Sunday, June 13, 2010

The Red Chest

Happy Sunday! Today I thought I'd share some changes I made in our Mud Room over the weekend. On Friday, Mr. Bliss took the day off from work and surprised me by taking me out to breakfast, Jersey Diner style. Afterwards we stopped at the local Habitat for Humanity ReStore and I immediately spied with my little eye a set of three French Country pillows nestled on an old Victorian couch.

I got a closer look at the tag and realized the pillows were being sold with the couch. Of course I asked if I could just have the pillows, to which the mean old crotchety manager said no. I thought explaining that French Country pillows on an old Victorian couch doesn't make a lick of design sense wouldn't exactly get me on his good side. So instead I begged sweet-talked him into selling me just one. For two bucks.

Don't you know when I went to pay for that pillow another employee tried to take it! Fortunately the sweet lady at the register explained that I had already claimed it. You know what happened next??? Yep. She scooped up the other two!!! Whatev. I was happy with my one totally awesome, totally French Country, totally almost FREE pillow.

While in French Country mode, I came across The Red Chest. 

This beat-up, old, worn-out, chippy four-drawer chest missing a piece of hardware had seen better days for sure. But it had tons of character,

lots of storage space,

fabulous detailed mouldings and hardware AND it had wheels.

Let me just tell you that I love anything on wheels. Not because I'm lazy and don't like to lift heavy pieces of furniture from room to room. I do that every day without complaining. TIP: Whenever you see an antique on wheels, it is valuable. It is worth more money. I'm not talking about big fat castors. I mean little old rusty wheels. The Red Chest had perfectly rusted wheels, was only $25 and was coming home with me on the spot.

And unlike most times when I fall in love with a piece of furniture and worry about where to put it later, I knew exactly where The Red Chest was going to go. In my French Country Mud Room.

This used to be our laundry room.  Go here to read about the transformation.

I've always lusted for wanted a Butler's Pantry. I just love the idea of having that extra nook for storage of linens, dishes, glasses, etc. My Mud Room is directly off of the kitchen and with The Red Chest in there now, it sort of feels like a Butler's Pantry.

 Maybe not the fancy kind, but a more humble old farm house kind.

Here's The Red Chest all gussied up.

Rooster tray from a flea market.

Wire basket from a yardsale this weekend.

Things I stole moved from the Kitchen.

That's me in the picture.

Remember these billiard balls?

I decided I just couldn't part with them......

Thanks so much for visiting, I hope you're glad you did.  Stop by again!



kim said...

I love that pillow. I can see why you begged for it. Ashamed you couldn't get all of them. Great little chest and it is perfect in that spot. I love you mud room. I am looking for some old billiard balls. Could get my Dad's if he ever quits using his pool table. Have a great week.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Nice deal on the pillow and chest! I did not look for sales this weekend - hot and humid, so stayed in a lot.

Nancy said...

The red chest fits perfectly in the mud room. So glad you got it! It's really a neat piece.


Mimi said...

Kim, cute pillow, sorry you couldn't get all three.
I have a 3-drawer chest almost like your "new" one, right down to the wooden handles and side details, great for some of my table linens...I also have the same rooster tray sitting on the kitchen counter holding a pitcher and juice glasses!

Kristin said...

Ohhhhhh!!!! I want a french country mud room!!! (smothered in chocolate and whipped cream ;-). Love what you've done in here, and yes, the red chest is the PERFECT addition! Love the pillow score to.~ So cute! We're off to our Re-store this week too. Hoping to take some strides in our guest room... Hope your weekend was a good one! ~Kristin from Windy Poplars

Linda said...

Kim~ I just LOVE your red chest and it looks wonderful in your mudroom! I want that whole is just charming!!

Linda said...

The red chest is amazing! So glad you got it and love how it looks in your mud room. Great rooster accessories. That pillow is gorgeous so at least you got one!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love that chest, Kim, but even more, I LOVE your mudroom! I must have started following after you showed that, so I'll have to go back and look for your previous posts. Love your display; that lamp is great.

The Thrifty Designer said...

Um, I really think those pillows were meant to come home with me:) I have that fabric on my kitchen chairs -
I just love it! You got some GREAT deals.

Jemsmom said...

You should have thrown $6 at them, whacked them with the pillow and grabbed the other two and bolted out the door! I love them. Your mud room looks awesome! Just perfect!

Jennifer said...

your mudroom looks fab!!!! I love what you did with your balls!lol! Gosh! O love everything you have! SC fist pump coming your way!


Country Dreaming said...

Love, love, love the red chest!
Great buy. Looks grand in your mud room.
Our JoAnn's is selling all their rooster stuff if you need any more goodies.

Happy Monday!!!


Anonymous said...

hi kim,
that's a lot of drama around a little pillow. but it's a lovely find, and i'm glad you got one. the room looks great. ohhh to have a mud room :)

Rene' said...

Love alot of things...the billiard balls are cool!

Gloria said...

Greetings, Kim. I am starting to look at your postings -- I don't know where to begin to say: YOU HAVE BEAUTIFUL "STUFF!!!!" LOVE your little curtains at the top of your cubby holes. I love flowered fabrics and seeing yours made me yearn for that fabric! I will be checking out your other posts/your other treasures!
Best regards,