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guest room before after

I’m mostly German, but my husband has Scandinavian in his blood, and as I began looking around at ideas for our guest room, I kept coming back to the simple, clean lines and white, with touches of red that I found online. Here’s the board I started.

It was such an antidote to the conglomeration of leftovers that had been put in there.guest room from hallway

You know how it is. You have a room. It needs stuff. So you grab what you have and throw it together. There’s no shame in that – that’s life!

But after several years of beige walls and mismatched furniture, it was time for a change.

Here’s the BEFORE tour.

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Doesn’t exactly scream, “welcome to our house! relax!”

So I went to work.

First, time to lose the beige walls. I went for Nano White from the Home Decorators paint collection at the Home Depot.

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Since I was doing this room on a budget, I found a headboard on Craigslist. It was bad 60’s brown, fake wood, and the perfect candidate to paint a nice semi-gloss black.

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I knew the room needed help in the lighting department. I love the look of wall sconces, so I chose almost-black, swing-arm, plug-in sconcesIMG_7544 IMG_7547 IMG_7576

For the remaining furniture, besides the bed, I shopped from around the house, or bought second-hand. I used an old pair of end tables that used to be in my living room two houses ago, as the nightstands. As luck would have it, they were already black.IMG_7594 IMG_7597

The antique dresser was handed down from my husband’s aunt and uncle. The mirror used to be in our dining room, in our last house.

I picked up the vintage wood luggage rack at a flea market for about $20, and found a small bench at the World’s Longest Yard Sale for $6. Both needed a makeover to fit into the black, white, and red color scheme.guest room bench in progress

I picked up the great suzani fabric from Online Fabric Store a while back, and had enough to make the two curtain panels as well as cover the small bench seat.

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I gave the mismatched picture frames a cohesive coat of black paint. and got some black curtain tiebacks.

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For the bedding, I reused a plain white quilt I had. I found some red striped sheets at HomeGoods, as well as the map throw pillow. I used a needle and thread to add a small heart over our hometown. IMG_7580 IMG_7585The grain sack pillows were a find from the Country Living fair in Columbus, OH, last year. (Highly recommend going sometime – great stuff!) I also found a red throw blanket on clearance at Pottery Barn.

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The bed skirt I found at Target on clearance, and it was about an inch or so too long, so it was bunching up on the floor. I put it on the bed, and pinned to where it needed to be hemmed, then did a simple straight stitch all the way around with my sewing machine. IMG_7569 IMG_7581

Now for the finishing touches.  I had a piece of reclaimed lumber that someone had given me. IMG_7542I painted a little message for our guests on it, added a sawtooth hanger to the back and hung it up. I also grabbed a set of wall hooks from the home improvement store, so people have somewhere to hang their purse, hat, keys, whatever. I hung both over the painted luggage rack. guest room wall hooks

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Also from the Country Living fair, came this adorable little tin with a chalkboard inside. I put our wi-fi info on it and hung it up.IMG_7549

The walls still needed a little something so I pulled out a great, neutral boat pic that I’ve had forever, and hung it opposite the bed.IMG_7583

OK…Are you ready for the AFTER tour? Let’s do it!guest room tour1

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One last word on pulling this room together. Picking out lighting, bedding, decorative touches, and fabric took me over a year, easily. Did I get frustrated that making this room over was taking SO LONG? Sometimes. But I live in the real world. I do what I can, when I can, with as much DIY and fiscal sense as I can. That’s how we roll. It’s easy to go online and see a reveal post, and think the process is faster or easier for other people. Making things better, making them beautiful takes time, money, and energy. What combination of those things it takes will be a little different for everyone.  I’ve learned to be OK with that.

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guest room after collage

We’ve had several friends and family members stay here since the makeover, and all have slept well. So I’m calling the room a success.   :-) Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Anne

 

 

 

 

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Hey everyone!
Hope you all had a great week. I am in the midst of training for a half marathon in a few weeks and I had my 8 mile run today. Oh. Dear.
I am exhausted and my whole body hurts so I am writing this post from my couch with a glass of wine.

