Category: Furniture

Distressed is Best

If I told you I put a $10 folding chair in my living room, I wouldn’t blame you for thinking I was crazy. It’s not there because I had people over and there wasn’t enough seating, so I pulled it out of a closet for a few hours. I mean I bought it, chipped paint and all, at Re-Find for the sole purpose of using it as a piece of furniture in my house.

Weird, I know. But maybe once you see it, you’ll think I’m slightly less crazy.

I love the pop of yellow and how the distressed paint gives it a vintage characteristic. The pillow was about $10 at Kirkland’s (currently on sale for $6.50) and the painting is from Art in the Village in Jackson, TN. The piece was done by an artist name Jette Garner.

TIP: These super fun metal folding chairs come in an assortment of colors and are currently on sale for $12.99 each through Restaurant Furniture 4 Less.

I actually think these would look cute around a white wood kitchen table, maybe as plant stands in a garden, in an art room, on a front porch with some fun cushions…the point is, if you thought metal folding chairs were just for pulling out at Thanksgiving to make extra seating at the kids’ table then fold up, wait a minute! Personally, I think they’re good for so much more.

Thriftin’ Ain’t Easy

It was just about 5 months ago, to the day, when I loaded everything I owned in the back of Budget rental truck and started driving east. I had spent the 7 years prior in Seattle – building a life, going out with friends, working at my dream job, and feeling generally content with my day-to-day routine. The baristas at my neighborhood coffee shop knew me on a first-name basis, I had a handful of dive bars I frequented, my neighbors would invite me over for holidays and every Friday night I found myself filled with wonderment over what new surprise the city would have in store for me over the weekend. It was always something different; a festival, new restaurant, spontaneous road trip, obscure band playing at one of Seattle’s iconic live music venues, a random bar crawl through a neighborhood I rarely spent time in, etc.

Then it all ended. Abruptly. First, with a “restructuring of sorts” at work and then with the realization that, whether I liked it or not, my time in the Pacific Northwest was getting cut short.

I put my condo on the market because, without a job, I knew I couldn’t cover my (almost) $2,000 a month mortgage payment. It sold quickly (thank God) and when I hit I-90 East in late January I wasn’t sure what the next few months would have in store. I went back to my hometown of Wilmington, NC. I put my furniture in my mom and dad’s storage unit and lived out of a suitcase for a few weeks.

But by March I had landed a job in South Carolina and started with my new company on April 15th. So that’s how I got here.

My new place in Columbia is twice as big as what I had in Seattle which meant I had to go shopping and, in an ideal world, we’d all have an unlimited budget to do so…but in the real world it doesn’t work like that. So I started doing what I do best; hunting for those buried treasures, hidden gems and diamonds in the rough.

I’ve got a lot to show you, but for now, I’ll start with my bar cart/plant stand that’s really nothing more than a metal tool cart that most people use in their garage.

I got my tool cart at Old Mill Antique Mall in West Columbia but, if you can’t find one used, HERE is a good place to start. They’ve got ones (like below) starting at $39.99