Richmond: A Mid-Century Haven

This weekend Alli and I traveled to Richmond, Virginia for a B&B getaway. I was fantastically excited about the abundance of mid-century modern furniture shops I found in Carytown. I spend hour perusing through almost all of them, and for your benefit, I cataloged two of my fav stores in case you find yourself in Richmond anytime soon.

BOHLAND & GRAHAM
2605 West Cary Street
Richmond ,VA 23220
bohlandgram@msn.com
804.859.1577

  

  

RUTH OLLIE
3445 W. Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23221
804.288.3360
ruthandollie.com

  

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Before & After Prospect + Wood Dresser

If you have an knack for DIY projects Craigslist is a great place to find furniture primed for a redo. Below is a DIY prospect currently available on Craigslist and a possible way to snazzy it up!

What it is now: (click picture to see ad on Craigslist)

Wooden Desk (Annandale, $30)

What it could be: 

 

 

Capitol Scavenger Spotlight: Katharine Watson

Happy Sunday Scavengers,

I received an email from the capitol scavenger reader that was selling this lovely side table on Craigslist. It turns out that side-table owner (err…previous owner now) Katharine, a local DC resident, is also a pretty legit printmaker.

Katherine runs the a blog called The Printing Press where you can find her hand-made cards, ornaments, custom textiles, bags, pillows and more.

I plan to order her new handmade holiday cards (below). From now until December 5th, you can get free shipping by entering the code “SHIPFREE” at checkout. Happy shopping!

Are you a capitol scavenger reader that sells some fancy pants stuff? Post links to your crafty items in the comments section!

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To see more items from Katharine Watson visit her Etsy Store and don’t forget to follow her on Twitter 

Canvas Redo!

Hello Scavengers,

Last week I finally finished my canvas redo. I had a previously painted canvas that didn’t match my new decor so I decided to paint over and start anew. I browsed on etsy for some typography inspiration and found a cute card with the phrase “when Life gives you lemons, make a gin and tonic.”  Since a gin & tonic is the drink of choice  of my new squeeze (pun intended), I thought it would be a perfect fit for this canvas redo.

First, I sanded down the canvas to remove as much paint as I could before applying a few coats of white acrylic paint on top. I didn’t worry much about the previous painting showing through because it gave it the vintage feel I was going for.

Once the paint dried, I began to trace the outline of a lemon. I used a bowl to draw the lemon tips and then freehanded the rest.


Next, I peeled off my 2″ letter decals and began sticking them to the canvas

Once I got the decals placed correctly, I used left over yellow wall paint to fill in the lemon, going over all the decals as well.

I didn’t want the decals to rip off the paint so I gave the canvas 2 days to dry before I attempted the big peel

And viola, I have a totally new piece of art work. Now I just have to figure out how to hang this heavy frame. Anyone want to come over and help? 🙂

Daily Roundup

Vintage edition!!

It looks like a Bentleys Vintage Furniture & Collectibles in Petworth is selling some pretty sweet vintage pieces. Here are a few of my favorite from their flickr stream. Click on the photos to see the original craigslist ad and to contact the seller.

4 Vintage Dining Chairs (Petworth)

Medium Sized Trunk (Petworth, $75)

Vintage Mod Chairs (Petworth)1900's Victor Adding Machine (Petworth)

Vintage Brass Bed (Petworth, $350)

5 vintage Ikoflex twin lens reflex 1930s (Alexandria, $50)

Mid Century Stainless Steel Medical Cabinet (Annapolis,$750)

Vintage Polar Cub Oscillating Fan (Colombia Heights, $15)

Weekend Guide: Craigslist Moving Sales

Lots of folks are moving and opening their homes for you to scavenge for furniture finds! Here are just a few I’d recommend hitting up this weekend.

Moving sale @ K st NE

Moving Sale K st NE

Moving sale @ Eastern Market

Moving Sale Eastern Market

Moving sale @ Glover Park

Moving Sale Glover Park

Moving sale @ Shaw

Moving sale in Shaw