So to distract myself from the ache in my muscles let’s talk furniture!
I had some fun working on these chairs for a great client this week.

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She has fantastic taste and decided on a wide navy striped fabric from Premier Prints for the upholstery, and an espresso stain on the wood.

Once I took the backs off, she and I both decided we liked the chairs better with no back cushion! So we left it off. (We’re crazy like that.)

Wowsers, what a difference!

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Love these. Love how simple and striking they are. Minwax Polyshades is your friend, people!

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Now how about some great CL finds this week? Let’s go.

1. This hall tree is amazing. So gorgeous!! Hooks, umbrella stand, marble and mirror and it’s $50!
Gorgeous.

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A vintage piece like this is a one stop shop method for adding charm, character, and function to your entry.

Source: Decor Arts Now

Source: Decor Arts Now (and be sure to read the post attached to this picture for excellent tips on making a new construction home look “old.” I’ve pinned it myself for future reference!)

2. Have you seen any projects that have gone for the card-catalog look? Lots of small drawers with that cool label holder hardware on them?

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(Btw, D. Lawless Hardware is an excellent source for label holders. I met the founder’s grandson at the 2014 Haven Conference, and what a cool company!)

My friend Bee from Windgate Lane did this one. Adorable, right?!

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That look is totally attainable. You just have to look for the right piece of furniture. Which is what I found on Craigslist this week!

This dresser.

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This piece would make a perfect “card catalog” entry table for a mere $25!Craigslist Hall Table

Give family members their own drawer to stash their stuff.  Again, add some of those label holders and you are good to go (although I really like the dark stain on the body of this one on Etsy)!

Card Catalog Foyer Table via Etsy

And this cool side table is practically screaming. “Someone please make me a card catalog!”  Can you hear it? Yeah you can! $40!

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3. I love campaign furniture. It has those metal – brass if you’re lucky – pieces on the front of it, at the corners.

Here’s a great set for the right space. Maybe a boy’s room?Campaign Desk and Hutch

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And here’s a smaller piece, too.

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Gorgeous, no?!

That’s it for this week. Have a lovely one, friends!

XO,
Anne

 

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Hi friends!

Once upon a time I asked some of my Facebook peeps if they’d like to have a post on what I’d buy on Craigslist done in their cities. To my utter shock, people jumped at the offer!

So better late than never, per the request of Heather from Queen of Everything, we are off to the Dallas/Fort Worth area!

1. If you’re in the market for a piece to reupholster, but you kind of, well, don’t really know what you’re doing yet, you need a guinea pig piece. I nominate this one.

Adorable, right? And ten bucks! Get a good staple gun, some cute fabric, and get ready to YouTube your brains out.

You can SO do this. And, as a bonus, I also nominate this cute ottoman/footstool to become your new chair’s partner in crime.

And since you asked so nicely, here’s my pick for a fabric to upholster them both:

If that doesn’t scream “Spring!” I don’t know what does. Happy dance!

2. I’ve never picked a quilt rack before, but this has a few things going for it.

It’s got very pretty legs, known as “barley twist” which is something I’d never heard of before Heather said she liked that style of furniture. You’ve got expensive taste, girl, because everything I found that was called “barley twist” had several zeros behind the list price!  This little gal is only $45, and would make a charming addition to a guest room or family room. It’s been painted a bright white, and looks like it’s lightly distressed. Hope you like it, Heather!

3. What a great deal on a bright chair! It could be the fact that I’m plotting a redo of my guest room in red and white, and this chair would be perfect, but I just think this is so cute!

It’s currently on the Pier1 website for $80, so this, my friends, is a true steal!
Put it in your entry (like this one) for an instant pick-me-up.

