Tea Cart Salvage


Last year one of our foster dogs (Birdie – yeah, I’ll name names) destroyed an antique tea cart I had sitting on the patio. She was afraid of the fireworks, I’ll forgive her, but it look me a solid year to get over it enough to strip the pieces of their hardware. Yesterday I added this handle to our rolling butcher block. It’s just an IKEA business, bought on Craigslist when we first moved here, and we seldom roll it out because it’s heavy and needs two hands to grip the sides. Not anymore!

To do this you will need to have a drill, screws and a handle.

DIY Repair Chair with Tapestry Arms

Almost forgot about working on this chair until Archer highlighted it with his crazy cute face. This chair came secondhand and was newly upholstered, but the arms were a little worse for wear. I slapped on some pieces of leftover tapestry fabric (I had covered a couch pillow in it) using an upholstery needle (read: curved). The dog does the rest of the work.

Pretty Pegs – An IKEA Hacker’s Dream

While looking into how to improve my cheap wardrobe purchased in a desperate clothes-everywhere-I-am-DYING-moment I discovered this site:

Which strikes me as one of the smartest things anyone has ever done. At least to profit off IKEA. Here you can choose legs to upcycle any IKEA discard
you’ve ever seen on Craigslist!
Are you excited yet?!
Naturally they currently only come in sizes for beds and sofas, but SOMEDAY! For now I am adding crown molding, mirrors to the front, and new door pulls.
I think that should do it.

Goodwill Find of the Century (or at least 2009)

Going through furniture items that were not going to make the cut for the big move, my cousin questioned the decision to sell a little cafe chair I have. “Isn’t that Bentwood?” she asked. No, surely not anything important. I bought it for $10 at Goodwill, and it looks too new to be old. It doesn’t look or feel like real wood. It’s too lightweight. It’s probably a reproduction.
That’s when I turned it over.

The underside of the chair tells a different story. Rough, heavy wood carries a beautiful label: Thonet.

Made in Czechoslovakia. “K.” According to my research, K probably stands for I.K., the name of the manufacturer. This chair was most likely built in 1945, before Czechoslovakia even became the Czech Republic!

So what has come of all this? I am keeping the chair, of course. I am hereafter doing close examinations of anything at Goodwill with beautiful lines, and I am definitely doing close examinations of anything 
before I sell it! And now I know how to spell Czechoslovakia.