For a while now, I've been actively looking for new bedroom furniture. But rather than hit the box stores, I was hoping to find something with more of a vintage, mid-century feel to it. Craigslist and I are currently dating and frequent visits have yet to turn up anything new. But while cruising eBay on Sunday, my eyes were opened to something new.
I stumbled upon a dresser and a pair of nightstands designed by John Keal for Brown-Saltman. From what information I could find, John Keal, along with several other designers, like Paul Frankl, designed furniture for Brown-Saltman of California in the 1940's and 50's. In my opinion, they truly defined the style of the era with their modern, mid-century design of clean lines.
The bidding for these pieces started out really low. And the double bonus was that they were located in Phoenix, so shipment costs would not be a factor. I thought the stars had aligned, the furniture gods wanting me to have these pieces in my life.A LOT more than the winning bid, so whoever won it got a great deal. Too bad it wasn't me.
...painted wood blinds?
Please ignore the dust. It's gross, I know. But I want these to be white! And they came with our house in the odd shade of green. I'm thinking they can be spray-painted....after a good dusting of course.
I have this small table that was given to us by my in-laws. It currently sits in the small hallway outside the master bedroom. It's the catch-all; keys, mail, small change, but mostly dust. Lots of dust. Arizona, if not only known for its heat, should also be know for its dust.
I don't know what to do with it. Not the dust, the table.
I want to move it from this area (where it fits quite perfectly) and hang a custom full-length mirror on the wall to the rear/right (of the 2nd photo).
The table is tall, about 40 inches. And very square, about 24" x 24". So, unless it's going in a corner nook, it doesn't do well by itself as a stand-alone.
Before the mirror idea, I thought about sanding and going heirloom white with it, so it fit better with the light gray walls and white trim. But now I don't know.
It may find its way to Craigslist, which makes me sad because it's such an interesting piece. But it just doesn't fit in our home.
What would you do?
What would you do?
In our effort to revitalize, we've begun in earnest to clear out any unused, unnecessary and unwanted items. So much so, that I've made three trips to Goodwill this weekend. Mind you, most of it was baby/kids stuff, but it was eating up a lot of space in our garage and various closets throughout the house.
Now, I've been known to scour Craigslist to find certain pieces I think would fit in our house, but I haven't been much of a Goodwill, yard sale or thrift store shopper.
I think I need to become one.
Look what someone left at the drop-off on Saturday:
Marble-topped dresser and nightstands (the tops were in one of the bins). Absolutely gorgeous! And in pristine condition.
After unsuccessfully attempting to sweet-talk the nice young man into letting me just load them into my car, I got to thinking, did their owner try to sell them at a yard sale or on Craigslist? Did they try in vain to sell them and then decide to just unload them at Goodwill because they couldn't? Did no one in their family want to take them off their hands?!
They say one person's trash is another person's treasure, and whoever lands these beauts is one lucky treasure hunter.
Check out those weeds! Some were almost 5 ft tall!
Nice huh? Observe the nice grassy corner beyond the fencing.
Who doesn't love a yard with the waist-high weeds.
I was browsing through Design*Sponge one day when I came across this amazing before and after. I was floored and it immediately got me thinking of the new possibilites for our kitchen, short of having a complete renovation.
Here's how Mike's kitchen looked before:
- Paint the cabinets bright white.
Paint the kitchen and eat-in walls a more olive shade of green, which would hopefully subdue the bright-whiteness of an area that already gets A LOT of natural light.
Resurface the countertops. As much as I loved Mike's wood countertops, it just wouldn't fly for this amateur cake decorator, I'd feel more comfortable with granite.
Glass-tile backsplash to class it up.
Replace fridge, range and microwave with stainless. The fridge is a no-brainer, since this one we have now is much too small. And to save counterspace, mount the microwave over the range.
- Replace kitchen sink. Our current sink is far too shallow, thus creating a watery mess when doing anything and everything that involves using it.
- Replace non-functioning undercabinet lighting. Another no-brainer.
Hmph, I think I'll start pricing and putting together a budget. At minimum, I can paint the cabinets and get started with tips from this great how-to: http://www.younghouselove.com/2008/11/how-to-paint-your-kitchen-cabinets/
What little things have you done to spice up your kitchen?
When my mom was recently visiting, we refinished a sideboard I found on Craigslist.
I love Craigslist.
DH and I have bought and sold furniture, tickets, found apartments, etc. It's every San Franciscans tool -- shoot it's every man's tool! I've got mad love for Craig. I digress.
Just so you know, my mother is amazing at all things DIY, especially home improvement projects. Tearing out walls, building cabinets or furniture, installing wood flooring, renovating bathrooms, etc. She does it all! She's a full-time lawyer and a part-time DIYer who totally wishes her titles were reversed.
The transformation of this ridiculously heavy, 1940's sideboard was astounding. Like night and day from its original form. And I love what it adds to our home.
Aside from the time invested to refinish it and the assorted new tools, this was a relatively inexpensive undertaking. The sideboard, new pulls, fabric, stain, poly and sanding papers brought the total to right around $200.
I'd still like to paint the insides of the cabinets and line the drawers. Maybe a teal blue acrylic paint to match the shade in the material. Something vibrant and unexpected.
I like the unexpected!
I like the unexpected!