F Simple and Serene Living: a simple find 09 10
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

a simple find

For me, part of living a simple life is simplifying my living space, and as you know if you've read my blog for awhile my living space is pretty small. Also as I am living on a very limited budget, I have to really think hard about any purchases I make. 

I have known for a while that I wanted and needed a new table beside my bed. The one I was using, although it looked pretty with its vintage coverings, just wasn't very functional and it took up too much space. I needed a smaller table with a drawer and I knew just what I wanted it to look like. 

Well, Friday night I went to an auction and there it was. (Ignore the yardstick on the floor. I'm not really very good about staging my photos.)



It was dirty, the top was cracked , and the paint was really worn and chipped. It was just about perfect.



So I outbid that other very nervy bidder (how dare she bid against me) and carted it home. After cleaning it up I set it beside my bed and I think it might have smiled at me. I mean I did rescue it from an almost certain death.

Now all that was left was to add a knob. I decided on a faux glass one.



Then I made it my own.

An old Watt Moon and Stars bowl on the bottom shelf will catch small odds and ends.



On the top I added an antique ironstone pitcher, a vintage crochet runner,



and my mid century lamp.



Now it really is perfect.



A simple find for a simple life.

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51 comments:

  1. So pretty and the perfect size! Looks great. Have a wonderful day, sweet Laura!

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    1. Thanks, Katie.Hope you have a great day, too.

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  2. What a great find! Sometimes it's the simplest of things that work the best. What a great piece!

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  3. I love the old table and even noticed the beautiful quilt on your bed and the vintage clothes hanging on the wall. Your new blog look is wonderful. Enjoy the day!

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    1. Thanks, Pamela. I will share the quilt and the baby clothes another time. :)

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  4. Laura, It's just right. That drawer will be so handy. xoxo,Susie

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    1. Thanks, Susie. The drawer will definitely be handy.

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  5. Love your 'new' table, Laura. It is just perfect! So glad you found it.

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  6. Wow, it's perfect! What a find. I like the knob you chose too. And the lamp is very unusual and pretty. Never seen one quite like that before. But I do love lamps! It's my weakness. So glad you found something for yourself.
    Brenda

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    1. I love lamps too, Brenda. I think I may have too many. :)

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  7. Patience is rewarded because it's the perfect table. I'd have never noticed the yardstick because I was too busy admiring the table, quilt, ironstone and clothing on the rack behind it. Just a really a pretty spot!
    Donna

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  8. What a perfect little bedside table!! Love your lamp also.
    hugs, Linda

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    1. Thanks. The lamp was a Goodwill find and the shade came from an auction.

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  9. I love it!! Exactly what I would have done ♥ The perfect knob for the perfect bedside table. Thank you so much for stopping by ♥ Enjoy your day
    *hugs*deb

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    1. Thanks, Deb. I am really pleased with it. :)

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  10. So I had to stop and look really hard for the yardstick!!

    And then I noticed the peeks of the quilt....

    No dust bunnies....

    Oh wait...time to look at the table! :) Nice find and the lamp and pitcher go nicely there.

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  11. That is such a sweet little table. I love the peeling paint and the shape of it.

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    1. I love that it already had lots of peeling paint.

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  12. Perfect, perfect table. I love it! I think your accessories are a great add and pull it together nicely.

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    1. Thanks. I'm so glad I waited until I found the perfect one.

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  13. Glad you had the winning bid!!
    It is beautiful with just the right amount of shabbiness.

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  14. It's one of those finds that just make your heart sing, it's so chippy and lovely, and beautifully worn...what a great find!

    Hmmm think I might be looking around for something cute like that too, now that you have inspired me.

    Jen

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    1. I hope you find one, Jen. I was tempted by a couple of other tables but I am so glad I waited. This one was definitely meant for me. :)

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  15. That little table turned out to be adorable! The chippy white paint looks perfect. I love the old moon and stars bowl. I've never seen one like it. I would never have noticed the yardstick because I was too busy wondering what the quilt's pattern was and looking at the moon and stars on the bowl and how cute the crochet table piece was.

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    1. See, I shouldn't have mentioned the yardstick, but of course it was the first thing I noticed :)

      I'll have to share the quilt another day. It was an amazing Goodwill find.

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  16. Cute side table! Perfect size for a side table. Love your accessories too.

    Judy

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  17. Hello Laura, I really love what you did with the little table. All your furniture work well together. BRAVO!

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  18. I am actually commenting about the post about Doris. It brought back memories of a neighbor lady who was in a nursing home and she took a turn for the worse and family had the priest come in and say the "Last Rites" Now this is a very serious sacrament and usually means death shortly. Well, the lady felt so much better the next morning she went to church!!! Well the same priest was saying Mass. I often wonder what he thought when he saw her there. The lady is still here today. Life is always surprising me.

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    1. What a great story, Judi. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

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  19. It looks absolutely lovely and charming!

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  20. I love and appreciate when we come across those simple treasures. It's perfect!

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  21. Such a great piece Laura and it looks perfect in this spot. A little patina is so flattering on furniture.

    xxleslie

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  22. What a great table Laura and I love that pitcher you place there.

    Cynthia

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