Craigslist success strikes again! Yeah, I’m an addict. If paying half price for furniture is wrong, then I don’t wanna be right.
We have paid the majority of our attention to the downstairs since embarking on this decor and furnishing quest. When you have a folding card table in your breakfast nook, sometimes the lack of necessities are hard to ignore. But we’re finally branching away from pauper-status and at least have the work-in-progress look going on now. Amidst the settling in and sorting through our chaos of college-day, newlywed belongings, we have our “office” upstairs that really isn’t an office at all at the moment. More like, where do we put this armload of junk? Eh…throw it in here until we decide what to do with it. As a result, we have a drop-zone room that looks like this.
Excuse me while I cringe in shame. (This is only about 1/4 of the mess, but really the rest isn’t worth seeing either.)
Robert has said from the day we picked out our floor plan that he really wanted a Marine Corps-themed office where he could display his keepsakes from his four-years in the service. Considering we’re both big fans of all things vintage, I was super excited to start dreaming up all sorts of old military decor with some World War II remnants thrown in his mix of things from just a few years ago. I stumbled across this set up from Restoration Hardware, and the “vision” finally came together in my head.
(We will be omitting the creepy stuffed horse head.) Granted, there’s no way on God’s green earth we can afford the Restoration Hardware price tag, but believe me, that giant map has DIY written all over it. There are so many classic items I could find to make it come true. Before even stumbling across this look though, I had looked at all sorts of desk designs and showed them to Robert to see which ones he would like too. We both preferred something simple, with lots of storage capability, and a classic vintage-inspired design. And it had to be well-made, preferably solid wood. The consensus was the Pottery Barn Bedford Rectangular Desk, but even that was still $900.
If you’ve been following me for a while now, you know that I’m a PB junkie. I figured if I checked Craigslist frequently enough, it would eventually pop up and would appear at a time when we were more financially ready to buy it. Sure enough, everything eventually ends up on CL.
Behold, our Pottery Barn Bedford Rectangular Desk that cost us 180 smackaroonies! A difference of $720 and it is still in like new condition.
(There are two drawer stacks but little ol’ me was not about to hoist up that heavy desktop and spin that thing around all while keeping our toddler from being crushed beneath it.)
Robert recruited a friend from work to help him lug this thing home from the seller’s house, who, as fate would have it, lived only a few miles from our own casa. Lemme tell ya, this sucker is solid and heavy. Good news for us in terms of durability, bad news for Robert and his buddy who had to haul it up the stairs. Thankfully, it comes apart in three pieces, and we really owe his friend a big dinner as payment.
So now, we can let the decorating and organizing bonanza begin! Although, I’m really not looking forward to sorting through the drop-zone.