Sunday, July 18, 2010

Life without Ikea

Because we now live in a bigger place, we need a few extra furniture items. A couple more dressers, a TV stand, some cutie things for the nursery -- and so on.

But life in Colorado means life without Ikea (and Trader Joe's DON'T GET ME STARTED) and so instead of our one-stop-shop for all things home, we're having to think outside the big box.

Which is good, really, since we're both into design things and prefer real stuff to fake stuff. It's just that Ikea is so easy. And the meatballs so flipping amazing.

We attempted flea marketing yesterday, but it was a scary-person-drunk-person-stolen-merch-blazing-hot-sun-weird-lotions-for-sale-instead-of-antiques kind of place.

My dreams were dashed (always wanted to write that) until this morning when walking back from breakfast (at the best little bakery/eatery/awesomery) we happened across a garage sale. And soon we had a rocking chair, side table, and two dressers in our backyard, in various states of disarray and repair and refinishing.







The neighbors love us!

Just wait till my cloth dipe line is up! Weirdo hippies dot com!

7 comments:

  1. That's so great that you found some good stuff, and it's so much fun to refinish it!
    I have a bookcase that is itching to be repainted...I just need the humidity to go away first.

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  2. Feel free to pass along refinishing tips...

    ... preferably those that allow me not to get my hands dirty. thanks.

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  3. mmmmm i love me some garage sales!

    they just don't make stuff like they used too.

    yup. i just said that. :)

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  4. Love your purchases! The rocking chair especially- cute chair pads are fun to buy ;) And you get that unique, loved-home look, you weird hippy you...mom

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  5. Love your purchases! The rocking chair especially- cute chair pads are fun to buy ;) And you get that unique, loved-home look, you weird hippy you...mom

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  6. That's so great that you found some good stuff, and it's so much fun to refinish it!
    I have a bookcase that is itching to be repainted...I just need the humidity to go away first.

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  7. Cindy2:16 PM

    My advice to Clay...don't try to paint oil base over latex or latex over oil base or laquer finish without first priming. It will peel off like rubber; use a prep/primer like Kilz. I have also heard that Behr (Home Depot) is a premium paint.
    Wish I was closer to see if you wanted a harvest table with chairs.
    Dirty hands? Rubber gloves.

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