I totally fell in love today. So many good things in the archives–not just snarky funniness but also some suuuper interesting and informative posts about architecture. So good!
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.
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.
I have been working on refinishing this ottoman on and off since early June, and it’s now finally done! It was one heck of a process; every step was longer and more difficult than expected. There were a million nails to take out, layers of ancient paint and varnish to strip from the legs, and trips to various parts of the city for foam, fabric, and batting.
The ottoman is a bit big in comparison to my vintage slipper chair and kidney-shaped side table, so it will normally live tucked off to the side. But I had to photograph it in this spot–I love how the shiny Tiffany blue and taupe brocade plays off the colours in the rug, chair, and the Nate Duval prints. It is also super comfortable–the perfect height putting up your feet, and for propping up the laptop for bingewatching Stranger Things.
I find Craigslist to be vastly entertaining. I tend to not be very specific in my search terms, but just browse endlessly and have a million open tabs in my browser. I like the absurdities and the beauties, the highs and the lows. And while usually I just look at CL for fun, I do love the sense of destiny and kismet when you see a thing that just belongs to you, before it’s even really yours.
I have wanted another lamp for the living room for a while now, and have looked at all sorts of things from brassy hanging lamps to Art Deco nudes. Nothing quite hit the sweet spot of functionality plus price plus accessibility, however. I don’t have a car, so a CL purchase has to do what I need it to, at the right price point, and be either within a reasonable distance by bus or be reasonable to pay for delivery. Obviously in the case of my glorious conversation settee, it was worth taking the SkyTrain down to Richmond and paying for delivery!
In the case of this lamp, it was located an easy 2.1 km from my apartment. That’s walking distance! So, I emailed the seller with a $20 offer, and then checked my email obsessively for the next nine hours until she emailed back. Then, (after being so excited I could hardly sleep) it was walkin’ time.
How to Take Your Lamp for a Walk:
- Slap on some sunscreen. I recommend something sweat-proof–it’s hot out there!
- Put on your headphones, dark sunglasses, and a slightly bored facial expression–you’re not doing anything special or weird; you take your lamp for a walk all the time!
- Don’t make eye contact with any of the people who stare at you and your fabulous lamp.
- Take breaks if you need ’em–your lamp may be heavier than expected. Just pick a shady spot and pretend you’re getting a text message–bloop!
- Bring your lamp inside to its new home, where it belongs.
I am not 100% sold on the lampshade; in addition to being full of dust and a bit worn, it also doesn’t fit the lamp properly, and isn’t quite the right colour against the avocado walls. But it’s good enough for now. Also good enough for now is the little table: it is covered in waterspots and scratches. But I’m not in the mood for a furniture-stripping project (still recovering from the ottoman legs), so the plan is to find a nice large pot and stick a plant there.
And in conclusion, here is the obligatory…