A couple of weekends ago nnK (that stands for ‘new neighbor Karen’ because when she moved in across the street we already had a Karen next door. Granted, that Karen died a couple of years later and now there is just one Karen, but nnK stuck) called me and said there was a huge garage sale a couple of blocks away, did I want to check it out?
So I jumped in her SUV and we headed over there. It was about 3:30 on a Saturday afternoon though, so my expectations were low. Usually by then all of the good stuff is gone.
I was wandering around the sale, which truly was huge, when nnK flagged me over to look at a mid-century piece. She’s a big fan of mid-century modern and she knows I’ve been doing more and more mid-mod pieces lately.
It wasn’t really ‘me’, but I could see the appeal for mid-century lovers, so I bought it.
It’s a flip top bar made out of walnut with a black melamine surface that is exposed when open. It’s in great condition and even has the original casters.
Initially I was going to paint it with my favorite aqua, Fusion’s Laurentien. But then I did a little research and found the exact same piece on 1stDibs where it sold for $2,450.
Now I take the prices on 1stDibs with a grain of salt. I’m not sure who the people are who are paying that much for stuff. I suspect they are all designers in places like New York City or L.A. People who have wealthy clients who don’t bat an eye at the cost. I certainly can’t get those amounts myself.
Nonetheless, seeing the piece listed there and also knowing that the finish on mine is in really good condition made me realize I probably shouldn’t paint it.
So I decided to simply flip the flip-top.
I cleaned the piece well first, and then freshened up the finish with some of Miss Mustard Seed’s hemp oil.
Then I staged some photos using some of the fab mid-century props I found while out garage saling last weekend.
I can’t decide which is my favorite prop, the fake ice cubes or the atomic themed glasses.
I’m not generally a flipper, but I have flipped a few mid-century pieces in the past like this American of Martinsville pair.
I also flipped these two mid-mod pieces.
When I come across pieces like these and they are just staring me in the face and daring me to flip them … well, how can I resist?