1) She hates scavenger posts because she thinks they are normally irrelevant.
2) We are both scavengers, and I want to show off a little bit of her work too!
Still, it's a pretty cool project that starts not just with Mags, but with another pack-rat who seemed to have a little bit of everything: This secretary stand was originally our grandma's. And while I remember exactly where it was in her apartment kitchen before she died, I can't remember where it was in her house (but I'm sure my dad or sister will fill every one in through comments).
Prior to its state in this picture, it was hideous 70s veneer with brushed brass knobs. The veneer was in poor condition, and almost anyone would have given up on it... But not people like me and Maggie! After priming, painting, waxing, and distressing, this little secretary turned into the perfect place to put keys and mail when you walk into her place.
One of the great things about this kind of change is that the secretary stand was completely repurposed. It was a breadbox before it was a secretary, but with a good scavenge and a little imagination, some leftover paint in our mom's garage took a breadbox to the perfect landing strip!