Buying MORE Furniture

So…..

I bought more furniture.

2 side tables, 4 chairs, and a headboard and footboard to be exact.

How does it all fit in the house you ask? Well, I sell some and move others.

But! In my defense, we did need the 4 dining chairs even though those were not what I was initially buying furniture for.

The company Antique or Unique is a online company who purchases antique and vintage wood furniture from individual parties and sells it online. This way he keeps his overhead low.

Which is exactly why I follow him on Facebook. So, on Saturday I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and I found this:

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It was $50 and I had to have it. I asked Robert and he said yes so we drove 45 minutes one way.

It was the 1940’s mahogany with the same drawer pull as my coffee table and everything else in my house.

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See, it matches.

I had decided it would replace the leather insert side table in the living room.

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While I was looking at the drop-leaf table I saw this one right near it for $45.

14900511_1313417458700182_7393737900334074766_nAnd it matched even better. So I decided to get both and Robert would have the drop-leaf table as his new nightstand.

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I told Robert on the drive there I could only get 2 things which is one more than we originally were going to the warehouse for. Unless we find dining chairs, then I could get 4 of those also.

So as we were checking out. I saw the chairs in the back and asked how much each one was. I was thinking also $30 or $40. BUT! He said all of his chairs were $15 each. I excused myself and went over to them.

We got 4.

They don’t have any cushion or upholstery (post coming later) so we are going to get fabric soon.

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The small pumpkin is for the cat.

I ended up with exactly what Robert and I agreed on me being allowed to get. Though really, I would have gotten more if I saw more things I liked.

While we were there I saw a twin mahogany headboard and footboard for $125. Which I wanted to replace the brass one I had previously. (Free with the bed.)

 

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Not very pretty since everything else I have is mahogany. But I had actually seen the exact same one (actually there were 2) at a thrift store where I live for $50. So the next day I went over and promptly bought it.

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I think it looks beautiful. Full twin bed post coming later.

I love everything. All of it for $250 including the upholstery fabric and supplies. ūüôā

 

Built-ins Are Not What You Think

We think of built in bookshelves and cabinetry as a luxury or opulent since they are typically in very old and often grand homes. ¬†Why aren’t they built now?¬†And¬†are they really opulent?

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Built-in Cabinets

In this modern day and age it is quite expensive to commission a carpenter to install solid wood or mahogany  bookshelves and cabinets. Why? Because skilled trades such as that are becoming obsolete and are being replaced with either automation or easier building projects.

One of the other major reasons it isn’t done anymore is because the materials needed like mahogany or¬†cherry are much more expensive to purchase.

And any homes with these built-ins preexisting are already expensive since they are so old and typically near the cities.

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In a 1912 Craftsman in Portland, OR

So, to answer the question, Yes. Built-ins are expensive for many reasons and therefore opulent, grand, and luxurious these days.

But, what about when these homes were first built in the early 1900s?

These homes and subsequently their built-ins were made for the working class, not the upper class.

Why? Because buying furniture was expensive and difficult to move when the owners relocated. So, the less furniture they had to buy and take with them the cheaper it was.

During the early 1900s when there was a great influx of people to America and specifically the Pacific Northwest contractors and builders realized that when they made these smaller bungalow and Craftsman homes (popular at the time) they needed to include built-in furniture to accommodate the working class.

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This Built-in Buffet is beautiful.

If you are interested in learning more about old houses and styles wait for a future post of mine or check out this book , Classic Houses Of Seattle.

What do you think of built-ins? I find them exquisite and full of history and stories.

Antique vs. Vintage

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I  recently learned the difference between Antique and Vintage.

According to Wikipedia

Antique:¬† “an old collectible item.

  • It is collected or desirable because of its age, beauty, rarity, condition, utility, personal emotional connection, and/or other unique features.
  • It is an object that represents a previous era or time period in human society.
  • It is common practice to define “antique” as applying to objects at least 100 years old.”

It is a little more difficult to define vintage since it relates to wine making. However, I did find a Google definition.

Vintage:

  • “Denoting something of high quality, especially something from the past or characteristic of the best period of a person’s work.”

This seems to be a square vs. rectangle situation. An antique piece can be vintage but a vintage piece doesn’t mean it is antique.

Both definitions define periods in time or eras. I think they can be interchangeable but as I see it it isn’t about 100 years anymore. It is about eras.

As I think it is commonly understood that anything in the 40s-80s (scary even the 90s and early 00s now) is “vintage” and anything in the 30s and before is antique.

I don’t think it is a fine line but I think it is the different eras.

