36. Yet another glorious Craigslist find!

I rearranged our living room furniture a while back and, in the process, moved in a large bookshelf from our dining room.  The real estate formerly taken up by the bookshelf was now quite bare, and I was considering two options.  First, I thought a buffet might be nice, but…what would I put in it?  It would basically just sit there and look nice, but I wasn’t sure what stuff I would actually cram in the thing.  Option 2: a desk.  Yes!  However, it has to look awesome and cost not a lot of money.  Guess where I’ve been looking?  (If you didn’t say Craigslist, you obviously don’t know me that well.  Alternatively, you live under a rock.)

I was taking a gander at CL this morning, when I stumbled upon the perfect candidate…for only $35!  I rubbed my eyes and pinched myself, but it really was a beautiful, antique desk for 35 smackaroos.

It’s seriously perfect for the space.

Here it is!

It’s missing hardware, but the wood is in fantastic condition.  The photo above is BEFORE I even wiped it down and polished it up!  I’ve been on a painting kick with furniture lately, but this desk is in such nice condition, I’ve decided to leave the finish “as-is”.  Are you shocked, or what?

I’m thinking of ordering some cup pulls in an antique brass finish, and the drawers will get a nice wipe out (they are gah-ROSS right now) followed by a lining of pretty patterned contact paper.  I’ll make sure to update you on the final product!

So, have you found any goodies on the cheap lately?

Oh, Craigslist…how do I love thee?  Let me count the ways…

XO,
Gabriella

Remember to follow me to see all my latest posts, and don’t forget to share me with your friends!

4. A Descent into the Maelström

Yes, the title is another reference to literary fiction.  You’ll find I’m never lacking in that sort of thing!  I will let you be the one to look this one up and find out who wrote the short story bearing this title.  Hint: NEVERMORE.

Anyway, I’ve been MIA for quite a while.  Although it would seem, given my lengthy absence, that I should have gobs of photos from finished projects…alas, I do not.  But dry your eye, my dear friend, as there may be lovely things in the very near future!  I currently have FOUR ongoing projects.

1. A vintage metal cabinet that I am in the process of stripping and refinishing to add much needed storage in our kitchen.

2. An antique china cabinet I will be painting and using for storage in my craft room/office (which is currently piled high with items I have “no place for”).

3. Matching “cheapy” nightstands that I need to paint to match our dresser…which is also unfinished.

4. Unfinished dresser set (one is in our bedroom, one is in the hallway).

I bought all of these items from Craigslist.  The grand total?  $127.  Yep, you read that correctly!  One hundred and twenty-seven dollars for two dressers, two nightstands, a large vintage metal cabinet, and a large antique china cabinet.  Most of my friends and family know that I am the champion of getting the best deal possible.  I did, afterall, plan our entire wedding for under $10,000 (and it was a “regular” wedding, not a cheapo one)!

The next items on my shopping list include a sectional sofa (I found a beautiful vintage one from the 60s, just waiting to hear back!), a bigger dining room table and 8 chairs, a piano, and some sort of storage cabinet/shelf for the bathroom.

A whirlpool of furniture awaits me!

XO,

Gabriella

 

Remember to follow me to see all my latest posts, and don’t forget to share me with your friends!

2. For the love of Craigslist.

I have a serious obsession with Craigslist.  I’m often perusing the site to see what sort of goodies random strangers are peddling.  Nothing ceases to amaze me anymore.  Not even this: http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/zip/3144931543.html

Anyway…Jason and I moved to a new place on July 1st.  It’s the upper duplex of a home built in 1905, it’s in Bay View, and I love it.  We decided to pare down on our belongings before the move for two main reasons.  First, it would be less junk to haul up a flight of stairs.  Second, all of our furniture was a clash of different styles, and nothing really “went” together.  It’s my goal to have a home with a cohesive design, or at least matching (or mostly matching) furniture.  We also had a real problem with clutter.  Okay, I’m the one with the clutter problem, but I do declare that it’s because I never had a proper “home” for any of my things.  No more, I say.  No more.

Back to Craigslist, we recently made some awesome purchases from two different “vendors”.  The first was a pretty nifty vintage metal cabinet.  It will be perfect for all of my craft supplies, which currently reside in a myriad of boxes, bags, and plastic containers.  Quite the steal for $25!

Isn’t she a beauty?

Image

There are some minor rust issues I need to take care of, and she could definitely use a new coat of paint…but it’s nothing I can’t handle.

Our second find was a set of dressers with a matching mirror.  They aren’t solid “wood”, but they are perfect for painting and distressing (something I’ve wanted to try for quite a while).  We got these babies for only $65, and that included a $15 delivery charge.   Not bad, huh?

Image

Image

Image

As Jason and I are newlyweds, we don’t have a ton of money to spend on furniture.  However, this doesn’t mean we can’t have a beautiful home.  I just need to be creative with the money we do have!

I started painting and distressing the long dresser this past weekend, and I have to tell you: It looks amazing.  I seriously cannot wait to show off the final results!

Stay tuned, and stay classy.

XO,
Gabriella

 

Remember to follow me to see all my latest posts, and don’t forget to share me with your friends!