This month has been slow for household progress. Mostly because it is cold! And because my big project has been the basement and I can’t just work on it for minutes at a time. I need large blocks of time to get anything significant done, so mostly I just avoid it. However, last week I spent some time removing odd nails and cleaning the floor. Chet came down and removed all the old insulators from the ceiling from when the house was knob-and-tube wiring. I felt like we at least started to get somewhere.
In other news, I spend too much time on craigslist. I found another treasure that I couldn’t pass up. For a while I have been looking for a Midcentury Modern hutch for the dining room. The China cabinet I bought off craigslist when I first moved in has been very useful, but not really special. I love furniture from the 50s and 60s, and I know it goes fast, so I have been scouring craigslist daily. It is usually expensive when it is in good shape, so I had to pass on some beautiful pieces.
Incidentally, I came across this beauty online, but it looked too blonde for my taste. I offered the lady $125 for it and she said yes. I figured I could strip it and refinish it if it was too blonde, so I met her to take a look. Unfortunately, what she failed to tell me was that she had painted one side and half of the front with horrid red paint, thinking if she turned it “shabby chic” it would sell faster. Based on this new information, I talked her down to $100. It is in beautiful shape (less the paint), and probably not too blonde to keep as is if she wouldn’t have ruined it. It has some unique pulls and many, many drawers for my dining room needs (Like I need more drawers after gaining a card catalog). Alas, I guess I am stuck with my original plan to strip it. I am optimistic, although it probably won’t happen until this spring. Regardless, Penelope next door helped me unload it into the garage with the rest of my hoard, so it will be ready for me when it warms up outside.