I’ve been thinking about refreshing my dining area but haven’t been able to bite the bullet because I just love my current table and chairs.
Thing is, my current stuff doesn’t fit the space. I live in an apartment that was built in the fifties and my table is very contemporary. It’s rectangular and the space looks like it was made for a round table.
Because of some silly mint green tile in the kitchen with a light green strip, I painted a wall in the kitchen lime green and the attached dining area hot pink. (“Hey, maybe with all the bright colors, people won’t notice the puke-y tile,” I thought.)
So, long story long, the wall colors aren’t gonna change but I think I’m finally ready to part ways with my old table and make way for some new energy in my space.
Here’s what I’m thinkin’:
Now for the details…
And, Voila! I’ve got an awesome space that pays homage to my apartment’s mid-century roots while staying up to date and a little funky!
I have to say I love a good light fixture. And when filming Flea Market Flip for HGTV, I loved making this one!
Why? Because I got to use a saw-zaw to cut the legs off of a nasty old birdcage. There’s just something special that gets my blood pumping while tearing stuff up with power tools(I blame my inner redneck.)
I’m definitely not saying we were copied, but great minds certainly think alike. Shortly after we made the chandelier, similar fixtures started popping up for a fortune in stores like Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn.
What did we spend? Probably about $250 between the birdcage, paint, and chandelier. The good thing about elbow grease is that it is totally free.
Not a bad deal to make such a statement!
Let me start out by saying that I LOVED everything we made on HGTV’s Flea Market Flip.
While I was so proud of the bed-to-bench and another bench was my baby, I absolutely loved this lucite table by the Ritts Company. It was a last minute buy at the end of the day (super marked down!)
It was in pretty rough shape, even though it had been in storage near Palm Springs for decades. Can’t you tell?
Here’s a photo of one of the chairs when we were just getting to work:
We loved the lucite and the shapes but hated the colors. We had a vision. We found some gorgeous white faux crocodile to cover the cushions with, and determined that the set should be ALL WHITE!!!
The term “Liberace-tastic” was born (how appropriate with Beyond the Candelabra coming out!?)
It’s kind of a joke at this point, but I’ve been called a “design hoarder” more than once. Who ended up taking this baby home? ME!
It was gorgeous with topped with my crystal candlesticks. Eventually, I sold it to another rehabber. He wanted to paint it all black and use it for poker night in his man cave… go figure!
It is nearly impossible to choose a favorite project from when Shea and I competed on HGTV’s Flea Market Flip.
I think that I am the most proud of the bed-into-a-bench job that we did.
I loved the colors we ended up choosing, and it was my own personal mission to mix the blue with the teal patterned seat and the velvet pillows. Shea and I can practically read each other’s mind when it comes to decor, so she loved the color combo, too.
Just kidding! If you know me at all, you should know better! I am wayyy too cheap to spend $2K on a coffee table. And you really don’t need to in order to get a great piece. I’ll tell you how much I spent after I tell you the story.
For weeks, I was searching for a gold and glass coffee table. Especially after reading an article in HGTV Magazine that featured a gold and glass beauty.
I started out looking for the table in the article, which is from Worlds Away. Epic fail, HGTV Magazine, because this table is only available as a wholesale item. So then I did a google shopping search for this specific table. Almost $2000. Yikes!
So I decided a replica would be good. World Market is a good go-to for items similar to this, but they didn’t have anything. More googling got me to tables between $420- $500. Still too much for this thrifty chick.
What to do, what to do? Craigslist!! I found a table listed for very little and went to check it out… deep deep in the Valley. It was in awful shape. Rusted, dirty, spider webbed up from sitting in a garage. But perfect for me– clean lines and good bones.
So how did I transform this little guy? I simply sanded off the rusty spots with my handy power sander, then hit it with two coats of gold spray paint.
The total cost? After some negotiating, I paid $10 for the table. The spray paint cost about $7, so for under $20, I got a great piece. That’s like A HUNDRED TIMES LESS than the Worlds Away version. I must say that I’m a pretty happy rehabber!