Trawling Gumtree

I’ll find the the good buys.

Trawling Gumtree: Bar Carts

So maybe I’m still riding the depression wave of Mad Men ending for good, but I am having a serious bar cart moment right now. I think they are so sexy and another surface for pretty things! So this week I thought, why not trawl Gumtree for some amazing bar carts (cheap of course) to do up! But first here are some inspirations…. get ready, you will drool.

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Now for the Gumtree finds… they may need some work but think how lovely they will look when finished and styled!

bar cart 1Option 1- $50

This guy would look fine just the way it is, the teak timber look is so Mid-Century! I would however replace the wheels for some more decorative ones, think gold or steel.

bar cart 2Option 2- $50

Paint it! Paint it now! Maybe a sophisticated black or charcoal grey. It looks like this was once an island bench with the large chopping board on top. It would be interesting to see what’s underneath. I would take the timber off the top regardless and install in a top shelf in line with the decorative corners.

bar cart 3 Option 3- $75

I LOVE THIS GUY! He is so ornate! Leave as is, or paint the stainless steel gold for a more opulent look. You could also swap out the timber laminate trays for some real timber shelves, just keep the stain dark to keep the look Mid-Century. Love it!


Bar Cart 4Option 4- $35

This one needs a little TLC, but still is in good nick. I would paint the tea towel rod gold,copper or brass just for a hint of glam. I would also freshen up the cart by sanding it back and varnishing it.

Bar cart 5Option 5- $96

Now this is a bit more old-school. I would line the shelves with black leather leaving the timber frame. I’m loving those black wheels!

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If you have a bit of cash to splash or you’re not into D.I.Y pop over to West Elm and buy this beautiful Parker Mid-Century Bar Cart. It’ll set you back $499 but is definitely worth it… I’ve now added this to my ever growing lust list, thanks West Elm.

This post has been part therapy and part lusting for me, very selfish indeed. But I hope you have now been inspired to join the bar cart revival and drink your alcohol in a prettier way!

Happy styling xx

 

 

Trawling Gumtree: Just Chalk it

So right now I am obsessed with Chalk paint. Remember the whole “put a bird on it” stage? Well the new one is “just chalk it”. Like, literally paint everything you can in your house with this matte, milky-smooth, heaven sent paint. Let’s be honest with our selves, would we use anything other than Annie Sloan? (If you haven’t heard of her product: google please.) Such beautiful colours, great wax finishes. Easy to use to get amazing results. Seriously though, Just chalk it.

Let the Gumtree finds begin!

6 Mixed Matched Wooden Chairs

So its $180 for 6 mix matched wooden chairs. WHAT A STEAL! I mean, they have done all the hard work for you…. get shopping!

There are two options you can go forward with… either paint them in a soft pastel colour palette to keep the whole mix matched theme continuing OR paint them all the same colour, which still looks cool and uniform at the same time as they are all different shapes. It really depends how much colour you already have going on in your room. If it’s already cray, I’d pick all the same colour option. But, if your room is neutral, the colour palette option is SO STUNNING.

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Four Pine Bar Stools

$30 for 4, or $10 each. Bargain!

Paint these babies up with a lovely soft hue, like this pale grey blue. Keep the paint solid for a modern look or sand back a little for a rustic/country vibe.

Pine Stool

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Timber Side Table

Ok people, this wins cheapest buy for this post. Only $5. Yep. You can’t even get a small cheeseburger meal from Mc Donalds for that. But you can get a side table.

So it’s a bit beaten up… but its $5. There’s only one thing to do… PAINT PAINT PAINT PAINT! Paint it black and sand back only the edges. It will make it look super cute for a super cute table.

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Buffet Hutch 

Going for $100…. again, Gumtree you deliver the bargains!

This should be painted two toned. You simply must! If you’re feeling crafty take the doors off to make sexy open shelving.

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6 Bentwood Chairs (3 Broken)

$300… this is a love project. Save it for a rainy day, or get someone else to fix them up. Worth it.