4.  Maybe you have an old light fixture you want to switch out.  I think this wicker pendant is adorable, and they are everywhere right now.

Remodelista compared some higher and lower end lights, but even the “steals” out there are no match for the $20 price tag on the Craigslist find! I love the idea of hanging it over the living area like this.

5. I don’t yet own any campaign-style furniture, but I sure would love to, one day. And if you would, too, then I suggest scooping up this coffee table for $20.

You can clean it up, and use it as-is. It comes with a glass top, too, which is super nice and prevents you from worrying about spills, etc.
And, you’ll get the look of this coffee table, which retails for almost $3000. Yes, there are three zeros in that price tag.

Or you could paint it a bright color, in a lacquer finish, and have a showstopper.


Painted campaign furniture can be such a stunner. 

I love the pops of brass against the colors.

So there you have it. My picks for you crafty, thrifty, awesome Texans out there.  And here’s the disclaimer I always feel the need to include in my Craigslist posts.  I’ve been buying and selling from Craigslist for years. I have yet to have a problem. I always use my common sense. Take a friend or relative with you (especially the large, male type if you have one.) If a piece is small enough, you can ask to meet in a public spot, like a well-lit grocery store parking lot.  Be careful. Be safe.  And have fun.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this!
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XO,
Anne

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Hi friends!

I was supposed to deliver some long overdue furniture this week. 

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 So, the cute desk with the purple hardware is still in my basement much to my – and my husband’s – chagrin because Mother Nature and my schedule are conspiring against me. (snow outside as I write this) Sigh.


I’ve run 27 miles on the treadmill at the gym in the last two weeks because running and painting furniture are my two quickest paths to sanity. 
Especially in January.  
(Napping is a close third)
So, here’s my picks to help keep you sane this week! :-)

1. I’ll start off with the biggest ticket item. It’s $350. But before you pass, take a look at what you get for the money. A LOT.






The rugs are not included (fine with me) but check out this lot. Tall dresser, short dresser with mirror, headboard, footboard, and two matching end tables.  This is like the holy grail of Craigslist furniture.
Amazing! If you need bedroom furniture for a girl, this is it buddy. RUN.

Think you’re not a fan of French Provinicial?  Think again.

Forget all the white sets (I’m not even putting a picture in here because you know what they look like anyway).  And take a step or four out of your comfort zone with fantastic options like these:













Must. Stop. But you get the idea.


2. I love this. I just can’t help myself. He’s baaaack! Remember our good friend, Mr. Chester Drawer
Every once in a while Mr. Drawer pops up here on Craigslist.  No, you can’t make this stuff up. :-)

But besides his name, this guy boasts some cool hardware.  

Think it looks too dated to be awesome? Like this guy?

Nope.

Our Chester doesn’t come with the hardware on the edges, but that’s no biggie because you can easily buy some and wa-la. 
(The seller is asking $75 for the dresser.)

And you can have an awesome campaign dresser for under $100.
I vote yes!

3. You know how I feel about benches. There’s almost no space that can’t benefit from a cute one. 

This fits the bill perfectly. For $30 you can’t beat it! Enough said.

4. Another thing you know I love – settees (and I think love seats are close enough so we’re just going to go with it.) The lines on this are great!


How about a wide stripe on it?
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Just do it!

5. Last but not least, something I don’t see a lot of  – a pair of matching nightstands for a super reasonable price… $30.

They aren’t sexy, but man, if you buy them new, they’d cost you an arm and a leg. Using smaller pieces like these to get a dose of color into a room is very low commitment.

I love this yellow.

This green one.

And these in aqua.

Now go forth and get something fabulous! 
As always, if you buy from someone you don’t know, be smart. Take a friend. All that good stuff… 

How are you surviving January?

XO,
Anne
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Happy New Year!!

I hope you have been savoring winter break as we have – with lots of family, friends, food, church, naps, football, and presents. Not necessarily in that order. :-)

There are some cool finds this week…here we go! (If you are visiting for the first time, I live near Cincinnati, Ohio, so these items are all local to me.)

