With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: The Gift

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Gift

Have you ever thought God had given you a no-reason gift?  I think that is exactly what he did for me.
A couple of days before trash pick-up, I noticed a piece of furniture on a curb.  I drove by several times doing my usual errands and glanced each time I passed.
Coming home one evening with John and Abbey, I asked if we could stop and pick up the mirror.  We did and saw a bench that we grabbed as well.  When we got it home and into the garage, I was so excited to see its quality and design. I loved it!
Then I thought about the piece still lying there.  In the dark, I wasn't even sure what it was but I liked the feet on it. A day and a half later, thinking it would surely be gone, John and Abbey drove over to see.  They brought it home and my heart jumped for joy to see how beautiful this vanity was.
I have no need for a mirrored vanity as it was designed and thought at first I would use the vanity as a desk in the living room as it totally works there.  I decided, instead, to put it in the dining room and use as a side buffet.  Inspiration struck and I drug in a bookcase I had since childhood and hoisted it on top.  It isn't a perfect match but I am really liking the new look.
Even after a good scrubbing, there are some stains and blemishes but nothing a doily can't conceal. 
Graceful curves and lots of drawers for storing table linens and serving pieces are a bonus.
 I am still playing around with the arrangement of items on and around the top.

 The bench needs to be recovered but for now a lace panel will do.
Here is the mirror ~ it is full length and will be in the living room for the time being.
We removed the shorter side mirrors and have then standing in front of  the sidelights at the front door to block Raiders view of folks passing by.  He doesn't bark if he doesn't see anything ;)
Look closely and you can see Raiders refection in the mirror above.
I found this photo online from Stanley Furniture and learned the piece is called 'Caroline'.
That was my mom's name too.
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49 comments:

Phyllis said...

That is amazing how you have the vision to transform other people's trash into things of beauty. You are so gifted!

Susan said...

What wonderful treasure you created from someones trash~ I love how you married the book case with vanity, it made for a very unique piece.

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Beautiful piece! How nice that it wears your mother's name.

Lorraine said...

Wow... I LOVE IT!!!
Love,
Lorraine

Maple Lane said...

Such beautiful treasures and yes, many times I feel that a "find" like this is a gift from God. I love the way you have accessorized the shelves.

lindsey said...

My goodness you are so clever, this looks beautiful! And yes, its proves that God does give us 'no-reason' gifts....but of course there is one reason and that is because He loves us! Enjoy your gift!

Ms. Redo said...

I am absolutely blown away that you found all this amazing furniture curbside!!! Love that vanity, and the bookcase on top is just awesome. Just perfect the way you've arranged your beautiful items on them. Thanks for sharing with us ~ Mary

Dawnye7 said...

What a great find. You're one of those people that finds the treasures. I have a friend like that too. Every time she and I go out, she picks up the best items and I'm standing there empty handed. Good for you!

podso said...

Never would have thought of using a desk as a vanity. All it takes is some imagination!

Snap said...

Someone's trash is now your treasure! Wonderful!!!

stefanie said...

wow, wow, and wow!!!!

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

An awesome gift...He knew you would enjoy it and make it beautiful...you did, enjoy, enjoy!

Sandy said...

These pieces are just beautiful and I am so happy for you! I have also been blessed to find lovely things curbside that someone just threw away and I do consider them gifts from the Lord. Very sweet that the Stanley piece was called by your mother's name and so similar to yours. Enjoy your finds!
Hugs~

Barbara F. said...

Wow, Lorraine, these were gifts! They are fantastic. You did not have to paint anything? Imagine putting things like this out to the curb, no one they knew could use it? Makes me shake my head, but then again, they were meant to come home with you. xo

Sharing Shadymont said...

What wonderful pieces! Isn't God good? The trim at the bottom of your bookcase matches the trim on the vanity. Isn't that just the neatest thing? I love how you have them paired, and the pieces you have displayed. It looks great.

marie said...

What a perfectly wonderful gift it is! I think it was just meant to be.
I love the addition of the bookcase to the top of it and the mirror is a beautiful addition to your living room.

Carol said...

An absolute treasure! It looks beautiful,what an absolutely beautiful find.

EMMA said...

My goodness me, that's beautiful! and judging from the photo's, it matches perfectly the existing style of your home.

Susan said...

Oh my LORD, LDH. He really, really, REALLY blessed you. What magnificent pieces. I love every single one, including the mirror. Holy mackerel, why would lANYONE want to throw stuff like that away? Unbelievable.

But I cannot think of anyone more deserving than you! Susan

Ann said...

WOW, that's some gift. What an incredible find. You don't see many things like that sitting at the curb for trash pick up

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Very pretty! I love using it as a buffet, great extra storage too-enjoy:@)

Walking on Sunshine... said...

It's absolutely beautiful!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

That is gorgeous--all of it. Someone was trashing it? Hard to believe! Lucky you!

kitty said...

