Tuesday, June 28, 2011

D and D Updated!

So... after two successful days of "summertime" blogging, I officially ran out of space on my old blog.  I couldn't add pictures and it took forever to do just about everything!  I am now officially "official"!  I have a REAL blog with unlimited space!  Watch out world!!!  I will be adding new projects, pictures and fun thrifting stories that I hope you will enjoy!  Feel free to leave comments (sorry, Laura, my old comments wouldn't transfer) and "Follow Me" to see when I add new posts!  Thanks so much for reading and get ready for some Dumped and Discovered fun! 


Holy Guacamole!

We bought this kitchen island from Rachel who bought one of our very favorite buffet/hutch pieces a couple of weeks ago (By the way, Rachel, it looks fantastic in your lovely home!). 

This kitchen island was a really cute piece to begin with, but we wanted to add a little color.  We were unable to remove the hardware on the drawers and on the bottom so we decided to paint over them.  We used Olympic paint from Lowes (Guacamole – hence the title of this post) and sprayed like crazy.  The top had a round stain of some sort so we sanded the top and re-stained it a darker color. 

Now it is updated and adorable! 

Last weekend we also came across a MAJOR FIND at a yard sale.  I forgot to take a before picture (I’m sorry!!) but here is the after! 

As soon as something big sells at the Poet, you will see this one there!  Thanks so much for reading!  I’m headed to Roanoke, Virginia for more fantastic finds!  Happy Tuesday!


Monday, June 27, 2011

Chalkboard Paint!

I love chalkboard paint! We went to San Francisco this spring to visit our friends, Brian and Sarah. They had the most adorable chalkboard coffee table, and I fell in love. After leaving messages for each other all week, I decided that I needed to get my own can of chalkboard paint!

While I was in D.C. I found an old cabinet door with loads of potential.

Cabinet Before

I started this project by scrubbing layers of grime off of the cabinet (I forgot to take a real "before" picture.... This one is post-scrubbing!) Then I wood filled some of the major scratches, sanded the whole piece and put a layer of primer over everything.

Prime Cabinet

Then Mr. Distressed had an idea (and I agreed so I can't put all of the blame on him)... We put small stickers on the edges of the cabinet in hopes that we would paint over the primer, pull the stickers off, and reveal white circles around the edges. Sounds like a good plan, right?!?! WRONG!

Cabinet Stickers

Needless to say, it did not look good when we finished, but it did help us learn a new distressing trick! We sanded, and sanded and sanded until we really liked the distressing that was showing through.

Cabinet Distressed

I painted several coats of chalkboard paint on the panels and added knobs to the bottom.

Chalkboard Paint

I think that this would look great in a little girl's room or even a kitchen!

Final Chalkboard

While I had the chalkboard paint out, I decided to update a small table. Here is a picture before it heads to the Sleepy Poet!

Chalkboard Table After

Keep checking back for other projects that we completed this weekend! Have a wonderful week!


Friday, June 24, 2011

Blue Chairs

I planned to have a day of painting today, but it looks like rain may be in our future. Instead, I'll show you one of the projects that I completed this week (this is not the same project that I mentioned in the previous Blog post - that one is still coming SOON!).

I found these chairs at a Goodwill in D.C. We didn't have room to fit them in the car the first time that we saw them, but luckily they were still there when we returned the next day. They were cute and very sturdy, but they needed a makeover.

Chairs Before 2

Here they are after a couple of much needed coats of paint. I distressed the edges and I think that they would be lovely in a kid's room or outside in the garden!

Chairs After

You can find one of them at The Sleepy Poet (the other one sold as soon as we set it into our booth!). Thank you, Jo, for your business! I hope that you and your adorable baby enjoy the chair for many, many years!


Happy Summer!

It's official! Summer is HERE! (I'm a couple days late, but this is not uncommon for me.) "Mr. Distressed" has handed the computer over and it's my turn to tell about all of the incredible things that we are transforming.

Before I begin, I have to officially introduce you to my lovely sister, Laura. She is our biggest fan (if you don't believe me, check out all of her comments) and she has devoted so much time and energy into our business. I went to D.C. last weekend to stock up on new treasures for Dumped and Discovered, and to spend time with Laura. When I got there, she had lists (she's very organized) of all of the thrift stores, yard sales and estate sales that we would be patroning.

We started our adventures bright and early in Buckeystown, Maryland at a tag/barn sale. We found really cool treasures, but they wouldn't all fit in the car!!! We had to leave a table behind and planned to pick it up later in the weekend (keep in mind that Buckeystown, MD is a solid hour away from my sister's house!). We kept junkin (for small stuff) until the stores closed at 9:00. We found so many great things that we had to drive not one, but two cars back to Buckeystown on Sunday.

We spent most of Saturday around the D.C. area. Laura was the driver and I was the holder of the GPS. I plugged addresses into "Delilah" (this is what we call our GPS - Did you know that they find locations faster if you give them an identity?!?). Our first yard sale was the home of two guys... This was our first ever "boy" yard sale - they were so cute and very overpriced! Instead of the typical $0.25 cents for a book, (by the way, Laura, why are you buying books?!?! D and D doesn't need any books!) Laura paid a whole dollar! Yikes! Although they were adorable, we didn't spend a lot of time there. No furniture and mostly "manly" toys. We drove by a few more "yard sales" (were they yard sales or just messy homes?!?) and realized that most of the advertised D.C. yard sales weren't really happening. I think they had a long night on the town and decided to sleep in.

We continued our thrifting throughout the weekend and had a BLAST! Thank you, Laura, for such an awesome time! Since we bought so many treasures, I had to leave many of the larger pieces in Laura's house (I promise I'm coming back to get them soon!).

Full Load
I have spent this week cleaning and painting many of our new pieces. I am almost finished with one of my favorite projects and I'll put that on the Blog soon!

Happy Summer and thanks so much for your continued support of Dumped and Discovered!


Monday, June 13, 2011

From Mr. Dump...

Sarah and I would like to thank everyone for their business!!!! You all have kept us SUPER BUSY, and we have had a hard time keeping the booth stocked with furniture. This weekend we put on our sun screen and fought the heat to try and get some new pieces into the Sleepy Poet for you! Most, if not all of these pieces, were delivered last night...


This weekend, Sarah will be traveling to D.C. for another weekend of junkin' with her sister! Stay posted for our new finds!