Wednesday, July 29, 2009

~ Fun Fabulous Find For Free ~

After having a typical Monday morning this past Monday, my day magically turned around when I found this:




It was being thrown out! Can you believe it??? What were they thinking?


Except for the paper being ripped on the back and a quick clean-up, this 30 x 42 blackboard is a great find! I'm just going to take the rest of the paper off the back, and try to see what's going on with the decorative molding, which appears to have shipping tape on it {I guess I should be glad it's not duct tape!}. The butterfly will probably have to go.








To fully appreciate the value of finding this blackboard, destined for the trash heap, I went to one of my favorite websites and found this blackboard {an inch or two off in size, but the closest} with decorative frame from Ballard Designs, which is $229.00, plus extra shipping, for comparison.





Now to keep it hidden from hubby so he doesn't ask me why I'm bringing stuff into the house while we're trying to get rid of stuff to downsize!

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19 comments:

StylishHeather said...

What a great find - I'm jealous!

Unfortunately the only thing people ever seem to throw out here are gross stained mattresses and broken laundry baskets!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a terrific find! Thank you for saving it from the landfill.

Marie said...

Congratulations on your latest fun find. It's in great shape and when I saw it I immediately thought of Ballard Designs too. :)

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

Great find! I am always amazed at what people throw out.

Donna @ dh designs said...

I love coming across fun fabulous finds for free! I have several of those tucked away in the garage, guest bedroom closet, under the bed, etc... Please keep us posted on where this gem ends up ...

Lisa said...

Kathy,
This is so great. I have found a few goodies curbside also. Just un-does the MR. Thanks for your comment on the stone pedestals. I commented back with more information on how & why. Always good to visit with you & your marvelous blog!
Lisa

renee_egan said...

That is such a great find! When of my new life missions is to start hunting for finds like this! Nice catch! great site btw...hope to see more tweets from you. I'm just now finally diving into all of this social networking!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Thanks Heather! I couldn't believe it myself, because it was in such good condition.

I was really thrilled to find it, Laura.

Thanks, Marie! Yes, I could get in a lot of trouble on their website!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Dawn ~ I think it was the landlord (a man) who was clearing out an office that's been empty for several months now. I'm sure he didn't realize what he'd done! {Although, it worked out in my favor!}

Hi Donna! I wish this was a more frequent occurrence for me. I'm kind of thinking kitchen in whatever house we move into.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Thanks so much, Lisa! That's was a great idea you had for the stone. I've been gardening in pots a lot more recently and that is a nice solution to bring them up a bit higher from the ground.

Thanks Renee! This fell in to my lap, but I know people will get up early on trash pick-up days, hit the fancier neighborhoods and go "shopping".
As for the social networking - you'll catch on; I never thought I would get Twitter!

Martha said...

That's a delightful find, can't wait to see you work your magic.

Nora said...

Perhaps you can even make it a magnetic board with magnetic paint!

Maria Killam said...

It's a good thing you rescued it! So great for a kitchen or an office!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Thanks, Martha! Can't wait to use it somewhere!

That would come in handy if I use it in my office, Nora!

A bit of clean-up and I think it will be ready to go, Maria!

The Decorated House said...

Now that's worth bringing one more thing in the house! Even when downsizing. It'll be great when you get it all fixed up. Great score.
Donna

Chandra said...

I really loved your find! My find of the day was discovering your blog...I love it, just my taste and style! You have gained a loyal follower, thanks for the inspiration!

p.s ADORE the black and white umbrella and pink chair you have featured, too! ;)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I agree, Donna! It doesn't take up much room anyway - it slides very nicely under the couch {and out of sight}.

Thank you Chandra! Glad to have you!

Aimee said...

Great find!!! I have been working on some myself, but getting it for free, nothing beats that!!!

If you have a chance, come by my Blog for a visit and say hi!

Have a wonderful day,
Aimee

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Hi Aimee ~ Thanks for stopping by!Absolutely - nothing beats free, except maybe sprucing up stuff you already own and changing it's look. Something else I plan on doing in the future.

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