1. Vintage white cabinet listed for $250.


I know that’s more than I usually spend on Craigslist items, but I like this one for its size, its condition, and its flexibility. Here’s why.
First, its size – dimensions are 70 ” tall, 30 ” wide, 12″ deep. You can fit a lot of stuff in that.
Second, its condition looks good – not perfect – but not like it would need a complete overhaul before you could put it in your house.
And third its flexibility. I love this for a kitchen or bath, as the listing suggests, but I think you could also store extra linens, books, or household supplies in it.
Here are a few pics to get your juices flowing.

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I’m not sure, but this may be an old medical cabinet, and my Uncle Dan & Aunt Pat (who are walking encyclopedias of furniture knowledge and have a booth here in Lexington, KY) just told me that medical items are hot right now. 
(READ: I think this could easily sell for more than it’s listed.) 
I can’t tell whether it’s metal or wood, but if I had room for it, I’d buy it.

2. “Old school” desk chairs or office chairs. I love ’em. Metal, wood, doesn’t matter… they are just SO superior to those newfangled things they make now. (wink) So, that said, go scoop these up. 

Cosco Propeller Chair $35


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Think about how cool they’d look in a boy’s room!



3. How cute is this old toy piano


It looks beautiful and would make an adorable addition to a nursery or playroom. 

The two like it on Etsy are more expensive than this one. They are asking $45. Go for it!

4. OK this item has been on Craigslist for a while now. In my mind’s eye there is a boy (what is it with boys rooms in this post?) who has an awesome vintage-y train room. 
Maybe like… this one.  
(Because HELLO it has a train track running around the top of the room. Please don’t tell my son. Thank you.)


And in this mythical train room, folded over the back of a cozy chair, you’d find this cool blanket.

It’s from a Pullman sleeping car!


I totally have a movie-like image of men dressed in suits and women in pearls taking a trip, eating and sleeping aboard a train in the heyday of rail travel. 


That’s the era these blankets belong to! 
It’s stuff like this that takes a room from catalog-designed to uniquely personal. They are conversation pieces, and they are a way to pass on some history to the next generation. 
So someone please buy this cool blanket and do up an awesome vintage train room.  Again, thank you.

5. Last, here’s a gal after my own heart. Cute side table, all painted and ready to go. Would make a great addition to a living room near you! $80



This winter weather and ridiculously cold temperatures have me dreaming of yard sale weather….

Just saying.

:-)
Anne







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It’s almost the end of the year.  Hard to believe.  And there seems to be a lot of people who have things they want to get rid of, because Craigslist has been smokin’ hot this week!

I’ll get right to it.

1. This settee.  $60


I know I’ve included settees before on the blog, and explained why, so I won’t do that again, but I included this piece for a different reason (besides the fact that I just plain like it – excellent lines and very pretty wood carvings on the back.)
If you look carefully at the post, you might notice that the seller spelled settee wrong.  I’m not trying to harp on anyone’s grammar or spelling, because that’s not why I’m here, but I point it out to you to because it may hurt the seller’s chances of finding a buyer. If someone is indeed searching for a settee, they very well may not find this listing. That may mean you have an advantage as a buyer.  And likewise, if you’re selling, use spell check! (This goes for eBay, too.)

2. This vanity… is awesome. It is so so so pretty. And $50!!



You’d need to reconstruct the seat, but it would be equally as lovely in a grown woman’s room as it would in a little girl’s.  I love how petite looking it is and just classic with beautiful hardware and those vintage casters.
And here’s a little secret –  I did actually buy it on Craigslist this week this for someone special! (I’ll share more later on that)

My Dad and I are going to refinish it for my sister for her birthday in March! I’m already looking at finish options.
White with a dark stained top?


