TAKE TIME TO CONSIDER THE POSSIBILITIES: I'm sure we have all found something we wanted, but it just wasn't meant to be for whatever reason! About two years ago I found a beautiful, old, chippy cabinet in a little antique shop that I wanted, but it had a "we really don't want to sell it price," so it was way beyond my budget! I was about to leave the shop when one of the owners told me they had another cabinet that needed a lot of work in an old garage. Needless to say, my ears perked up, and in just a few minutes, we were on our way to the old garage.

I have to admit I was slightly disappointed when I first saw it because it didn't seem to have the potential to be as lovely as the other one. I kept looking it over, and the more I thought about it, the more I realized we could make it work! We loaded it up, took it home, and got to work! I saw that there was blue paint under the coat of white paint on the doors that I could bring out with some sanding. The back of the cabinet was plywood, so we pulled all of that off and replaced it with a beautiful, chippy beadboard. Fortunately, all of the glass was in good shape, but there was no base for the bottom of the cabinet. Mr. Blue got busy and built a long, narrow table that fit the cabinet perfectly. All that was left to do was to move it into the house, which was easier said than done!

Once it was in the house, I got busy filling it full of books and other small treasures. I finally had a place to display lots of the cool junk I had collected over the years. Old doll beds, vintage books, toys, and architectural pieces are just a few of the things I used to fill the cabinet. I'm so glad we were able to see the potential it had because now I have this beautiful piece in my home. So I guess what I learned from this experience is not to always go with my first reaction. Take a little time to consider the possibilities and potential of even the roughest pieces because if you are willing to do the work, you may end up with an incredible addition to your home decor!