Remember my mirror? It has sat on the floor in the entry since we bought it back in January.
I have been looking for a bench or table of some sort to go under the mirror with these criteria:
1. Be sturdy.
2. Be cheap.
3. Be longer than the mirror- over 60 inches. Do you know how hard it is to find a bench over 5 feet long? Neither did I until I started to look.
4. Be paint-able. (Because chances are if it is #2 it is going to need to be painted.)
5. Have storage capabilities. Such as this one:
image from Potterybarn.com
For the past 3 months I was unable to find what I was looking for- despite looking bi-weekly at the various thrift stores around town. And in the end, thrift stores would have been a rip off anyway. . . Last week I saw a estate sale sign while driving Chris to work. On my way home, I drove down the long and winding road until I came to the sale.
Not only did I find an old garbage can for composting in for a buck, but I found this:
Well, almost. I am thinking about painting the pink to a nice beige. And distressing the heck out of it.
Look at how many criteria it meets:
1. It is very sturdy- made of heavy wood.
3. It is over 60 inches- almost 80 inches in fact!
4. Definitely paint-able. (I was right about needing to be painted, huh?)
5. And it has storage spaces! Although the bench is skinnier (only 9 inches wide) than I would have ideally liked it, it is a keeper. Besides, as my in-laws pointed out, this one is so skinny it won't stick out from the wall too far and cause a shin bruise hazard. Nice.
What about criteria number 2, you ask? Well, it was cheap. Real cheap.
Care to take a guess?
No? You sure?
Oh well, it was a fun game for Chris and I.
The bench was a whopping $2.
I know. It really set us back.
I am so excited to get it painted and get the mirror hung on the wall!