Or red? I’m getting ready to buy a quart of Annie Sloan Emperor’s Silk which would be gorgeous…and my sister is the “red” girl so she would love this.


Lots of fun. My parents and I sort of raced over to the seller’s house because he said he had someone else coming to look at it. No way was I letting this one get away. Can’t wait to get started on it.

3. This is something I haven’t seen before. It looks like an old table that would have been in a hospital, perhaps?



I’m assuming it also lays flat. That opens up possibilities for this piece. What about making it the bedside table in your guest room?  This woman found one and put it to work as an end table in the living room.


So cool! Or you could give your child who is studying an instrument a place to put his or her sheet music. It’s just a great conversation piece. They’re asking $100.

4. Here’s a piece that has an issue.


It’s an awesome old dresser but it’s missing a drawer. What to do?
For $75 here’s what you do. Buy it. And then you get creative.
Like this piece from Sweet Pickins


Or this piece

Or this piece from Shabby Story.


5. When I saw this piece, pinned to someone’s board, I fell in love.


Of course, it’s Pottery Barn Teen and a gazillion dollars. *eye roll*  Nonetheless, this is sort of a dream project for me. I would love to put this in my daughter’s room, which is the smallest bedroom in our house, where floor space is at a premium.
So when I saw these on Craigslist, you can imagine…the wheels started turning.



For $100 you could do so much with these!! They would work equally as well for either a boy or a girl.
And they are solid wood. Amazing. You just don’t run across stuff like this every day. I just don’t know if I can take on a project of this size right now……hmm….

That’s it for 2013!
Thank you for sharing part of your lives with me here, even if it is just a little bit.
I feel blessed and lucky to do what I love.

May health and happiness be yours in the New Year.

XO,
Anne
PS – As always, if you buy from Craigslist be careful and take a friend with you. I can’t vouch for these sellers or their items.  If you end up buying any of these, please let me know!

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Hi friends and Merry Christmas!

What an awesome time of year. I’ve taken several weeks off from doing this post, but I missed it, so here we go!

1. Beautiful King size caned bed

You cannot go wrong with a classic like this. Ballard Designs has a gorgeous option that will run you $1000.
So the seller’s asking price of about $200 seems like a good deal to me!

2. The gift of a dollhouse is timeless and what little girl wouldn’t love a house like this one?

It does say it needs some work, but isn’t that what January is for? A good project to pass the time… For $80, I just love this.

3. I’ve shown you chairs like these before, but as I have also mentioned in the past, finding things in pairs can be especially difficult if you are buying secondhand.  And things in pairs can be especially helpful when it comes to decorating and staging your living spaces.  Symmetry is your friend.
So GRAB these for $35 and run.

And you are already imagining them with new upholstery, aren’t you?
This Etsy seller did a fantastic job.

Never gets old, does it? :-)

4. I love a simple wooden bench like this, called a deacon’s bench, I believe.

It is beautiful in its spare design… so unfussy.  Great in a foyer or bedroom or hallway if you have room.

What about using this at your kitchen table for a change? Just a thought.
For the life of me I cannot find a good photo of a room where someone has done this, but I think it would be really great looking.

5. What fun is this table?


We put our crack team of investigators here on the case to find out what this is, and in case you didn’t already guess, it is a sewing machine table.  According to this woman, who also found one

it dates back to the 1890’s.  Very cool. And so striking with the cast iron bottom.
No sewing machine included in the one for sale now, and as you can see the pedal at the bottom is missing, as is the original cabinet on top, but the stand alone I think is worth the $65 the seller is asking.
I found old ads for these machines… here

How cool is that? 
Even if you are not a sewing type person, this would make a fabulous addition to your home.  Instant history.
And I cannot read one word of this, but I don’t need to.  This is gorgeous in any language.


