This weeks featured vintage finds are FOR SALE right now on Craigslist! First up is this yummy coffee table that I completely refinished myself. Yep, I like to work in the garage. I don’t have a lot of time for this, but it is so satisfying to sand something down to and then make it beautiful again. I didn’t think this table needed it when I first got it, but once I got home and gave it a harder look, it had a very sad refinish job with lots of drips. I sanded this baby down and gave it a darker walnut stain to modernize it a bit and then finished it with a few coats of wipe on poly. It is stunning! The two tone of the wood and the wood grain really shine now.
If you are in Austin and you want it – come and get it. I am asking $300. What do you think?
Next up is this super cool vintage metal Pearl beer sign. It would look sweet in your man cave, over a bar, on the patio, hmmmmm, or even in the living room. If I don’t sell it, it’s going out on my patio so come and get it quick! This metal sign is rusty and distressed, but the screenprint is new. I did not make this, I happened upon it whilst buying wayyyyyy too many vintage goodies from Paco in San Antonio. Don’t ask, I am a sucker for cool stuff. Yes, Paco sold me the coffee table too! He made me do it to get two awesome chairs that I hope to reupholster and refinish someday soon. Did I mention I am addicted to rehabbing vintage goodies? There, I said it, now you know me a little bit better.
I have an addiction to the Austin thrift stores and Craigslist. This is a later in life thing, I used to hate going to antique stores with my parents looking at all the junk. But, I have developed a taste for mid century modern and quirky vintage stuff! And, buying used is eco-friendly and I am a little bit of a save the planet type of person. I also love Hollywood Regency, Italian, Art Deco, French Art Deco or 70s and 80s design, but it has to be clean lines, modern, unique and have a little funk! Think Kelly Wearstler and Jonathan Adler – I love those bitches! I cannot afford their stuff though, so have to peruse the antique and thrift stores looking for similar wares. I have somehow managed to fill my garage and home with some unfinished, but very promising, projects. I am going to start sharing them with you!
This week is like the score of a lifetime, in my opinion. Rudy and I have been looking for chairs for our living room forever. He wanted a recliner. Yuck! Well, there are some awesome modern recliners out there, thank goodness, but guess what? They all cost over $2000, at least! We have been seriously considering buying this one from Room and Board in navy blue leather. Yea, it would have cost us like $2300 bucks or so. We have been waiting until we had the money, but it’s not going to happen anytime soon. Then, we spotted some newly released Milo Baughman chairs at Nest in downtown Austin. I LOVE MILO BAUGHMAN!!! He is a furniture designer. Rudy saw the recliner and said he really liked it. Really? A cool, Milo Baughman recliner that my hubby likes too? I love it when we have the same taste in something.
As a side note, I have been searching for some Milo Baughman vintage chrome tub chairs, like these, for quite some time.
I have found new ones and old ones, but they are just too expensive. I want to have them custom upholstered in whatever fabric my little heart desires. If you have some, or know anyone who wants to sell them to me, let me know! Anyway. (That’s for you, Dad!) My Dad LOVES it when I say “Anyway”. I guess I say it alot.
Anyway, I haven’t found my dream pair of chairs yet, but… we found Rudy’s!!! Well, I found it. On Craigslist! WOOT!
It is in pretty good condition – needs some sanding/restaining and tightening up, but it works great and is comfy. We scored it for $600. I can’t believe it. I just found 3 identical vintage ones on 1stdibs for between $2150 and $3400. WOW!!!! 1stdibs is for rich people, or not so smart rich people, geez, the prices are insane! You can buy a brand spanking new one at Nest or Design Within Reach starting at the bargain price of $3100. Well, here is Rudy’s new man chair. We may get it reupholstered in some snazzy velvet or soft leather someday, but for now, it works fine! Do you like mid century design?