Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Unexpected Find at an Unexpected Place

Mr. Bill asked me to go by the repair shop and pick up some screens he was having repaired. It is not open on Saturday. I don't know about you, but there are some places that I have a firm line that are girl vs. guy places. If you have read any of my older posts you know that I am not afraid to tackle the tough stuff i.e. tiling, upholstery. I have even done roofing, plumbing, electrical and more. But for some reason auto shops and certain other repair shops give me the creeps!
But... there was really no choice because it's not open when he is available, so I had to put on my big girl tool belt, hop in the truck and head over after work. This is terrible, but Friday I got a reprieve because one of my students had a mini medical situation and I couldn't get away from work in time. (Oh too bad.) 
She was fine, but it put off the trip. However, I still needed to go on Monday. 
Bill warned me that it was like stepping back in time. ?? I had no clue what he meant by that.
Well. I drove up after work. Yup, typical old, messy and...

It was like one of those renovation places that have architectural salvage only without the hoity toity price tag. I immediately spied some old windows and this wonderful, rusty, worn, chippy, green, screen from a window. It was beautiful and in exactly the color I want for my room! Immediately my heart starts to beat as if I have met my one true love. (Chocolate) 
You know I am just kidding. (Coffee) No. 
Of course Mr. Bill.
But... what if this gem is not for sale? What if it has a hefty price tag?
I venture inside without impaling my foot on all the glass that is strewn all over this parking lot. (I had reason to be afraid.)
The place looks like something out of the 50's and there is a black and white movie on one of the oldest T.V.'s I have seen in ages. (no flat screen here)
I tell him who I am and get the total for the work. 
Umm, uhh, (insert sweet girl, don't know nothing voice) "I saw some old windows outside. Are those for sale?"
Now, I am not from the south, but I have lived here long enough that the southern accent just pops out at times.
Well...he says. "Depends on what ya want?"
So I take him outside hoping that I can sweet talk him into selling me the screen.
How about this window and this screen? (beautiful prize that it is.)
" I guess about a dollar."
Have you ever jumped up and down on the inside, while playing it cool on the outside? That is what I was doing. 
I plopped my screen and window in the back of my truck. Paid the total and happily drove away so pleased I had cinched my big girl tool belt. I sent Bill a text. "Ha,Ha,Ha."

Here she is without decor.
Here she is gussied up for spring. 

I used upholstery tacks to attach some ribbon. 
I am crazy about the old painted spring. 

I got this adorable botanical at a craft mall that also sells new decor items. It was $21.00 which was a little more than I wanted to pay to decorate a screen that cost me a buck, but I have eyeballed these for a year. They finally were reduced from $28.00. 

The same craft mall has these velvet flowers. I love them because they remind me of old milliner's flowers. Again with my mini clothes pins. I can't seem to get enough of them.

Here are some my vintage postcards. Read about my love for clover here.

Love, love this little antique child's stocking. 
I had no idea that my little chore would turn into a treasure find. 

P.S. I hope you like my new look. It is totally more me!

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  1. Love that transformation.Looks great.I your newest follower.Joining from the brambleberry cottage.

    1. Thank you for joining. I am glad you like the screen. I am enjoying it.

  2. Your old screen is dressed up so pretty for spring.
    Mary Alice

    1. Thank you, Mary Alice. I'm pleased you like it. :)

  3. So great--love that little old sock on there!

    1. Thank you, Becky. I love those little stockings. I guess it was my moms when she was little.
      Have a great week.

  4. Love what you did with this little screen. I have a vintage screen door and want to do something with it and this gives me an idea. Thanks for sharing.
    Audrey Z
    @ Timeless Treasures.

  5. Thank you, Audrey. I hope to see it soon on your blog! :)