I started a blog last to catalog my DIY projects. I had a lot of DIY projects going on and I’m not ashamed to admit that it’s due to my yard sale, estate sale, curb and alley finds, and dumpster diving addiction. I find great things all over the city of Chicago, take them home clean them, make some minor repairs, and then sell them on Craigslist or eBay to make a little spending money. Unfortunately, since beginning graduate school I haven’t had the time or the energy to keep it up so I recently took all of my unfinished projects out to the alley and watched the of the dive continue.
Even more unfortunate – I lost all of my blog entries cataloging these projects when I switched over to WordPress. Poof! Gone! I tried to recreate the entries however, when I did an update I lost everything again. Hopefully I’ve got it figured out now and it won’t happen again. Crossing fingers!
This was a chair that had been sitting in the basement unused because whenever someone sat down or got up too quickly the chair would pitch. I had it destined for the alley because the repair was beyond my skill level and I thought the plastic replacement wheels meant it was no longer valuable. It needed to go and I needed some cash so I gave it a good scrubbing with Murphy’s Oil Soap, oiled the movable parts, took some pictures and listed it on eBay. I’m glad I didn’t take it out to the alley because in after less than an hour of work it sold for $150.00.
The B.L. Marble Chair Co.’s history can be traced back to 1894, when Barzilla L. Marble (1851-1932) founded a chair-manufacturing business in Bedford, Ohio. It made household chairs until 1910, then started manufacturing office furniture, including chairs. The company closed in 1985. B.L. Marble office chairs sell for $25 to $200, depending on age and condition. via Terry Kovel / Antiques and Collecting, journal-news.net
What restoration or repurposing projects are you working on? What do you plan to do with them when you’re finished?
Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend so far!