Lately Johnny and I have been itching to get our DIY on with home projects for a few reasons. After we posted about our love/hate relationship with IKEA and we read your comments, it lit a fire under us to have quality pieces in our home without spending a ton of money. We love reading blogs like Young House Love that offer up tutorials and inspiration on just that. BUT (and this is a big but) we’re seriously lacking in the time department. No matter how much we want to spend time refinishing or making furniture right now, we’ll just have to wait until Baby Girl is a little older and until our full-time jobs don’t bleed into our home life so much.
But what if we could pay someone else to do some DIYing for us — and for cheap? Well, thanks to Craigslist we did just that. Here’s how it went down:
Last December Johnny hauled our massive desktop computer downstairs from our upstairs office. He had work to get done, but he didn’t want to be isolated up in the office. And he might have wanted to watch some college football, too. You decide. I found it to be adorably nerdy and took a picture:
Anyway, that day we realized we wanted our computer down in our main living space (but not on our coffee table). And so the hunt for a proper desk ensued. We looked at stores, scoured the flea market, and searched Craigslist. And then we had a baby, and our search got stalled for a bit. And then about a month ago, Johnny contacted a guy selling handmade sawhorses on Craigslist and asked him whether he’d be up for making us a desk.
We sent him the design we wanted, using a picture of a $650 desk on Restoration Hardware. The guy said he could both make it for us using reclaimed wood (which is awesome) and deliver it for $150 (which is even more awesomer)! What a screamin’ deal. We were kind of skeptical, but we decided to give it a try. After all, he wouldn’t see our money until we saw the desk. It was a slow process since our carpenter had a full-time job as a teacher and coach outside of his woodworking hobby, but we stuck with him. We figured if nothing else, it would be a cool experience. And even if the table turned out not so hot, well, we could use it until we found a better one.
And then last Thursday our carpenter rang our doorbell, desk in tow. The desk exceeded our expectations, and it’s now one of our favorite pieces in our home. And he told us to let him know if we had any other furniture in mind and he’d let us know if he’d be up for it. So we are brainstorming nightstand designs right now!
the finished product!
So our challenge to you is if there’s something you’ve really been wanting or needing for your home, see if you can find it on Craigslist for a screamin’ deal. This isn’t a very hard challenge, people! Johnny and I spend a very limited amount of time on there, and we’ve found so many awesome deals. The office chair in front of our desk? It’s a $250 chair we got for $20. The best thing about Craigslist is that you can barter. The guy we got our desk from wasn’t offering to build office desks, but we asked and we now have a made-to-order, custom desk! And our Crate&Barrel kitchen table (also from Craigslist) was being sold at a great price for $350… so I offered $125. And they took my offer! Boom, baby.
So what will you be searching for on Craigslist? Our next deal to scope out will be for a couple of arm chairs. Ready, set, let’s all find deals.