Hey everyone, Emily Bowser here (EHD styling assistant, and secondhand and DIY aficionado), back with our second installment of Trolling Craigslist. Last time, we stayed close to our ‘hood in the LA area, but today we’re heading down to Texas—Dallas specifically. We found tons of chrome, SO many chairs and maybe the cutest $10 stool we’ve ever seen. Let’s take a look:
Okay, there may or may not be a chrome theme in this post. I was at the flea market with Julie the other week and I was all, “are people still into chrome? Is it weird that I’m STILL into chrome??” She didn’t give me a good answer, so I want to hear from you in the comments section! IS CHROME STILL COOL? AM I STILL COOL? DO PEOPLE SAY “COOL” ANYMORE?? I think the bases of these are very “cool.” Or, as Sara’s younger brother, Shade, who has been helping us on the production end of things, would say “dope, dope.” The bases of these are “dope” and easily worth $300 each in my mind (though I can see why $600 might feel $$$$ for secondhand furniture). I’m not sure what the cost here would be to recover, but I feel like it wouldn’t be too bad because you wouldn’t need much yardage. That said, I’ve never recovered something quite like that, where the fabric is what is connecting it to the base. In a less aggressive fabric, I think they would feel visually lighter than a lot of other big and comfy chairs out there because the design gives the illusion of floating.
If there isn’t a chrome theme in this post, then there IS a matching pair theme (keep reading)! I actually LOVE this rose color and wouldn’t recover them, just give ’em a good cleaning. $250ish/chair is not bad but I bet you can talk them down to $400 at least. Oh, and I love that you could separate them or put them together as a love seat.
Okay, if it’s not chrome or a matching set, then SOLID WOOD is a third theme you will see today.
I am a fan of antique pedestal tables. I own one myself. They are perfect for smaller spaces because they are easy to walk around. There’s a whole conversation that I could have about mixing up shapes in your space, as well. The short version is this: a lot of times, you will look around and everything is a rectangle in a house, couches, tables, the actual rooms! Mixing up shapes is one of the easiest ways to make a space feel less cookie cutter. I’m not a huge fan of the chairs but I LOVE the shape of the base of the table and $40 is a great price for an oak table. You could probably even just take the set, and sell the chairs themselves for at least $50. MONEY MAKER. ALSO, do I spy wheels?? I love a table on wheels. All you need is a sander and a sealant or stain if you please.
There’s been a bit of a debate over office chairs in the office lately. Fashion? Function? HAS ANY OFFICE CHAIR EVER DONE BOTH?? (If you know, please comment below!!). If we lived in Texas I’d try to convince the team to get these and have them recovered. Not cheap if you add in recovering for sure, but $145 each isn’t bad. I’d try to negotiate down if I bought all eight. But, all that said, good luck finding a comfortable and good looking office chair for less than a million dollars anyway. Also, would like to note chrome base here. 🙂
$20?? How can you say no?? The first is great for LITERALLY NOTHING except being cute and being knocked off it’s feet constantly, of course, and the second, your cats would for sure love to rip it up/nap on. But they are $20!! I kid, sort of, I mostly wanted to post this because the second one actually goes with a chair. I am not an expert of midcentury furniture, but I am 99% sure it goes with a chair…that I can imagine…in my head. It folds…I think? THIS IS A FUN GAME CHIME IN IN THE COMMENTS AND TELL ME WHAT IT IS. Anyway, if you have that chair and don’t have the matching stool thingy, here you go! TWENTY BUCKS!
Okay, question: is this chrome? I could probably Google this, but I’d rather you tell me. It definitely FEELS a bit like chrome (but probably just polished brass). I think my love of chrome/whatever this ’80s gold situation is, is pretty controversial within the office. It also doesn’t seem like it’s very me. It’s a little flashy on it’s own but when I finally reveal my living room, you will see how I make a similar coffee table work in a minimalist eclectic way. The reason I like my coffee table is that it is visually interesting when you notice it, but you don’t really notice it. Plus, I’m into the chairs he has available. That looks like a very comfortable dining chair situation. The base of the coffee table comes with a glass top, btw, and $175 for a coffee table is a steal. The glass alone would cost at least that much to cut (though I can also see this with a wood or marble top, though that would seriously up the cost of the refurb on this one).
DUH. Two 100+ year old Thonet chairs for a little over $100 each?? Yes. Period. You don’t sit in these. This is for the person who puts a pretty chair against a wall, under a sconce, next to a fireplace or a credenza (hello Michael and Emily) as ART. They are pretty. They are not comfortable and probably not safe to sit in(!) but the bentwood, the steam pressed, embossed shell seats?? Yes. Yesyesyes. Maybe this is just for the design nerds but that’s why we’re all here, aren’t we??
Speaking of bentwood chairs! Classic. $50/piece? Great condition? No brainer. Also, they have two sets so if you need eight chairs, look no further!
There’s a few things in the post but the one I’m interested in is the space saving tension shelf! It’s slim, it doesn’t connect to the wall which makes it feel light, and it brings the eye up! Win-win-win!
Here is something I love about industrial pieces: you generally don’t have to do anything to them! The scratches and wear add personality and if you try too hard to make them perfect, they look like fakes. Is there anything with more personality than a drafting table? You can just imagine the interesting people who owned it and all the things that were created on it over the years! I think it would be an awesome small space solution for a dining table. It folds up and looks cool at the same time. Another space saving win/win (do I sense another theme??)!
It’s FREE. Enough said. Paint or sand and stain? Looks like it might have some water damage, but nothing some elbow grease can’t help to cover up. Whatever it’s free and an interesting scale/shape. Free is safe for trying out DIYs for the first time. Get it and lmk what happens!
SO, what are you buying from here? Even if nothing, we hope we encouraged you to hit your local resale sites and find some treasures this weekend. Don’t be afraid of something that feels a little out of your wheelhouse because those usually end up being the pieces that MAKE a room. Oh, also, while this is our second rodeo in Trolling Craigslist 2.0, we’re also considering opening this whole thing up to things like OfferUp, Facebook Marketplace, Etsy and the like. What do you guys think?
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