Craigslist Find

Mandy from Vintage Revivals has this feature on her blog / started the hashtag #colddeadfingers for awesome Craigslist, thrift store, and yard sale finds. Every time I scroll through people’s finds I get insanely jealous! But that also inspires me to scroll through Craigslist more regularly. I am specifically looking for some kitchen cabinets I could used to build in a desk in the basement and an MCM cabinet I can use as a TV cabinet when we move the converted dresser down to the basement. While scrolling through Craigslist during my lunch break on Friday I spotted this little beauty.

MCM End Table

It’s a petite night stand or end-table sized MCM cabinet, in great condition! So we emailed back and forth a few times, and once Andy got home we headed over there to check it out. And there was NO WAY I was leaving it behind. #colddeadfingers for sure!

MCM End Table 4

I don’t really know where it’s going to go. I think it would work well in the small upstairs room when we move the home office into the basement and set that up as an extra guest room. It may also end up in the basement itself! It’s small enough to work in a variety of locations.

MCM End Table 3

It doesn’t have a shelf in, but I think it will be easy enough to build a free standing shelf to give some separation in the cabinet, depending on what we end up wanting to store in there. It smells a little musty, so I’ll be wiping it down with a vinegar solution and airing it out a bit.

 MCM End Table 2

One last look. Not bad for $40, huh?  Now if only I could find the furniture pieces I’m actually looking for on Craigslist….

MCM End Table 1

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Summer Project #2 Completed: The $5 Table.

LR with Updated Side Table #thissarahloves

So remember that $5 table we found at the thrift store at the beginning of summer? (I’ll wait a moment if you want to catch up… It’s okay I barely remember it either.)  It had good lines, but had seen better days when we found it at the 50% off furniture sale at Goodwill.

Summer Projects - Five Dollar Goodwill Table

I decided to paint it white, but add some interest by painting the bottom round shelf and the interior circle on the top a dark gray.  These colors happen to match the colors we used on our dresser-turned-TV-stand (its white on the outside, with white shelves, and dark grey on the inside).

While I was painting it, I swore I would never paint anything white again.  Why is white such a difficult color to work with?  BUT the results are so worth it!  I love how it turned out.  Even if it took 3 to 5 coats!

LR with Updated Side Table and ElephantA strange thing happened when I switched out the 3 tier table we had in that spot for this $5 table.  I liked the living room significantly more!  I was contemplating replacing my thrift store find glass lamp but it totally works on the shorter table. Imagine that – scale actually matters!  Here’s a side view of the table.  I just love those gorgeous lines. (Please ignore the cords.  Turns out you have to plug lamps in to get them to provide light.)

LR Updated Side Table - Side ViewI didn’t manage to take pictures from exactly the same angles, but look at the difference between the old (too tall) table and the new (correct height) table.  What a happy accident that we found this table for such a steal!

LR Before and After Updated Side Table #thissarahlovesHave you made any small changes that changed how you felt about other furniture / the room as a whole?

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P.S. Have a happy Labor Day weekend!  And be sure to stop by on Tuesday at 9am Eastern.  I’ve teamed up with

Corey from TinySidekick, Katie from Upcycled Treasures, Jamie from So Much Better With Age, and Katie from My DIY Habits to bring your 5 different Fall Tables!

Group Series - Promotion Collage for Fall Tables with Dates

{Furniture Fix-Up} Retro Stereo to Wine Buffet

I still owe you a proper before & after post and a budget breakdown of how we transformed our Craigslist find from a non-working vintage stereo with peeling laminate to a fun and functional wine buffet.  So here it is!

Retro Stereo Cabinet Makeover - Finished - #thissarahloves

If you’ve been following along, you now that we added those wine racks where the speakers used to be.  We also gutted the inside and created storage for our appetizer plates, as well as other bottles and pitchers.

Retro Stereo Cabinet Makeover - Filling up the shelves - #thissarahloves

Here’s what we used to make this all happen.  I’m dividing the list into (1) Things we had to buy, (2) Things we had already but we hadn’t used for another project, (3) Things we had leftover from another project, and (4) Tools we already owned.

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Dumpster Diving for a Headboard

Yup, that’s right.  I went “dumpster diving” for a new guest room headboard.  Well that’s sort of a lie… At our complex we have a semi-enclosure around the dumpsters & people place furniture they no longer want next to the trash, but inside this area.  I’m assuming the logic is, either someone will take it, or the garbage truck will pick it up.  Long story short, Andy calls this “Donating to the Universe”.  The Universal Donation Center has been very good to us over the last year of living here, but this has to be our best find yet!

Guest Room - Furniture Fixup Headboard - #thissarahloves

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From Speakers to Wine Rack: Transforming our Retro Stereo Cabinet

On Friday I showed off our finished wine buffet, which started its life as a retro stereo cabinet, which we found for free on Craigslist!  Today I’m back to share how we made the wine racks to fit into the old speaker spaces.Retro Stereo Cabinet Makeover - In Living Room - #thissarahloves

I still feel like an awful blogger for failing to snap a proper before picture.  But that’s water under the bridge right.  Here’s what it looked like (from the back) right after Andy stripped the components (and insulation) out.  From the front it looked very similar to this one, except with more molding detail on the front.

Summer Projects - Retro Stereo Cabinet - StrippedOnce the components were stripped out we wanted to create wine storage where the speakers had been, and under the lid where the record player and radio had been, create deep storage for pitchers and other alcohol, and shallower storage for appetizer plates & cheese knives.  This may give you a better idea of our vision.

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Retro Stereo Cabinet Makeover

Retro Stereo Cabinet Makeover - Finished - #thissarahloves

It’s done!  Finally.  Of course, it wasn’t done until after the sun went down last night and OF COURSE we have a rainy overcast day today. I did the best I could with the pictures, apologies for the graininess – it was that or flash…  I’ll share pictures of the insides & talk more about everything we did to take the cabinet from a non-functioning, scratched-up, free-on-Craigslist retro stereo to a brightly colored wine buffet.

I’m having some trouble deciding how to style it.  I’d prefer to spend the minimum on styling it, so I’ll be shopping our house.  I might hit up the thrift store though, to see if they have any cool decanters.  I think they would look great on a round tray on top.  Of course, I also don’t have a round tray…  How would you style this?  Should I add a lamp (or two?)

Retro Stereo Cabinet Makeover - In Living Room - #thissarahloves

I hung our existing engineering prints (which used to be over the couch in the living room) over the buffet.  Ideally I’d love to add two long floating shelves over the cabinet to house glassware, but I don’t want to make big holes in the walls, since we rent.

The cabinet itself is Behr’s Cathedral.  The wine rack inserts are Behr’s Harbor.  I made DIY chalk paint with both colors and sealed it with Minwax Polycryclic.  (You can read more about my sealing disaster here).

Can you believe this used to look like this?!?

Summer Projects - Retro Stereo Cabinet - all the guts

Check back next week for photos of the inside, to hear how we made those awesome wine racks, & for a full cost breakdown!

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Check out all of the details about this makeover by clicking on the links below: