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  1. Siouxsie Q
    November 6, 2013 @ 9:59 am

    Tres chic!
    And yes, damnit, you’re succeeding in making me feel that your house is way nicer than mine. 😉

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    • Diana C.
      November 7, 2013 @ 1:19 pm

      Me too; now stop it! I love the table… alot. But it would have been one of those items that, unless I squinted my eyes to see the sparkle in the diamond in the rough, I too would have passed up. Great eye… and even greater eye finding a man willing to not only carry it for you, but transform it into the beauty it is today. I’m all kinds of jealous over here!

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  2. Susan
    November 6, 2013 @ 10:00 am

    Looks, beautiful, Victoria. I love how you are able to see the future usefulness of something. Upcycling at it’s finest. Well done.

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  3. Jacqui
    November 6, 2013 @ 10:02 am

    I am bonding with you Madame! We have a similar affection for “crappy ” stuff that is transformed through our endless creative talents. Love the end result even if it doesn’t work in your bathroom! I enjoy your blog and share it often. Have a great grand and groovy day!

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  4. Joyce
    November 6, 2013 @ 10:03 am

    I announced recently that we should tackle one tiny estate sale project per weekend until the garage is empty. My husband did some quick math and said we would be well in the throes of dementia before we could park both cars inside again. I feel your pain.

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    • tammigirl
      November 6, 2013 @ 10:04 am

      I think you are living my life with my husband in my garage. Please clean it up, so we can park a 2nd car inside before snow falls. I’m inside, baking us cookies.

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      • Carollynn
        November 6, 2013 @ 1:46 pm

        Hey girls, I not only have a two car garage, but neither of our cars have seen the inside of it, and we live in snow country!

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    • Kiki
      November 6, 2013 @ 2:48 pm

      Joyce, Tammigirl, Carollynn
      you made me smile and grin….. since we moved to France, we DO have a very large garage but can’t use it because the entry is right in a bend of the street and anyway, it’s filled with…. well, I let you guess!
      Now I have to read the rest of the comments or VEB will love me even less….

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  5. tammigirl
    November 6, 2013 @ 10:03 am

    It is darling in the bathroom! I love how we, as bloggers, are able to drag the one super-cool thing in our house around to every single spot in the house and photograph it, having the whole world believe, indeed, our whole house is super-cool.

    I have a nugget of awesomeness in my house. Enough that I could have one, maybe two super-cool rooms. Wait! That’s what I actually have? The other square feet? They are jealous.

    I think this shelf would fit in my master bath. Please send it to me. Also? Keep the mirrors. They are fantastic.

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  6. Jeri D.
    November 6, 2013 @ 10:04 am

    You have a talent I don’t for seeing the possibilities of crudey stuff. I would have passed that right by and it’s adorable!!!

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  7. Meredith Beckhardt
    November 6, 2013 @ 10:05 am

    It is sooooo beautiful! What a dramatic upcycle!

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  8. Sandi
    November 6, 2013 @ 10:06 am

    I understand Paul’s Clamp-addiction. It’s really very practical. I can’t tell you how many projects in OUR house have been interrupted – sometimes for a LONG TIME – due to clampus-interruptus.

    I think your medical cart is a thing of functional beauty and therefore a joy forever.

    And you have an amazing eye for making things LOOK SO PRETTY.

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  9. Patina and Company
    November 6, 2013 @ 10:07 am

    Brilliant! I am so with you on the last 10% of a project . . . hey, we are mainly here for the inspiration part, aren’t we?

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  10. Patricia
    November 6, 2013 @ 10:08 am

    I too have suffered the pangs of “unbuyer’s remorse”. It’s the stuff I didn’t get that haunts me … and then drives me furiously to try to find the exact thing again, over and over. Hence, my collection of inkwells and ink stands; all to replace a charming inkwell bound into a book shaped travelling case. I passed it up because it was too expensive and over the years, spent 20 times as much on inkwells. Best to give in right away and buy the damn obsessive object. It’s cheaper in the long run.
    I LOVE your charming table. It looks wonderful and will work perfectly anywhere in the house. Sure, your house isway nicer than mine but I have more inkwells!

