Oh yes, storage.
So, enter Craigs.list. (I'm sure I sound like a broken record, but truth is I could look at before/afters all day--they're incredibly inspiring. Hopefully you feel the same way . . .) ;o) I found a set, a 4 drawer tall dresser, a 6 drawer short/wide dresser with an attachable mirror, and a 2 drawer nightstand for $60. I sent my reliable fetcher (Josh) in his hauler (the old minivan "hollowed" out by removing the two back rows of seating). He came back with all of this, plus a desk the guy threw in for $5. It all fit in just perfectly.
Here's the dresser I wanted for the dining room:
The one unfortunate thing--pictures on Craigs.list don't really give you any idea as to size. I was a tad bummed to realize this was about 6 inches shorter than I would have like it, more of a dining room table height when I was going for a counter top height. But I'll live. Someday I think I might turn it into a hutch by building a shelving attachment for the top of it.
Here is the after picture:
I LOVE IT!!! I get such a thrill out of seeing a piece turn out like this. Each kid (except Owen) will get one big drawer to store stuff and then the top skinnier drawers will be for things like art stuff, paper, etc. Everything will have a place and be out of sight. It makes me excited to start school. ;o)
I have another fun area to decorate seasonally . . .
Oh, and check out my new ruffled burlap table runner--I had seen one online for $59. Guess how much I made mine for? About $3--and some burlap wrestling. ;o) I really like the texture--the eye appeal of it I mean, I definitely wouldn't want it for sheets! When Marissa saw me throwing the burlap on the cutting counter she asked with concern, "What are you making with that? It's kind of scratchy." I told her it was for her new pajamas. ;o) She was less than thrilled.
Sooooo, this project is declared complete. With all the furniture I have lined up in the garage it looks like I have some sort of perpetual garage sale going on. ;o) I have a LOT to get painted. I can't tell you enough how fun this is. Aside from couches/mattresses I'm not sure if I'll ever buy new stuff again. (Although something could come along that would lead me to make an exception to that rule). I really think if you're patient enough and just keep watching you'll find something you love or can make lovable with a coat of paint. It has completely revolutionized "home decorating" for me. I work with a very tiny budget. You CAN have nice-looking things for cheap. Isn't that cool!!! ;o)