Friday, October 14, 2011

So... what do you think of this ugly table? I can't wait for you to see it all gussied up at the barn sale!

And don't you just love these brown glass jars? They have quite a history...and hopefully a future, as well! I went to an estate sale (my favorite kind...right there on the farm where all of the cool stuff had a home...and a job!)the beginning of September. I was able to get a decent amount of winning bids in before I had to leave. As I was paying, I heard the auctioneer talking about selling the contents of an old chicken house that had been used for storage. It was to be sold as is, and winning bidder would get contents doors, windows, or the awesome trolley cart that had been used to move feed from one end of the house to the other. I went in there and looked around, there was a decent amount of stuff in there, but most of it was JUNK. And a lot of...trash. These people obviously were very frugal, because they saved EVERYTHING! But, I was able to see a couple of old work tables, some buckets, lots of clay pots (they had at one time owned a greenhouse and sold flowers) and a mint green dresser or buffet. There were piles of wood, and some scrap metal, so I thought it was worth leaving a bid, just so it wouldn't go for NOTHING and make me sorry I hadn't been there! So I left a bid, and went on home to get cleaned up.

The next morning during church, the auctioneers wife left a message on my cell phone saying I had the winning bid! Although I was really excited, I also felt kind of apprehensive, since we were in the middle of corn harvest. I knew it would take time to get through all of those piles. But, I just put it on the back burner, and concentrated on the job at hand. One morning before we started work, I was able to get my son, Jason, to help me pick up the things that I thought might be attractive for someone to steal, and figured I would deal with the rest after harvest.

Well, I got a phone call one Wednesday morning from the auctioneer saying that the new owners of the property (it was sold at auction too)would be going to settlement the next weekend and I needed to be finished up by then. With the generous help of Doug and Jason, I did get through most of what looked to be worth something.

And...after that LONG story... that's where I got these cool brown jars! They were on a shelf in the chicken house...dirty but awesome!

As for the tables? I am working on one of them now. It was used, I believe, for cutting and salting meat. There are knife marks everywhere, and some of the wood is really soft from all the salt.

I scrubbed the heck out of it...years and years of dirt, not to mention a lot of animal grease, plus salt!

I am working at getting all of this soft wood sanded off...a slow process, but I have my eye on the prize. I think it is going to turn out really pretty when I get the sanding done and get it all shined up with BriWax.. I WILL have it finished and priced right at the Barn Sale next month...remember...Nov. 17th at 5pm is your first opportunity to check it out!

Oh...and here's that cabinet I gave you a glimpse of the other day. For the life of me, I couldn't get it rotated and posted that day, but for some reason it worked fine today! Have a great weekend!

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