Monica Wants It: A Lifestyle Blog: Lust vs. Must

Friday, May 1, 2009

Lust vs. Must

Thinking about my new home office conjures up images of a modern yet vintage vibe. Anyone who has seen my Knot bio knows I love damask, and that love transcends into loving scrolls, flourishes, filigree, etc. I love it all. I have no shame.

As you can see from my previous post, I already have a bookshelf and a desk. You may also see I have a $550 budget, which in my opinion can go far if I budget wisely. Since I live in an apartment, I can't paint, so I have to get really creative with decor.

My first major task was finding an accent table. I originally had planned on a console table or a credenza type thing, but I decided against that. I just wanted something kinda pretty with some character.

My friend Lauren found me this beauty from Ikea.com:



At about $80 it's not super expensive, but I also have to factor in shipping ($15+) and tax. Or I could drive to Ikea, but it's about 2.5 hours away. Oh, and the dimensions are really small. Why would I want a 15-inch table? (Maybe that's a typo?)

Either way, I love the shape, but it's not all that cheap, big, nor convenient. I want cheap and easy. (Get your mind out of the gutter)

Yesterday, I happen to swing by Goodwill during lunch. The place smells like mothballs, and the one here in Beeville is alarmingly crappy, but I went anyway. Thank God I did because I found this beauty for $12.99 total!

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Look at the beautiful scrolly details. (Ignore the scratches and stuff)

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A close-up of the details.

I have big plans for this table. I immediately e-mailed Lauren my find, and I was thinking of being boring/safe and painting it black, but she insists on painting a bright color. I agreed because I think I need 1 piece of bright furniture to make an impact, sort of like this:



I probably won't start this project until June/after the wedding, but I am psyched. I can't decide on whether to paint it hot pink or turqouise, but I am going to use the method described in this video. I bought some of the supplies at Dollar Tree (sand paper, drop cloth, tack cloth), and the rest will be bought at Home Depot.

Stay tuned!

1 comment:

  1. Can't wait to see how this little guy turns out. Your 'inspiration' pic of the bright red desk is gorgeous.

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Friday, May 1, 2009

Lust vs. Must

Thinking about my new home office conjures up images of a modern yet vintage vibe. Anyone who has seen my Knot bio knows I love damask, and that love transcends into loving scrolls, flourishes, filigree, etc. I love it all. I have no shame.

As you can see from my previous post, I already have a bookshelf and a desk. You may also see I have a $550 budget, which in my opinion can go far if I budget wisely. Since I live in an apartment, I can't paint, so I have to get really creative with decor.

My first major task was finding an accent table. I originally had planned on a console table or a credenza type thing, but I decided against that. I just wanted something kinda pretty with some character.

My friend Lauren found me this beauty from Ikea.com:



At about $80 it's not super expensive, but I also have to factor in shipping ($15+) and tax. Or I could drive to Ikea, but it's about 2.5 hours away. Oh, and the dimensions are really small. Why would I want a 15-inch table? (Maybe that's a typo?)

Either way, I love the shape, but it's not all that cheap, big, nor convenient. I want cheap and easy. (Get your mind out of the gutter)

Yesterday, I happen to swing by Goodwill during lunch. The place smells like mothballs, and the one here in Beeville is alarmingly crappy, but I went anyway. Thank God I did because I found this beauty for $12.99 total!

Photobucket
Look at the beautiful scrolly details. (Ignore the scratches and stuff)

Photobucket
A close-up of the details.

I have big plans for this table. I immediately e-mailed Lauren my find, and I was thinking of being boring/safe and painting it black, but she insists on painting a bright color. I agreed because I think I need 1 piece of bright furniture to make an impact, sort of like this:



I probably won't start this project until June/after the wedding, but I am psyched. I can't decide on whether to paint it hot pink or turqouise, but I am going to use the method described in this video. I bought some of the supplies at Dollar Tree (sand paper, drop cloth, tack cloth), and the rest will be bought at Home Depot.

Stay tuned!

1 comment :

  1. Can't wait to see how this little guy turns out. Your 'inspiration' pic of the bright red desk is gorgeous.

    ReplyDelete