Vintage Find // Cane Bed Frame

THE FARMHOUSE

We recently picked up a cane bed frame (yes, another¬†antique bed frame ūüėČ and here’s the best part: it was FREE. Craigslist, I love you!

This was one of those serendipitous finds that I happened to catch within a few hours of listing. All the stars aligned, and the owner left it in her driveway so we could pick it up that afternoon. We ended up with a nice bed frame and it only cost us a couple gallons of diesel and two pints of beer at 7 Seas Brewery (sometimes Garrett needs bribery for these outings ;).

This cane bed frame doesn’t appear to be particularly old but it is in decent shape – all in all a good deal for FREE! We’ll be using it in Daphne’s nursery, so stay tuned for more on that. Like most of these old bed frames, this one will need a little work. We’ll be adding a platform for a foam mattress to sit on. Plus we’re going to paint it…probably.¬†I know, I know painting wood is not my thing either, but this wood has an odd finish on it. Plus Daphne’s room already has a lot of wood and I’d rather paint a bed frame than the original trim. I wish the wood looked something like these beds below, but alas, it does not.

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I’d love to hear your thoughts on painting. Would you paint a wood, cane bed frame? Do you think I’m crazy for considering it? If we do paint it, Garrett and I are both leaning towards a soothing sage green but now that I think about it, a neutral cream or gray would be pretty in Daphne’s space too.

Before I wrap up today, I thought it would be fun to share what I’ve learned about cane. Because it turns out that it’s different from rattan. And wicker. So all these years that I’ve been using those words interchangeably I’ve been totally wrong!

What is Cane…and Rattan…and Wicker?

Cane comes from the stalk of a rattan plant, a vine-like relative of the palm. After the rattan is harvested – a process which can be done sustainably without harming the plant – the bark is processed into thin strands, which is woven into cane and used in caned furniture. While cane is specific to rattan bark, wicker is made by weaving any number of natural materials (and now synthetic too), including bamboo, reed, willow, and the interior of a rattan stalk. Wicker is processed by cutting the material into strips, drying them out and then soaking them in water and weaving (source). Rattan is especially popular in warm climates since it won’t warp or crack. Both cane and wicker¬†date back to the BCs and have been used in both baskets and furniture through the ages (source).

Thankfully Daphne’s bed frame is in good shape, and whether we paint it or not, I think it’s going to be stunning in her room!

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How to Find Furniture on Craigslist + Our Favorite Finds EVER!

If you know me at all, you know that I love a good deal. I’m one of those people that will happily sort through 16 racks of socks on sale for 2 hours just to find that perfect pair. Because, hello, deal. It’s kind of a problem, but Craigslist lets me scratch that itch in a productive way. It is also my secret weapon when it comes to finding furniture.

Craigslist is full of unique pieces with unique stories that the seller is often more than happy to share with you. Plus buying used means less landfill waste. ¬†That’s a¬†win, win, win in my book. ¬†Read on for our best tips for scouring big on Craigslist and 4 of my favorite Craigslist finds…ever!

One // Victorian Headboard for the Dexter House Master Bedroom // $195

I found this solid, antique headboard on Craigslist and immediately fell in love. I was out of town, so promptly emailed the seller to set up a time for Garrett to pick it up. I should say thankfully I wasn’t in town because this sucker was heavy and I’m sure Garrett was cursing my Craigslist obsession as he egged it into the back of the truck. ¬†At $195 it wasn’t the best deal we’ve ever gotten on Craigslist, but it wasn’t bad either. The previous owner had purchased it from a designer for a lot more than $195 and stripped the paint off. When we got the headboard home, we realized that it was more of an oversized full than a queen, but we were able to build out the frame accordingly to make it work with a queen mattress.

Two // Solid Wood Cabinets for the Ravenna Basement // $160

I saw these custom cabinets pop up one weekend afternoon and immediately emailed the seller. I was first to respond and first to schedule a time (for Garrett:) to pick up these heavy suckers, which won us the prize. Can you believe that these solid wood built-ins were listed for just $200? Even crazier, Garrett talked the seller down to $160. They fit perfectly in our Ravenna House basement remodel and totally make the space (seen here back in 2014).

Three // Rope Bed in the Dexter House Guest Bedroom // $60

This rope bed is one of my favorite antiques ever. It’s super sturdy (especially after we retrofitted it for a full-size mattress) and just plain beautiful. The seller was really kind and shared the¬†story of the bed, which is just too sweet. Related: would you guys want to see a DIY on how we adjust antique bed frames and head boards to fit modern mattress sizes?

