Upgrade: Dining Room Chairs
May 14, 2008, 7:56 am
Filed under: found goods, home, projects

I’ve been using these $15-back-when-I-bought-’em folding chairs from Target as dining room chairs for a long time. Say, four years now? They’re fine and all, but eventually they break, and now I’m down to three, plus two sets of random chairs that definitely don’t go together (projects. of course. sigh). So when I volunteered to host a foodie meetup dinner at my house for twelve, I took a look at my seven mismatched chairs and decided they would not do.

Off to Craigslist.

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Free Plants On Craigslist!
May 13, 2008, 2:26 pm
Filed under: found goods, in the garden

I found twelve (12!) free daylilies on Craigslist. Craig, I love you.

image by Joel Dinda

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Craigslist Retro Dresser
April 28, 2008, 4:35 pm
Filed under: found goods

This dresser is wants to be treated to a fun new green coat. Along with a taller sister, the pair is $50 somewhere near Portola Valley.

I’m supposed to be giving a furniture refinishing tutorial to a DIY group I belong to. If this were more local, it would have made a great demo project. Lots of straight lines, very little intricate detail, easy to sand down, but not at all boring. Too bad gas is $4 a gallon!

Someone already had a similar idea, and look what they’re charging for it – $500, without even a new paint job. You can do better!

Craigslist Vintage Vanity/Desk
April 9, 2008, 9:41 am
Filed under: found goods

I’m on the prowl for a desk and this one looks charming.  What I like about it is that not only could it serve as a ladylike computer desk or makeup vanity, it could also be a console table with a mirror hung over it, a landing strip in a large foyer, or the base of a DIY bathroom vanity (wouldn’t that be gorgeous?!).  I could see it with a half-inch piece of white marble cut to size on the top for real oomph.

It’s going for $125 – and I assure you, if I had the extra room in my budget it’d be mine already.  Get it before it’s gone!

Riffing What You See In Blogs
April 3, 2008, 9:02 am
Filed under: found goods, home


When you consume massive amounts of design/homegood blogs on a daily basis, it’s a little like watching TV and absorbing the advertising. I saw this post on bud vases on Apartment Therapy last week. Over the weekend I was at a BevMo and saw this tiny bottle of vodka near the register. Brain immediately made a connection. Now if I can only get someone over here to drink the stuff, then I too can have a darling tiny blue bud vase. (For the record, the vodka was $5.99 – the same price as the AT vases, but naturally getting the vodka too increases your “score!” factor.)

Le Creuset Wok
March 31, 2008, 7:17 pm
Filed under: found goods

I haunt Goodwills. When I’m in the neighborhood of one, I always go in if I have the time. Sometimes to browse for myself, but more often with an eye for generating extra income (a habit born before the eBay/Paypal conglomerate started jacking casual sellers with heavy fees). The problem is, sometimes I get attached to things I originally bought to flip. Like this Le Creuset wok I picked up yesterday from the Goodwill down near Liza’s house. It’s in excellent condition. I paid $12.99 for it. It looks like I can probably flip it for a very nice profit.


But of course the more I look at it, the more I want to keep it. I start wheedling with myself, “When are you ever going to be able to afford such a nice pot at this price?” Nevermind that I have a huge cast iron wok already, stashed in the upper stratosphere of my kitchen that I haven’t used since I got my nice chef’s pan. This one’s a more convenient size, right? And it’s prettier.


Then again, extra cash during tax season is pretty too. Ah, choices.

*Edit: I went ahead and put it on eBay before I could change my mind again.  Once someone bids on it, I can’t retract it, so that ought to solve that.  Hopefully.  Here’s hoping I don’t spend the next month pining for it after it’s gone!

Craigslist Finds: Faux Bamboo Furniture
March 19, 2008, 12:37 pm
Filed under: found goods


Here’s one that may take some work (and some upholstery know-how) but would be extraordinarily cute in a modern sunroom. Haggle the above set down to $350. Sell off the coffee table, side tables, and side chair for $150-200. Take the frame of the sofa out back and lacquer it in shiny red or yellow or other such modern hue. Have new, boxier cushions covered in a light linen oatmeal or charcoal. Voila! You’ve now successfully riffed a Design*Sponge idea and saved a ton of money doing it. With squared off cushions, this baby could look really chic and would make a stunning daybed.

This color scheme (and this) is nice too if you want to go more luxurious. If it were solely for my portfolio and not for living, I’d reverse it and make the frame chartreuse (slightly brighter) and the cushions cream.

(I am totally going to have to learn how to upholster so I can start doing these makeovers for less than the price of my first newborn.)

(And OMG do you see the prices on that Pieces website!?!)

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