Stand-up Piano turned Desk

Something funky to share on a Friday,

I snagged a free burgundy love seat over the weekend which I was thoroughly excited about. It is clean and looks like it was hardly ever used. I don’t usually get sofas for free but this one looked bug-free. I thought to myself what could top this free find next week?

Every day after work I get home and scour the net for free furniture. What I found earlier in the week made me one happy camper. It is this…

IMG_2369This desk is actually an old stand-up piano that was converted to a desk about 75 years ago, the couple I purchased from mentioned they had it refurbished quite a while ago. It was in their home as a showpiece for sometime then like most of our belongings made its way to their basement. It is in good condition, but not pristine condition. The backing needs to be nailed back in and I could buff it up a little.

Some of the carving work looks machine made not man made as it is pretty similar for left to right. Even though they mentioned it was 75 years I imagine that was just pieces of it and they added on some of the items that look newer. That’s the thing about antiques sometimes they can be in disguise. Read more in my article Part 3: Real or Fake? How to tell if it is antique.IMG_2371

People don’t want to remove old pianos out of their homes so you will tend to see them [even really nice ones] posted for free. Maybe you could turn an old piano into a desk sometime. Just some food for thought! I liked how when you pull the front door/drawer up there is tons of slots for mail. Always good to have another spot for bills.

IMG_2370Did I mention my Friday nights have been spent with my new puppy? He has sooo much energy and I have been acquainted him and the kitty cat over the past week or so.

I must admit staying home on a Friday sure isn’t fun but it does allow me to plan my Saturday morning antiquing hunt [where I am going to drive to] to a T.

Have a great Friday night,


Contemplating My Commode Chest

IMG_2349Thinking Thursday Presents,

I am unsure about my very recent purchase…

So I set off into the sunset a few hours ago to pick-up a vintage dresser tonight that I found for sale online. I wasn’t sure about it from the get-go however I was on the hunt this time for storage rather than historic looks.

After a 25 minute drive in the country I arrived at my pick-up destination. I didn’t notice this until it was in the truck but it was a 523 Made in Canada Commode Chest Rosewood Pro.221. It had a stamp stating this on the back. I paid $85 for it which was not a steal of deal but warranted because it sure is solid.IMG_2347

I had a short chat with my neighbour who helped me lug it into the garage (its temporary home) when I got home and we laughed about my cupboard on legs which may of one day (prior to today) contained a washbasin [for washing hands] and/or chamber pot [also know as a piss pot].

I am usually a stickler for detail however two guys helped me bring it out of the house and since the lady used in as a dresser I didn’t think anything of it -appearance wise. Anyways no excuses…there is a lesson here -that being – so called dressers can have a secret -that once upon a time they were used for commode-like purposes.

Commode chests are usually more ornate and fancy looking however it appears newer age ones may be more subdued. They generally have cabriole legs and were quite prevalent in the 17th century.

In the 18th century the wording commode started being used to describe a cupboard with a chamber pot. Antique commodes are definitely selling these days and can feature serpentine mahogany and walnut. Marble tops were a big thing for a while too. Some of the older commodes look more like a chest full of drawers -contrary to the way mine is with the side cubby with shelving.

IMG_2348I sure got my lesson of the day! Look over things with a fine tooth comb.

P.S I am still going to use it as a dresser anyways…nothing a few Lysol wipes can’t fix.







Tip of the Week: Uses for Old Furniture & More

ID-100225004Nobody said recycling couldn’t be creative!

I am happy to report I finally found my country homestead and will be moving in on July 14th.

Time to get my decorating hat on and bust out the old items that will lead a new life in my new home. I have come across some mega inspiring tips over the years and some crafty uses for old furniture and various objects- check em out.

  1. Take a vintage Rake and hang it the wall -it will make an amazing necklace holder. You may wish to saw off some of the long handle for a different look.
  2. Use a Large Ladder or a Mini Ladder as a shelf. One can be a floor shelf (the larger one) and the other a wall shelf. I am going to paint mine vibrant colours or give them a shabby chic “distressed” look. I have also seen someone chain a full length rustic ladder to the ceiling and hang pots & pans from it.
  3. Suitcases, Trunks and File Cabinets can be dressed up and used as occasional/side tables. Or you can open up the suitcase and turn it into a chair by adding some cushy stuff to the inside and some sturdy legs. I have heard of the more solid (outer shell) suitcases being turned into medicine cabinets.
  4. A Mattress Spring posted on the wall (I like portrait direction over landscape) can make an awesome message board for all your memories, to-do’s, mail and more.
  5. Saw-Horses can act as desk legs and a wood palette as a desk top. Or Chair Backs can also double as super ornate table legs.
  6. Got some old school Soda Crates? Paint them fun colours and attach them to the wall in a funky pattern. Use them for shoes, storage or anything that sits around your front door.
  7. Decoupage your favourite Dresser that may have some deeper wear and tear with some interesting comic strips, aged music sheets or any other paper that strikes your fancy. I saw this beautiful shaped dressed the other day that had some bad dents and sharp cut-outs in it -it was selling for cheap and this would of made the perfect camouflage.
  8. Wooden Doors can be turned into a delightful day bed. If you have tons of wooden doors consider using them as a bed head-board or a snazzy room divider. Meanwhile Shutters can make funky back drops (wall hangings) for photos (frames are attached to shutter) with a little bit of work. Some folk turn shutters into organization wall hangings as well.
  9. I have seen antique Bottles and Jars wired to make exceptional lights. Or if that doesn’t turn your crank try turning a candy machine into a lamp. P.S A Chandelier that you don’t feel like wiring can be used as an outdoor bird feeder with a few small tweets -I mean tweaks.
  10. This one time I saw someone fasten old Hardcover Books to the wall (with L shaped brackets) and use them as shelves. The only thing that topped that was when I saw a piano turned into a stunning water Fountain. Next time you see a free piano give it another look.

