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Saturday
Jan282012

I Would Drive 500 Miles...

...and I would drive 500 more, just to be the one who drove 1000 miles to get you through my door!

Yeah, I know that's not really how the song goes, but I had to modify it a bit to keep it in context.  You see, I've been doing a lot of driving lately, and I'm pretty sure that I've driven at least 1000 miles over the past two days in pursuit of great deals.

Alright, that's probably a bit of an exaggeration, but it sure feels like that many!

I guess that's kinda the deal when it comes to Craigslisting.  You have to be willing to go the distance for the items you want.  You have to be fast, agile, and ready to pounce at any given moment!  Anyone who has pursued deals on Craigslist should know where I'm coming from on this.

So here are the items I traveled the world (more like the Phoenix-metro area) to collect...

Okay, I know what you're thinking..."what the ????," right?  Don't worry, let me just tell you that someday it will look something like this sofa from JC Penny (except without arms, and with pillows):

Want to guess the price for the love-seat version of this sofa from Penny's?  ...cough, cough, gag...$900.00!  Yep, there's no way I'm forking out that kind of $$$ for a little love-seat.  Sure, you could probably find a similar version somewhere else for a lower price-tag, but my tropical print sofa only cost me $35.00.  I'm hoping I can find me a good deal on some fabric sometime soon and keep the cost of the slip-cover beneath $70.00, that way the entire cost for the sofa would be around $100.00.  I think it's possible, so wish me luck!

Here's the next item I scored...

A pretty cool little chair that I plan to refinish someday down the road.  I'm thinking of painting it black, and refinishing the cushions with a modern print.  It should be pretty easy to accomplish since both cushions come out and are simple rectangles.  I think I could sew something that would suffice!

...and the cost???  Oh, only $45.00!

The best part was as I was getting ready to leave the woman said, "I'm also selling this chair here...are you interested???"

Queue the Tim-The-Toolman-Taylor's "Uuuuuurrrhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh?" I'm not really sure how to convey that sound in written text, but just know that it is meant to describe my peaked interest.

...and then she showed me this...

Ummm...yes, please!  Another $40.00 later, and I had myself another deal!  Sure the fabric isn't as modern as I'd like it to be, but maybe someday I'll learn to really reupholster something.  But in the mean-time, I think I'm going to get one of those faux-fur rugs from Ikea and just drape it over the back. That should freshen things up!

Even without the modern touch it looks like Zachary has found his new favorite spot to curl-up for a nap. He pretty much stayed here all night...

I'm finding that Craigslisting can be quite addicting.  Perhaps I need to ground myself from thrifting for a while.  I'm collecting all of these things, but I'm not getting anything done when it comes to refinishing them.

Oh well...it still makes me happy to see that my house is finally filling up with the furniture that we need. Plus, Mark and I are going to go all-out when it comes to refinishing our furniture.  How do I know that? We just ordered a paint-sprayer to hook up to our air-compressor, and we even got one of these thingies (aka respirator)...

Can you imagine me in that get-up??  Ha!  I guess fashion is of no concern when it comes to health and safety!  We're even thinking of making a little paint room, possibly out of one of the outdoor-shade-canopy thingies.  It's going to be fun to see how it all works out, and it seems like Mark is getting excited about it too.  Don't worry, I'll keep you posted!

 

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Reader Comments (4)

Okay, first of all... the new layout looks great! I'm digging the colors and the "my-stash" headings are hilarious!
Also, I could hear the Tim-The-Tool-Man sound in my head as I read your description. You spelled it right. :-)
Just one more thing...I was wondering if you could provide some pointers for spray painting in the garage? We moved from a rental house (with back yard and area to spray my heart out) to a townhouse with a garage as my only place to paint. Let's just say that I've had my share of mishaps (blue on my new white washer and dryer; white on my husband's black car)! I can't seem to find a set-up that works well.

January 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNichole K

Thanks Nicole!

I'm glad you like it! I've tried out so many different layouts, but none of them have ever felt right. But, I think this is the one that will last! haha! It sounds like I'm getting married, but it's so true!

I just couldn't resist the "mustache/my stash" idea! I'm glad you thought it was funny because that's exactly what I was going for.

As for spray-painting in the garage, I would just recommend covering anything you don't want to ruin. I'm not sure what size of garage you have, but ours is a 2-car garage, so I'm usually fine if I paint in the center of the space.

Sorry to hear about the car & appliances! I think it works out alright for me because I'm usually painting on the weekends, and my husband usually works on the weekends, which means his car is out of the way. I always move my car out too so that I can have the entire space, but you could also just drape some plastic over the car if you needed to. I usually keep some of the painting tarps (the ones you can find at Wal-Mart for around a dollar) on hand so I can cover anything that needs protecting.

Trust me though, I've had my fair share of mishaps. Mostly with the paint dripping on the floor. I like to think that it adds character to my garage! haha!

The worst was when I painted the yellow branches for my Thanksgiving table set-up. Since there wasn't a lot of actual surface to paint, most of the paint floated around in the air and fell down to the floor. Luckily it seemed to dry while in the air, but my entire garage was covered in "gold dust" for the longest time...and to this day, I still find some here-and-there.

As we start to do more furniture refinishing, Mark and I plan to create a Dexter-style "paint room." We're toying around with a few ideas, but keep your eye out for a future post that might give you (and me) a better painting solution.

Sorry for the long response, but I hope that helped.

Thanks for checking in!

xo, Kel

January 29, 2012 | Registered CommenterAHPCH

Hi Kelli,

Thanks for the suggestions. I'm looking forward to seeing (and reading about) your set-up for furniture refinishing. I'll take your advice, I just need to invest in more tarps (and not have a fan blowing the paint particles around - doh!).
:-) Happy weekend.

Nichole

February 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNichole K

LOL! Yeah, the fan could be the problem...definitely go for some extra tarps!

xo, Kel

February 5, 2012 | Registered CommenterAHPCH

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