Monday Morning Love – Eames Dining Chairs and a Secret

If you’ve read my blog for a while you’ll know of my deep and abiding love of the Eames dining chair with wooden legs, so I thought I’d share some lovely dining rooms all using the chair, but with hugely varying looks.

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(yes, I know the last image hasn’t got the exact same chair, but I’m including it because it’s amazing, and I love the Eames rocker too)

Now I need to let you in on a little secret I’ve been keeping. Last summer I was walking by my local Kitchen Stuff Plus and I spotted a replica version of the chair. I was so excited I even blogged about it, and asked your opinion on what I should do – buy the replicas, or keep my black dining chairs. The opinions were evenly split, and then my mom (who is a great sounding board for all my schemes) came down on the side of keeping my black spindle chairs. So keep them I did – for a few more months anyways.

In early spring I opened my email to discover Kitchen Stuff Plus was having a 25% off all furniture sale. Excuse me? (insert image of me mentally calculating while doing a happy dance). A savings of 25% times four dining chairs is practically one free chair! Now the sale was limited to only one item per day per customer, and I still had my black dining chairs, but Kitchen Stuff Plus has a rather amazing 30 day return policy. I therefore did what any other self-respecting lover of Eames style chairs, who also loves a sale, would do – I bought one chair a day over four days and schlepped them home (it’s a 1k walk). At the same time I listed my black chairs for sale on Craigslist and Kijiji with the promise to myself that if they didn’t sell within the 30 days the much-loved Eames dining chairs would be returned.Molded Eames Style dining chairsWithin a few days my black chairs were sold for $200, and that meant my dream chairs were finally mine. For those of you keeping track the chairs were normally $67.49 each. When you subtract the 25% they were $50.62 each or $202.48 for four. My four black dining chairs cost $71.28, which means when you subtract the $200 I got from their sale on I got four of my dream chairs for just $74. Eames style  dining chairThe moral of the story is eventually, if you’re patient enough, and crafty enough you can get exactly what you want.

PS – Kitchen Stuff Plus has no idea that I’m writing this post – I got a good deal so I thought I’d share.
PPS – The KSP 25% off all furniture sale is on again though September 22nd.

Finding Everything but What I Want

I’ve recently been on a ‘kinda-sorta’ search for a piece of furniture for my place. It’s a ‘kinda-sorta’ search because it’s not a need – more of a want, so every few weeks I troll Craigslist and Kijiji to see if magically what I want is available. Here’s where the difficulty lies – I very rarely find what I’m looking for, but instead find quite a number of things I’d buy if I only I had the space/money. Does this happen to anyone else, or am I the only one afflicted with this problem?

Last night I spent WAY more time than I should have looking online at other people’s used stuff, and since I found a few items I’d consider bringing home if I had the space, I thought I’d share.

Faux Bamboo Chippendale Chairs - $100 (Sellers image)

Faux Bamboo Chippendale Chairs – $100 each (Sellers image)

In all honestly I’m not sure if this is a great deal, but I think they’re pretty. One might be nice as a desk chair.

White Campaign Dresser  - $120 (Sellers image)

White Campaign Dresser – $120 (Sellers image)

I know Campaign style dressers have been quite popular recently. I can’t decide if I’d paint this a fun colour, or leave as-is. I rather like the white with the chrome.

Brass Bar Cart - $10 (Sellers image)

Brass Bar Cart - $10 (Sellers image)

Brass bar carts are usually pretty expensive.This one isn’t. It hasn’t got the most elegant lines, but for $10 I might be willing to overlook that.

Antique Cane Seat Chairs - $100 (Sellers image)

Antique Cane Seat Chairs - $100 for 4 (Sellers image)

I’m kind of in love with these chairs – aren’t they sweet? I think they’d be lovely around a small marble bistro table.

Brass Dining Chairs - $120 (Sellers Image)

Brass Dining Chairs – $120 for 6 (Sellers Image)

I really wish the seller had posted some other pictures of these chairs – I’d love to see the side profile. I think they could be pretty amazing if they were re-upholstered.

Mahogany Secretary - $600 (sellers Image)

Mahogany Secretary – $600 (sellers Image)

Surprisingly, this time I did find exactly what I wanted  for sale. Unfortunately it’s a bit on the pricy side. Also, it’s in another country. Isn’t it pretty though?

What do you think? Would you be tempted to bring any of the above home? Or am I a bit crazy?

Refinished Living Room Media Console

You may remember back in May I introduced you to the new-to-me console for my living room that I bought on Craigslist. After it’s introduction I worked on it pretty steadily, and it began its new life as my media console in July.

