January 18, 2009

Project Apartment 09 - Step 1

I purchased a table and four chairs on Craigslist before the holidays for a mere $100. What a find! The table has great lines, it's real solid wood and most importantly, it's a drop-leaf with two extra leaves, meaning no matter how small my next apartment may be, it will fit in its smallest form. BUT, I also can open it up and put the leaves in for dinner parties and holidays to seat TEN. (You may not be able to do anything else in the space, but hey, I've learned parties revolve around food and drink, so who cares?) My first dinner party went pretty darn well if I do say so myself, so I'm super excited to give this table a work-out over the next, oh lifetime. (This sucker is going to be a work of love over the next month or two, I'm not sure I'll EVER want to part with it!)

So, today, I went to my local South Loop THD and purchased gel stripper, drop clothes and all the other supplies I could find. (Note I'll be headed to my old neighborhood ACE Hardware today to pick up what I couldn't find on my own. God bless the boys at Ace on Maple!!)

I'm starting small with the chairs. Hoping to finish the first two this week while my roommate is on an island. She's sensitive to fumes, so I hope to do as much of this while she's out of the house as possible. Of course, I did purchase her a mask for when she is home as a joke (he he he). The first two chairs might only take a week, but that table is going to be a process!

The last two photos in the slideshow? I finally saw what everyone else has been talking about with the Home Design Event at Target. I wasn't as impressed in person as I had been in the blogosphere, but I didn't leave empty-handed. (Can one walk out of Target without making a purchase? I think not.) I picked up a Mr. Bubble bubble bath, a white ceramic pear (random, I know, but I LOVE it) and this organic-shape wire bowl thing. I think it will eventually be white, but for now, it's holding my bananas. Until I eat them all tomorrow!! (That's another story.)

Back to stripping.....

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