The Victorian era to the 30s is antique for the Drexel furniture and corseted clothing. And vintage comes in the 40s through the 80s From the war posters to the poodle skirts and Woodstock dresses from the 60s and 70s.

I am sure I will do more research soon.

Where is your cut off era to define the terms? Or do you stick to the over/under 100 years rule?

A Side Table In Need Of Love

After the Living Room Tetris was finished I found this side table for $5. The top is wood with a leather insert. It is water damaged and there is no stain or polyurethane on the wood. So it must be refinished.

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I had to get it though. It was close (and about 8pm and dark outside) to where I lived so I said I could go get it right now. He was free.

I couldn’t believe I got this vintage side table for$5. Even though it does need a lot of work.

Currently it is being used as a side table and hopefully soon I will refinish it. So far I have been too busy (and broke) to get the tools needed to refinish it.

Coffee Table from Craigslist at Midnight

First, I live about 20 minutes north of Seattle. During the whole Living Room Tetris Part 1, 2 and 3 I needed a new coffee table.

I searched through about 1,000+ photos and items for sale and I actually found this one:

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It was beautiful and we went and saw it. I would have gotten it except the pattern was leaves rather than filigree. And unfortunately leaves are not the theme of what I am going for.

After I called my mom for the 2nd chair I kept looking on OfferUp and found this.

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It was in Kent which is about 30 minutes south of Seattle. Which from my house was about 50 minutes.

We were already in Seattle at a friend’s house and would be leaving until about midnight. But this was even further South. So I didn’t want to have to drive all the way down when I could just drive half way. So I messaged the lady. She said we could come at 12:45 at night! Yes it was sketchy, but I had Robert with me and she was going to meet me outside her apartment complex.

I tried to put her at ease by talking about the traffic patterns and how its easier tonight rather than tomorrow day time. Hoping she would know that I wasn’t a serial killer.

We finally got home about 1:15. But by then I had all my lovely furniture. And it was $10, and it matched my Drexel side table and dresser. I was thrilled. Now if only we could sell the other couch set.

During the Tetris in the living room this table had to be left in the hallway.

I was beginning to take up every room in the house including non-rooms! But as you know from parts 1,2,3 of the Lving Room Tetris game we sold the couches and this is what it looks like now!

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I think it fits in nicely.

It is so much nicer in size than the huge coffee table from before.

Drexel Mahogany Dresser

When I moved into my condo I needed a new dresser. But I didn’t just want to go out to Target or Ikea and get one. I also didn’t want just a dresser. I wanted an antique dresser.

I fell in love with Drexel Mahogany furniture. I already had a nightstand/side table and I kept seeing these around on Craigslist and OfferUp.

There were various ones but I fell in love with this one:

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It was about $250+tax+shipping. But I had to think about it since it was so expensive. I waited about a week and they had a 20% off sale. So I got it! It was $252.20 after everything.

I love it. It is super solid and made so well. It truly is like¬†“they don’t make them like they used to.”

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Here it is after I got it home. It has been moved since the photo was taken.

I really can’t get over how much I love my antique pieces in my house.

One of my friends told me I was like an addict jonesing for furniture. “Got any more of those antiques?!”

Reupholstering My Vanity Chair

Here is the story of how I reupholstered my vanity chair.

I got my beautiful antique vanity for $150 including the chair with what I believe is the original fabric. (Obviously the picture is when I first got it since it is completely covered in make up now.)
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Antique vanity and chair

I have a beautiful bedspread and sheets and pillows.

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Bedspread from Macy’s Hotel Collection Woven Duvet. And a million pillows.

Then I found a beautiful antique dresser (can you see a theme?).

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From the 1940’s I believe. And in the left corner you can see my antique side table.

If everything else was perfect I might as well have my chair match my duvet and have it be a little more comfortable.

It cost me under $10 to reupholster. I already had the staple gun and staples otherwise it would have been about $20.

I went to JoAnn Fabrics in search of the perfect fabric…

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L to R: 1. Too Geometric, 2. Beautiful but color and country, 3. Too much black, 4. Too plain.

And even more fabric.

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L to R: 5. Too yellow, 6. Expensive but highly considered, 7. Too shiny and plain, 8. Embossed and looked too country and like a quilt.

 

I finally settled on one not pictured. Then I went to Hobby Lobby and got quilt batting and I was ready.

I wanted to leave the old fabric on since it may be original just in case I ever wanted to revert back.

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I cut the batting to size, sewed the fabric edges and stapled the fabric top-bottom-side-side so it didn’t stretch weird.

This is the fabric I chose:

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And…The finished product!

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I think it turned out well. I feel like it looks much cleaner.

Thanks for reading!