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    • scaloot
      November 7, 2013 @ 2:28 am

      oh so true “Best to give in right away and buy the damn obsessive object. It’s cheaper in the long run.” I have lots of non-buyers remorse and lots of ‘make up for it’ objects

      BTW that table is a great grab Victoria and you can continue to stage it all over the house

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  11. Elaine
    November 6, 2013 @ 10:09 am

    Clearly, you are meeting you contractual obligations! Your house looks way better than mine. Very much enjoy your blog in spite of the massive inferiority complex my house is getting.

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  12. JamieAbe
    November 6, 2013 @ 10:10 am

    I love it! And the whole “last 10% of a project” thing is totally me. That’s why the trim on my bathroom has remained unsanded and unpainted for the last year…maybe two. I’ve lost track. Anyway, I’m glad that I know where I need to go when the apocalypse hits and there’s a shortage of clamps…..we definitely DON’T have enough!

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  13. Brenda Schweder
    November 6, 2013 @ 10:11 am

    You make me smile (and laugh out loud) EVERY week!
    Thank you!!!
    oxxo!
    -b.

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  14. Suzanne
    November 6, 2013 @ 10:11 am

    I think the potty next to the table, in basement…. should be your next project! Plant stand???? 😉

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  15. Sarah
    November 6, 2013 @ 10:12 am

    Ooh, I kind of like the mirrors! I would have run right towards this, too–anything on casters, really. When can we expect your post on that portable toilet? (Which, incidentally might be one of the few items NOT improved by the addition of casters. Yikes!)

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  16. Sunnie Mitchell
    November 6, 2013 @ 10:19 am

    When you bought this I thought “Yes, yes, yes!! Er, what is she going to do with this? But…YES!!’

    Now that you’ve shown us what to do with it, I’m thinking ‘YES-YES-YES!!’

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  17. Laurie
    November 6, 2013 @ 10:21 am

    It’s darling. I think you’ll love this table because it’s one of those really handy sizes. I swear I could use a dozen of them throughout my house. Every place you sit, you should be able to put your mug of tea down.

    Thank you for admitting the purpose of staging. I knew it! I knew that was what everyone is doing which is why I’m always refusing to properly stage. Well, also it’s a lot of work and I’m just not a big fan of the work.

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  18. Emily @ Two Purple Couches
    November 6, 2013 @ 10:25 am

    Love it! I am a notorious project-unfinisher, too. I have a veritable graveyard of half-finished crafts to prove it.

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  19. Amy Robbins
    November 6, 2013 @ 10:26 am

    Love this, and I was busted looking at this at work because I laughed out loud at your last sentence! Thanks, thanks a lot!!,

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  20. Debbie
    November 6, 2013 @ 10:28 am

    I love it!!! In the picture it looks perfect in the bathroom, you are becoming quite proficient at staging!!!

    I look forward to your post every week!

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  21. Melissa from the Blue House
    November 6, 2013 @ 10:29 am

    Ugh. I am also a hoarder of other peoples’ old crap, until I can’t take it anymore and haul it all out to the curb every couple of years. And then I see posts like this and remember something I used to have that I totally could have spray painted white and put in the bathroom, but dangit, I got rid of it in one of my crap purges!

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    • Babs the Elder
      November 6, 2013 @ 11:16 am

      I hear you – I have a basement full of treasures that could fill an antique and/or second hand shop, which I periodically purge and place out front with a big FREE sign. Every time I go to an antique show, garage sale or consignment shop, with out fail, I see items that I know I have somewhere in the dark recesses of my basement, making it that much harder to purge the next time I get the urge, since their value is reinforced by seeing them at these venues.

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  22. phoenix
    November 6, 2013 @ 10:30 am

    Oh, the burden of having The Sight – the ability to see things as they could be! Which most always comes coupled with The Affliction of Time Lackedness. You are fortunate to have a husband to carry out the 90% – good choice!

