Thursday, 14 April 2011

A New Favourite Thing

Last weekend T went out on a doughnut seeking mission also armed with a receipt for a plant stand I'd bought the day before and instructions to pick it up.  Half an hour later he was wheeling this around the corner on a trolley and grinning like the Cheshire cat . . . .


I've wanted a writing bureau since I wrote my first little book aged 7ish, it was about a boy who laughed so hard his head fell off (but there was a happy ending!), so T knew he'd scored an absolute blinder with this.  Apparently he was wandering past the market and immediately decided I'd love it, he sent a grainy iPhone picture with a 'do you want this?' and before I had chance to reply he was calling to say he'd bought it and was sure it'd fit through the door.  It's not amazingly put together and is also missing it's pull down lid but for £20 I think he's beaten me hands down in the bargain hunting stakes and I'm already excitedly planning a makeover, but I couldn't help grabbing a few things that were nearby and arranging them on top to take a 'before' picture in the mean while. 



This is the £4 plant stand, or is it a plant stand?  I can't really fathom exactly what it is designed for, the lady in the charity shop suggested it was a drinks cabinet of sorts or a phone stand for a landline which makes sense, but I'm imagining it minus the little banisters on the top surface and painted either a french grey or soft white and distressed around the edges.  The most exciting thing about it is the little drawer though - that was what sold it to me, the poor thing has been totally outclassed by the bureau so I'll probably take pity and pop it to the top of the makeover list!

Take care,
Jem xXx

14 comments:

  1. Oh wow well done Mr T maybe he can give The Captain some lessons?

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  2. What a lovely bureau; a definite bargain.Thank you for helping me find your beautiful blog and for entering my giveaway.I want to hear more about your little laughing boy story..sounds brilliant!xx

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  3. Wowsers - great finds, Loving the bureau, i'd love one but no space. Cant wait to see what thhey both look like after the Jem Make-over! Scarlett x

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  4. So Envious here!! loving the bureau too!! like scarlett, i'd love one too but no space to put it, right now i do my writing even on the dining table *sob*, the plant stand/phone stand or whatever it is, adorable! i can already imagine myself putting a plant pot on the top and bottom, cuteeee...cant wait to see what they both look like after you do the make over!! Great bargain and finds, Jem!

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  5. both lovely Jem and it's amazing what a coat of paint can do to little things like your plant stand!

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  6. Gosh Jem, you're quick! I just had to say what a wonderful idea of yours to use the Chinese checker board as a place to hang my necklaces...I'd never of thought of that. Wow! Thank you x

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  7. Love the fact that T went on a doughnut seeking mission. My kind of man!

    Love both finds. Looking forward to the transformations!

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  8. I am so envious, always wanted one of these, great bargin, can't wait to see your changes :)

    Bee happy x
    Have a delicious day!

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  9. Brilliant bargain hunting that man ;-) Take some virtual brownie points from all the women in blogland!

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  10. Wow that's gorgeous, looks like you've taught him well xxx

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  11. Wow I love that bureau :) xo

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  12. I love these, they're fabulous!

    I'm doing a giveaway on a blog I just started, so please check it out!

    http://sarah-velasco.blogspot.com/

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  13. Ahh i really want a bureau! What market was this from? x

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