Anyways, Jay and I took advantage of the fact that we're both off together to do a little combo biking/ antiquing. First stop: breakfast. If you have never stopped at Melange Creperie in Montrose I need you to stop reading this, go eat a crepe and then come back. It's ok, I'll wait. ... ... ...... I know delicious right? Moving on to furniture.
I've wanted a vanity table pretty much since we moved in a year ago because the lighting in our tiny bathroom is comically bad. I really like the mirrored looking ones but the price tag is unreasonable for us right now (or ever, $1100?!) and I think the fancy mirrored look would be out of place in our more rustic feeling bedroom (we have a barn door for a headboard). So off to our favorite consignment shops, Blue Bird Circle and the Guild Shop we went.
Blue Bird was a bust this time, but the Guild Shop was money! We found two great potential options.
You may notice that these look super similar. The main thing we were shopping for were the Queen Anne style legs because I knew that was what I wanted. We figured we would be able to construct the rest of the piece, but the elegant curvy legs were out of our area of woodworking expertise. So what to do? Our original plan was just to find some legs and then build the rest of the vanity, but here's a whole vanity staring us in the face.
Really it came down to size and a challenge. I liked the smaller table on the left, I don't want our room to be overwhelmed with a makeup table, and the price was only $45. Considering the cost of the legs at a wood supply shop ($25 each) this guy was a steal. The already-a-vanity-vanity was $120 and still needed to be completely refinished. Also it's style is too frilly for me. So I asked Jay if he would be able to re-purpose the table on the left (including new, more contemporary looking sides and adding a drawer) for less than the cost of the table on the right. Our challenge was born.
An aside: Jay is of the mind that "tools don't count," when we are making purchases for our projects. The reasoning is he will be able to use the tools for future projects. I disagree with this philosophy entirely, but he isn't spending my money on the tools so I let it go.
Before I show you what we did to this poor table when we got home, allow me to take you on a tour of the much famed Guild Shop.
And who could ever forget this guy?
A few more pictures for your viewing pleasure.
Jay got right to work tearing the little guy into pieces, but that's for another post. Here he is in his future home though. Looks like a perfect fit.