There are definitely things you come across while renovating an old house that are worth saving. Solid wood doors, original wide-plank pine floors, and bathtubs are at the top of my list. On the flip side, there are times when you should just cut your losses and replace the item. I really wanted to salvage the Myrtle House Kitchen cabinets. The old flour bins had my heart.
I made our contractor set them on the front porch during demo (sorry Jake and crew) and there they remained until a few weeks ago. Every time I passed the cabinets by, I said to myself "I will fix those!". This eventually turned into "I think I can fix those..." and most recently "There is no way I can fix those." I can just hear Nicole Curtis screaming in my head: "Those are solid wood cabinets! You can save them!" but quite frankly my friends, I don't have the time, energy, or stomach to get these cabinets back in eat-in-kitchen-worthy condition. Plus, since we are completely re-designing the kitchen layout, we would have to find the exact same cabinets in other odd cabinet sizes to complete the design. Never going to happen. So Brian and I had the happy task of trying to get these cabinets to the dump. Ourselves. Cue head-scratching. Luckily, we have a front porch without railings so we were able to pull the truck bed right up and gracefully slide (hah, yeah right) the cabinets onto our poor little truck. Below is the outcome.
I think I gained a few gray hairs during the transport to the dump since we couldn't close up the tail-gate. I had visions of the cabinets sliding right off the bed and crashing into someone's car. Luckily we made it without injuring anyone. Phew.
Have you ever desperately wanted to save an item but realized it was a lost cause?