This Calls for Some Cheering Up

Guess what I got on Saturday?

Snow on June 5th, 2009No joke.

Snow.  Seriously? Seriously.

So it looks like Spring is totally bypassed, and Canada will be fast forwarding straight to Summer this year.  This is ridiculous, and I know why it’s happening: it’s an odd-numbered year.  2009.  Nothing good ever happens during odd-numbered years.  {Okay, so Poor Kyle was born in ’81, and we got married in 2007; maybe my theory is not completely accurate, but what do you expect?  I’m actually pretty dumb, believe it or not.}

The good thing is that I never did plant a vegetable/herb garden—a penny saved is a penny not wasted on a worthless garden that would probably just die in next week’s snowstorm.

At any rate, I needed to cheer myself up, so what did I do?  I thrifted.  I’m a huge fan of thrifting, in case you didn’t know.  I even have a secret source for thrifty finds here in Canada, and no: I won’t tell you where it is.  But I will say that it never fails to provide me with excellent thrifty deals.  Wanna see what I got?

Meet my new ensuite bathroom above-the-toilet cabinet:

Handmade Bathroom CupboardI am a huge fan of the green colour of the wood as it is, but I’m also somewhat addicted to painting furniture, so I haven’t yet decided if I’ll leave it alone.

Plastic Green KnobsThe knobs I’ll surely change, though—don’t worry.  Plastic Tupperware™ green is not really my style.

Old-school Metal HingesI will, however, be keeping the old-world vintage hinges.  I look at these and can’t help but think, “Hansel and Gretel.”  I’m not sure why.

Green Bathroom Cupboard

The cupboard cost me a sweet ten bucks, and I figure after replacing the knobs, I’ll be out $20, maybe $30.  For a tiny bathroom that is dearly lacking storage space, it’s a steal.  I also have big plans for hanging jewelry-organising hooks behind the doors.  Smart.  (Yes, you read right: I just told myself I’m smart.  Sometimes I need validation, you know, and I can’t go around waiting for commenters to supply it.  I need to know I’m a good person, and I need to know it NOW.)

Oh, and the coolest part was that I learned some history behind it: it was handmade by a frenchman many years ago.

I like knowing that this cupboard has a story.  It is unique—nobody else in the world has one exactly like it. (Well, it’s quite simple, so maybe more do exist, but do you have to be such a dadgum naysayer?)  I like to think that even if I could afford to shop at Pottery Barn or fancy boutiques, I would still try to find distinctive vintage pieces with character.

But probably I’ll never have enough money to find out.

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22 Responses to This Calls for Some Cheering Up

  1. chelsie says:

    I love love love deals TOO!!! You have got to see adam’s bed it turned out so so so good!!! really a reason to blog but I can find any excuse to get out of things I should do…

  2. Jami says:

    that is really cute…and I am really jealous! I kinda like the color of green on the knobs…but plastic isn’t really cute.
    Make sure to take a picture of that thing when it is up in your bathroom!

  3. Geneva says:

    Awesome! I LOVE it. I hope you find the perfect knobs for it. And you are incredibly smart. Super mega ultra smart. like A-on-your-essays-even-with-crazy-professors smart!

  4. I love love love it. Good job!

    Also, I clicked that first photo to view it larger and I just have to bring this up regardless of it’s inappropriateness… it looks like whoever’s in the background (PK?) is about to remove their pants. Hahahahahhh.

  5. That only cost you $10! That’s amazing!

  6. Rachel says:

    Snow! Bit of a rare treat here althought I expect you get sick of it when you have it all the time. How late in the year do you normally get snow?

    Love the new bargain. Smart storage is my new favourite thing!

  7. kayleen says:

    if you paint and change those knobs out i think i might die. it’s already perfect and you might destroy it.

    and snow in june? that makes me laugh, because we are having some of the most beautiful low 90-high 80 degree weather here. i tip my hat to you, mr global warming, your easily the best thing to ever happen to me.

  8. Shelley says:

    Omygosh. I almost bought that cabinet and have been kicking myself ever since – so I’m glad you’re the one who was smart and snatched it up!! I did get a sweet bench though for the little girls room, so not a total loss for me!
    And now we both have a secret – I won’t tell either!

  9. Shalynna says:

    I love that piece and I adore the hinges also. That is definitely something that would cheer me up after SNOW in JUNE!!!!!!!

    How could would it be if you bought some vintage inspired towels with accents of the same green? Do it!

  10. ann marie says:

    The snowy picture makes me a little depressed.. I could very much see that happening here in Utah.. We have had so much rain it feels like WA.

    I love good deals! Even if we became wealthy I would still “hunt” for deals.. That’s part of my love for stuff is getting unique things that have a story.. They mean much more to me than any NEW piece of duplicated -everyone- owns furniture.

    I love the cabinet!! Love it! I would change the handles as well.. To either match the hindges.. or to do some antique crystal knobs.. Those others need to go..

    If you put the cabinet over the toilet.. be careful not to drop any necklaces in the bowl! he-he

    * I hope you show what you do with it after.. if anything!
    Thanks for your e-mail. You are always so nice!

  11. Katie says:

    Great find! And don’t hate me, but I sort of like the green knobs. You can’t tell they are plastic in the pictures, so they look kind of vintage and chic to me.

    …then again I think that plastic ferns are essential in every home, so what do I know?

  12. Holly Decker says:

    yay you.
    and just fyi, i find it fantastic that it has a story as well… a good story ALWAYS makes furniture more fabulous.
    sorry for the snow. i hope you are able to stay cheery, i know its not easy!

  13. Whitney says:

    Dont touch it!! I love it and its green glory.

  14. If you replace the knobs…PLEASE keep them! They are so charming. Or give them to me. haha! I love your thrifty find!

  15. Joel says:

    The green is cool. But, (and stop me if I’m repeating myself) you should definitely add some nice new knobs to it. Those green things are NASTY! :) Nice antiqued black wrought iron-y knobs to match the hinges. Cool.

  16. Kat says:

    I’m glad you blogged about your snow! I was able to put two and two together and figure out that it was YOU who visited and said you had snow! And after leaving what I’m assuming was really warm weather. Doesn’t it just make you want to return even more?

  17. Cyndi says:

    Not snow! That is just crazy – tho I’d trade the 90 degree humid days for a tiny taste of snow ice cream ;-) Great steal, that cabinet is awesome – your thriftiness was passed along to a newbie yard saler last weekend!

  18. Tisha says:

    Ok, how is it I don’t know the secret location of great thrifting? I REALLY want to! Could I maybe bribe you into spilling the secret… do you like brownies, or cake, or banana bread, or maybe some of all of the above? I am not ashamed of offering bribes if it leads to good deals!

  19. raygon says:

    good find! It will look great I am sure.

    And you should have told Kyle to button his pants up somewhere outside of the frame of your camera!!! ha!

  20. Anonymous says:

    I know you said you won’t tell your source, but how about if I come visit in a month or two? Will you SHOW me your source? Love it. No advice on the color. I think it looks great the green, but it could also look great another color. And I fully support you on the hinges. When I saw them I thought cottage. Country cottage.

  21. RatalieNose says:

    I REALLY like those hinges.

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