Tuesday, February 9, 2010

White Wednesday Stories #199

Most of my treasures have stories. Most of my treasures are white. I will share a few tales with you because as fellow WW collectors you know it is not just about the white that we adore, but the treasure hunt itself or the people behind the find.

This little chest belonged to a friend who had painted it a lovely shade of blue and I coveted it big time because it had.....

these drawers! Like a mini chiffirobe. Many years ago she phoned and asked if I wanted it because she was re-arranging! Within minutes, I was standing at her front door with $40. I painted it white and since then it has been in almost every room of my home.

Most recently it is the object of much humor because it is my candle chest. Huh? Yep, every drawer filled with candles, most of them these COOKIE CRUNCH from Walgreens. (Patriot brand) My absolute favorites. Twice a year they have a buy one get two free sale. I burn candles almost every day, so I go through them quickly. These used to be $5.99 each, now they are $8.99 each but with the sale they become $3 each. This past Christmas, knowing how I love these, my friend Sue bought me 9! These will last all the way through 2010.

When we got our puppy Liberty there was major training to be done, and I have white carpet upstairs...so we needed a solution, fast. I had found these shutters years earlier and they were being stored in the garage until they found a home. The light bulb above my head lit up and we had a puppy re-strainment area. The shutters fit perfectly across the opening, with the addition of my homemade post, and fold out of the way when not in use. The door you see is to the garage and the curtains hide the laundry area. This gave puppy the powder room to the right and about a 4' x 10' area ON TILE to hang out at night without having to be in a cage, and her nose peeking out under the bottom was so cute! I no longer need it but just never took it down...you never know.

Howie checking out the other side

I was at a horrible flea market. Just overpriced junk and I was in a shopping mood and so disappointed, when there under a table I saw the back of this brown cupboard and when I flipped it over it had a mirror on the front. The snarly guy told me it came out of his boat and it was made of mahogany, and "it was $35.00 and that was his final price." I gladly paid, painted it white and it is now

one of my spice cabinets!

and finally, are you tired of this yet?

My prize piece

A friend had this piece for years and when she was ready to sell it, I could not afford it. It sat for sale in her garage for months, and even though she said she would take payments I don't like to do that. Eventually it went to someone else and I knew I had passed on something very special. A few months later the friend called to say the woman who had bought it had changed her mind and wanted to sell it. That week I happened to have some extra cash and I grabbed it, knowing this was my last chance.

Good things come to those who wait. You have waited through this lengthy post and your reward is:
The next post is the Give Away! #200 Whoo Hoo! If you are a Follower by my 200th post you are automatically entered. Good Luck to everyone. Photos of the prize will be shown once the winner receives her box of goodies. I want her to be surprised!


Post #199 1/2

The tulips looked so pretty for the class, but this morning I woke up to find them dancing like this: I thought they were hilarious, so perky and straining to break free and dance. Spring is coming, Spring is coming.


Faded Charm said...

You have the most amazing "whites". I always look forward to seeing your treasures and the last architectural piece is 2die4. I have one in my dining room that I paid a fortune for a few years ago and it's still my most favorite piece in my house.

Happy Wednesday!


BailiwickStudio said...

You're the second person I've seen who used classic vintage shutters as a baby/doggie gate. I can't think of any gate that would look better! ::Jill

Bearly Sane said...

I would give an my left foot for a chest like that ... oh what a little beauty she is!!
Sandi @ Bearly Sane

June said...

Suzan I could just walk right into your home and make it my own. I love it so much. What a warm feeling it gives and I do believe that it has to do with the decorator herself. My fave piece had to be that cabinet with the little round mirror.LOVE IT!
I enjoyed the post about women coming together and making instant connections. I had similar experiences when I used to teach painting one evening a week in my home. I did it for about four years and all of us are still dear friends to this day.

Connie said...

Well, I LOVED the stories about your things, sugar! I would have done exactly what you did with all those items. Just a darling post but I especially love the 199 1/2 post. Very cute, chickee.

Theresa @ 612Riverside said...

Oh my goodness, I love your home! The shutter idea is brilliant and the architectural piece is AMAZING! I really need to go back and see some of your older posts with a good cup of coffee and get inspired. Having classes at your home is such a good idea, I teach at a local antique store and I think here at home would be so much cozier and give us more space. I just might have to try it. Thanks for the inspiration... Theresa

Theresa @ 612Riverside said...

p.s I am now a follower and am so excited to see what your giveaway is, you have such good taste! So please count me in! Theresa

Julie said...

Amazing photos of pretties and love the stories behind them. Of course we are not tired of reading!! That's why we visit! Love the shutter idea, and the cabinet and the architectural piece.
And THANKS for the tip about candles at Walgreens. Now I will keep my eyes peeled. woo hoo! Awesome. I love your favorite scent too.

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

Beautiful Post ~ What a clever doggy gate & Your Prized possession is Wonderful ~ I am new to your blog so I had never seen it..... guess I will have to take time tomorrow & spend time on Your Blog- Looks Great
Cheryl (a new follower)

Lori said...

hee hee, that is too cute about your candles...i think those are going to last you a while...your whites are gorgeous...i really love those shutters...

Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

I don't know how I missed your post. duh!!! anyways.....I loved that cabinet or dresser I guess you'd call it. $40 was a deal.

Sugar cookie is one of my favorites scents too. Wonder if that makes you not want to eat the real cookies less:))Maybe I should stock up too!
Isn't it funny how you finally got that prized piece. You were meant to have it. Makes it that much more special.
Have a good night my friend!