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A Find

Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on September 1, 2010

A couple weeks ago I scored some vintage Bertoia diamond chairs and some vintage Knoll tulip stools.  They needed a little bit of love, so I spent Saturday morning cleaning up the pieces.  Have you ever used a Magic Eraser?  Holy Cow!  I’m in love.

Anyway, the fruits of my labor:

Before, yucky unfortunate cover on the diamond chairs and a lot of scuffing and forty to fifty years of grime.  Bleh.

They’re the real deal!

Upholstery massacre:

I actually couldn’t properly attack the upholstery.  My wonderful husband got all manly on the chairs and got the covers off.

Here, I’m hoping you can see a before and an after chair.  I’m telling you, that Magic Eraser was AWESOME.  I’m kind of sad I didn’t get more stuff to redo.  Like the tulip cocktail table.  It was pretty rough looking.  But I turned it down before I knew the power of the magic eraser!  (though be aware that Magic Erasers will take the shine off of finishes)


Very cool, right?  Unfortunately, they haven’t quite found the right home in our house.  I’d like to hang on to them, but for the right price I’d consider selling.

I also got some cool chrome chairs that I plan on using as dining chairs once I get them recovered.  More to come on that!


Craigslist Love in OKC

Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on April 6, 2010

Feeling Frenchy?  LOVE that second one.  $175, $90 respectively.  Can’t hurt to ask low.

Interesting chairs with a kind of groovy shape.  They’re asking $400 for the buffet, table and chairs.

And a cool table. $245 for table and chairs.  I like the curvy legs.

Snazzy little bar cart so you can style up your place Lonny style.  $25!!!

Snazzy little dresser to paint up as you like. $45.

This sofa has kind of a Billy Baldwin vibe to it.

They’re asking too much, but it’s cute, and they’re willing to bargain.

8×10 rug, $350.

And moving to the less antique-y, finale of our show:

For the patio.  A comfy bargain at $75.  There are so many great outdoor fabrics now, that you can live with these cushions till you find some fabric you love, then slowly add pillows.  Or do a wham, bam, thank you ma’am, presto change-o.

Whew! That’s enough.  And for the record craigslisters…  there’s no such thing as a “leather foot bench.”  It’s an ottoman.  Maybe a footstool.  Most likely an ottoman.

A Little Ebay Love

Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on December 2, 2009

Faux bamboo.  Perhaps to hold a flat screen on top and your junk underneath? Starting bid $100.  I’d paint it.  Likely glossy. Then I’d shine up that hardware till it gleams. It could also be cool as a sideboard to stow all the table cloths and fancy dishes you never use.  Top it off with a mirror on the wall, a pair of fabulous lamps and you’re all glammed up to use the fancy table cloths and dishes you never use.

Paint it grey, reupholster the arm padding and downsize the cushion.  Change it all to linen, perhaps with the seams going out on the cushion for a rougher look.  Current bid $72.

This is interesting.  It could be really cool on some of those dark walls we’ve been obsessing about.  I can’t quite get a good read on the wood color, but I’m intrigued.  It’d be very cool with a smoky, aged mirror.  You know, one of those spotty looking ones. Starting bid $40.

A little more on the gilded side table business.  Though I do not appreciate the beveled glass top.  Current bid $104.49.

These chairs have a few issues, but they could add such a great graphic element between the bright color and their lines. Starting bid $100 for the set of six!

Yes. Yes. Yes.  Another obsession is twin beds.  I’ve never had a twin bed, and I hate sleeping in them, but I love how a pair look.  Paint these puppies and have some guests or kids.  Starting bid $30 for one, with the option to buy both.

All of these are available from TS and Company out of Florida.  I’m trying to keep my eye out for a great company like this with local delivery/pick up in Oklahoma.  Any recommendations?