July 20, 2013

Last Saturday, we went to a nearby (but far away enough for it to be adventurous) town to hit up a cool antique mall we passed on a date a couple weeks before. It was just the right day to come because the place was having a big sale too. It’s a bit crazy to me how much people think they can charge for “antiques.” Most of this stuff could be found at a thrift store, so let’s not get greedy, folks. If given the choice between a thrift store, a yard sale, and an antique market, YARD SALES are where it is at. The stuff is higher quality and at lower prices (generally).

All that aside, I love refurbishing furniture. This is my Super Bowl.


And for David, it was joy indescribable when they gave away free hot dogs.


What was our final haul, you ask? Both of these little pretties for $2 each. (And guess where we found them? Yard Sale. Antiquers would’ve charged like $25 each at least).


How about an update on that chair I’ve been upholstering? The thing is completely stripped and now I just need to find the fabric of my dreams. Color choice has proven really difficult. Please send me suggestions via comments, e-mail, twitter, carrier pigeon, etc. ‘Cause your girl is LOST.


The new side table is living right next to it. It’s much better in look and functionality than the $12 Wal-Mart side table I had. That table is now on our porch. I’m undecided if I’ll paint this one, but I’m content to leave it until I see how the rest of the room pans out.


The chair could go a lot of places in our apartment, but right now he’s posted up on David’s side of the bed. Dave still has the gray Wal-Mart table. I’d like to eventually have a small dresser side table for here. For now, I’ve stacked some books up to make his lamp and mine about equal height. Like the side table, I’ll wait to paint or refinish the chair until I have a more permanent vision.


Our bedroom needs some redirection and fresh goals. Post about all those details is coming next week. To see everything about this place we call home, check out the apartment tab.


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  • Laura

    We have the same lamp! As for the chair, I’d go with a navy or a navy and white pattern. It would look great with the yellow you already have! I find that navy is really versatile so if it’s ever in a different room later on, it will still work.

    • Rachel Schultz

      Yes! I’m considering navy for sure

  • Kendra

    I think a bold, cobalt blue would be a great color for the armchair! It would go well with the gold accents already in the bedroom. :) Love the yard sale finds!

    • Rachel Schultz

      Ohhh I like that idea :)

  • Carole Ann Spear

    OMG Rachel, when I see this chair, I’m transported back to my childhood, growing up in Cambridge MA. We had this exact chair. I remember it all my life in the living room then the front hall My Mom had it refurbished changing it from a darker floral print with some maroon, to exactly what you have! I usually look pretty much only at your food. It’s a time thing. This really threw me off. Thanks for the post and all the memories it evoked. I have no idea what happened to that chair, but if you’re looking for an age, my aunts who lived with us remembered when it was purchased when it came into the family. Their Mom found it in someone’s tracsh and redid it. They were born in 1898 and 1996. It is OLD! lol

    • Rachel Schultz

      That’s so cool! Thanks for commenting

  • I just adore the deceptively simple look of this bedroom. Loving your blog as always!

    • Rachel Schultz

      Thanks! It’s definitely a work in progress :)

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