Oh my goodness, what a treasure! I love the all white in your dining room against the blue...it looks heavenly. I love how you put the little bookcase in the middle. It is perfect!

Debbie Petras said...

You have such a talent for this! You find treasure in the most unique places. I love that you have an eye for these things.

Blessings and love,
Debbie

~ Liz ~ said...

Good for you! This is such a sweet piece of furniture and the way you married the two pieces, they look meant for one another. And that mirror! Wow, that was a nice gift. Thanks for sharing God's goodness!
Liz

ping said...

Wow! You certainly have a great eye for things and putting it all together into such a beautiful combination piece. Very elegant!
Thanks for the visit and lovely comment on my blog. You have a very nice one yourself! Great pics too!

NanaDiana said...

HOLY COW! Can you believe you found those pieces curbside? Your lucky day for sure! I LOVE THEM- xo Diana

Cyn said...

it is beautiful!

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

You found all that, on the curb -- and days later went back to get more. And the true design name is the same as you mom's. Truly serendipitous. She must have sent little angels to guide you there. You've put it to very good use. Looks beautiful ... like it was meant to be. Have a wonderful day. Tammy

Sue said...

This is indeed a beautiful "no-reason" gift, LDH. I adore all of your treasures.and have a similar vanity packed in one of our barns that needs refinishing. Could you tell me what color of paint and brand of paint you used as I am planning on redoing some items around here.I have read so much about Anne Sloan paint here in blogland.
I am always so awed at the beautiful "no reason" gifts God sends our way! Thank you for sharing.

Congratulations to Abbey on her new job! She is beautiful!
Hugs,
Sue

Maggie Ann said...

that is lovely! and I LOVE the mirror in the living room and the white on white. What fun, and a blessing in so many ways with all you could do with it. I somtimes try to remember what you did with your back porch...curtains I think...I loved it! =)

Amy said...

What a beautiful piece! Won't you please come decorate my house for me? I'll pay you in hugs and venison burgers :P

Adrienne said...

What a wonderful gift! Don't you just love it when God sends extra blessings our way? I can hardly believe you didn't have to do a lot of work on the pieces you found. Around here, they would have been gone - or in bad shape. Guess I'll start taking the long way to the store and see what I come up with!
~Adrienne~

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

Wow! Now that's a gift. It's beautiful and I love how you have it displayed.

Dee

Robyn said...

What beautiful pieces! I love what you've done with them.. I wish I were that creative and the fact that the piece is named Caroline and that was your moms name? Something tells me you were lead to that piece.. Enjoy it :)
Robyn

Shelia said...

Wow! This is a beautiful piece and it was just laying on the side of the road? Yes, I believe God gifted you with this and that mirror! It's gorgeous too. Love how you paired your little cabinet with it. Looks like it came together. I'm sure you'll love it in your dining room. Gorgeous.
Thanks for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Laurie said...

I think God has gifted you to find treasure in many things; curbside trash, flowers, home decorating and most of all, family. It is such a joy to see how you create for your home as well as with your camera, capturing the details of your life. Isn't it so like God to bless you with this furniture and for you to find out that it had the name of your dear mother?

Hanni said...

This is beautiful! At the first sight I haven't even thought that it wasn't one piece.
Your home is stylish with so lovely calming colors.
Wish you a beautiful weekend,
Hanni

The Tablescaper said...

Great job! Great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Bonnie said...

Someone was crazy to throw that great piece out. You are indeed blessed to acquire it. I like how you made it a one of a kind piece. I would love to have all that storage. So nice! It looks wonderful and I am so happy for you to have found this. Love your white china pieces too.

Tracey Lynne said...

yep...i want it.

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

I am blown away that someone would throw that out, its outstanding! Good to know you were there to rescue it and now it has a beautiful home.

Down By The Bay said...

Beautiful. Your orchids are just gorgeous. I purchased one a month or so ago. It just lost its last flower...what do I do? I would love some practical advice. Thanks!!

~ Lisa ~ said...

Oh my, I cannot believe someone didn't want that. What a beautiful blessing for you. You have the most adorable home and it fits right in.

~ Lisa from Indiana ~

Debbie Huffaker said...

Oh, how beautiful that is. It looks like a custom piece of furniture....which it is!!! I love how you decorate and that everything is so light and bright. I want to paint our kitchen cabinets...just haven't gotten the nerve...yet!!!

Just a little something from Judy said...

You are one gifted lady, and God is one giving God! This is the most interesting post. I love how you transformed it all with such style and beauty. All the pieces seem to tie in perfectly with your rooms. Unexpected gifts are so special.

Your mother and my granddaughter share the same name.

Just a little something from Judy said...

You are one gifted lady, and God is one giving God! This is the most interesting post. I love how you transformed it all with such style and beauty. All the pieces seem to tie in perfectly with your rooms. Unexpected gifts are so special.

Your mother and my granddaughter share the same name.

happeningswithLana said...

Beautiful with what you did with it!

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