A Junky Living Room Tour...

May 12th, 2012 in member junk     
bendrechsler bendrechsler, member
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The Big Picture:
- All those black frames were wedding gifts which we arranged sorta randomly around that circular mirror, which was also a wedding gift!  Incidentallly, so were the couch and chair...
- Thats my old crab basket over the ceiling light!  Previously, the bulb was housed in a boring, milkwhite glass globe with no character.  BOO, no-character things...
- The black stool has a matching companion on the other side of the room; one I found in pieces on the side of the road, the other (identical match!) I found at Habitat ReStore for $5.  TLC + paint job, and voila!
- The short, white table below the photo frames is actually a piano bench I found in pieces on the side of the road.  Another TLC + paint & distressing effort successfully executed!
Now onto the smaller things...
Check out the chipped, cracked, distressed, awesome finish on this sofa table!  The tabletop is half of an old door I found on the side of the road in Charleston - I just lightly scraped off all the loose white paint that was badly peeling, and this incredible surface was waiting for me underneath!  You almost cant BUY a finish that cool.
Also, the table legs were off of an old dining room table I found on the roadside, and the wooden skirt is made from a bunch of wood scraps from a busted up coffee table I found on the street as well!
- This 1941 GE desk fan was a STEAL on craigslist at $25 - it is in excellent mechanical and esthetic condition, and it was the first 16 desk model fan ever introduced into GE standard product lineup.  This baby will MOVE some air, lemme tell ya.  It is sitting on a very old cast iron water meter cover from Greenville, SC (where my wife is from).
- The wooden crate was $5 from Habitat ReStore and is stamped with The Mosaic Tile Company - Zanesville, OH - its perfect for housing a few odds and ends.  The green frames in the crate were gifts, and most everything else you see was found laying around somewhere in Charleston, including the old, sun-bleached deer skull!
- The only other thing I paid for was the dark wood block full of steel stamping tools (another $5 at Habitat).  Each of those steel spikes has mirror-image reversed alphanumeric character at the tip end so it could be hammered into the sheet metal of a toolbox, etc. for identification.  Awesome little find!
I just finished puttin this contraption together yesterday - this is my variation on the much-acclaimed wooden tripod lamp theme, which seems to have captured the attention of vintage home decor enthusiasts everywhere.  The base is a midcentury Anco Bilt artists easel with galvanized hardware I found at Habitat ReStore earlier this week for $5 (since then, Ive found people selling them online for $80-$100!!), the neck is simply the adjustable bracing arm of the easel which was intended to stabilize a canvas while being painted, and the actual lamp portion is just a hanging worklight I bought at a yard sale for $3 last year.  All in all, an $8 outlay compared to Restoration Hardwares list prices of up to $1500!?!  Ill take it...
Heres a close-up of the guts of the lamp, all confined to a formerly solid ~4X4X2 block of wood.  I disassembled the tripod, sawed the wood block in half, routed out a little internal chamber to house the switch and wires, installed the quirky little toggle switch, secured it all back together with some recycled bolts and galvanized cap nuts from another project, capped it off with that big galvanized washer which I bent with pliers to conform to the bevel of the wood, then plugged it in and enjoyed the soft, yellow glow of conquest!  From this view, you can appreciate Anco Bilt palette graphic and the paint spatter and streaks adorning the wooden legs.
The Big Picture:
- All those black frames were wedding gifts which we arranged sorta randomly around that circular mirror, which was also a wedding gift!  Incidentallly, so were the couch and chair...
- Thats my old crab basket over the ceiling light!  Previously, the bulb was housed in a boring, milkwhite glass globe with no character.  BOO, no-character things...
- The black stool has a matching companion on the other side of the room; one I found in pieces on the side of the road, the other (identical match!) I found at Habitat ReStore for $5.  TLC + paint job, and voila!
- The short, white table below the photo frames is actually a piano bench I found in pieces on the side of the road.  Another TLC + paint & distressing effort successfully executed!
Now onto the smaller things...

The Big Picture:

- All those black frames were wedding gifts which we arranged sorta randomly around that circular mirror, which was also a wedding gift!  Incidentallly, so were the couch and chair...

- That's my old crab basket over the ceiling light!  Previously, the bulb was housed in a boring, milkwhite glass globe with no character.  BOO, no-character things...

- The black stool has a matching companion on the other side of the room; one I found in pieces on the side of the road, the other (identical match!) I found at Habitat ReStore for $5.  TLC + paint job, and voila!

- The short, white table below the photo frames is actually a piano bench I found in pieces on the side of the road.  Another TLC + paint & distressing effort successfully executed!

Now onto the smaller things...


 

After a recent flurry of home junkerating, I felt compelled to take y'all on a tour of half of our living room, starting at the sofa table and ending at the tripod lamp. I guess this part of the room qualifies as the "focal wall." Check out how blessed we have been to come across this cool stuff at little to no cost!

Hope you enjoy the tour...

 


Pattern or design used: My own design
posted in: member junk, furniture, house wear, farm, chic, light fixture, table, wire, lamp

Comments (3)

emw1203 writes: So refreshing! Everything flows so nicely. I love the fan as we have a few too and it looks really great with the frames. It's just very clean and looks so great. Posted: 11:47 am on July 16th
suewhitney writes: Hi There...Our JMS Saturday Member Feature goes out to Bendrechsler. I alway love getting a sneak peek into someone's "junky" interior and this one's a beauty! Thanks so much for sharing your home with us. Love it!!

Be Well,
Sue Posted: 7:30 am on May 12th
gadgetsponge writes: Awesome tour! What great creativity, items and details. I can't decide which is my favorite. I'm definitely a fan fanatic. And the natural patina on that door half is primo like you said. Posted: 11:36 am on May 11th
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