So there you have it. 
As always, if you choose to buy from these sellers or anyone on Craigslist, please be smart, be safe, take a friend with you, and as the song says, “don’t outsmart your common sense.”
To anyone whose eyes are on this page, I just want to say thank you for taking a few minutes to spend with me here. This is more fun for me than you’ll ever know!
And Merry Christmas.
May all the blessings of the season be yours.
XO,
Anne
 



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Hi friends!

It has been such a busy week here – husband traveling, kids off school for Columbus Day and a teacher in-service day, and we have determined that we are hosting Thanksgiving, complete with family members flying in from the West Coast. Woo hoo!

So I am getting myself in gear for some serious home improvement work to be done between now and Turkey Day.  Work has not slowed down for me, either (for which I am so grateful)!

This week I worked on a good friend’s nursery.  She just welcomed twin boys and as they are still too small to come home, it was the perfect chance to make good on my offer to paint their initials on the wall over their cribs.  Here’s a peek:

Such a cute room.  Can’t wait to show it to you!

Now onto this weeks finds.
I have hosting company on the brain.  I think that probably will explain some of my choices.

1. A Murphy Bed.  You know, the kind of bed that folds up against the wall when you’re not using it?
These things are so cool.  AND save a ton of space.  And I have a hunch that at $100 this one is a steal.
It is described as a restoration project (and the pic is dark), so you’d have to investigate a little and see what kind of shape it is in, structurally.  But I love it!

Look at how pretty this one is, shown on Houzz.

Traditional Bedroom by Quakertown Design-Build Firms Sullivan Building & Design Group

Bring on the guests!

2. This totally beautiful table – such an unusual shape! There is a tiny repair that needs to be done, but it is so unique. Worth $75 if you ask me. 


I’d love to see it with a scalloped bracket on top to mimic the shape, and a pretty initial in the center.


So pretty!

3. You could also give your dining room a little pick-me-up if you’re hosting this Thanksgiving.  I doesn’t have to cost tons.  Maybe switch out your two captain’s chairs for something different.
These are great and they are practically free.

Chairs like these are SO easy to recover. Turn it over. Grab a screwdriver or drill. Unscrew the seat.
Get 1/2 yard of fabric. Pull it around the edges tightly.  Staple.  This is not brain surgery, people! Chair seats like these are the perfect place to do a little bit bolder or brighter color or pattern.  There’s almost no commitment.  If you don’t like it next year, take it off and put something completely different on.
This project shared on Hometalk is a perfect example.
Here’s the before:

And AFTER:

Love it. LOVE.

4. Upgrade your sleeping quarters with this beautiful daybed.

I’m thinking about doing just that in my daughter’s room – we would like to add a trundle underneath for sleepovers. I have to be honest. I want to paint whatever daybed goes in my daughter’s room, but this one is killing me because it’s cherry. Ugh. Have to think on that one….. But rooms like this from Just A Girl are so pretty.  (bonus on this post – she painted that awesome tree on her daughter’s wall!)

That’s all for this week.
Stay warm!

XO,
Anne

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Hi there!
It has been an absolutely gorgeous week here in the Cincinnati area.  For that I am truly grateful.
I hope fall is being kind to you, wherever you may be.

Let’s dig right in, shall we?

1. A $100 set of brown leather chairs that looks like they’re brand new.  


These are timeless, and a steal at this price.  Put them in a living room with the fireplace and a soft throw… heaven.


2.  This cool cast-iron-looking light fixture for $30.  


Use it to dress up a hallway


or hang it someplace a bit more unexpected, like a master bath.


3. I have no good theory as to why these people are giving this cool red chair away for $5 but that’s just something I say to thank the Craigslist gods for, take it, and run. :-) 


I’d love it in a boy’s room like this one.  


Clean lines, great color, not childish at all, but kid-friendly nonetheless. And hello… It’s $5!!

4. This great secretary


Oh, you thought it was just a drawer? Nope. This listing is just a victim of poor photo placement.  And I bet 186 other people skipped right by it, which is unfortunate because THIS is the great secretary, and it’s $30.


