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Craigslist Catch: Mid Century Dresser

One of my favorite pastimes is browsing Craigslist for secondhand furniture. If you put in the time, use the right search terms and exercise patience, you just might get lucky enough to get your hands on a gem! And so it was for me with my most recent Craigslist Catch.

I’ve been searching Mr Craig’s List for some quality Mid-Century pieces for our bedroom for months now, and haven’t had much luck. Most of it has been out of my budget and the pieces that I could feasibly afford we’re either way too far away or gone by the time I replied. The Atomic Era, she’s popular. But recently the stars aligned. See, both of the fella’s jobs require uniforms (meeeow) which means he has tons of shirts and undershirts. And someone in the house won’t let go of any of her concert shirts and painting clothes. Yeah that’s me. Anyway, the fella gave the green light to look for another dresser on Craigslist and lo and behold:

Mid Century Modern Dresser

I know its a muddy pic, but isn’t she wonderful?! The sleek lines… The original hardware… And my newly found furniture source let this beauty go for only $160!

Turkish (head of quality control in our household) tells me the dresser passed all of his quality tests, so obviously it’s a keeper…

Turkish Conducts Quality Testing

Now what to do with it?  It’s wood veneered.  I really would like to stain it but since its an older dresser I’m afraid of killing the veneer by sanding, even if I go verrrry easy on it.  I’ve been playing around with the idea of painting it green.  Remember that fabric I bought for the bench that didn’t fit?

Retro Style Fabric

I used it for something else in the room, and that’s what steered my brain to green.  Here are the three main colors in the room.

Current Bedroom Colors

And here are the colors I’m currently crushing on.

Greens for Dresser

I’m on vacation as I type this, so I have plenty of time to mull it over in my brain.  I’m just really loving that a green hue is fitting to the style of the piece and also ties in with that great fabric!

Anyone out there have any thoughts?  All opinions are always welcome!  And who else has a story about a Craigslist Catch?  I know I’m not the only one who spends an hour a day on that site.  Do tell…

MORE Wall Art?!

Yep, I have more wall art to talk about!  We have LOTS of wall space too, so this is definitely not the last post to be written on the subject here at Jamie’s Home Blog…

Between the mixture of bachelor and bachelorette furnishings that my fella and I combined when we moved in together, and the lack of wall decor or even a headboard, our bedroom wasn’t much to look at.  As I’ve said before, apologies for the muddy iPhone pics…

Bedroom Before

One day, while I was not at all sitting in a meeting, I doodled this:

Doodle of Dream Bedroom

Recognize the bench?  That drawing was the idea I had for our room.  Simplicity with a touch of mid-century.  And this is the story of the wall art in that doodle. One face-melting hot sunny Texas day, my Mom and I went garage sale hoppin’.  Well, first we went to this great little hole in the wall fabric shop that had no air conditioning.  We were basically surrounded by fabric insulation in a smallish room on a 100 degree day… and it was only about 10am at this point.

Obstacles of Fabric

Fabric Store

But I digress… At one of these garage sales we visited I came across six 8.5″ x 12.5″ frames priced at $2 per.  I offered up $10 they were mine!  I’m sure I could have haggled her even lower but I had a $10 on me so that made it easy.  The art wasn’t my style but that hasn’t ever stopped me from purchasing useful frames for sure!

Frames / Weird Flower Art

I lucked into finding some Krylon Coral Isle at my local Jo-Ann.  I’m not sure that color is regularly sold in my area.  I looked for it at several locations of a big retailer that carries Krylon (you know, the dreaded “W”) and didn’t find it!  So you better believe I bought all three cans that were on the Jo-Ann shelf!  I demonstrated my love for the color with this fancy Instagram.

Krylon Coral Isle on a Frame

You know how the process works… Spray a coat of primer (I prefer Zinsser BIN) and several light coats of paint.

Krylon Coral Isle on Frames

Then it was time to make the art!  I still have tons of leftover Allen + Roth basketweave textured wallpaper from my dresser project.  I affixed it to poster board with spray adhesive and then cut it to fit my frames, using the original art as my template for size.

Creating Wall Art

I had some trouble deciding what color these wallpaper / posterboard “mats” should be.  I’m a very visual person so I did the below “mock up” to give myself an idea of what the final product should look like.  Don’t worry, the twine taped on the paper makes sense in a minute.

Wall Art Color Decision Making Process

The peachy coral in the center at the bottom was the winner!  I mixed acrylic paint with water (and a little mod podge for some sheen) and used a simple sponge brush to paint it on.

Acrylic Paint, Water and Mod Podge

Paint Mixture on Wallpaper

Once they were dry, I hot-glued pieces of twine equal lengths apart in the middle of each mat.

Twine on Textured Wallpaper

Now the fun part!  I popped them into the frames and hung them over our bed using a laser level.  Please excuse the poor lighting in my poor iPhone pics.  A photographer, I am not.

Bedroom

To be honest – I wasn’t that crazy about them at first but they’ve really grown on me.  They have a sort of calming and serene quality – perfect for a room where we mainly rest!  I’m feeling good about my progress thus far in this room, that’s certain.

Bedroom Progress

Is anyone else getting good deals at the thrift shop?  Who has made something that they didn’t like initially, but have come to love over time?  Do tell…