What $5 will get you...

This morning I was up and out by around 8am.  There was an estate sale downtown that I wanted to check out.  I walked up there and was a bit disappointed with the selections so I wandered down the street for a cup of coffee.  Then on my return trip home, I noticed a yard sale at a house that just sold right down the street from me.  I was in search of a small bookcase for the kitchen and as soon as I walked up, there it was.

Exactly what I was looking for so I asked the price.  The homeowner couldn't have been any nicer and she said what will you give me?  It was marked $5 and that was more than a fair price.  Then as a bonus she offered up a gallon of paint if I wanted it, for FREE...it was called Rare Wine how could I pass it up (it was FREE).  As another bonus, she gave me a tour of the house which was adorable!

I lugged the bookcase, gallon of paint and coffee the two blocks home, stopping a few times cause it was kind of heavy.  There was contact paper on a couple of shelves which was removed in minutes of getting home, then it just needed a bit of sanding and cleaning.

Here's the bookcase after sanding and removal of the contact paper.

Now add a bit of that Rare Wine paint and below is the almost finished product after 2 coats of paint.  It needs a bit of touch up and the bottom still needs to be done but I'll let it dry over night before applying more paint.

For $5.00, I got a brand new bookcase that was EXACTLY what I had in mind.  Of course, taking on this little project put a few things that needed to get done on the back burner, namely house cleaning and lawn mowing.  Sometimes though you have to put aside those mundane chores to do something a little creative.  And boy did I need that!