My main motive for antique shopping earlier this week was to find a nightstand or two for the master bedroom. There were several promising contenders.
I liked the lines of this one, and even though the tag said it was painted maple I liked that the glossy finish would have set it apart from all the other wood in the room. It was perfect in every way but the price–$90 is just too rich for my blood.
This one was also quite lovely, but I didn’t think it came up to snuff in the toddler-compatibility department. I could just see Jack (or a cat) knocking the whole thing over in one fell swoop. Plus it wasn’t marked and I hate hate hate having to ask about prices at places like this. So much pressure!
I loved the lines of this bentwood and cane side table, but even though the price was great at just under $30 it just wasn’t tall enough. Side note: I keep a tiny tape measure in my wallet at all times for occasions just such as this. I measured the height of my bed a week or two ago and decided that I need nightstands that are 24″-30″ tall. Most are much shorter than that, and we don’t even have a boxspring! Nightstand and bed manufacturers need to get together and coordinate their efforts.
This one was also promising. I liked the metal legs, the clean lines, and the dark faux finish on the wood top, but at $85 it was a no-go.
Here’s the sewing table I ended up buying for the dining room in its natural habitat, with a slightly blurry Jack giving an enthusiastic kick to show his approval. I’m glad it came to live with us.
I’m starting to get a little frustrated in my nightstand search. I just want two tables that are round, 2′-2.5′ tall, not too easy to tip over, and preferably not made of wood. And under $50 each. Sometimes the hardest part of decorating is being patient. I know from experience that I just need to keep my eye out and wait for the right piece to find me, but boy do I wish I could speed things along! Patience, grasshopper, I whisper to myself as I stroll the aisles of the thrift store.