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Decorating - Whatever Happened To Those Kitchen Chairs?

February 28, 2011 01:42 by ehouston

Inquiring minds want to know and today I am going to blow the lid right off that story.  But first, for a look back click here.  In October 2010 I had posted about current works in progress.  Then I promptly moved on to new things.  Mainly, I moved on to the craziness known as the holidays.  Although the chairs were finished and in use by Thanksgiving I never got around to sharing some photos of how they turned out. 

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(Said kitchen chairs, in progress)

I have always loved the idea of bright colors in the kitchen and decided they needed a fresh coat of deep red.

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Here is one of my beauties acting as a pie stand.

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Here is the rest of the bunch along with The Little Guy’s red high chair peeking out from the other side.  I think they look smashing with our black painted table.  We had the leaf in for company, but normally our family of three uses it as just a small circle.  I also feel like these play well with the pink striped wallpaper.  Yes, the current colors of my kitchen (due to no fault of my own) are two shades of pink, deep red, aqua, black and white.  It’s sort of Mary Engelbreit’s version of the Art Deco era.

BTW-Those roses perched in the middle were from one of our patio plantings.  It was November and those little rose bushes were still pumping out blooms- unreal and quite the treat!

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Craigslist Progress Update

January 18, 2011 06:21 by ehouston

Zilch!  Well, to be fair I have had three inquiries but nothing has panned out.  I am attempting to sell all those wonderful bentwood chairs that I just got last spring/summer for my dining room. 

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I had planned on coming up with a custom table, but ended up finding the perfect compliment to our Danish hutch and the price was outstanding.  So, the cool, modern, bentwood chairs are off to a new home….I hope.  I am trying to sell them for a fair (cheaper than you can get them through Target) price and unload them locally.  It seems silly to drive long distances to sell something under $50.  The day I listed them I received a response and an interest in all eight chairs.  Later, the same person wrote that they wanted to negotiate down in price.  Again, back to the fact that they are listed cheaper than you could buy them new, they are basically brand new (most have never even been sat on) and they are already assembled.  I was willing to come down a little, but did not hear back for another day after sending my response.  In the meantime, I had another customer inquire about buying six of the chairs.  They wanted to pay even less and stated they wanted to “start negotiations”.  Nego-wha?  Seriously PEOPLE!!!  They are CHEAP!!!  Please stop asking me to sell them even cheaper!!! Please!  It’s like the last time I had a yard sale and people were asking if I could do a better price on a quarter.  Yes, a QUARTER, for God’s Sake!!!  I get being frugal and I can roll with the best of them, but some things are just ridiculous.

Here’s the kicker.  After receiving the email from the second customer I decided to let the first customer know that I had another inquiry.  I had not heard from the first responder for a day and I just wanted to keep things moving.  Please note: I did not send multiple messages, I gave everyone time to get the emails, make decisions and respond.  My message was sent after plenty of time had passed.  That’s when I received the dreaded, “I can’t make a decision now because I am busy, so sell them to the other people” message.  UGH!  Of course, Mr. Negotiation did not want to actually negotiate after all and I never heard from him again. 

Then yesterday I got my third response.  Seemed like a nice guy, but he wanted to know if I could bring one and only one of the chairs to him up in Fredricksburg, VA.  Once in a blue moon I go up to Alexandria, VA to visit a friend, but I don’t have plans to head that way any time soon.  And, again, I cannot imagine driving over an hour away to sell something under $50.  I felt bad, but I had to let him know that I could not make that trip due to the low price of the chair. 

Please, someone, buy my chairs!!  Pretty, please!?!  I am going to give it about a month and see how things continue.  Again, I am thinking Craigslist is maybe not for me.  We’ll see…

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Making And Crafts – Current Works In Progress

October 13, 2010 07:04 by ehouston

Where does the time go?  I have NO idea.  But, here I am again using it up surfing the internet.  ;o)  Actually, I just wanted to post a sneak peak at what has been keeping me from the blog.  (I know you would never guess it, but I have a goal of at least two posts a week and would prefer to post daily.  But, I just can’t make that happen, keep the house in order, the Little Guy occupied and projects going along at any kind of pace if I am behind this screen all the time.  One day…(insert dreamy music here)). 

It seems like I have been on a constant path toward making my kitchen bearable without a complete overhaul.  These old chairs just received a lovely paint job to continue to ease that process along.

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I hope to have them in place by this weekend.  Yeah!  I will also be posting more about how the kitchen originally looked, and how I am trying to make what we got work for us right now.

This guy was a bargain buy at the local Salvation Army and as soon as I can get him whipped into shape he will be nestled in between the two smaller windows in our dining room to serve as a bar.

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Right now I am working on creating cabinet doors from the old drawer fronts, along with cleaning up the innards, so to speak.  I only spent about 30 minutes working on him yesterday and he is almost unrecognizable, but in a good way.  I think (and hope!) that I can do everything I want to do with this piece of furniture and not spend any money on lumber.  So far, I have only bought some stain, spray paint and spray acrylic for the top coating.  I am in this thing for less than $75.00 bucks!  Can’t wait to see how it turns out.

On top of these revamping projects I have also been cooking up a storm and reworking some containers to serve other, more decorative purposes around this place.  I can’t wait to share more soon, so I better get moving.  Only about 45 minutes left of the Little Guy’s nap time!  Should have enough time to demo something else, right?

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