There’s a certain satisfaction…

in receiving the following email just hours after a nice woman picked up this funky nightstand from me (I had forgotten to delete the listing), never once trying to haggle over my already ludicrously cheap price:

“I am very much interested in the nightstand, I was wondering whether a reduction in the price would be possible – or delivery, maybe?”

HA! Too bad, so sad, Craigslist Cheapskate that for once i can ignore :). Apparently, I’m not the only one annoyed by the hecklers, check out this Craigslist vent!

P.S. The buyer customized her new nifty nightstand by removing my shabby chic Anthropologie knobs and replacing them with some i found for free.

 

vintage night stand

 

The Pink Princess

So I’m driving along (in an alley, of course) when a young-looking guy (approximately 21) emerges from behind a fence carrying what I knew could become a beautiful nightstand. It had one of my favorite features, which is that the drawer was on the bottom, not the top. There’s no name for this type of drawer placement, btw, at least not per the research that I conducted. He was quite nice, and even helped me secure the piece in the back of my vehicle.

“Are you sure you don’t want it?” I said.

He replied, “Yeah, it’s time for it to move on to someone else.”

ME!!!!!!

I wasn’t sure what to do with the piece at first (I never am) and then the idea struck. You will see this idea in the finished photo below. I think inspiration came from various sources, but in particular I was inspired by this site, found randomly during one of my net-surfing extravaganzas.

I had bought some pretty pink paint from The Home Depot, but at the time I didn’t have any particular use for it at the time of purchase, and I have a huge can of alley-FOUND linen white paint that has been rocking my world. So I decided to do a sweet combination utilizing both colors, that was totally not in my personal taste, or at least not meant for my current home decor, but bound to be perfect for someone else’s.

And it was. I posted it in two sections on Craigslist because I thought it would be perfect for a child’s room (which is ultimately where it went) and threw in some bemusing SEO buzz words like shabby chic and cottage chic, which the piece really was. What befuddles me sometimes is when I read descriptions of other postings that end with something like this: Perfect for your cottage beach home/romantic Parisian apartment…. etc. Who actually has these homes, and wouldn’t they be living off the beach or in Paris, and why would they be on Craigslist? But I digress. It could be more of an Etsy thing, and i don’t play in that space – not yet anyway.

My buyer might have had a cow if she saw the piece before i had done the work. it needed sanding, oh did it need sanding, but luckily I had my favorite toy, this Black & Decker Sander. I also primed the piece to make sure the paint went on as beautifully and smoothly as possible, using this good ole primer. If you ever wonder about what primer you should use, here’s a quote from one of the great employees at Home Depot: “Primer is Primer.” Sound advice, simply stated.

Then on with the paint! I had to decide where to place the linen white so that it didn’t overpower, but rather accented the piece. I think I hit the nail on the head, or the paint on the primer, so to speak.

BEFORE

refurbished nightstand

AFTER
pink1

Now folks, readers, and fans alike, I swear this piece was not commissioned. Here is a photo of it in the child’s room. Could there be a more perfect fit?? 🙂

pink princess

Her Turquoise Majesty

When you see this piece, you’ll see why I named it regally. She’s known as HTM for short.

This is the second piece I made during my “turquoise period.” I basically took inspiration from the piece I had just done (in my previous post), allowing the rustic, ridged antique elements to remain exposed along with the shelves, with the rest of the piece painted turquoise. This involved a trip to Menards to get more of the turquoise paint I was/am addicted to (the color, not the fumes!).

HTM was in bad shape when I first met her. But with an electric sander, some primer, and the esteemed turquoise paint (I make sure to tape the edges so I don’t get turquoise in the wrong spots), she came out beautifully. I added an Anthropologie knob that helped bring out the colors in both the paint and the wood. Although I’ve since discovered that Cost Plus World Market has great knobs, for less $$!

She’s in a good home now in Hyde Park, upon being purchased by a lovely couple who attend the University of Chicago.

BEFORE

AFTER

SOLD FOR $45 (cuz really, who’s gonna pay more on craigslist for a night stand, no matter how “majestic” she may be…)

Suddenly The Hinges Started To Unhitch

The title comes from a song in The Wizard of Oz, and describes what happened with this piece. Be forewarned: it gets stuck in your head. 🙂

I thought it was going to be one of those super easy fixes that most people don’t realize simply entails the use of a screwdriver. But this hinge and I, we went to war. It was positively unhitched! I spent hours with my screwdriver trying to properly attach it, and it just.would.not.work.

So, I thought new hardware might be the answer. I raced to Menards, with the screwed-up screw in my pocket, to look for a similar one. However, when i got there, I realized for just a few bucks, I could buy all new hardware and really give this piece a spruce up. So I did! Such a small thing really has an amazing effect on making a piece look clean and modern.

I did nothing to the surface, because I thought it looked charming as is.

BEFORE

AFTER

SOLD FOR $40.