Couch Dilemma – part II

May 7th, 2008

Well, the family couch turned out to be a big fat bomb. It was completely hideous – and more 1970’s retro cheap than 1950’s chic.

But I did find a new store! A hospice thrift store in town with weird hours and some great vintage stuff. It packed with only furniture and has three buildings full of stuff. I found a neat 1950’s curved sectional couch that looked brand new. Someones grandma must have covered it in plastic and never allowed anyone to sit on it. They wanted $500 but would take $350. The thing is HUGE. Maybe too huge – and I hate the fabric. It was white with pink and blue and green and gold flower prints – sort of that asian influenced textile pattern.

They get new shipments every Tuesday and Thursday and I might just have to keep an eye out…

In other house news – we’ve been crazed with renovations. A lot of work has gotten done, and I’ll have to post pics soon. Its starting to look like a house almost!

Couch Dilemma

April 29th, 2008

Its time to add another couch to the Brick House.

I’ve been thrifting, hitting craigslist, and doing the flea market dance but finding the perfect vintage couch is the most difficult endeavor. Mostly the pieces I love are priced way out of my range. Its to bad those Knoll Split Rails are like $4000…

Here are my 3 new – but retro feeling sofa options under $1000:

Edie Sofa in Rouge at Urban Outfitters
Shipping charge: $115
6-8 weeks for delivery

Corona Sofa at Macy’s
$899.00 – sale $650
$75 Delivery
out of stock – till June

BYRD Sofa at EQ3
6-8 weeks
many fabric options
$150 for delivery – or pick up at the store in Burbank

I really like the Byrd Sofa at EQ3 and might end up going that way. They have lots of fabric choices and the pricing isn’t bad. I see a scouting trip to Los Angeles in the future…

Although my dad just called and said they are donating a bunch of my grandparents furniture – including a 1950’s couch that is 9 feet long. I have no idea what it looks like but he says it needs to be reupholstered. I wonder how much that could run…maybe its got good bones – crossing my fingers.

Bathroom Shower

April 25th, 2008

The pink bathroom got a shower and a new floor.

This is the cheapy external shower kit we installed. The best part of the whole thing was asking the guy at Home Depot if he had brass nipples. He did – and in lots of sizes.

We had to install a shorter nipple to attach the faucet and anchored the pipe to the wall. The whole project cost about $120 and took 4 hours. This external shower kit is a piece of crap. We had to take the whole thing apart to burrow out some holes and reinstall it about 4 or 5 times. It kind of works, but the shower head leaks when you just want the tub faucet on and when you turn the shower on it is SO LOUD. Painfully loud.

So we have yet to use the stupid thing, and continue to shower in the blue bathroom. Oh well…

But we did finish the VCT floor. I actually really like it, and love how durable it is. We had it sealed and waxed and now it looks great. Now that I finally bought a digital camera, there will be better pics to come!