Craigslist Finds: Week of May 25th, 2019 Edition!!!

Oh haiiii everyone! We are back, and repping Toronto hard after our Eastern Conference win last night with the Toronto Raptors! I had a split second thought that it would be amusing to provide you all a selection of sports focused furniture that YOU TOO can have at home, in your basement… But then I realized how much I hate that kind of tacky crap and would never have it in my house, so why the energy? Not that a sofa featuring my favourite NBA team wouldn’t be a really exciting addition to the furniture collection…. Just… not my collection. Or any collection I’d advise anyone to actually buy! #letsgoraptors #keepitonatshirt #sweatshirtsarenicetoo

That being said, the list of Craig is BUMPIN this weekend with deals, you guys! It’s been quite a while since I’ve seen deals like this, so tuck in! AND get in touch with these owners ASAP if you see things you like because I guarantee these sweet, sweet deals are not gonna stick around for long.

These dining chairs are $75 each and are being offered as a set of 2 or 4. Can’t go wrong with a Thonet bentwood chair, ever!! PLUS you can recover them with 2 different kinds of fabric if you want: one for the seat and the other for the backrest. YASSSS.
Floor Lamp With 3 Bulbs,Red,Adjustable – $40 This would easily cost $150 if you bought it at a vintage boutique downtown, and this classic retro style works in pretty much any room you can put it in! Steal of a deal at $40!!!
Mid-century modern walnut cabinet hutch – $225 This is such a gorgeous piece, and perfect to dress up a dining room, hallway or even a den . Love that MCM detail on the side with the legs. Faboosh! And you’re not going to find anything less expensive buying new, nevermind the quality of this piece vs something at a comparable pricepoint.
MCM Coffee Table – $50 Whoever is getting rid of this, they obviously aren’t interested in getting what it’s worth, so… Their haste is YOUR gain! Comparable pieces form the sixties are selling for 3 times the $50 price tag on a good day, so do not wait and pick this up!! STAT!
$375 for 6 MCM high back chairs These are yet another MCM stealy-deal (are you getting bored of me saying this? I’m kind of bored of saying it, but there were SO many good pieces today this is ONLY some of it) that are teak but with a dark stain. Another potential reupholstery project, we’d actually keep the fabric if possible, it goes SO nicely with the aesthetic

This is our top 5 for the day, but there were so many more we couldn’t keep them all straight! Happy hunting, y’all!

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BFD Reveal: A Bathroom Revamp Project for Bath Time Fun!

Our friends Sarah and Rob moved further out from the centre of the city a few years ago to get some more space for their little guy and to cut down on commute time for their jobs. The best thing about being in the burbs? You got enough space for your bathroom to be bigger than an urban bedroom AND room for like 5 of them if you want (generalizing of course, but they deffo have at LEAST 3 bathrooms, and room for 2 more so…).

A popular service that we, as BFD provide, is a customized shopping list and room design plan based off of a home visit and collaboration with people looking to redo rooms in their house that just need some guidance and an inspiration springboard to get started. We find people tend to use approx 50-75% of the products we suggest, and if nothing else, you have the measurements of the room broken down for a contractor to use when ordering products, which in the case of bathrooms and tile, can be VERY helpful indeed!

So, the before:

Oh hello there, bathtub and vinyl flooring… You’ve probably been pretty comfortable up until now but…. GUESS WHAT?

And our recommendation (all links in this doc ARE clickable):

And the final product! (it’s 90% done, FYI, but you probably wouldn’t know that unless we told you…)

Ta dah! (this was a closet that cut in from the bedroom beside the bathroom before) WAY more useful now!

Although they were originally going to do subway tile, they elected to use a 2:1 shaped faux ceramic on the wall and a 1:1 (24″x24″) on the floor because the tiles were much bigger, easier to install, and one less thing to have to order/organize (they were both part of the same tile family). YES, that’s not real marble! (the honeycomb on the floor of the shower is, though)

Yup, this is deffo a 1000% improvement from that cream
blech standard bathtub and separated toilet section they had before!!!

After the wall mounted fixture for the bath was ordered, there ended up being a whole bunch of issues around availability and eventually they got the fixture, only to open the box and find it was the wrong one! Long story short they found another one locally and grabbed it! Black bathroom fixtures especially, though very en vogue, are NOT easy to find in Canada in store or online, so if you do happen to come across a set you like a word to the wise: get it right now. Do not wait. (and no, you can’t sub a wall mounted sink fixture for a bath fixture… unless you like watching paint dry, water boil, golf…)

There is MORE where this came from, everyone, as there is also a bathroom in Sarah and Rob’s room that is being renovated presently, AND a front entrance makeover on it’s way too! Stay tuned for more updates. And, if you would like to get in touch with us about some help with a project that you’ve been lacking inspiration for and need some help with, drop us an email anytime!

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Spark Some Joy: Craigslist Finds 2019 Is Here!!

