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Jo-Jo Gets a Makeover

First up, thanks to everybody who participated in our (lively!) discussion on Monday’s post. I appreciate your feedback, whether or not we agreed with each other.

Today’s topic is a liiiiiittle bit less fraught, unless you just have something against furniture discussions, in which case this post may not be for you.

Speaking of furniture. Do you know what’s addictive? Selling it.

And, no, I haven’t gotten a part time job at my local Ashley Furniture store. Quite the opposite. I’ve started a rather hopping little furniture business out of my own home. Okay, so that’s not strictly true either. But, every now and then, when I have multiple items for sale on a local Facebook page and two people show up at the same time to buy separate items, it sort of looks that way.

It’s so much fun to style and post something and then see the little red notification numbers pop up on my screen as people leave comments. I think that’s the addictive part. If I post an item on Craigslist, I have no way of knowing how many people are interested unless they contact me. But this is much more immediate and interactive. And the best part? Even though I live in the boonies, people come to my front porch to pick up the larger items, and, because the group I’m a part of is relatively small, I can Facebook stalk research my buyers before they come.

Shaun loves all of this.

He’s less thrilled when I find things to buy.

Things like this fun hutch I scored for a major deal (as long as you don’t factor in future repairs to my van’s bumper when I banged it against an unexpectedly high concrete driveway border when I was picking it up. Doh).


Remember Jo-Jo? Last fall, she was the proud resting place for my yellow framed DIY chalkboard. But then, the glass broke after we used it outside for the twins’ 2nd birthday party…and the frame has sat empty atop Jo-Jo for the past 10 months or so.

I honestly didn’t have a purpose for the hutch, but it came with a desk I wanted for the boys’ room, so I figured I would make it work…somewhere.

I had planned to paint it, but more and more, I’m loving the look of stained wood as long as it’s in great shape (isn’t it funny how these trends ebb and flow? I like to think I’m not subject to their whims, but I’m sure I am more than I know). So, I left it alone.

It languished on my front porch for months (so glad I live in the country, and only the UPS guy–oh, and my new stream of “customers”–are witness to my redneck ways) because I just couldn’t quite wrap my brain around where it needed to live.


{You can see evidence of its sojourn on the front porch in those cobwebs that I missed when I wiped it down}

And then, all at once, we were selling this hall-tree, and the hutch and desk, which had temporarily been moved inside, were in the way, and the ONLY place I could think to perch the hutch was on top of Jo-Jo.

At first, I didn’t think it worked at all. It was too brown. And boring.


{Cobwebs and unmopped floors, oh my!}

But then, I remembered a cache of funky plates I’ve been collecting slowly for my plate wall over the past year. They were the “extras,” if you will (because, let’s face it: having a plate wall is a great excuse to nab a fabulous $2 plate when you happen across it).


{Okay, so the bird plate is from Anthro, and it was $7. I confess!}

But now they, and my hutch, have a home. And I think they get along just swimmingly.


The hutch plays off of the brown tones in my floors. And the plates tie into the Jo-Jo’s playful yellow knobs and curvy lines. And the cake plates + funky faux teacup stack? Well, they just make me happy.


If I know anything about myself, it will probably sit, untouched, like this for about another 10 months before I get another wild hair to change something up.

But for now, I’m pleased as punch (or plates, if you prefer).     jojo5

So, what do you think? Does the hutch work for you too?

Have you ever sold anything on a Facebook swap ‘n shop? I’ve bought a few things in the past but only recently gotten into selling. But now…watch out! My husband’s probably worried we’re going to be sleeping on the floor soon!

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A Tale of Two (well, technically three) Couches

For as long as I can remember (well, at least as long I’ve been interested in decorating and design), I’ve had this thing for tufted furniture. We’re not going to call it an obsession or anything cray-cray like that, but I was always inexorably drawn to every tufted wingback at Goodwill, no matter how battered. My knees get a little jelly-ish at the sight of a worn-in tufted leather sofa, and my DIY Tufted Ottoman is still the most pinned item I’ve ever made.

It’s real love, folks.

So, you can just imagine how my heart went pitter-patter when I did a rather lazy craigslist search for “Tufted Chesterfield sofa” one day–expectations extremely low–and an entry popped up that looked–if not promising–possible.


It was a dark, grainy, ugly-McAwful picture of TWO linen tufted Chesterfield sofas in a drab furniture store showroom. But despite the picture’s ick factor, I could see the potential. Especially when I looked them up and discovered they were the well-reviewed Gordon Tufted Sofa, 32″HX91X38″D, NATURAL LINEN that Amazon carries for $1,200.

The furniture dealer was only asking a little over 1/3 of that price, and the listing was 2 weeks old, so I was sure it was already sold, but when I called, it was still available.

HUZZAH for terrible, dark, grainy, ugly-McAwful pictures that had most assuredly scared off all of the other potential buyers!

We emailed back and forth and exchanged a few phone calls, and that Saturday evening, after we had attended a birthday party for Shaun’s family, halfway to Dallas, we ended up driving the rest of the way up there to see the couches in person.


The showroom wasn’t much better in person than it was in the pics. It was in a strip of “furniture outlets,” and I couldn’t quite tell what I thought of the couches at first because their surroundings were–ahem–not quite my style.

When I’d first called, I had discovered that not only did he have the two full-sized couches, but he also had one matching love seat.

Sadly, when we got there, we discovered that the love seat had two little slits in the right arm from careless box-opening techniques.

Not that that was going to stop me.

And so the haggling began.


In the end, we got both the couches and the love seat WITH TAX AND DELIVERY (two hours away, mind you) for less than the cost of ONE of the sofas on Amazon.


I was ecstatic. I hadn’t been planning on replacing our couches, which were comfortable and hid stains like a toddler hides the remote. My tufted linen Chesterfield sofa dreams had been just that–distant maaaaaaaaybes if I happened upon a good deal at an opportune time…one day…possibly.


{Can you spot the thing that I forgot to hide in this shot?}

And then, within two whirlwind days, I had sold my old sofas (y’all, proper styling is everything. I used pretty pictures from my blog, and people on a local FB site were clamoring over those perfectly fine but certainly not super-exciting gray herringbone couches like I was selling some sort of prized heirloom for 95% off), and my dream couches were in my living room.

And I do mean dream couches, people. Because, not only did they look about a trillion times better once they exited that cluttered “showroom,” but they’re a) comfortable b) well-made and c) a HUGE bargain…which means that, even if (when) they don’t stay pristine, I won’t feel sick to my stomach for dropping $2,700 on one little ol’ couch. (Because, yes, that’s what the fancy versions of this couch cost, and no, I was never going to go there).

Have I scotch-guarded the daylights out of them? Yes. Do I keep a blanket draped over the one that sits in the main thoroughfare between our kitchen and living room, much to my husband’s eye-rolling amusement? Mmm Hmmm. Have I already had to wipe up a few marks and greasy spots? Yup. (They came right up, in case you’re wondering, thanks to this magical cleaning solution).


But you know what? As I told a reader who was wondering how in the world I would cope with light-colored furniture and so many kids, I would rather have furniture I love with a few stains than stuff that I really don’t like with the very same stains…that you just can’t see.

As long as said loved furniture doesn’t cost very much, of course. 😉 (I’ve already paid for my couches by clearing a few more items that I didn’t need out of my house. Feels SO good).

Oh man, does finding exactly what I’ve been looking for for at a tiny fraction of the price make me giddy!

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