Four // Patio couch in the Porch House sunroom // $300

I originally bought this patio couch for the Dexter House backyard, but shortly thereafter, we bought our Farmhouse. It came with us and briefly had a spot on our front porch before moving over to the ¬†Porch House¬†sunroom where it has sat ever since. It will be returning to the Farmhouse shortly, but in the meantime it looks great here. ¬†Originally listed for $500, we talked the seller down to $300. ¬†It certainly wasn’t the best deal we’ve ever gotten on Craigslist, but it’s one of my favorites.

Now that I showed you all of our favorite Craigslist scores, lets talk about how we scored them. Because if you’re on Craigslist often, you know it’s easy to let those great finds slip right through your fingers OR spend way too much on things you don’t love. So here are six tips that work for us:

Tips for How to Score Big on Craigslist

Check listings in big cities // we’ve noticed that Seattle has so much more to offer than our small town (our town doesn’t have Craigslist but a couple surrounding towns do). So when we need something, I look in Seattle a day or two before we’re planning to be over there.

Check often // the best stuff on Craigslist goes fast, so you have to check listings often. If I’m in the market for something specific, I’ll check multiple times a day. Usually a seller will sell to whomever emails first or whomever picks up first, which brings me to my next point…

Offer to pick it up right away // if at all possible, try to be available to pick up the item right away (the same day). My email inquiries usually look like this: “I love your table! It would fit perfect in our old Farmhouse. Could I come pick it up this evening or tomorrow?” And if I’m not 100% sure I’ll buy it, I’ll say something like “if it’s in good condition, which it looks like it is, I’ll take it!”

Ask for Measurements! // Save yourself the hassle of going to look at something that won’t fit by just asking the seller for the measurements ahead of time.

Crappy photos usually mean good deals // Do not be deterred by crappy photos or a little dirt on the item. You were going to clean it anyway. And crappy photos usually mean you can get the item for cheaper (since those photos will scare away a lot of buyers).

Don’t be afraid to ask for a discount // Garrett’s policy is to always ask for a discount, usually 50%. And while I’m not always so gutsy, I’ll often ask for a lower price if the item isn’t something we absolutely need or it seems overpriced. It can be hard to bargain, but honestly, that’s just part of selling on Craigslist, and if you’re polite, you usually will end up with the item anyway.

What did we miss? Do you have any other tips?!

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Vintage Find // Farmhouse Office Cabinet

THE FARMHOUSE

The largest piece of furniture at¬†the Farmhouse is the cabinet that sits just inside the office. ¬†It’s 5.5-feet wide and 8-feet¬†tall and built so solidly that it took 3 men¬†to move it from the antique store where I found it.

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But before I delve into¬†the cabinet, I wanted to tell you the story behind it. ¬†It’s a tale of serendipity – the stuff of old home lover’s dreams. ¬†And it has made me fall in love with our little hometown even more, because this is the kind of thing that could only happen in a small town.

But back to the cabinet. ¬†The moment I saw it, I had to have it. ¬†Not only was¬†it beautiful (SO beautiful!), but the fir wood looked like it would match¬†perfectly with the Farmhouse’s fir woodwork. ¬†Actually the entire piece – from the crown molding down to the old latches – looked¬†as if it would fit perfectly at our Farmhouse. ¬†So much so, that I had the fleeting feeling that the piece¬†had¬†been made for our Farmhouse.

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But at $1,400 and no immediate need for a pantry cabinet, I¬†couldn’t justify the purchase. ¬†So I sulked away empty handed.

Fast forward two months to our¬†mailbox. ¬†I found a hand-addressed letter there, which turned out to be from a previous resident of the Farmhouse. ¬†She had written to inform us¬†that there was a¬†large cabinet at the local antique store that had originally belonged¬†in¬†our Farmhouse. ¬†Quite obviously, my interest was piqued. ¬†Even if it wasn’t the pantry cabinet that I had fallen in love with, I had to bring whatever piece of furniture she was talking about home.

The former resident went on to explain that the cabinet had originally been in the kitchen and then later moved to a closet.  It had been painted and then stripped.  And in recent years an owner removed the cabinet from the Farmhouse, and placed it on the 3rd story of a local victorian home.  Finally it had been brought in to the antique store to be sold.  And there it sat.

I later found out that the cabinet¬†had been¬†bought while our letter sat in the mail, but thankfully it was returned before they got it out of the store¬†(it turned out to be too big for the buyer’s¬†space). ¬†And there were other interested buyers too. ¬†But serendipity was on my side. ¬†When I went back to the antique store, the store’s owner was delighted to find out that I was the new owner of the Farmhouse – she¬†was¬†familiar with the history of the cabinet – and walked me over to the piece in question. ¬†It was, of course, the pantry cabinet I had fallen in love with all those months ago. ¬†Happy to reunite the cabinet with it’s original home, the store’s owner offered¬†me¬†a discount and I happily brought the cabinet home.

Sweet, sweet serendipity!

