We have fallen in love yet again. And yes, we’re talkin’ furniture. This happens quite often, but usually we can restrain ourselves from unnecessary purchases. After all, if something comes in, something must go. It’s our number one rule of small home living, and we stick by it. But the first time we laid eyes on her oatmeal nubby twill and rich, teak arms, we knew she was the one. And since our love was found through the power of Craigslist.org, the price was right. Sure, there were signs of wear…
…but it was nothing a little rub-a-dub of some mineral oil couldn’t solve. Even I couldn’t believe it when the hubs polished her up, going so far as to detail those hard to reach nooks and crannies with a handful of cotton swabs. After an initial quick, gentle wipedown with warm water, the mineral oil proved to be the cure she needed, and she went from hot to smokin’.
Of course we also vacuumed her off, freshened her up with a spritz of Febreze (with all our furry kids, we can’t live without the stuff) and set her up in the living room. And don’t you know it, we stuck to golden rule numero uno, and promptly listed ol’ bluey on – you guessed it – Craigslist. Within a week, it was out the door to another happy home, and our overall purchase price of our new love came down a few more notches.
Scott buffed her with the oil a few more times since her first night, giving her a richer tone with each pass, allowing the natural woodwork to gleam through. The mid-century shape and soft neutral color easily fit into our decor, and those now-shiny gams give the overall illusion of more space. Whoo, can’t beat that with a stick.
Any second hand success stories of your own to share? We’d love to hear you spill those thrifty secrets.