Hubby's First Roadside Rescue

I just had to share Hubby's first roadside rescue.  First let me fill you in on hubby.  He works in IT and doesn't have any interest or skills in the DIY department.  He doesn't mind my thrifting, but isn't interested in doing it himself. 

So, it was around lunch time when hubby announced he had seen the neighbours a few houses down put some "roadside recycling" out this morning.  Being a dedicated thrifter, I'm thinking like why didn't you tell me this sooner??  Anyway, we were just about to head out for lunch and I was driving out the driveway when I saw the goodies on the roadside.  Hubby says "go on, you know you want to".  But I decided we were going the other direction so I'd give it a miss, considering all the best stuff was probably gone by now anyway!

On our way back, I decided what the hay, I'd drive down and have a look.  So I pulled over and what did I spot on top, but this really cool wooden hall table.

So I lean over and say to hubby "quick, get out and grab that table".  Secretly I'm thinking there is no way he will get out.  Then to my surprise, he unbuckles his seat belt, hops out and calmly picks up the table and puts it in the boot.  Then hops back in and says "drive". I am in stitches.  His first roadside rescue.  I just couldn't believe it.

When we got home he couldn't get his freebie inside quick enough to check it out. Usually he doesn't even comment on what I bring home.  But this table was like he struck gold.  Um, who exactly spotted it first anyway?

So later on I hear him telling the tale to a friend, about how he SWAT rolled out of the car and tactically retrieved the table.  Yep, he was on a high.  Maybe now he understands the buzz I get. :)

But you know who is going to be fixing it up, yep, me.  But not without a few pointers from the rescuer himself of course. :)

Unfortunately the table does have some splitting and lifting to the wood on top.  I've tried to get a decent picture of it.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated on how I go about fixing/covering this. :)  Thanks!

 :) Julie


  1. Roadside table rescues are always the best! Great find. Please share pictures after the redo.

  2. Oh that's hilarious. Here in NZ we have inorganic collection once a year. My hubby likes nothing better than to drive around looking at everyone's discarded stuff - the kids and I? Well we keep our heads down while sliding off our seats!!!!!Hoping against hope that no-one we know see's him!
    And if I see something I want then I wait for the cloud of darkness before commando crawling out the car door in camo gear....

    How damaged is the top? Could you sand it down and fill in the cracks with wood filler? Or would it be easier to rebuild a new top?
    xx Nat

    1. Too funny Nat! I must admit I always keep my head down and adorn my dark sunnies, and if I'm lucky I have a cap in the car too. :) Sanding might work. Thanks for dropping by!! Hope to hear from you again. x Julie

  3. I love it!! Silly me saw a similar one in an op shop two weeks ago and didn't pick it up, now I kicking myself. Can't wait to see what you do with it!

  4. Such a great story! Way to go Hubby - and welcome to the pack!

    I agree with Natalie on how to fix the top. That would probably be your best bet. If that doesn't work, maybe you could decoupage over it - some newspapers or old book pages? You could even rub a little stain on them to make it look "vintage"...

    Love your blog - I'm your newest follower (found you on Here's to Handy Andy). Would love for you to come by for a visit!
    Ann @ Suburban Prairie Homemaker


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