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Monday, February 17, 2014

Thrift Shop and Craigslist Furniture for the Hill Country House

While at the new  house this weekend, I talked my husband into stopping at the local thrift shop. I found two great buys!  First was a lamp. There is no shade yet, and I plan on replacing the wiring (don't want a fire, you know!!!). It is made of heavy cast aluminum, I think. (Some type of cast metal, anyway.)
Then I found an old oak desk that I think will look great in my husband's office.
I haven't found a suitable chair for him yet! The top has been modified some with a couple of holes. I think I can take care of that! Besides, he will probably have a couple of stacks of papers that will cover that up! 
                                    Here it is from the front.
                   We also bought some things off of Craigslist.
This is the table and three of the 8 upholstered chairs. This is very much like the set we lost. There are leaves that clip around the perimeter of the table to bring it to 90" across. Although the upholstery is in pristine condition, I will probably make slipcovers so the color will work better with what I have planned.

This is the buffet that goes with it. It is pretty big and extremely heavy. (Unfortunately, I had to take these pictures with my phone and the sun was not cooperating!) I bought a few more things, but I'll show those later.
 So far, the only new piece I've bought is the leather sectional. It will be delivered next Saturday. 
I am anxious to start painting so I can tell a little better how everything will look, but we're not quite ready for that. (I love painting! Instant gratification!) We've started trying to remove the existing flooring to prepare the floor for hardwood. That is going to be a "bear" of a job, but the estimate to have it done was $2,100. We are going to try to do it ourselves before having it done.
Well, that's my update.  I'll have more to share later!

                                                   


24 comments:

  1. That lamp is fabulous and the dining set is lovely!

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  2. Your lamp is very nice. I love that old fashioned style of furnitures that you have bought.
    Thank you for sharing.

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  3. Oh my gosh - that is a beautiful desk! It's nice that you have time to find the pieces that you really like.

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  4. I bet the holes in the desk were for computer and printer cords. What a great desk. You'll love hardwoods. I have them. Have fun with the 'process'.

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  5. What great finds! I wish I was there to shop with you!!!

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  6. Always great to have a go at some DIY first! You'll probably save yourself heaps! The desk is a beauty- so sturdy and elegant!

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  7. You are doing a wonderful job!!! and looks like you are having fun to boot!
    Can't wait to see it in person!

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  8. I never find this nice of stuff when I stop at the thrift store...lucky you!

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  9. I love a treasure hunt! You certainly found some great goodies to make your house a home!

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  10. Fabulous desk!!! Thrifty fun:)

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  11. Ooooo I like it all ! What fun I know your having !

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  12. You are being very wise with your furniture acquisitions. They each look wonderful. That round table with the extension leaves sounds fabulous. So happy for you and knowing you will make everything perfectly yours! Peace and Joy Dear...

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  13. Looks like you got some good deals! I LOVE the lamp. It has been great to see your updates on the new house. We put our own hardwood in a couple of years ago, it was a BIG job, but well worth the cost (and the money we saved) :)

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  14. Love it all! I just wish I were closer so I could see it in person. :) I stopped at a flea market this afternoon - a new one has opened just a mile from my house and I'm so excited. It's still pretty bare but I'm hoping it grows. I only bought one small thing - a small shelf - but I know it's going to be perfect somewhere in my house. blessings, marlene

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  15. I never find such nice stuff when I go to thrift stores. We don't have flea markets, at least in the winter, here in Minnesota. You have found some real treasures. That lamp is a real statement piece. Very cool! I'm glad you're finding success in furnishing your new home. And digging in with your own work is admirable.

    Leslie

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  16. You certainly scored!!! The desk holes - perfect for lamp and computer cords to disappear through! We never have anything as nice as what you found in our thrift shops!

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  17. I marvel at your attitude! As I sit and look around my home i wonder how I would cope if we lost it all. I suspect, not nearly as well as you have.

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  18. I marvel at your attitude! As I sit and look around my home i wonder how I would cope if we lost it all. I suspect, not nearly as well as you have.

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  19. Beautiful things you bought. Agree with Farm Quilter, the holes are perfect for computer cords and so on. I would leave them as is.....

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  20. Lovely finds! Good luck with the floors--not for the faint of heart!

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  22. You got some beautiful pieces to work with! :-) How lovely. I'm also thinking those holes in the desk top is for the purpose of running computer cords neatly out of sight. My husband made a hole like one of those in the desk I'm using for my sewing machine so that we could plug it in and connect the foot peddle. :-)

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    1. "are" not "is". Argh. I can't stand to leave a typo, but don't feel like deleting. hehe

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