Today is going to be a little disorganized. Sometimes it seems that in the process of getting organized, things are in more disarray than ever. We are getting our bedroom dressers delivered, so that means that everything is out of sorts.
I am rather excited, because it will mean that we will have more room and really upgrade things quite a bit. Keith was using a dresser that our landlord had here as a ‘semi-furnished’ place. It was one of those pressed board things with the white plastic coating on it. More than once the bottom of the drawers (which were flimsy fiberboard) fell through and we wound up gluing supports into place from the underside. The drawers were still only about half as deep as the faces. What is up with that? I noticed that more and more on the cheaper pieces of furniture that we looked at. Do they really save that much money by making the drawers only 4” high inside? I suppose that the logical answer to my own question is “yes” but what astounded me the most was that many dressers were near the $1000 price and they still had what I call ‘half-drawers’ in them. Knowing what lumber costs per board foot, I can’t imagine why they wouldn’t at least make the effort in the first place. After all, it isn’t as if these pieces were made with solid maple drawers or anything like that. And even if they were, we do live in Canada where maple is one of our cheapest types of wood sold. I don’t get it.
Shopping for furniture and seeing all the crap that was offered was quite a wake up call for me. It had been many years since I had purchased good furniture and seeing how much the prices had gone up, along with the quality of construction was at some times quite depressing. I last purchased a bedroom set in about 1997 and even then, I had come upon an antique bedroom suite that only cost me about $1200 for a tall dresser, a dressing table with six drawers, an end table and a four poster bed. The bed was a full sized bed, as I found that most older sets only came that big, but the quality was beautiful. I believe it was made of mahogany and was about 80 years old, without a scratch on it. You could fit a small child in the dresser drawers and everything was solid wood and dovetailed. They were amazing pieces.
A couple of years earlier, from the same antique shop that was in our neighborhood, I picked up a maple bedroom set for around the same price. This one had a kidney shaped short dresser, with mirror and a two piece man’s tall dresser and a bed frame and two end tables. Every piece had exquisite inlay on it. The top drawers had inlay trim and the headboard and foot board had inlay floral motifs that were all done in natural colored wood that were works of art. Again the drawers were large and constructed with quality. This set was nearly 100 years old and had a shellac finish that was quite near perfect. I think the pieces may have been refinished, but it didn’t matter because the age of the pieces wasn’t why I purchased it, the beauty was. I suppose it really spoiled me.
So seeing what is available now (and for what price) really was quite depressing. It made me feel not only old, but generally sad that it took this much money to afford the quality of work that was nowhere near the pieces I used to have. I suppose that is the way it is though.
The set we picked is nice however. The construction is good, and even though it isn’t the top of the line, they were discontinuing the set so we got it at a good price. It should last us a long time.
We only bought the two dressers because we have found that it is rather difficult to get any bed in a full size anymore. Everything is either twin or queen or king and there are very few choices of sets with full size pieces. The set is made of cherry that is stained dark, and we are hoping that our local guy will eventually be able to build us a bed frame and headboard that will somewhat match the style and color of the two dressers. Who knows? Maybe Keith will even take on the project himself. We would like the bed to be custom anyway, as perhaps a platform style with some drawer storage underneath. For our little place that would be great and even if we do move up to a larger place later on, the extra drawers will always be welcome.
One step at a time.
So we need to wait for the truck today and everything is rather messy. The old crappy dresser is back in our landlords’ basement and our clothes are in boxes around the house here awaiting our new arrivals. I have been using a plastic dresser I got from Wal-mart since I moved in here and it will be quite a thrill for me to have a real dresser again. (One where the drawers actually close!) Oh baby! We are “moving on up!” :D
Work wise I did finish the site update yesterday and got the newsletter mailed out. Remember about a week ago that was on my agenda right before we decided to skip town? Oh well, life is like that. What’s the point of being the “boss” if I can’t goof off every now and then?
I am going to spend the day repainting the witch hats to send to Artist’s Club for photography. Silly me, I forgot I was going to submit them and sent the original set to my son last autumn. That’s OK though, as it will give me a chance to follow my own instructions and make sure that there are no errors in them. I think they are OK because I have already sold several copies and haven’t heard any complaints. But going over them again will be good in any case.
So that’s my day. I will post pictures of the new furniture tomorrow if you want to see it. I woke up to snow this morning which was a bit of a surprise given how warm it has been. But I suppose that is typical spring. I remember it was just about a year ago that we were heading out for New York and the weather was touch and go then too. So everything is on schedule.
I hope you all have a great day. Be creative and do something to make yourself happy! Sweet Dreams!
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