We know, it’s been months. We took a hiatus. Plus Christmas. And Netflix.  We totally are taking advantage of the latest fad in home organization by mentioning the Tidying Up phenom that is Marie Kondo. Don’t hold these pieces of furniture up to your face to see if they spark joy as they might crush you or at least some bruises.

Couch + Chair – Brand new! Mint!! – $800

Unless sitting on these is like needles or something that aren’t evident in the photo, why wouldn’t you for $800? Loving the modern silhouette of that couch and matching chairs  =  a reason to get some new throw pillows!!!

A beautiful piece and you can hide your beanie babies in that there hidey shelf on the bottom left!!! So no, you DON’T have to get rid of them just yet because they will increase in value one day and then who will be sorry when they don’t get to retire in Costa Rica on the money from your limited edition rainbow bear proceeds? Ya, thought so.

Mid Century Teak Bar Cabinet – Scandinavian Modern Design – $399

You could easily spend this buying new, and how efficient is it that the top folds out and creates extra drink serving surface area??? Extra space for no extra cost!

LOUIS POULSEN PH 5 PENDANT CEILING LIGHT FIXTURE – $495

Blue West Elm mid century modern chair – $100

The real deal brand new is going to run you north of $1,000, so why don’t you save yourself a bit of cash, tidy this one up and then invite all your friends over to gawk at your very architecturally impressive light fixture? No touching. Just looking. It’s vintage.

If this lovely little number doesn’t spark some joy then you need to get yourself to (Instagram photos of) a beach STAT! This will easily fit in to all the rooms AND it’s already newly reupholstered so you can just pretend it was totally you who did that last weekend in a whim and aren’t you just the craftiest? Flamingo: a classic that’s always on trend. AND THERE’S PIPING!!!!

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It’s A New… Bee-DAY… Upping Your Toilet Game With Bidets

Somewhat of a touchy subject for some, and yes there is going to be a sh&* load of double entendres here given we are talking about the very best of humours.. that of the toilet persuasion, we have recently gifted our upstairs bathroom with a washlet/bidet toilet seat, and could not be happier with the outcome. Complete with oscillating front and back spouts, heated water, deodorizer and adjustable temperature dryer, toilet paper use has decreased significantly, and the first visit of the day to the cold, cold bathroom is slightly less painful now as least our butts are warm. North America is actually pretty.. behind… when it comes to posterior cleanliness and washing properly when finished our number two’s — rather ironic given our reputation as germ-o-phobes. The first exposure to the bidet/toilet combo, as opposed to the stand alone bidet/looks like a short water fountain thingie, was at a friends who had the ultimate in toilets: a Toto. See below. (this is the creme de la creme, not exact representation of initial toilet experience)

Or for… the most of us who can’t so much afford the $3,500 option…

Toto Washlet C100 Toilet Seat Bidet $559.99 from Wayfair.ca

I must have spent 3x as long on the toilet, and I didn’t even need the targeted cleansing option to know I had found a gadget whose eco-friendly and mega-comfortable ethos I could totally buy into. Did you know that the way we currently use toilet is super wasteful, kind of bad for our tender parts and not particularly clean? Ya. And no, wet wipes, which are mostly not flushable even if they say flushable, do not count. There’s loads of research and articles online that discuss how wrong the toilet paper only approach is, and how much easier it could be if we just got over the disposability/flushing the dirt away point of view. We’ve chosen a few faves to highlight here, and the cost doesn’t usually reflect the $5,000 gold standard. You could actually have a system for less than $100.

Ours cost approx $500, so not something you could necessarily buy on a whim, BUTT a very worthy investment whose cost is easily offset by the sharp decrease in toilet paper usage and cost you will notice once you start using one of these bad boys. Now for some other options at a lower price point – Mind, the fewer bells and whistles, the lower the cost, so if you are good with cold water and some Scandinavian inspired functional minimalism…

Tushy Spa Warm Water Bidet in White and Gold $99 USD from HelloTushy.com (Tushy.com is a COMPLETELY different experience… So pay attention!)

Or a similar but less good looking option under $55…

Or feel free to stop by next time your in the hood to use ours… You can bet your behind you’ll never look… back? Make number two comfort your number one toilet criteria? I could go on…

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Craigslist Finds: Week of September 17th, 2018

There was so much and not enough to choose from this weekend: people went nuts posting yesterday so it took longer than usual before we even got through everything listed just from the 15th! Here’s our faves in no particular order.

With vinyl sales continuing steadily, care of audiophiles, hipsters and musical purists, why not extend that vintage love to the piece you use to play your records, man?? Yes, there are other players you could get, for far more or less money, but if you have the space and aesthetic inclination, this piece really is the way to go.And it’s less than $500!

If we didn’t have dogs (that we let on the furniture, all the time) this would already be in our living room, legit. A gorgeous piece that is built to last in a timeless style that can fit in to a plethora of decor environments for under $1,000. DO IT.

