The Craigslist Shuffle

While a newborn and an extremely energetic toddler has drastically decreased my garage-saling abilities, that hasn’t kept me from perusing Craigslist late, late at night. Where we once had a garage filled with furniture that wouldn’t fit in our house, now we have an almost empty one.

I called Tammy on Saturday exclaiming, “The garage is empty!” Only to go out and find four adorable bar stools:

Arthur Umanoff-like Bar Stools

Arthur Umanoff-like Bar Stools Closeup

Some other things to leave the garage was my stained Formica-topped table. That stain just wouldn’t budge and I knew it would drive our family crazy. We did replace it with an almost identical table that has four wonderful vinyl chairs to go with it. Pictures to come once our eat-in kitchen area doesn’t look like a tornado hit it.

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And another project table that I had intended to turn in to a train table. But I quickly realized there wasn’t enough time in a day to put two coats of paint on that baby.

Project Table

These chairs quickly went out the door because they were rather flimsy and just weren’t practical. I know, I love the colors too but seriously they were mega-uncomfortable.

Plastic Chairs

So long sweet table that I got four chairs with that matched my other dining room table. Basically, the chairs were free once debits and credits were tallied.

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The legs were definitely the coolest part.

photo 2And lastly, I kind of don’t want to talk about having to sell this beauty. Yes, I know the wallpaper is super out of date, but isn’t the shape of this cabinet is amazing? At least I have some photos to remind me of what I once had. This was supposed to live in our basement, but with everything that was supposed to go in there, it wouldn’t make it down the stairwell or through the basement windows.

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This all happened in about a month’s time. I think I’ve sold almost all of our extra furniture and am really paring down. Nothing like moving to make you realize how much you don’t need. Next up, I’ll share with you our lighting situation. It’s pretty exciting as I’ve found some really great snags.

What are you guys up to? Any new furniture acquisitions you’d like to share?


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  1. Rena
    Posted September 10, 2014 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    Great post, Angela!

    I do have a new furniture find. I saw an ad on Kijiji for “Teak loveseat – needs work.” I nabbed it, unfazed that it was mostly covered in high-gloss purple paint. I really got excited when Googling turned up several pictures with the piece “attributed to Ib Kofod Larsen.” Score! Solid teak AND a big-name Danish designer!

    It took me 25 long hours to strip the paint, only to reveal several 12 – 15 inch gouges that had been visited on the righthand armrest by a knife at some point. (We don’t all love old furniture, I guess.) Once the gouges were sanded away, I had to face that the wood looked nothing like teak, and that “attributed to Ib Kofod Larsen” was not all that much to go on.

    A little discouraged, I did keep searching until this link turned up: . The chair on the left of the catalogue excerpt is an exact match to my loveseat.

    What? My loveseat is not even Danish? Heartbreak! That is . . . until I found out that it seems to be by Adrian Pearsall!

    More searching seemed to confirm this. Because of Austin’s posts about Pearsall, I was pretty thrilled to see how the puzzle pieces came together for this little foundling loveseat.

    Thanks again for all of the fabulous posts and great information, Snag Team!

    • Angela
      Posted September 14, 2014 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

      Wow, Rena!! 25 hours if stripping? You are dedicated and could see a quality design underneath all that purple paint! What a great find at the end. Did you take before and after pics? Now you have a great story behind your great piece!

  2. Rena
    Posted September 23, 2014 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    Thanks, Angela! I remain excited about this loveseat even though it feels like it’s stalled in the “before” phase. Since I sanded the nasty gouges off the armrest, lovely fresh wood was exposed. So, I felt like I had to sand all of the patina off the whole piece so that there wouldn’t be one white armrest. Because the wood is very curvy, that’s meant hours and hours of handsanding.

    This piece is such a treasure that I really don’t mind. I only managed to buy it because the last owner had spent hours working on it before deciding to move on!

    • Angela
      Posted September 28, 2014 at 11:19 pm | Permalink

      Yes you’re right, you wouldn’t want one arm to be shiny and new 🙂 Let us know when you are finished with it, and send some pics! I love seeing a refinished piece. Thanks Rena!

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