Tiny tables & things

You know you live in Springfield when some of your favorite haunts are antique malls.

The trick to finding good stuff when antiquing and thrifting, I think, is imagination. Even if you don’t plan to refurb a piece, it can help to don your thinking cap to picture it outside of the clutter and/or weird lighting of the store. Maybe with a nice flower pot or picture frame on top. Or a cat. Whatever.

Since I’m great at this exercise, I ignored Soner’s protests when he begged me not to buy this metal table for 50 smackaroos:

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You know, I think it’s got a lot going for it until I get to those “decorative” swirl things. They don’t match the thickness of the rest of the metal, they give it a weird old lady vibe. I mean there’s nothing wrong with that, if that’s what you’re into. I’m going to get myself in trouble.

Anyway, so it’s the weekend and I decided to use our shiny new Dremel tool to cut those suckers off.

Because I don’t know much about these things, I got a pack of these guys.

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My first one broke after ten seconds.

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But dammit, I paid for them and I am not going to Lowe’s five times in one weekend. Because I did that last weekend. So back to work (with my safety goggles, of course).

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Anyway, it was easy after that. I have some grinding to do to get rid of the old welds, and now I’m wondering if I should paint it. Stick with black? Gold? Silver?

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Until next time, signing off.

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We’re still here!

Let me kick things off by explaining that our absence is due to still not having a camera – we’re waiting on a criminal trial to conclude before we can get it back. It’s a weird complicated emotional mess. However, we all have phones these days, so no more excuses!

Between trying to learn German, attempting to cultivate a garden of succulents such that would make all of Instagram instantly jealous, and putting the grill to work on every piece of food we eat, we are finding time to install trim and baseboards throughout the house.

We came into the house with no trim. Anywhere. Not exaggerating. Drywall has been installed, but around all doors, floors and windows, we have variations of this:

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Master carpentry by a previous owner!

We got tired of looking at insulation poking out everywhere, so we’ve been working at it.

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Don't judge us.

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This is more involved than we thought. Walls are not thick enough for the width of each doorframe, drywall needs replacement and patching. I’m sure all of you seasoned renovators are nodding your heads knowingly. It’s a good thing we love this house.

I’ll save our window casing dilemmas for their own post. Here are some finished photos so we don’t leave you hanging:

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I love my table. Oh yes

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Wut

Don’t mind Taco and her derpiness.

We’ll keep updating on the trim front. And, provided my camera is returned somewhat soon, expect photos of succulents.

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Here’s one to tide you over. Signing off!