But now I'm back...or at least I'm trying to be back. The past year has been a crazy one full of learning and discovery. Discovery of myself, what I want, where I'm headed, but that can all be covered in another post.
Just to get back into the swing of things I thought I'd start with redecorating....my home that is. Up until this past year all I could ever afford furniture-wise were items from Criag's list and the Good Will. This past year I worked as a landman in the oil and gas industry and I made decent money for the first time in my adult life. So I took the opportunity to start updating my home with items that I really liked. Take that word "updating" with a grain of salt...the theme of my house is essentially "old shit."
It was a slow process for sure but I'll share with you some of my more DIY/antique finds. I live in the thriving metropolis of Lubbock, Texas. My job as a landman took me to many remote communities and gave me the opportunity to shop around outside of the normal "antique malls." Pretty much, I'm a hobbyist Picker.
For example, my kitchen table. It's solid wood (but I don't know what kind) and the legs bolt on. This item still needs work....like a complete overhaul. It needs to be sanded and painted and the legs should probably be reinforced somehow. I found this baby in a consignment shop in Brownfield, Texas right across the street from the court house and it cost me $60. I managed to fit this thing in the back seat of my (now dead) Buick Century, with me, my 65 lb. dog, and my gear all in the front seat.
The chairs I got off of Craig's list for $20. The two nearest chairs match but the other two are different.
I personally feel like matching is WAY overrated and I can't wait to paint them. I have been going back and forth in my mind for months on what color I want.
Next are my Trunks. I LOVE trunks. But every time I find them in Texas, and it doesn't matter what part of Texas, you're looking to spend around $300...but not me!
These two trunks I bought at a garage sale out in the middle of no where. This lady lived right off of a major highway but still out there. I paid $20 for both of them. They sit in my living room as a sort of accent piece and I store all of my extra bulk items in them that I buy from Sam's. So extra boxes of ziplocks, extra rolls of paper towels, the 500 coffee cup lids...stuff like that.
This next piece also came from Post....negotiated down to $35 I think. It's a solid wood cabinet. At my last house it held my zombie apocalypse stash of toilet paper in the bathroom, but here it serves as my entertainment center.
I have awesome friends and they know how much I love old things, so they are always on the look out for me. One of my friends, Jessica drives a great deal as well and covers a HUGE sales territory. So she has the chance to pop her head in some stores that I could only get to on a weekend. She is responsible for some of the larger pieces in my house.
She found this whiskey barrel for me in Jacksboro, TX. I can't remember but I think we negotiated it down to $225, which is a great deal for a whiskey barrel in general and especially since it is in such excellent condition. At my old house it was my sort of coffee nook and in the new house it is a table in my living room.