the adventure of side tables

this is about the longest post ever written on bedside tables. who knew i could find so much to say about the process of finding side tables! well. i just did.

you may have noticed, during the super-long post on our headboard, that we don’t really have much room for side tables. we have 18″ max on each side of the bed. and i thought this was ok, because we could just wait and find some antique tables. antiques are always smaller than the side tables on the market today anyway, so i thought it would work out. i was just going to wait and see…

but that was before i realized that i was literally killing husbuddy slowly by making him wait for it.

i was willing to be patient, but to him, i was messing with his system…every. single. day. oi.

don’t judge the man too harshly. we all have the things in our life that we just need to be just right to be able to function at a respectable level of stress.

that’s what i get for having a totally type A spouse. don’t get me wrong, i LOVE IT so much- most of the time- like when he gets us places on time, and when he organizes our to-do lists with spreadsheets, and how he works hard so he can schedule time to spend with me and i think it’s super cute that he writes everything he does on a calendar so he can keep track of his day… but then there are these times.

so what’s a gal to do? we headed off to the used furniture store in Ephrata.

i was *hoping* that we’d find the perfect set of side tables that fit perfectly and we could end all the moaning… {ha. ok he really wasn’t complaining that much… i may be exaggerating for the sake of the story…}

i was *hoping* that they could be some pretty antique wood tables.

or even if the wood was bad, it could be something that i could paint.

i was searching for something that was narrow.

we needed something with drawers–> not open shelves.

and i was armed with about 80$ left from my birthday money. which, i reminded him, i could be spending on clothes or something just for me, but nope, i was willing to spend it on something we needed…lol. haha, let’s be honest, i’m having way too much fun using it for house stuff …but anyway… that was our limit. we knew we didn’t have anything else to spend!

so after searching through the hundreds of pieces of furniture on two levels…we came up empty.

until, right before we were going to give up, i saw these:

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now i know what you’re thinking, “oooo, you found metal filing cabinets…whoopdedooo.”

but hear me out.

they were in great condition. they were 30$ each.

they were only 15″ wide {WHICH FIT WITHIN OUR 18″ max!}

and i turned to him and said, what if we spray painted them? and what if we added a wood top? they would be plenty of storage, and they’re the perfect size…and they could be “temporary” until we can find the perfect ‘antique-ish’ bedside tables!

he was game. either that or he just REALLY wanted something today.

but i love that he was able to trust me to try out this little adventure!

we got them.

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and started priming them that day.

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the spray painting took longer than we’d hoped. mostly because nap-times didn’t quite lend to perfect timing.

cabinets after closeup

we completed them and we love them. i’m not so sure they’re really “temporary”. we’ll see in a few years!

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we are going for a green/blue/ocean theme in the bedroom, so we painted them a dark blue. it’s going to take a while to pull it all together, but i think the palette will work. it’s just going to be slow. for now, we have a headboard, curtains and side tables!

cabinets after

they fit perfectly! actually, 18″ probably would have been too tight!

cabinet other side cabinet drawers

we spray painted the handles with polished nickle color and we painted the inside of the drawers white to make them feel clean. as you can see, we also really upped our game by using cardboard boxes as space dividers until we can afford baskets. aren’t we fancy? hey, it works! and i don’t know why i haven’t thought of that sooner! no cardboard box is safe in this house!

cabinet top

for the tops we used leftover plywood from making our headboard. we stained it a dark walnut color. it’s really hard to tell with the lighting going on here, but they are actually really pretty…not the weird yellowish brown… more of a dark dirty brown.

and  i kind of love that it looks like poor-mans-version of zebra wood. lol. ok, maybe not really. oh, interior design friends are rolling their eyes at me…but i think it’s fun!

cabinet inside

“it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful” THANK YOU NESTER! i talked about her book over in this post last week. i know, you’re already sick of me talking about it…but  let’s just say, it’s really inspired me lately!

cabinets puppy approves

puppycakes approves of our new side tables. husbuddy does too. phew! what do you think? i’d love to hear!

xoxo-kimberly renee

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One Response to the adventure of side tables

  1. Pam Holderman June 9, 2014 at 11:27 am #

    Love them. The room is looking awesome! And I ordered the book and it should be here soon 😉

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