Friday, July 16, 2010

Shelf of Patience

Ever since we moved into our house, this has been the cat toy corner. I'm pretty sure all 1950s ranches have a formal cat toy corner. This was ours. Clearly, it needed to be revamped into something more urbane than a feline drug den (catnip, people! Catnip).

Then, three months ago, I found a quirky little corner shelf on Craigslist. It had a cute shape and would be perfect for our living room - nothing a little sandpaper and glossy paint couldn't fix. But I never acted on it. The deck/patio project was in full swing and I didn't really want another project sitting around, half-finished.

After the Big Outdoor Redo was done and I resumed my Craigslist trolling ways, I was surprised to find that the shelf was still available. Its owners were from Ottumwa, but they were planning a trip to Des Moines for a wedding, so we arranged a meeting.

The couple I bought it from couldn't have been any nicer, thereby disproving my incessant fears that serial killers dangle pretty antiques on Craigslist to lure in unsuspecting young ladies who only want to refinish a chair (what? Do you not think that? Really?).

With a little love and paint, we ended up with this:

Three cheers for waiting until the right time to buy something! I painted it Stone Gray (Valspar) and there's a surprise.

Do you see it?
OK, so it doesn't photograph well. The underside of each shelf is a suuuuuupppper light turquoise. You can see it best on the underside of the top shelf. Nice, right? I love it, it's like a funky lining on a nice coat.

What's been your best Craigslist score?

inspired room


  1. i can say that 1950's cape cods also have an unattractive cat corner. love your new corner unit redo...i'm looking for one for my bedroom, but i want it to have doors.

  2. We don't even have a cat, but my In-laws cat visits from across the street, so yes, we too have a 1950's bungalow cat toy corner. Except this cat doesn't play, so his corner has his "I'm in desperate need of a snack" dishes.

    ~Kelli @ Smidgens

  3. Love how the shelf turned out! :) It looks great in white - you did a wonderful job!!

  4. I usually have a lot of trouble reading through blogs about designing houses and whatnot, but for some reason, I can't stop reading yours!!

  5. I have the same craigslist fear... your shelf gives me hope though


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