I have mentioned my love of eBay a few times on this blog, but it has been a while since I updated you with some of my most recent purchases. Having recently acquired a few new things (not a rare occurrence), I thought now would be a good time to show you some of the things I have found.
My intention was to include different items from around the house, but as I sat typing away in our dining room, I soon realised the entire room had been furnished exclusively with eBay finds. The truth be told, we would be here all day if I were to photograph every item I’ve ever sourced through eBay.
I’m guessing you have better things to do. So for today, I thought I’d just show you the things I bought for our dining room.
I’ll begin with the caveat that I realise our dining room may not be to everyone’s’ taste. We chose to paint a feature wall in a very dark grey paint (Dulux Gallant Grey, in case you’re interested) and the furniture is all second hand. Which, if you haven’t already guessed, is just the way I like it.
Rustic Dining Table
Cost: £170 + £30 in courier fees.
My favourite new addition is most definitely our dining room table. The table top is very rustic, which I have to confess, at first, I was a little unsure of. Turns out it photographs rather nicely, which quickly put my reservations at ease. I’m nothing, if not a sucker for a potential Instagram prop.
I’m currently on the hunt for a new dining table for our breakfast room because I’m now all about the interesting table top.
Cost: approx £50 in total
The dining chairs are a combination of some left in the house when we moved in and others bought from eBay. They were quite tatty and unappealing in their original condition, so I painted them using the same colours I used on the walls (Jasmine White & Gallant Grey). I also reupholstered one of the seat pads using natural hessian fabric.
Leather Chesterfield Sofa
Cost: From memory, I think this was less than £100.
There was definitely an element of compromise with this sofa. I really wanted an elegant Chesterfield with little wooden legs, but these cost an arm and a leg, even on eBay. I wouldn’t say this sofa is my favourite piece of furniture, but it was a steal and I think it works quite well in the room.
This is the place I go to hide for 5 minutes peace, because it’s situated behind the door, it’s really easy to remain hidden for at least a few minutes. So long as you don’t make a sound or, you know, breathe.
The little plant stand is from eBay too. This cost a fiver, plus a lick of paint.
If a more elegant version of this sofa crops up in my local area, then I will be the first to snap it up!
This little table has had many different guises. I originally bought it to use as a place to work from, but the detailing around the front of the desk makes it uncomfortable to sit at.
it now sits under a window in the dining room and use it to display the curly cactus (that I kind of don’t know what to do with), pictured above.
The Random Old Chair
I am not entirely sure why I bought this chair. I certainly didn’t need it and the rush is really rather worn. In honesty, I think I felt a little sorry for it. Also, that detailing on the back. I love it.
The cupboard in the left hand corner was a bit of a steal. It was so cheap that I thought it would almost certainly need painting, but it’s in excellent condition. The wood is beautiful and has a lovely grain running through it.
I have tried to google woods to see what wood it might be. At a guess, I would say mahogany or walnut, but let’s be honest, I haven’t the first idea. It’s the perfect place to store lots of random junk, that should probably be in the bin.
Total cost: approx £40
It seems I decided to take the ‘source everything from eBay’ guide very seriously, as I inadvertently bought a lot of the accessory type items from there too. Including the candle stick holders and mirror.
Oh and I almost forgot … even the fireplace is from eBay. Is there anything that can’t be bought on eBay? I’m not convinced there is.