Volunteering Helps Make Things Happen!

Volunteering Helps Make Things Happen!

I’ve been lending a hand to the Ladysmith Golf Club with some consultations, and a bit of this and that. You might remember the exterior makeover. Members have been working very hard through the Fall to give the inside of the clubhouse an update. As well as offering some design advice and providing a colour consultation, I did a little sourcing for them too.

That’s always fun, don’t you think?

I sourced this mirror at Home Sense for half price. You can just see a glimpse of it in the bathroom.

This club house is quite tiny, and there was very limited wall space to hang a mirror. An oval would have worked as well, but because the light fixture is round, and the basin is round-ish, I stayed with a true round shape. Oh, did I mention the clubhouse is round? Seriously. Another reason to ‘mirror’ the round shape here!

Another key piece for the revamped club house was a bar height table and stool set for the staff. They wanted bar height so the staff would be able to keep an eye on the course when sitting down. The only catch was the allocated space for it. Let’s just say, there wasn’t much area to work with, so not just any set would fit.

Here’s my rough sketch of the area from a plan view, meaning I didn’t include the height in the measurements.

The grayed out areas are dead space… Do you remember, I mentioned the club house is round? Well this is what happens when you put square fixtures into round spaces. You end up with unusable space like this.

Here’s a quick look at the area. I haven’t been in to take my own photos, so this is the only one I have of this spot, but it will give you the idea.

To the left is a full-size fridge, and this new cabinet area to the right will be the coffee counter plus storage. The till doesn’t sit here, it sits on the counter you see in the foreground. So that big gap in between is where the bar height table and stools will sit.

As you can see from the sketch, the usable space is tight, and especially when you factor in having enough room to push a stool back. So the obvious option for a table was to try to find something that was… can you guess?

You got it… round!

The upgrades to the clubhouse were being made on a limited budget, and by volunteer labour. So my sourcing began with Used Cowichan, Nanaimo and Victoria, as well as Kijiji and Craig’s List. There were a surprising number of options… until the measurements factored in.

And then I came across this ad on Used Victoria.

After a bit of communication tag, I was able to obtain the table diameter and the stool measurements. One more visit to the club house for another look and to double-check the measurements, and the table set was a potential because it would fit the space. But it still had to be viewed for condition.

This is a mock-up of how it would fit in the space. Keep in mind that the table can snug over into more of the unusable space because it’s round.

There’s usually just one staff member working at a time, so the second stool won’t be used as much. You can see it’s a tight squeeze, but will fit.

Coordinating the viewing was another hurdle because with the table set in Victoria, which is an hour away for me, just popping in wasn’t an option. But after a week and a half I was able to set something up, and this past Thursday finally got to view the pieces in 3-D! They are solid rubberwood, in mint condition, and now sitting in my living room.

Here’s a look at the set in my living room.

What do you think?

I think given the limitations we were working with between space and budget, these are a score!

And soon they shall depart for their final destination! I can’t wait to see them in their new home 🙂

So if you still have Christmas shopping to do, or you are searching for something at a reasonable price, don’t overlook your 2nd-hand options. There are unbelievable deals to be found. And you know what, sometimes you can even find things being given away for free!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Photographs by Sheila Zeller. Please link and credit if you choose to use!

6 thoughts on “Volunteering Helps Make Things Happen!”

  • What a great space, what I love about you Sheila, amoungst other things, is that you are a true designer, you measure spaces, graph it out to ensure it will truly work and be useful pieces, not just pretty! Great job!

    • Wow Jil, thank you so much! Coming from you I take that as a huge compliment, because we’ve just seen the kind of project that you mastermind 🙂
      I really appreciate your comment.
      xo Sheila

  • Great update Sheila! There have been a few times recently I almost did a roadside rescue, but after a second drive-by I realized that the piece wasn’t for me – but people are throwing furniture out in their trash!! A good reminder to check second hand sources.

    • I really admire your approach Holly! It’s often so easy to take something because it’s free, but the fact that you weigh it out and walk away when the piece isn’t right is what I wish more people would do. And I honestly can’t understand why people throw furniture out in their trash – it is literally beyond me. There are so many outlets for furniture recycling where someone else can benefit, including the ‘FREE’ store at many waste management sites (aka the dump!). Honestly… 😐

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