And this coffee table would actually be totally perfect with the couch above. Can you believe it’s only $150? We like this piece because it’s already kind of dinged and messed up so even you continue to ding or mess it up, that’ll be part of the look instead of a blight on your living room scenery that you will forever notice and never forgive your cousin Dave for causing. Avoid the passive aggressive family get togethers and embrace a table that just gets better with every red wine stain it accumulates!

Cheap and cheerful, we love this for its portable size and versatile lewk. Perfect size for a condo, and perfect price for not breaking the bank!

Even though they aren’t the real thing, at two for $100, you’re still laughing. These Le Corbusier-inspired classics never go out of style, and are an excellent accent for any living room or sitting area!

Yes, we know this style isn’t for everyone. Especially if  this is giving you flashback of your mom’s 1980’s balloon drapes. BUT, that being said, you could easily mix this piece up with some glass nesting tables and a modern chandelier and be the envy of all your ‘contemporary/transitional/beige-style’ friends (zzzzz). THIS. SOFA. IS. EFFIN. FABULOUS.

But just in case the floral explosion is too much, this is a great option that afford you the chance to still go to town with the throw pillows. Perfect for a pop of colour, and at not even half the cost of what this piece would normally cost! Would actually go really well with that condo sized coffee table! New living room for less than $400. Not bad for a Sunday shop.

6 chairs AND the table for under $1,000 is an absolute STEAL. This find will not last long, and even if the upholstery isn’t to your taste, these are some of the easiest chairs out there for you to try your hand at some DIY upholstery (though we quite like the stripe/weave combo, tbh). A super find with a design pedigree like this is the reason we spend so much time looking through all this stuff for you: too good to be true exists sometimes, so get er done!

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A Long Overdue Reveal: BFD’s Stairway to Heaven (aka the second floor)

We’ve had just regular stairs with crappy grey runners we got off the roll at Home Depot for a while, and the whole leek was a little worse for wear, tbh. We put the tread on their originally for our aging dogs who needed the grip to get up the stairs, but as both of them passed last year, and the stairs were already kind of busted looking, we though hey, why not do it like grownups, with some nice looking carpet??? We went to the Carpet Mill at Gerrard Square in Toronto and luckily it was the first and last place we needed to go!

The above carpet was one of our immediate yes let’s do it…. and then the price tag was revealed ($6k+ for two sets of stairs)…. and we needed to reevaluate our options. And the styles we could afford were… fine. But that’s about it. So then we asked, well what about using a giant area rug instead and cutting it to fit?

A lot of the ones we liked were either not available in the number of rugs we would need, or the patterns was too big, meaning when they tried to sew multiple rugs together we would see the seam, which is obvs not stylish. The pile also had to be low enough that the carpet could bend nicely over each stair, so ya, even with our new vista of choice, the choice was somewhat limited.

We settled on the above rug and had to buy 3 of them in order to have enough to cover the main to second and main to basement stairs. From when we placed our order it was about 4-6 weeks for the carpet to be ready to install. And we had some readying to do of our own….

Cause these stairs were seriously busted. Originally the stairs were painted black, as was the railing, but with the new carpet, we decided to freshen things up a bit so the design in the carpet could pop. White paint over errrrrr-thing!!!

Because of scheduling and literally waiting for paint to dry, the coats of paint happened at different intervals across the two floors.

There may have been canine assistance, that luckily we were able to limit to the kitchen.

We also added some paintable wallpaper to the sides of the stairs in the basement as the wall cut in on one side and left uneven exposure. We decided why not put some more pattern on there, cause one’s not enough, and voila.

The under padding. In an artful pile.

The carpet is brought in, cut to measure for both sets of stairs.

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L’installation care of the folks at Carpet Mill.

Almost done! this is the steps looking down to the basement and washer/dryer.  Artfully placed duvet.

The stairs from the second floor looking down to the main floor. And…

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Ta Dah! Overall the project cost around $3,000 and the installation was done in an afternoon. The rug itself required 3 weeks or so to be made, so ideally, you could schedule a project like this in to be completed in a month, depending on the availability of the carpet you choose.

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Stuff We Love: Our Faves From the Jysk Patio Sale!

We are as surprised as you are at the treasure trove of finds… There are a handful of Jysks around Toronto, however all of the above can also be delivered. There was actually a few more pieces on this here list that were already gone in the time it took to make this list — apologies for the 2 reproduction Acapulco style chairs that we could not add. They had them in blue and black for $79.99, and they were pretty suh-weet.

Given there are so few options out there for affordable and stylish patio furniture, we simply had to share. And we’d totally be buying if there was ANY room left in our backyard for furniture, but we are already at capacity for chairs with a running total right now at 7 plus a loveseat…  So just in case you needed any more impetus to get outside and enjoy the backyard, and we know it’s hot as balls, so that may indeed be more challenging these hazy lazy days of summer, this stuff will also look great at NIGHT! With a cold booze/iced tea/whatever you drink to keep sane.

Happy Long Weekend!

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