Hi Guys! This is part two of my last post “Craig’s List: Velvet Furniture” If you did not check out part I you can find it here. I spent a few months scouring Craig’s List and found so many great velvet pieces that I could not share them with you all in one post.
- When looking at used velvet furniture be aware that it is possible to clean the pieces and get some of the grime and general dirt out, but avoid those that have obvious deep stains. I found a great tutorial on Apartment Therapy on how to clean velvet upholstery. You can find that here.
- If you are uncomfortable or have a piece of furniture that needs more then just a little cleanup then it is wise to consult a professional. It’s difficult to “spot clean” velvet because even if the stain comes out, the texture of the fabric may be permanently altered. Also, there are many different types of velvet fabric comprised of different materials-so there is not a one size fits all cleaning formula.
- Ok. I’m gonna say it. Bed bugs. Typing that just literally made my skin crawl. I hope I am not committing a major blogging “uh oh” by bringing them up. Anyway….. I personally have purchased many pieces of used furniture over the years and have never come across these nasty buggers. No one that I know has either. I made the mistake of doing a Google search of bed bugs and came across nightmarish story after nightmarish story. So…. I feel obligated to mention it and give a few tips on how to avoid this nastiness.
My number 1 bed bug tip is to simply communicate with the seller. The first thing to always ask is why they are getting rid of the piece. Then look them in the eye and ask them flat out if they have ever had bed bugs. 99% of the people should tell you the truth. There are always those sick bastards that fall into that 1% category and the chances of you coming across that person is pretty slim. Number 2 is never bring any piece of furniture into your home until you have had a chance to inspect it. There are visible signs of bed bugs but you need to know what you’re looking for. This video walks you through how to inspect upholstered chairs and sofas thoroughly.
- Another thing to look for in second hand velvet furniture is visible worn spots on the arms and seats of sofas and chairs. In small doses this may add a certain charm, depending on the look you are going for, but be aware once a piece is worn it will stay that way unless you plan on recovering the piece. Recovering is a good option if you can get the piece for an extremely low price and if the structure is completely sound. However, this can be pricey and may cost the same as buying a new piece of furniture.
Brynne from The Gathered Home snagged these great yellow tufted chairs from Craig’s List for $20 each! Go Craig’s List go!! One of the chairs has a few worn spots on the front part of the cushion but Brynne loved the charm it gave the pieces, and I could not agree more!
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Who can resist the classic look of the oval back Louis Chair? They are so versatile and look great with different dining room table styles. The above chairs that are for sale are in a beautiful shade of blue and could easily be modernized by simply painting the wood a crisp white or soft ivory.
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The above gray chair is a great staple furniture piece and for $50 you can’t beat it. I’m not sure how comfy it looks for a chair that will be used in a family room for TV watching or reading but I can see it working as an accent in the corner of a bedroom, office, or foyer.
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I have been obsessed with yellow velvet chairs ever since seeing Jenny’s post from Little Green Notebook.
This is how the pair of Henredon chairs looked when she found them at her local consignment shop for $50.00. She was able to clean the dirt from the Schumacher strie velvet fabric with a damp microfiber cloth.
She made the chairs look more modern by removing the back cushions and the skirts. They turned out beautifully and brought a little dose of sunshine into her beautiful room.
Image Source: Little Green Notebook
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You can pretty much guarantee that this chair isn’t an original Jacobsen Egg Chair but for next to nothing you can still get this cool look for less!
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I would most definitely need to see the above contemporary orange velvet sofa in person to see if it would be worth $500. That seems high to me for Craig’s List but perhaps not if it is a designer high end brand. It’s hard to judge just by looking at the photo.
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Versatile, goes with everything, can be tucked anywhere, blue velvet ottoman for $15? Done Deal. Easy Peezy. It’s no big deal to take the skirt off if the legs are attractive to update the look. Next…..
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Cute slipper chairs, in a great color, that can tuck into any space providing extra seating-$50 for the pair. Another easy one. Done deal. Next…..
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And finally we have our last fabulous Craig'[s List items that didn’t fit in any particular category but needed to be seen anyway. I was totally sold on the above table and bamboo chair set for our breakfast nook. The plan was to paint the wood a glossy white or black. The hubby rarely puts the kibosh on any of my plans but when he saw this set that is exactly what he did. He wants sturdier chairs and something that does not have a “painted finish” and me being the amazingly accommodating wife that I am was happy to oblige…. this time….