I waited over a week before making a move on this piece. From the one small listing photo, the wood grain looked so pronounced I was sure it had to be laminate and despite my feelings of love for mid-century laminate (last paragraph), it just doesn’t sell all that well. We have also been so busy that I rarely have time to scour Craigslist, let alone time for both of us to go take a look at something.
However, this weekend was looking free for us, so I decided to pull up my saved folder of potential Craigslist pieces and see what was still available. The “tv stand” was still posted, and a Google image search revealed that it was a pretty popular Mid Century room divider or wall unit (it’s actually finished on both sides) that was real wood, so of course I had to go take a look!
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Isn’t she a beauty? This lovely lady needed A LOT of work with Restor-A-Finish and 000’ (synthetic) steel wool, and I had to reattach the whole back panel with little finishing nails, but I love it and can’t get over that stunning wood grain! There’s not a smidge of particle board in sight – just lovely veneer over plywood and solid wood.
You can see my “go-to” styling elements, previously used here and here – gold cocktail set from the Neiman Marcus for Target collection last winter (bought on clearance for 75% off, of course!), brass thrift-store finds – candlesticks and swans, and those crazy wooden hands! You know, I think it’s time to expand my “prop closet” a little bit 😉 The perfect excuse for a thrift-store trip!
Love the carved wooden pulls!
Want to peek inside?
If you guessed booze, you win! I seem to have this problem where my brain interprets “shelving unit” as “bar”, so I just roll with it. That’s very midcentury, yes?
Well, I hope you enjoyed my latest find! They may be a little farther in between these days, but I’m still always excited for a good Craigslist score!
Have you found anything good on Craigslist or in a thrift store lately? Are you part of the “I-can’t-believe-it’s-not-laminate!” club (I mean, come on – look at that gorgeous veneer!)?
Julia Konya says
Yes, I did enjoy your latest find, like a lot!!! I could picture this as a divider in a loft. Would look really cool!
The wood grain is AMAZING!
Thanks Julia – I'm glad you enjoyed it 🙂 I agree, this would be AWESOME in a loft!
Megan Poletti says
It's beaaaaauuuuuutifulllllllll !!!!!!!!!! I'm in love.
Thank you Megan! Love your enthusiasm 🙂
Eve Butler-Melton says
Oooo I like, such a great piece. I wonder if they stock restoro finish in the UK, my teak mid century coffee table needs some love.
Eve, I have used Watco Danish oil with the fine synthetic steel wool pads with great results on teak! (If that particular brand isn't available, I'm sure you could find something similar – just look for "Danish" or "teak" oil.)
been looking for some Crazy wooden Hands – LOL – where can i find some?
Hi Shannon! I got these through a funny Craigslist purchase, but you can find something similar on Amazon by searching “artist hand model”! 😀
Chris may says
Hi I was just lucky enough to run across what looks to be the identical piece completely unharmed at a garage sale your not going yo believe this $14.50 I’m just jumping for joy my question is what would it be valued at for insurance purposes thank you chris may …
What a fantastic find! Lucky! Unfortunately, I’m definitely no expert on valuing vintage/antique furniture for insurance purposes, so I can’t provide any help there.