Craigslist Catch: cane-back rattan dining chairs

Craigslist is one of my favorite places to hunt for furniture and decor, whether I'm sourcing for a project or redesigning my own home (again). It takes time, patience, and a keen eye for sifting through the loads and loads of garbage—sometimes literally—to find those specks of pure gold. And while I can't think of a better way to spend an afternoon, I know it's not for everyone. That's where I come in. Just think of me as your Craigslist middleman. 

In these recurring "Craigslist Catch" posts, I'm going to be sharing some of my favorite finds from the classifieds, along with some style inspiration, a few tips on how I'd fix them up, and what other pieces I'd pair them with. First up, these beautiful cane-back rattan dining chairs:

Four chairs for $200 is a pretty good deal, but these have been listed for a few weeks now, and the cushions need definite work, so with some negotiating I'd say you could get the price down closer to $100. 

 

The caning on the backs is in great shape, and with a little cleaning up these babies would be perfect in a laid-back, modern-industrial-meets-California-cool kitchen:

 
 

See? Look at them up close. I'm seriously tempted. After a good scrub, I'd recover the cushions in one of these three fabrics:

 

Then, to really bring the vibe we're going for home, I'd finish out the space with a mix of clean lines and natural materials:

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table | rug | shelves | pendant light | art | tree | planter | bowl | tile | diy vintage cutting boards

And, voila, instant California cool.

Love the look? Head to my contact page to submit an interior design or e-design request. Also, head over and comment on my latest Instagram post to suggest pieces for the next Craigslist Catch hunt! 

Our (Mostly) DIY Kitchen Update

I loved our house from the moment we first walked in. I also hated the kitchen from the moment we first walked in. Orange builder-grade oak cabinets, laminate countertops, fluorescent lighting, and lime green walls. SO. MUCH. GREEN. But, I still loved it and saw so much potential, and immediately started planning an update. A few weeks ago we finally began the project, and now, eight months after moving in, we have a new kitchen!

It all started with the countertops. We found some remnant slabs we loved, and they fit perfectly in our small kitchen and saved us some money. After the countertops and the new sink were installed, I spent about a week and a half cleaning, sanding, priming, and painting the cabinets. Jason drilled new holes and installed the new hardware and the sink faucet, and then we installed the new backsplash together. (A word of advice: don't choose a glass tile. Just don't.) A new stove and microwave were delivered yesterday, and after a few weeks of blood, sweat, and tears later and we have a brighter, more beautiful space! It really changes the look of the whole downstairs space. I am so proud of the work we put in, and I love how it turned out. Scroll through for some photos of the new space!

THE BEFORE, on the day we decided to make an offer on the house:

THE AFTER:

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