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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Craigslist Score

Who doesn't love the iconic Saarinen Tulip table, right?  I've planned to buy one for years but recently I saw a photo that inspired me to pull the trigger.  

Here's the inspiration photo that started all the fuss.  Golden deliciousness!

I'd love to get the real-deal Knoll version but it's not in the budget and apparently Ikea in Canada no longer carries the Docksta version.  So when in doubt what do you do?  You scour Craigslist of course.  After a quick search and a trip across the city I was the proud owner of this.  You can't see it in the photo but the base is actually quite scuffed up so I don't feel too guilty about my plans.

The paint colour in this photo looks a little green but it's gold.  I'm just waiting for the rain to stop  before I get going on this (could be a while in Vancouver).  I want to get this painted before the big move next week so it can straight to it's new home.  I have plans for this to be in the family room for crafts, painting, cards, board games and any other thing that screams family fun.

The table is going to be paired with these chairs that I bought ages ago at the local thrift store and have been procrastinating getting to work on.  They're getting sprayed in white and I'll add some fun fur cushions in white as well.

Have you seen any other cool transformations of a tulip table?

33 comments:

  1. I can't wait to see the table transformation! The white chairs and fur seat cushions are going to be beautiful too!
    Have a lovely day, Carol!
    ~ Wendi ~

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  2. Great find! And those chairs oh my!!! The whole thing will look just perfect, can't wait to see the after. Thanks for sharing. Happy Wednesday!

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  3. I'm excited thinking about your transformation of this table. I looooooooooove that tulip table dipped in gold - how luscious!!! YUM YUM Yummy. Do it girl! A family game room sounds the perfect area for this table and chairs.

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  4. Isn't it exciting when you have an idea in mind and it all comes together. It's always fun getting a deal on something you want too. Looking forward to seeing the finished project. I'll keep my fingers crossed that it stops raining long enough for you to get your spray painting going.

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  5. so cool! I love this classic, it will never go out of style, and in gold -yummy! so funny, someone posted some chairs just like that on kijiji here last week :)

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  6. Craigslist and a Thrift store for those beauties! I definitely need to move somewhere with better cast-offs / "junk". I can't wait to see these transformations.

    Robin
    happilyhomeafter.blogspot.com

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  7. Oh my goodness! You are brilliant!! That inspiration photo is gorgeous and I love your attitude. I can't wait to see how it turns out.

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  8. Really exciting! Love the tulip with a gold base! I also saw one in navy high gloss paint that was fantastic! Cant wait to see photos when you are done!!!

    xo Allison
    Spicer + Bank
    www.spicerandbank.blogspot.com

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  9. Ack! I'm so envious! Can't wait to see the base of that table in gold. Love it!

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  10. That photo was quite inspirational wasnt it!



    Mr. Goodwill Hunting

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  11. Great finds!
    I hope the rain stops for you. Can't wait to see the results!

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  12. Yeah that photo inspires me too- love it! Craigslist is awesome- just yesterday I decided that I needed a four drawer file cabinet for my new office space. Checked them out at walmart.com- $160. Searched for the same item on craigslist- $20- went and picked it up. Too easy :)
    I like your score better though- can't wait to see it!

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  13. oh how fun!! i have never seen a tulip table remodel so i'm excited to see how it turns out! this is my first time on your site (found it through view along the way)...love it!

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  14. So jealous! Those chairs are fabulous and they are going to look great with that table. Cant wait to see the finished look. Love it!

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  15. Great idea -- I've been looking for a stylish but inexpensive crafts table for my daughter. Maybe spraying a Docksta is the way to go. Can't wait to see the final result!

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  16. Great table which will be greater when you are finished

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  17. Love what you are going to do with them! I say black and white striped fabric seats! Ikea has b&w fabric for $7.99/m!
    Can't wait to see it all done. You are amazing my friend.

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  18. oooh!! some very exciting finds - can't wait to see the afters! good luck w/the move

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  19. Fantastic find! I can't wait to see what you do with it! The whole set is going to look just amazing. The chairs look great as is and will look amazing matched to the table... what a score!

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  20. Carol, you really scored! Those chairs you already had are going to look perfect with that table!

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  21. I can't wait to see how your project turns out. I saw that image the other day and was in love! Glad you found a table on craigslist!

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  22. Well done! I look forward to seeing the Carol "after" on these babies!

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  23. nice score Carol, looking forward to the end result!

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  24. Oooo. I can totally see it. Gold and white goodness with oodles of texture.

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  25. This is going to look so fabulous! I can totally envisioned the completed project. Great find on the table.

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  26. That is going to look great! Can not wait to see it. Great find.

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  27. Love the shape of the tulip table and can't wait to see you transform your Ikea one. It'll look great with it's metallic coat. Will you be waiting til the move? or do you plan on doing all the furniture painting first?

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  28. A very lucky find. I love the zebra inspired chairs. Very lovely!

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  29. Craigslist is so fabulous!! Can't wait to see how it looks when you're don!

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  30. Ooh that's going to be gorgeous! Can't wait to see the finished product. BTW, you could've said that you dropped major bucks on the real deal, and I would not know the difference.

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  31. hello, i think that this post is very good

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  32. I also saw one in navy high gloss paint that was fantastic! Cant wait to see photos when you are done!!!

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