What is it about our generation that has caused this new obsession with all things old? Is it just our generation or our culture? I remember on a tour in Scotland a few summers ago during my internship our tour guide made fun of Americans saying we were “always the ones taking pictures of anything ‘old’ like a crumbling wall.” He suggested it was because our idea of ‘old’ is really limited given the young age of our country compared to European countries.
Regardless of why, like so many others, I’m obsessed with vintage furniture. For months now I’ve been talking about how I wanted an old record console in the living room. I love them. My grandparents had one in their home when I was growing up and I always thought it was so cool for lack of a better word. And believe it or not, you can almost always find one on Craigslist.
I’d spent a couple of months regularly checking Craigslist and turning down one after another for various reasons (e.g. too big, not quite the look we wanted, too expensive, etc.) Well luck was in our favor a few weeks ago when we came across this beauty on Craigslist for $35. It wasn’t in perfect condition, but the Mister wanted a project and I wanted a statement piece. We loved it. After a mishap with a truck rental and right around the moment I thought we wouldn’t be able to ever get this thing, the owner was nice enough to drop if off at our door for only an extra $15. Faith in humanity restored.
So here’s our plan for it:
- Fix the turntable and stereo
- Scrub it down (we’re going to keep it that fantastic distressed olive color), but it’s in need of a good cleaning
- Buy a TV mount to attach to it so that the TV isn’t sitting right on it – we would wall mount the TV, but there aren’t studs back there…. it’s plaster covering brick.
What do you think? Anyone find any other great vintage finds on Craigslist?
Also, sorry about being MIA this week. After the mad scramble recently with projects before both sets of parents coming on consecutive weekends, we decided to take a break and just relax. Enjoy our home. Enjoy our new grill (post on that soon). Enjoy our city. And just enjoy each other. BUT as the Mister is out of town for the rest of the week and weekend to go to All Good, I’ll be busying myself with more projects so expect many more posts soon.