The 2 year nightstands are finally done in our master bedroom. Why did they take 2 years?
Well once upon a time, about 6 years ago, we finally purchased our first "real" wood furniture. By this I mean, I finally convinced my husband that if he hated Ikea as much as he said he did, then he was going to have to buck up at a "real" furniture store. (This was obviously pre-Jentiques)
He did, and we purchased a lovely wood bedroom set. BUT... at our old house, we only had room for one nightstand due to the small space.
We moved a year or two later and our new master bedroom was probably 3 times bigger than the last, and now we needed 2.
BUT.... due to some neglect there was a ring mark or two from drinks, some nicks and the cost for another matching nightstand was a bit too pricey for either of our liking.
So, the search began. Unfortunately, it was not that easy to find two matching (attractive) nightstands that were the right dimensions. We needed something a bit taller. So for what seems like 2 years I searched randomly on craigslist and second hand stores and virtually came up with nothing.
I finally settled on these. They were matching and the right height. They were in good condition and I didn't have to do anything to them. BUT...were they what I wanted?
Funny enough, the nightstands were actually in my garage for the last year. No, my garage isn't that full of furniture! I purchased this very LARGE long unit a while back from Salvation Army. Got an amazing deal on it too:) - but the issue with it was, it was going to be a ton of work to refinish and due to the length and space that it would require, I knew my market was limited. So, I kept procrastinating. It was haunting me for a long time in my garage. (yes furniture haunts me) I began using it to store my supplies... Ok, this post is getting to long. lol
To make this short and sweet, my mother yet again, offers to do a trade with me. She says she wants half of this unit. She offers my stepdad and his handy woodworking skills (yet again) to chop it all up and make 2 units out of it! She ended up refinishing it black, put it in her space and... hated it!
Then, suddenly one night as I lay in bed, I had a light-bulb moment! These two units were the perfect nightstands!
|All of these items seen on the nightstands are second hand, including the lamps:)|
And that is how one enormous piece of furniture became two perfect nightstands:) Well, after some sanding, priming, painting and new hardware.