What do girls do when we are having a bad day? One of two things. Drink a big, fat margarita, or shop. Since I was saving the big, fat margarita for tonight, yesterday I shopped. Actually, I’ve been shopping for a while, searching for a sideboard/console/buffet table to replace our ladder-style bookshelf currently residing in our kitchen. I like the bookshelf but I hate the clutter it brings. Everything is visible – anytime we have friends over and we want to ‘hide’ the counter-clutter, I pile it neatly and pitch it on the bookshelf – but it’s still visible!
Hello all of Katie and Robert’s stuff.
We had been looking for something different, it couldn’t be too deep, as the bookshelf was only about 18” deep and we couldn’t afford any more space than that, and it couldn’t be any longer than the wall it is up against, which is only 46” and we wanted something with a shape, not just square or rectangular. A few months ago we found a bow-front console table with doors and drawers, which was perfect, but it was two-toned which I didn’t absolutely love (although some paint/stain would have taken care of that) and it was over $200, which I really didn’t love at all. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll pay that much for a piece that shows it’s workmanship, but this was at Hobby Lobby and, well, didn’t.
Similar to the Hobby Lobby one, only this one is more ornate and more, well, pretty.
So pretty much every day I perused Craigslist for the perfect piece, and I found it! This sideboard/console is solid mahogany; it’s older so it needs a little TLC to bring back its glow, with brass door pulls. It’s bow-front but angular and at its deepest is only 12” deep, which frees up some of our walking space! It was a little grungy, so I got dirty and scrubbed off most of the ick.
It had a shelf on the inside that wasn’t acting as a shelf, as 2 of the 3 supports were missing, so I subbed in an extra anchor that we had and one of those wooden peg connectors that come with pretty much every piece of Ikea furniture. They work like a charm 🙂
And the peg…sounds like a good title of a book or something, hah “The Anchor and the Peg” like a Pirates book…anyway…
The last two things about this piece are the best. The first, it was only $75; a far cry from the $200+ piece at HL. I could have talked him down, but I didn’t because all $75 of the price was going to the National Kidney Foundation, and you know I like to give, so it was worth it! A little elbow grease, pledge, and some spare parts and we are in business!
Now to do something about those bare walls… 🙂