Tuesday, August 19, 2014

We Found a Big, Fancy Bed. Thank You, Craigslist!

When we moved into the new house, my husband said, "I don't like upholstered beds. There's something gross about sleeping, breathing, and shedding a night's worth of skin cells on something upholstered." Ew. I never thought of it that way before. He continued, "I want a solid wood sleigh bed with a cherry finish." Wow, specific much? When we met, Keith's furniture vocabulary consisted of the words "wood" and "French." He's come a long way!

Please forgive the grainy pictures, and ignore the bathroom from hell in the background.
When it comes to design, Keith doesn't usually make specific requests. So when he does make one, he gets what he wants. Upholstered beds are *yawn* so trendy, and I thought it would be interesting to buck the trend. So I glued myself to Craiglist and hunted for the perfect sleigh bed. And had a laugh at all the listings for "slay beds." One "slay bed" even came with a "matching armor" (armoire)! Nice.

This thing is so tall, I can't see the top of it.
A few days after the major Craigslist fail, the bed of our dreams appeared on Craigslist. It's in wonderful condition and made by Thomasville. It came with a gorgeous matching dresser. And the best part? The dresser has a secret drawer. I was in love. There was just one problem: The seller wanted $650 for both pieces, and I'd budgeted just $250 for a new bed. I didn't want to blow the budget, so I waited. And waited. A few weeks later, the seller dropped the price to $400 for both pieces, and I pounced.

The shield hardware was a pleasant surprise.
We've been living with the new furniture for a few weeks, and I love the way it looks in our bedroom. The ceiling in here is 12 feet high, and our old furniture looked tiny and strange in the large space. But the new dresser is almost as tall as me, and the foot board gives the bed a heftier look. These pieces look right, and I'm so glad Keith steered me toward this style.

A place to dream: A grown-up fairy tale bedroom

Remember this? This is still my plan for the bedroom, and we're halfway there. Paint, chandelier, rug, bed, lamps... Check, check, check, check, check! As it comes together, the windows look more and more naked. So now I'm hunting for vivid chartreuse curtain fabric, and looking for a pair of nightstands. I've seen some nightstands that would perfectly match the bed and dresser, but I don't think I want a matchy-matchy furniture set. What do you think?

4 comments:

  1. I love it so much. I love how you balanced masculine and feminine so well!

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  2. Nice! Though it is hit or miss, Craigslist is a great place to find furniture gems. I'd much rather buy something that's been previously loved and well made than buy a new piece that is cheaply made. Good find!

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  3. Thanks! I agree completely. Most new furniture is pretty crappy unless you can shell out thousands. I recently walked through Sprintz with my Mom, and the furniture was awesome but $1,000+ for just a sofa table or side chair. $3,000+ for a bed or sofa. I know a lot of work goes into creating quality furniture, and good materials aren't cheap either, but those prices still seem crazy. And I love the thrill of hunting for bargains.

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