Before this DIY post and the final, I’d never ever utilized eBay for anything other than swooning over vinyl albums I couldn’t justify buying and gawking at celebrity auctions (Pharrell’s hat, y’know?). Honestly, when it came to buying large items, I’d constantly considered myself much more of a Craigslist-kinda person. It was straightforward to browse and every little thing is generally totally free. But after you attain a specific point in your adult life, you start off wanting factors that other websites don’t bring to the table. And this had been my conundrum, as of late.
We’re at a point exactly where we want to begin possessing nicer, cleaner issues in the home: cleaner lines, cleaner surfaces, and things that are a bit less, “used”—or at least items that look that way. Our old dining table and chairs were mismatched and sort of junky to start with, and it is lengthy been time to discover a new, grown-up set.
Nonetheless there’s a weird small issue about shipping that had kept me away from producing huge furnishings purchases on eBay… till this post. I hadn’t realized it, but there’s a neighborhood pickup alternative that is seriously the very same point that I’m used to with other neighborhood want ads/garage sale internet sites. I’m also not actually into the whole bidding-war thing, but the Buy It Now function (which I got to use in our final post) absolved any and all lingering anxiousness over that. And then take into account the added bonus of making a secure financial transaction.
So as with any thrift and vintage purchasing, I started with my eyes open for a great chance, and my thoughts open to creating little adjustments when I got the piece that would genuinely make it “my personal.”
I utilised the advanced search alternatives to set my place inside 100 miles of my property, my price range at $150 or much less, and the “Buying Format” to “Buy It Now” and started adding item right after item to my Watchlist (p.s. one more wonderful feature that I was stoked to learn, “Watchlisting” is super useful when you don’t truly want to acquire some thing immediately buuuut like it and want to think about it—like wishlists on most other retail web sites).
Following a week or so of casual browsing… I Discovered IT. Wicker, brass, wood and white—it was just what I had in thoughts. And it was well beneath-price range. I snagged up the pieces and created arrangements for pick up. It was a smooth transaction, communicating with the seller by way of eBay, but I could also e-mail them directly, which I appreciated.
When I brought every little thing house, I realized it looked a bit washed-out in our sad small rental kitchen, so I skimmed by way of my “Color” Pinterest Board and located a colorful image that felt appropriate for the set:
Photo by Pia Ulin by way of Dwell
I decided I wanted to reupholster the seats and paint the wicker and edge of the table to brighten up the room. With a small help from a more skilled friend (I’d also never ever accomplished an upholstery job prior to, if you can think that) I gave the set a quick weekend rehab.
Some words of advice for equivalent projects:
– If you’re performing reupholstering, one of these staple removers will save you SO much time.
– If you are performing any painting, bear in mind to use a primer initial.
– Get almost double the fabric you’ll feel you will require.
– If you are painting wicker, spray paint is certainly THE way to go.
So… take into account me a convert. It’s completely addicting. I’ve been creating up my eBay Wishlist for the past 2 weeks and am prepared to stock 3 very-adult homes complete of furnishings, all inside driving distance of our personal residence. What a find!