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2014 Favorite Curb Finds

2014 Favorite Curb Finds

Free on curb. We love those three magical words when they are the subject line of emails on the various Del Ray area listserves. In 2014, we saw many of these emails and found some fabulous treasures on our local curbs. Here’s a look at some of my favorite finds.

Potting Bench

It was love at first sight when I saw this worn and weathered bench. I took it home and gave it a cleaning and a couple coats of polyurethane, revealing an amber hue and a new lease on life. Here’s the complete makeover story.




Sliding Louvered Door Cabinet

I found two of these on the curb — I gave one to the MV Big Flea and kept the other for myself. My son was the real reason for keeping the cabinet. He loved the sliding door and how could I say no to his interest in bargain furniture.


We keep the cabinet on the stairwell landing and use it to store art supplies. It blocks access to the bottom of the chalkboard wall, but the kids don’t use the wall very often anyway.


Vintage Dresser

When the email came out offering this dresser just a block away from my house, I immediately ran over to check it out. Sturdy, solid wood, but just in need of a makeover, taking it was a no-brainer.


Sure, the top is covered in puffy paint but some day we’ll either refinish it or cover it with a slab of marble, and I especially love the scalloped dovetail construction on the drawers and decorative molding.



Storage Cabinet

This piece had seen better days, but I knew a sanding and a coat of paint would spruce this up in no time. We posted its reno story a couple weeks ago and showed how my friend Mary painted it with homemade chalk paint. It sold it no time after we donated it to the Big Flea.



Of course, this is only the tip of the curb shopping iceberg, there is always free stuff on the curbs of Del Ray. Have you found anything amazing on the curb? Happy hunting!

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