We are getting new carpet and wood flooring. But like always happens when someone is remodeling, a person notices that new paint or new furniture or new curtains or new whatever is needed.
We have had our television about two years. At the time, we borrowed one of those ugly black, pressed board television stands from Kevin's brother. "Until we find what we want." Two years later and it's still here, being all ugly and stuff.
Our end tables are mismatched. One of them I've had forever and the other, well. I didn't choose it. Kevin's mom gave it to us because her sister "made" it and she loves it and we needed to have it.
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With all this time on my hands lately, I've been surfing craigslist for end tables. I kept finding single tables with no mates, ugly cast-offs, or expensive tables. I couldn't find a simple pair of nice end tables. So frustrating.
I went to a consignment shop to look around the other day. They post their inventory on craigslist so I was curious. It was a strange mix of cheap, ugly couches to really high-end furniture. But even there, I couldn't find two matching end tables that I liked. I blame Oprah and her "everything doesn't have to match" proclamation.*shaking of my fists*
I did find an old-school console hi-fi stereo like your grandparents/parents probably had. Oak and complete with AM/FM stereo, turntable, and record storage hutch. I loved it SO. It wasn't very expensive and I really had to make myself leave without it.
Fast forward a few days. Kevin and I went to wally-world to look at cell phones. We walked past the furniture aisle and there are two night stands the exact color I've been looking for. For $59.99. It made a total liar out of me, who kept telling Kevin I couldn't find anything.
This is where I say that Kevin hates the night stands I made when we moved into this house. I don't mind them but he hates that "Everything is covered up." Well, yes, because I used television trays and put cloth over them, like a decorator table. It's not perfect but it's worked. I like that I can hide things under them and no one knows.
I digress. Of course there weren't any night stands like we wanted in stock just then. Because: Wally World. But I really liked them so I figured I could order them online when we got home. I was happy just to have found something.
Kevin wanted to go to an actual furniture store so we went to Ashley Furniture. They have a nice inventory but the way the store is "organized" was making me crazy. It's as if they dumped out the inventory and assembled it where it fell.
They didn't have end tables that I really dug or wanted to afford. But they did have a television stand that Kevin liked. It was $400, so not cheap but not super-expensive anyway. I told him we should think on it and not be impulsive.
We went home and I went online to order the night stands. Go figure that for half the price, I found a television stand that was very similar to the one we found. I ordered it and the night stands for less than the price of the single stand we found at the furniture store.
I understand that the furniture quality will be different. But I am okay with it because neither of them are high traffic items. They just have to sit there and look pretty.
The next night I checked out the craigslist just one more time. I told Kevin that I was giving up and choosing my battles. I was going to be happy with the night stands and television table. We have lots of changes coming and they sell end tables every day so I should just wait.
Until! Finally! There was a matching pair of tables just like I wanted. I emailed them and said I'd buy them the very next day if they were still available. I had to wait until almost noon the next day for a response. Ugh. So. Not. Patient.
They were still for sale. They were in a town 45 minutes away and I didn't even care. It's all back roads, farmland driving so I was up for the adventure.
$45 EACH. I know, right? They appear to be brand-new. The glass is perfect, there are no scratches anywhere and they're 100% oak. They match our other furniture, including the soon-to-arrive television stand. I was so happy and excited that I actually clapped my hands when I saw them.
So, let's tally up, shall we? For two night stands, one television stand, and two end tables, I've spent the same amount I would have on just the television stand at the real furniture store.
Did I mention new appliances? Oh yes, new washer and dryer that Kevin bought when I was still bed-ridden will arrive next week. I bought a new dishwasher yesterday and that will be installed today (fingers crossed, KEVIN) After next week, our house will be shiny and new again; except the damn painting.
We do need to paint. It's been ten years after all. Wear and tear is showing. I was banned from painting in the new house (I'm horribly messy) but I've learned that the ban has recently been lifted. Now I have to think about that next challenge.
Of course, where I want to paint the mostest is the place that needs it the leastest. I would love to paint the kitchen a soft yellow color. But what needs it the most is the master bath, the laundry room, and a wall in the living room.
This is my plan: next week I will probably paint the kitchen in an attempt to get excited about painting elsewhere. I fear that this will just remind me how much I hate painting. But I'm going to try. Because I have time on my hands these days.
It would, of course, make more sense to paint before the new flooring but I didn't think of this in time and I'm still absolutely freaking out over having to pack everything up in order to do the flooring. It's not to say that I might not lose my mind and attempt it anyway but probably not.
So, yeah, If You Give A Mouse A Cookie. That's my life right now. Oh, you don't know that book? It starts something like "If you give a mouse a cookie, then he is going to want a glass of milk. Once he has a glass of milk, then he's going to want a napkin. Once you give him the napkin, he'll want to..." I don't remember the rest but you get the gist of it.
It started with appliances, then flooring, then furniture and now paint. Now I need a cookie.