For those that have not been following this blog (or don’t know me) the past few months have been a rollercoaster to say the least. After many months selling my condo, one deal that fell through on inspection, an up in the air deal that never went through and many rural inspections – it is all over.

Come back real soon for my series – which will essentially be me taking a blank canvas and decorating it in all that is vintage and antique. If your a dude or diva on a dime or just are plain into recycling you won’t want to miss it.

Want to see photos of the above mentioned creative pieces? I will be making most of the items above so stay tuned.







Inspire Yourself with a Creative Vintage Ladder Shelf

Ladder Shelf I am trying to recreate
Ladder Shelf I am trying to recreate

Hey Readers,

It sure is Friday and I sure am in an ecstatic mood.

A week or so ago my boyfriend and I were driving around house hunting when it just so happened to be garbage day in the neighbourhood we were passing through.

As we were driving I noticed a vintage wooden ladder in someone’s chuck pile at the end of the curb. I picked it up just as the woman who owned it came outside and mentioned how happy she was that I was giving it a new home. She said it was her fathers and is over 50 years old.

I hauled it into the trunk with the hopes of finding another one to complete what will be my new ladder shelf. I was inspired to create this after going to a store a Quebec City.

So a few evenings ago I poked around on my fav site Kijiji and found a lady selling a wooden ladder for $50. I am going to see it early next week but know it will be the perfect match. Maybe in the meantime I will find another free one hehe.

My new free wooden ladder
My new free wooden ladder

My Free Ladder is not in perfect condition but I think it will do the trick. It just goes to show that “one woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure.”

 Cheers to Friday and free things,


Furniture styles over the years Part 2 – The more recent years

My Shabby Chic Keyhole Dresser -not as battered as some of my other shabby chic pieces.

I love building spaces: architecture, furniture, all of it, probably more than fashion. The development procedure is more tactile. It’s about space and form and it’s something you can share with other people.
– Donna Karan

The sun in shining and I can’t wait to get outside today for some Saturday walking, talking and shopping.

First, I wanted to share some furniture styles with you that may be more prevalent in your day to day travels.

What is here an now you ask? I have broken down these styles so they are a bit more specific (fall in a timeframe) but you can tell there is a bit of overlap. For some styles there was no hard stop just a natural progression into a new flavour of furniture.

I would like to get my hands on some Danish pieces and maybe a unique art nouveau treasure in the future. Right now I am totally digging the shabby chic look which is a style of furniture that has a distressed look and emphasizes the different layers that make up a timeworn piece. Most of the shabby chic items I have discovered have fallen within the one hundred year- old mark.

Art Nouveau Style 1880-1910: Dynamic, asymmetric shapes, no straight lines, some tropical hardwoods used, decorative crosspieces, patterns or motifs of natural forms like trees, florals, curvy waves, leaves and branches. Some say little works of art!

Art Deco Style 1918-1940: Angular sleek lines, geometric shapes & patterns, modular, forward looking and a bit of an industrial feeling.

Scandinavian Contemporary Style 1930-1950: Utility driven, Danish and Swedish, light-weight, warmth, nature inspired and quality craftsmanship.

Mid Century Modernism Style 1945-1965: Organic curves, simple & sleek lines, timeless, not very ornate,  elegant,  functional and a mixed use of materials defined this style.

Post Modern Style 1960-1970: Contemporary, Structural elements, sculptural shapes, slight décor, pops of colour, ergonomic, comfort and classic designs. Some post modern pieces I have come across appear to have a retro feel.

Modern Style 1970-Present: Industrial, raw, artistic, minimalist, geometric, polished metal, little ornament, neutral tones with pops of vibrant colour, crisp and strong design.

Happy hunting furniture lovers! Don’t forget to read Part 1 which touched on the earlier “more antique” styles of furniture.


Part 3 of this series is coming soon and will be all about architects & designers that made a name for themselves and classified their own furniture styles. I wish I had a furniture style and period named after me – wouldn’t that be awesome?