So 7/8 painted bentwoods chairs make my heart sing. Like, in that loud voice you use in the shower when you’re on a roll. Can someone please do this and send me pics? It will make me weep (with tears of joy).

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Single Wood Bedhead

Negotiable… so really cheap right?

This beadhead would look super cute painted in pastel pink for a girls room…. just chalk it!

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So pretty much anything wooden you can get your hands on, chalk it. You won’t won’t regret it, trust me.

 

 

Trawling Gumtree: Cane Overhaul

Its that time again, time to trawl Gumtree and find the gold. And there is gold, there is just a lot of digging to do. Today I’m gaining inspiration from the promise of summer, and am targeting cane furniture. Yes, you may think its dated, but with my handy little tips I can show you how to make it look tops.

1. Cane Room Divider

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This is cool. But it’s brown. I would liven it up to a fun poppy colour, turquoise always works a treat.

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2. Cane Chair Set

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Super cute. It can be a snug two seater couch or two arm chairs (minus two arms)! The cane is already black which is a plus. If I were buying these, I’d get new cushions and add this amazing emerald green Florence Broadhurst fabric. Ah-mazing.

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3. Cane Bed Head

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Now this is a super cool find. Seriously. I kind of want it… You can leave it as is, or spray it a colour to match your favourite quilt cover… imagine this mid blue for an exotic bedroom.

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4. Cane Bar Stools

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Yes, they need a bit of work… but they swivel! How convenient. I would immediately throw away those attrocious cushions and again, you can probably going to guess what I’ll say… yes thats right: spray it a fun colour! You can buy really cute round cushions now, check out Castle and Things, Ikea and Lumiere Art and Co. The round cushion will complement the shape of the bar stool and add some pattern, and MORE COLOUR! Just imagine the picture below is a bar stool. Cool right?

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5. Cane Sideboard

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This is perfection. It’s so Emily Henderson. I would leave it just the way it is. Because I love it. Can someone buy it for me please? I would pair it back with gold trinkets, mid blues and rich yellows. I heart this sideboard.

Consider the best of the cane on Gumtree (Sydney) trawled. You’re welcome.

Trawling Gumtree Sydney

So here it is, my first trawling session through Gumtree for Sydney. Finding all the gold for you at a good price… ready, set, buy!

1. Pink armchairs (FREE!)

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http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/marrickville/chairs/2-x-lounge-chairs/1050819580

These would be awesome in the right room, for the right person. And they are free! Don’t like pink, get them reupholstered a different colour. It’d still be cheaper than buying new ones! I think they look super cute.

2. Antique Sofa ($550)

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http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/north-manly/sofas/antique-sofa-settee-lounge-red-velvet-carved/1050767036

This is such a steal! Perfect as is, but if I were to buy this I would reupholster it in a peacock green as a slight contemporary twist. Such a good price!

3. 1960’s fold down desk ($60)

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http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/concord/desks/1960s-fold-down-timber-desk/1050784146

Well this is just an amazing find. Even if it does have some scratches or needs some repair, this price just makes it worth it. You better hurry up and buy this one or I will!

4. Day Bed ($140)

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http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/marrickville/beds/ikea-meldal-day-bed-single-bed-black-rrp-349-2-off/1050796978

Yes I know this is ikea, yes I know the black is full on but imagine it in a bright pink, emerald green, fluro coral or white with cute cushions and bedding. The perfect bed for any girl! (I always wanted a day bed growing up, so this is the emotional pick from me)

5. Glass Buffet ($150)

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http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/parramatta/tables/hall-table-buffet-tv-unit-glass-black-metal-delivery-avai/1050801611

Ok, this one would be awesome if you painted the black legs to a copper or gold- so chic! Its sturdy and classy all at the same time.

I hope this has inspired you to recycle pre-loved furniture, and with a bit of fabric, paint and love they can replicate items out on the market now for a much cheaper price!