Monday, January 28, 2013


Hello My Best Friend Craig readers.  I'm Carol from The Design Pages and I'm very excited to be here today talking about my Craigslist goodies.  While I don't come even close to keeping up with Charmaine in this arena I definitely have scored some great finds over the years.  For me, it's not so much the bargains that I'm after.  It's the thrill of finding that perfect thing, even if I didn't know I needed a perfect thing.  When you see it, you know.

My first acquisitions were all furniture pieces.  Having just moved across the country we sold a lot of our big pieces and I was determined not to hit up Ikea for all the staples.  Until I discovered where the great furniture stores were I needed Craig desperately.

Sometimes I even manage to score on somebody else's Craigslist deal.  When my friend Barb from hodge:podge told me about the night stands she was considering buying I jumped all over it.  She needed one and I needed one and it just so happens the seller had 2.  We decided to make some fun out of it and we did a post together where we each transformed the not-so-girly brown night stand into something perfect for each of our girls.

My after on the left and Barb's on the right

My daughter also needed a bookcase.  I found another ugly but sturdy piece just begging to be transformed. This one was super challenging because I thought I would just spend an hour and add some crown molding to the top of it.  Frustration ensued.  My mind just doesn't work like that.  I have come to accept that I don't do angles.  Well let's just say that after a few trips to the hardware store for more molding, many days and many expletives later it did get done.

This next piece originally started out as the clutter catcher in our front entry but after moving again it has become my dresser in the master bedroom.  It's a solid wood piece with dove tail joints.  It was originally built in Quebec which is even further across the country than where I came from so it had a special meaning to me.  I thought if we both ended up on the west coast we should at least be friends.

Another dresser for my husband.  For those of you mid century lovers you probably hate that I painted this but trust me, it was beyond repair.  I have the utmost respect for MCM furniture and wouldn't do this unless it was beyond saving.

My most recent acquisitions are a tulip table and some bentwood chairs (both knock offs but still gorgeous).  I am in the midst of painting the chairs and the base of the table is going to be painted gold.  Once it's finished it will become a work area of me.
So there's a peek at some of my Craigslist acquisitions.  I'd have to say that Craig has been very generous to me over the years.
Thanks for having me here today Charmaine and for all of you readers for indulging me.  Stop by The Design Pages anytime and say hello.

 Love all your great finds and all the transformations.  The details on that wooden dresser is amazing!  (I'm glad you found each other) 
And you know I love me some MCM furniture.  Can't wait to see your work area!

Thanks again,Carol for sharing your Craigslist finds with us today!
Make sure to visit The Design Pages and say hi to Carol.  She is one of the many talented Canadian Designers out there.

Happy Monday Everyone!

*Want to share your Craigslist Finds with us?  Email me here.


Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i think i started following carol after i saw the gray and white dresser- love it!

pam {simple details} said...

Fabulous finds and makeovers, Carol!

Bethany [at] Powell Brower Home said...

fantastic makeovers! i especially love the detail on that dresser that you reinvented!

My Crafty Home Life said...

Carol, your painting skills are fantastic. Those are not easy pieces to prep. I love that tulip table.

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Is there anything more satisfying than a great craig score? I think not!

Sheila @sZinteriors said...

Great sampling of what Craig has to offer! You always do such an amazing job of your transformations, Carol, and I can't wait to see the gold on the tulip table. I think it's going to be fab-u-lous!!!

Chateau À Gogo said...

Love the makeovers. I found 10 of those bentwood chairs this weekend for $15.00 each. I'm kicking myself for not getting a set. - Brandy

Carol@TheDesignPages said...

Thank you all for your great feedback and thanks Charmaine for letting me show off my finds:)

Carolyn@Sweet Chaos said...

You scored some great loot, Carol! And, I love what you've done with it! Craigslist has been good to me, too. I just made over some dining chairs that I love. There's definitely something addictive about the thrill of the hunt :)

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

You give a great makeover!! What great finds!

barbara@hodge:podge said...

Thanks for the shout out Carol! You are still my favourite thrift store/Craigslist buddy - even though you moved away :(

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