One of the great things about buying or selling items on Craigslist is that sometimes your run into some remarkable furniture and some remarkable people. (You also sometimes run into oddballs, but I welcome the occasional oddball as well.)
Take my latest Craigslist find, for example. I found an antique German coffee table advertised on Craigslist for the low, low price of $40. I loved its curved edges and end pieces that could be folded down or propped up. The delicate scrollwork on the interior edge, contrasting with the more modern, clean lines of the rest of the table, seemed to me to act as a bridge between antiquated formality and midcentury sparseness.
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When I went to look at the table, it turned out that it was owned by Chris Howard, a professional furniture restorer and all-around nice guy. When Chris heard about my plans to restore the table, he suggested that I leave the stripping to him and that I could then stain and seal the table myself. I readily agreed, since stripping furniture isn't necessarily my idea of a good time.
To hear about how the stripping process went, tune in tomorrow for the next chapter of Adventures in Craigslisting!