Here’s how it started:

My new Craigslist console

My new Craigslist console

Here is the little piece of missing trim around the front:

The damaged trim on the front - I have no idea how I'm going to fix this.

The damaged trim on the front – I have no idea how I’m going to fix this.

Here is the damaged piece of veneer on one side:

The damaged veneer - it's about the size of a deck of cards

The damaged veneer – it’s about the size of a deck of cards

And here it is, in all its refinished glory:

My refinished Craigslist console

My refinished Craigslist console

The damaged trim – fixed. Repaired front trimAnd you’ll never guess what I used to repair it.

Chopsticks to repair trimYup, those are wood chopsticks. I had been planning on using wood dowels, but they were just a wee bit too thin. I always have wood chopsticks around because I use them to stir small cans of paint and varnish. The chopsticks were the perfect size – I just cut them down and attached them with wood glue. After staining they’re not a perfect match as they’re a different type of wood, but from a distance it’s not really noticeable.

Chopsticks cut down for the repair

The damaged veneer has been fixed as well. I replaced the entire section which was a little bit of an adventure. I definitely learned some things. Here too it’s not a perfect repair, but given it’s location on the piece I’m not at all concerned.

Repaired veneer prior to staining

Repaired veneer prior to staining

One other thing I did was build a shelf for the inside. I knew there was originally a shelf inside, but when I bought it there were only the supports remaining the shelf was removed at some point. I carefully measured the inside of the cabinet and then had Home Depot cut down a piece of plywood to fit.

The plywood shelf before staining and edge band

The plywood shelf before staining and edge band

I then used the walnut edge banding left over from my dresser project to finish the visible edge of the shelf.

Applying the Edge banding
After being sanded, stained and protected I can now use the entire space again for storage.

Console with new interior shelf
And now a few more pictures as I’m pretty happy with the end results.

In all it's glory
Close up of the brass hardware
So there you have it – my second furniture refinishing project completed. What do you think – not bad for a $40 Craigslist find is it?

Ready for its new role

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I’m a Glutton for Punishment

My television is currently sitting on an Ikea cabinet that  I inherited when I purchased my condo. I firmly believe that the previous owner left it because it’s quite long and therefore difficult to move without dismantling it. While it serves its purpose, it’s a little too modern for my taste, and I’ve been sort-of keeping half an eye out for something to replace it for almost as long as I’ve lived here.

My current Ikea Bonde Sideboard

My current Ikea Bonde Sideboard

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you know that late last year I spent quite a while refinishing an antique wood dresser. While the results were pretty gosh-darn fabulous if I do say so myself (see it here), I swore it would be quite some time before I attempted another project like it. It was an incredibly time-consuming project, not to mention really smelly given I don’t have an outdoor space to play with chemical strippers, stains and varnishes.

Early last week I was browsing Craigslist as I do from time to time, and I spotted something that intrigued me enough to go across town after 10 pm to see it.

The sellers Craigslist picture

The seller was moving and didn’t have space for the console in her new place. Once I saw it I knew it had to be mine, and arranged to pick it up the following day once I’d figured out transportation ( I don’t have a car, but I do have a zipcar.com membership which allows me to rent a vehicle for an hour of two when I need it).

That night I had nightmares about going to pick up the piece. The seller lived on the upper floor of a converted house with a long narrow stairway and I honestly had no idea how my mom and I were going to carry the console down. Happily the seller was having movers over the next morning, and she very kindly asked them to haul the console downstairs to the front porch where my mom and I only had to get it into the back of the CR-V I rented for the occasion.

After a bit of huffing and puffing on both ends of the journey, the console finally made it to my place, and is currently sitting in my dining room waiting for me to get started on its transformation.

My new Craigslist console

My new Craigslist console

I can’t believe I’ve gotten myself into this again. The whole things needs to be stripped, and there is again some damaged veneer. This time the damaged veneer isn’t an easily replaceable edge band but a rather large chunk missing off the base. It’s also missing some of its decorative trim along the front.

The damaged top of my new console

The damaged top of my new console

The damaged veneer - it's about the size of a deck of cards

The damaged veneer – it’s about the size of a deck of cards

The damaged trim on the front - I have no idea how I'm going to fix this.

The damaged trim on the front – I have no idea how I’m going to fix this.

As much work as I know it’s going to be, I’m a bit excited about the possibilities. I LOVE the original hardware on the console, so I’m hoping I’ll be able to buff them up a bit, and I really like the console’s shape – for some reason it reminds me of Art Deco.

So, what do you think? Have I gone completely nuts?

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