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To say this piece is solid, is selling it short. ¬†It’s built like no cabinet I’ve ever seen. ¬†The backing is¬†3/4″ tongue and groove flooring strips¬†(no doubt the same material that still graces our floors) and the sides are at least double that¬†thick. ¬†Even the cabinet doors are an inch thick. ¬†Garrett and his dad¬†had to separate the cabinet’s top from it’s¬†base to get it from the truckin to the Farmhouse and even then, they needed a hand cart.

After a little research, I believe this piece should actually¬†be called a stepback cupboard. ¬†But since I plan to return it to the kitchen where it originally sat (someday….years in the future when we remodel the kitchen), I’m going to keep calling it our pantry cabinet. ¬†In the meantime, I love having it in our office. ¬†It¬†looks and functions great as storage and makes my heart swell every time I see it.

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Well that’s the¬†story behind our beautiful pantry cabinet turned office storage. ¬†I’m so happy to have it back home! ¬†Next week I’ll give you a progress update on the rest of the office including all the sources from this post. ¬†Until then, I hope you have a great week!

xoxo

-Cathy

p.s. a vintage spool bed.

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Vintage Find // A Jenny Lind Spool Bed

It’s no secret that I have a thing for vintage beds. ¬†There’s just something about them that gets my heart all aflutter. ¬†Vintage beds are undoubtedly¬†my number one Craigslist/vintage/salvage/antique store find and despite already having a hefty collection (see below), I keep adding more. ¬†Garrett would probably say that I just can’t help myself. ¬†But luckily for him, we keep¬†buying old houses, so there’s always a new space¬†for a good vintage bed!

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bedrooms, clockwise from top left: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

My most recent find is a twin-size spool bed, a style that I’ve long admired. ¬†After eyeing the bed at a local antique store last month (Relic, if you guys are in eastern Washington), I finally told¬†Garrett that we needed it for staging at the flip house. ¬†He begrudgingly¬†picked it up last weekend, but there were certainly no complaints at the price, $89. ¬†In case you were wondering, I’m head over heals in love with this one!

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The spool bed, or Jenny Lind bed as they’re often called, is one of my favorite vintage styles. ¬†The spool detail is so delicate, crafted, and beautiful and these beds¬†can really add a¬†special element¬†to a space. ¬†Even though my spool bed¬†is far from perfect – the foot board was replaced and there’s some damage on the side rails – I’m really happy to be adding it to my collection. ¬†It’ll be the perfect bed for the¬†little girl bedroom at the flip house (and maybe our own little girl’s room at the Farmhouse, someday).

After buying¬†this bed, I did a little research on the¬†ever-popular spool bed style and thought it would be fun to share what I found with you all. ¬†Let’s start with the name. ¬†These beds are referred to as¬†two things: spools for their resemblance to sewing spools and Jenny Lind after the 1800s Swedish opera singer of the same name. ¬†Ms. Lind came to America in 1851 on a much publicized tour¬†and captured¬†the public eye. ¬†She was an “it girl” long before the likes of Beyonce or Adele. ¬†Ms. Lind was said to prefer the colonial-style spool beds during her hotel stays, and the notion stuck. ¬†The spool bed has been referred to as the Jenny Lind bed ever since, as long as it has square solid corners on the headboard (according to Design Sponge).

Originally the¬†spindles were turned¬†using¬†a lathe operated by a foot pedal, which was a slow and laborious process. ¬†Can you imagine how much effort went into each bed? ¬†Talk about an heirloom piece! ¬†Steam power replaced the foot pedal in the first half of¬†the¬†1800s, making spool beds much easier to “mass” produce. ¬†If you want to know more on spool beds, check out these two articles (here and here). ¬†The first one has some useful tips if you’re trying to date the construction of a spool bed.

Since my Jenny Lind¬†is intended for¬†a girl’s bedroom,¬†I plan to style it with updated florals and traditional feminine details¬†for a¬†modern take on an antique bed. ¬†Maybe it is just the baby girl in my belly, but¬†I can’t get enough of this look!

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Lots of cozy white textiles, vintage-inspired goods, and floral prints in this bedroom. ¬†Of course, a spool bed would fit equally well in a boy’s room, guest room, or even a¬†master bedroom. ¬†Here are a few of my favorite rooms featuring spool beds¬†from around the internet.

Livinglifemoments Insta Inspiration Domaine Inspiration double twin guest roomjenny lind inspostarbright farm spool bed

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Showstoppers, right? ¬†Spool beds not only headline¬†those rooms, but they also fit into very different decor styles. ¬†I really can’t get enough! ¬†I’d love to hear if you guys collect antique beds (or maybe just have one or two like a normal person), and if so, what style?!

xoxo

-Cathy

p.s. finding a vintage bed on Craigslist (my favorite source) for the Dexter guest bedroom.

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