More treasures

When I was a child, we didn’t have central heating. We had gas furnaces, and only in the living room and dining room. The other rooms were not heated. Life was simple back then.

I used to love sitting by the furnace, sipping hot cocoa on cold, rainy days.

As an adult, I lived in houses with central heating only. I had to make do without the furnaces I loved so much. So I used to dream of having my very own fireplace. And I used to dream of the marble mantle I’d be able to decorate.

That dream just came a little bit closer yesterday, when I found myself this gorgeous little electric fireplace at the secondhand shop. It was being sold for the grand sum of €20.00, but as one of the legs missed some screws, we got another €10.00 off. Not bad!

The problem with the screws was easily fixed, of course, but as you can see on the picture, this little treasure is still a fixer-upper. A lick of paint, copper handles and feet instead of the ugly plastic ones, and we’ll have a real beauty here.

Now we’ll just have to find us a marble mantle for cheap. Should be easy, no?

Other treasure from the secondhand shop included a glass chessboard with wooden pieces for DD-15 (yes, I know I set it up wrong, but then again, I don’t play chess), a copper flowerpot and the most gorgeous vase I’ve seen in ages!

I feel incredibly rich now.

I forgot to take pictures of the €2.00 wooden chair we bought DD-15, and the new-to-us bathroom sink, which will replace our cracked bathroom sink in the master bathroom. I still need to find us a nice cabinet, which I can convert into an under-the-sink cabinet. So far, my search has been unsuccessful, but I’ve still got time. We’re not remodeling the bathroom yet.

Did you find yourself any secondhand treasures lately?


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6 Responses to More treasures

  1. Leah says:

    Thanks you, Susan. You really should go and do some treasure hunting if you're up to it. You'll get so much joy out of it. The sheer glee of finding that One Special Item, as if it were meant for you…
    No, I wouldn't even consider adapting my grandmothers washstand to take my new sink. It would ruin the washstand. But I'm confident I will find something suitable by the time I need it.


  2. Leah says:

    Ooooh! I just went over to your blog and saw your new bookend. It's gorgeous! YOu should give it to me. 😉


  3. Leah says:

    Thank you Patti. I think I was really lucky this time.


  4. Susan says:

    I haven't been treasure hunting for a few months but seeing the lovely things you found is encouraging me! I LOVE the fire, it's going to look so cosy when it is finished and I don't think you should have much trouble finding a mantle. As for your bathroom, would your grandmother's lovely old washstand adapt to take your new sink? Just a thought. You scored some great things!


  5. dilly1109 says:

    Yup, got a lovely book end today, and something to dress up for next weeks fox hunt, fun, fun, fun!!!


  6. Your treasures are wonderful.


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