Yes, you can certainly use it in a living or bedroom. But what about putting it to work in a bathroom like this one in House Beautiful magazine


The height makes it great for using the vertical space, and there are shelves and drawers all ready to store your things.  Takes that room up three notches instantly.

5. This fun little bar cart.  


I think this is adorable. $50 may be a little high in my totally uninformed opinion.
Use it in the kitchen or on your porch to hold flowers and offer somewhere to sit your coffee cup
(and this one even got a monogram!)



When you’re entertaining, open the sides and you have an instant (rolling) mini-buffet. 


Or better yet, tie aprons on your kids, load some goodies on this thing, and have them play waiter or waitress when Grandma and Grandpa come over. :-)

So there you have it. And as always, if you buy from Craigslist, be smart, be safe, and for Pete’s sake, let me know what you got!

XO,
Anne

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Hi friends!

Made my first pot of chili… I love fall.  But it’s also the time of year that yard sales tend to start winding down where I live. So, besides the thrift store, Craigslist is my fix. :-)

So here goes:

1. This adorable white spindle table.  It has great lines and detail.  And it’s $35.

Put it in a girls room.  Or the guest room.  Or the bathroom.  Or the living room.

I think I’d leave it white, although this looks awesome painted bright blue.

2. This $25 planting table/workbench.  If you have room for it, please buy it so that when I build my garage I can buy it from you.  :-)  

This one is featured at HGTV.com

I must be feeing lazy this week because I actually like this just the way it is, too, although this one in white is so great.  Doesn’t it just make you want to plant something??

I just love the idea of a place to store your tools, and pots, and watering can and cute garden gloves.  Organize it all this fall so that when spring comes, you’re ready to roll.

3. Pick up this very vintage 70’s looking queen/full size headboard for $30.

Don’t make that face.  I’m telling you, bad 60’s and 70’s furniture with all the carvings and turned posts on it is the BEST stuff to paint.  Looks fabulous.
Don’t believe me?  Now, it’s not identical, but our friends over at Pottery Barn would ask you to cough up $1500 for their white version, the Caroline bed.

But if you don’t want to use it as a headboard, you can do what this brilliant woman did and turn it into a fantastic front porch welcome sign…. what?! I love that!!!

Heck this other headboard is a measley $10.

Paint the panel with chalkboard paint and rotate messages.  Seriously? People are so smart.  This is just adorable.

4. These $6 footstool legs are so great (so long as they are sturdy – and I’d ask when I contact the seller.)

Besides having a pretty footstool around to look at,

I think it’s great to have in case a little one would like to pull a chair up to the coffee table and color or something.  Get a piece of plywood, some foam and batting and cover it in anything you want! You could easily add higher sides to it like this one, also.

I also think it would be cute to put next to a kid’s bed if the bed sits up high.  Sooo cute.

5. I think this is a very old antique rocking chair.

And I bet it would look amazing recovered and updated in a very special little one’s room.  Can you see it?  I sure can.  That’s exactly what these people did.

What a cool piece!

As I mentioned up top, I went thrifting this week (to escape the madding news coverage of the government shutdown #furious) and scored two great pieces…one for me!

Here they are – a vintage 60’s or 70’s coffee table (remember? great pieces to paint) and this unusual arm chair.

It was the woodwork on the front of this chair that had me at hello. SO cool!! I cannot wait to see it in a fresh new fabric and a coat of paint. Those turned legs and carvings are just going to pop!

And I am keeping the coffee table.  More about that later.
Remember, friends, if you decide to buy something on Craigslist, BE SMART.  I do not know any of these sellers – and I always try to make my Craigslist interactions as transparent as possible… take someone with you.  If the piece isn’t huge, you can ask to meet in a public place like a grocery store parking lot.  If your gut tells your something isn’t right, listen to it.

Now, that said, get out there and do something awesome!

XO,
Anne

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