she was crazy too. But she just put the top down and we slid it in the back.
I cracked up as she drove off. Just goes to show...where there is a will there is a way.
Becky

rêver au sud said...

Tout est merveilleux, d'une grande poésie.
Marie-Ange

Karen ~ Cider Antiques said...

Oh Cindy, Can't wait to see the After photo. I can "see" it already and know it will be amazing.

Karen xoxo

Rita May said...

You got a very good deal on this cabinet. I can understand why you couldn't pass it up. It will look great after your make-over. There's always room for a new project!
Rita

Frippery said...

Wow those hydrangeas are the perfect color. I cannot wait to see your cabinet finished, what a find!I left a little surprise on my blog for you. You deserve it. P.

Ahrisha said...

Cindy~ ~ ~

Love the new cabinet. Excited to see what you have done with it. Does it have screening on the doors? What a great look.

I would love to see your workspace.
How about a tour?

I will be painting 2 pieces for my diningroom. A china cabinet and a buffet. Wish me luck.

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

What gorgeous hydrangeas! The colors are unbelieveable. I'm trying to dry some now, we'll see how it goes!! Can't wait to see the furniture makeover--you always do such an amazing job. :)

Blessings,
Stacey

Charmingdesigns said...

Its going to be wonderful..Hurry, we need to see the after!! Laurie

Anonymous said...

Wow, Cindy! You are SOOOOOO lucky!! Beautiful cabinet, I've been looking for one of those for ages!
I'm sure you'll do justice to it!

Love the hydrangeas, too. Mine are pink this year...

Have a great week,

Monica.

Jessica said...

just wanted to say hello! Can't wait to see finished projects!

mishebe said...

You totally scored on this cabinet. wow i have no room in my house either, but if I saw this for 50.00 , I would of loaded it in my convertable bug. lol ( it has been done before) mishelle

Cindy~ said...

You go girl!

When I want something bad enough, I stick it in my car too. They look at me funny also. It works out though because I just put the convertable top down!
Easy in and easier out!

Cindy~ said...

lol.. Just saw Mishebe's comment above mine!

My car is a Pontiac Sunbird. (O: