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Shawn would have trashed this too!

Do you remember the dining table I fashioned from a bird cage my husband had trashed?  Read/View that post HERE.  Well...if you do remember that table, then you may remember me telling you how Shawn will throw anything out with the most minute of flaws or simply because he hasn't a use for it and I, lacking any pride, admitted that I've dumpster dove in my own trash. 

A few months ago we got a container of furniture in which included a large secretary desk.  Behind the doors there should have been an insert with divided spaces and drawers for letters, stationary, etc.  It was not included.  Fortunately we sold the desk for what we'd expected to get out of it had it come with the insert.  The following month another container arrived from the same place and the insert was put on this container.  I could tell Shawn was going to take it right out the back door and toss it in the dumpster but I sweet talked him out of it.  For all of you amazing DIYer's in blogland and beyond, this isn't a spectacular re-do or makeover so I hope you're not too disappointed, but simply taking something that was intended for one thing and using it as another.  Immediately upon seeing this desk insert I knew what I'd do with it:

1) Add some hooks to the back and hang it on a wall in my store.  

2) Fill it with transferware

3) Anxiously await the arrival of a like desk so I can swipe the insert for myself.

 A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. 
~Ayn Rand

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  1. Wow, that is a fabulous display piece! So glad you rescued it, it's beauitiful!!

  2. Oh I do remember that birdhouse table! I loved it! This is a great idea for this piece! Sure wish I could shop your dumpster!!

  3. OH TOO SWEET!! Great display piece.
    Doesn't your husband realize by now, what great things you can do with what he wants to throw away??

    barbara jean

  4. That is just fantastic! Wow, you are so clever and inspiring. I love the way it shows off the transferware!

  5. Great idea nancy, hubs better start asking if he should throw stuff away since you know how to work your magic on "broken and useless" items! The transferware collection transformed it into a show piece!

  6. Simply gorgeous!! I love it. Great idea.

  7. That looks great Nancy! Good save :o)
    (Men just don't understand do they?)
    Thank you for your lovely comments - I've been busy looking after Mom, but as she's now improving I should make that promised post really soon.

  8. That's perfect! Great imagination. It turned out wonderful.

  9. Hi Nancy, thanks for offering to send the "blue thanksgiving" pics! You are a sweetie! My contact e-mail is posted on my blog, just below my profile info. Can't wait to see your pics! thanks so much! :-)
    I love the desk insert used as a wall shelf! It's the perfect size!!

  10. WOW. What a fabulous find and what a spectacular showcase you made out of it. Well done!

  11. Excellent save, love the transferware! After 40 years, my husband finally knows when I say, "trust me on this," and just waits to see what I come up with. Love your shop displays!

  12. So cute! I would love to have you link up over at Sassy Sites for our Trash to Treasure Tuesday party! :)

    Marni @ Sassy Sites!

  13. Nancy, this is the perfect solution. I can't image tossing this in the trash. A hanging shelf for dishes is always in demand. Great idea! ~ Sarah

  14. I love the red transferware and the toile makes it even prettier. I love the shelf too and the whole look for Ruby Tues.

  15. WOnderful! That is just wonderful! Love this too! And is that a pic inside your house- Oh MY HECK- you have a gorgeous home! I love your style. You decorate beautifully and I am just in awe...

  16. Great job on the transformation! Thanks for linking up to Sassy Sites for our Trash to Treasure Tuesday! Hopefully we can see you again next Tuesday! xoxo

    -Marni @ Sassy Sites!

  17. I'm your newest follower.


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