    The cart is marvelous, especially with the black & white enamel trays!

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  23. Sue
    November 6, 2013 @ 10:34 am

    As I gazed at your finished product, I wanted it for my own to stage in my bathroom and look good. Great find. I have to pin to my new Shabby Chic board http://www.pinterest.com/SueHKaboodle/shabby-chic/ so I can remember it…forever.

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  24. Stacey @ dohiy.com
    November 6, 2013 @ 10:37 am

    I, too, am a dish hoarder, to my husband’s dismay (“We HAVE dishes!!!”).

    I love the mirrors, but glass would be great as well. Great score!

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  25. Renee Buffington
    November 6, 2013 @ 10:42 am

    Honey! Find a place that will sandblast and powdercoat that kind of stuff. Cheap, easy, and a more durable finish than spraypaint.

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  26. Tracy
    November 6, 2013 @ 10:54 am

    That’s a stunning transformation! This makes me want to spend the next few weekends at estate sales. Nice work!

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  27. Anne
    November 6, 2013 @ 10:58 am

    Now you have made me realize the grand mistake I have been making. I am not the one piling up the projects that sit for years all in different states of not done. It is my husband’s fault! HE should have been doing the prep work so that I could then do the fun and gratifying painting part, styling part and taking credit part. I will be filling him in on this revelation promptly…he has been slacking. Thank you for showing me the error of my ways.

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  28. Karen
    November 6, 2013 @ 10:59 am

    Oh, Victoria, you make my day!

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  29. Patience
    November 6, 2013 @ 11:00 am

    I love how it is on castors. (Casters?) It looks great! Where do you plan to put it?

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  30. blackbird
    November 6, 2013 @ 11:02 am

    Mission accomplished!

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  31. Katie
    November 6, 2013 @ 11:02 am

    Here’s the thing: your house IS actually nicer than mine! Good purchase, though!

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  32. Ellen
    November 6, 2013 @ 11:03 am

    I too, would have grabbed the table!! It looks gorgeous, I would leave the mirrored shelves in!!!

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  33. Kit Odom
    November 6, 2013 @ 11:08 am

    This is something that I can remember saying only once before in my entire life: You were right; I was wrong. I hated the ugly metal thing when I saw the “before” picture. Now I’m wondering where I can get one.

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  34. linda
    November 6, 2013 @ 11:10 am

    Good find. I would have snagged those screen doors to distress and add wire in place of the screen. I hoard old, crappy doors and table top wear. You can never have enough of either!

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  35. Lindsay
    November 6, 2013 @ 11:16 am

    Why oh why would you ever take the mirrored shelves out? They’re perfectly lovely as they are. And very shiny too!!

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  36. MAH
    November 6, 2013 @ 11:31 am

    Junk, Junk, Junk! Ah, how I love it. It makes my heart sing and makes me happy, happy, happy! I have a barn to put all my treasures in! So there! Ok already, my house does NOT look better than yours, but it does look better than my barn.

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  37. Melissa@TheChicDream
    November 6, 2013 @ 11:56 am

    What a great find! It looks great in bright white. It’s a shame it doesn’t fit in the bathroom since it looks so good in there.

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  38. Cat
    November 6, 2013 @ 11:57 am

    OK. So that table is GORGEOUS. You clearly have an eye for converting junk to jewels. What I’M wondering is: Would you come look at all the shit in my house and tell me how to fix it?

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  39. Parnassus
    November 6, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

    Paul is right! You can never have too many clamps. There are different shapes and sizes for different purposes. Also, you often need several matching clamps for one project. Moreover, you need multiple sets for simultaneous projects, or for oversize-type projects such as your Craigslist finds. Plus you need extras because they are cool. Plus you need antique clamps because they are even cooler.

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  40. AmyEbbertHill
    November 6, 2013 @ 12:08 pm

    Lucky find! I can’t wait to see what you come home with next!

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