Here is one piece of shabby chic furniture I don’t totally hate.

Of course these days I’m not just scouring the internet for good refinished chairs; I’ve also been looking at a lot of tables.

I’m in the process of turning this adorable-yet-cruddy-thing into a sweet little dining table. The table top was really stained, and if I hadn’t been able to sand it down to an acceptable level of patina, I would have had to paint the damn thing. And as with the chairs, I had a terrible time finding examples of refinished tables that I actually like.

But this little server with its pink top and dark-stained legs is actually pretty great. Personally I would have used (slightly smaller) brass knobs, and of course there’s too much distressing on the pink paint, but setting aside those caveats… If I’d needed to paint my table, this would have been my inspiration.

Fortunately, my table is cleaning up okay, and I’ll be able to just give it a few coats of varnish (which is what you’re supposed to do with good wood furniture because wood is so pretty).

And as a post-script on the chic but not at all shabby front… I am definitely in love with the fabulous high-shine purple dining table in this house tour. However, my dad is a physicist-turned-Christmas-tree-farmer and not the owner of an auto body shop, so a professionally painted table with a custom-mixed colour isn’t really something my pop can whip up.

Link 66: Go Look at This Gorgeous Chair

Thanks to a (possibly slightly misguided) Craigslist purchase, chair repair re-upholstering is now on my mind. Which means I’ve been googling for inspiration and information. There is a LOT of terrible shabby chic furniture out there–I just don’t understand why you would remove all the real patina on something, and then distress your perfectly painted piece to make it look like it has patina–so I haven’t found too many examples of refinished chairs that I actually like.

But this deconstructed army blanket beast is simply glorious, and you need to click on that link and spend some time admiring it. Of course it’s totally not the kind of chair I’m working with, but it’s a damn cool use of materials and form.

Denim Shirts of the Silver Screen: Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park is now on (Canadian) Netflix, and of course I had to watch. The costume design really caught my eye.

Laura Dern, you goddamn fox.

Of course I am digging the cuffed jeans and hiking boots. Very palaeontologist.

And Dr. I-Don’t-Like-Kids gets a denim shirt, too. (Also: this whole movie isn’t really so much about dinosaurs and rampant use of unproven technology, but about socializing Dr. What’s-his-nuts into liking children.)

Look at that little chambray wearing monster, all set to break down Dr. Whosit’s defences.

And I do love how after spending hours getting attacked by dinosaurs and sleeping in a tree, these two have maintained their perfectly tucked-in shirts. Good for keeping continuity, but perhaps not so realistic? No child likes to tuck in a shirt, especially into jeans.

But I know what you’re really wanting to see.

No denim in this shot, but still plenty to look at, no?

Link 64: Someone Else’s Craigslist Shenanigans

I love it when Victoria Elizabeth Barnes posts. She is a Craigslist goddess, and I am in awe of her finds, and charmed by her utterly bonkers tenacity.

I am also in awe of her [saintly? long-suffering? simply spectacularly tolerant?] husband. I’m terrible at finishing projects, and I can’t imagine what it would be like to have someone step in and help when I run into trouble.

And this week I’m faced with the prospect of needing to rent a palm sander in order to whip this quirky little fella into shape, so I’m also a bit jealous of VEB’s garage and power tools and not having strip furniture on the kitchen counter. VEB is pretty much #goals.

Oh, Craig.

This is the week of Craiglist deep dives, apparently. It’s so soothing, looking at people’s weird junk. Much better than contemplating the political situation to the south. (And yes–I’m updating a couple of things in the apartment; pics to follow once all the pieces have fallen into place!)

This listing for the most perfect gorgeous mirror almost killed me. Free?!?!? Of course it was gone before I could hit send on my “OMG YES PLEASE” email.

But lucky for all you fine art fans, this listing for two amazing boudoir paintings is still active. The seller is “fielding all reasonable offers” so have at ‘er.

Human not included? I think I’ll pass, then.