Storage Room Furniture Quest
Tried to find the thread where I discussed finding furniture to put in my spare room for storage. Couldn’t find it, and got impatient. So here is what happened over the holiday weekend. That Thursday my car wheel started squeaking, Friday after work it was crying and by Friday night it was screaming. I vaguely remember writing this before, about having to spend the money on my car.
But any who, I went out last week to a see if the recycled clothes and furniture store in the neighborhood had any good stuff. And did I find a cash of used furniture at the right price. Unfortunately, I don’t even have that price right now, but I am sure that when I’m ready, I will find what I need at this store. Yes, I remember Gloriasews commenting that our cars have a way of sensing we have more money and seizing the opportunity. giggle
Well, the cabinets and dressers were priced at under $50 and slightly above. So, I am anticipating being able to purchase four or five pieces before winter. I know they may not have the ones I saw last week, but at least I know where to go to find the stuff I want at prices I can pay. I will put three in the storage room and one or two in the sewing area. I need that drawer space desperately. I prefer furniture to tall open shelving. I can refinish each to my own specifics and they will become treasures that will hide all of my other treasures. They also deliver.
Rodezzy, Fiber Artist
That only means that the perfect pieces have not arrived yet. That happens when you only have the money for it Hon. Cathy
That's right! When I get the money in hand, I will find the perfect furniture for my storage quest!
Like others, I am balancing lack of funds with the need, nay desperation, to get my creative space organized. I envisioned a light airy room filled with a combination of antiqued, cleverly repurposed, and custom cabinetry. Reality is that right now even the $500 wall I designed (using IKEA products) is out of reach. While I'm not going to admit how many of these little cabinets i've ended up purchasing.... my fabric stash is just that out of control.... I will tell you the cubbies from "tarjay boo-teek" are doing the trick for the time being. I offer them up because they were under $50 each. In fact, after a couple of trips back for more, I learned to read the Sunday circular because they go on sale for $29.99!!!! I've also pasted the fabric cubies they have available. I'm using them to keep smaller lengths neatly organized and delicates sheilded from the sun.
I'll send pics once I've tamed the last of the fabric monster on my sofa.
Giggle....I love that "tarjay boo-teek". It took me a second, but then I knew what you were talking about and laughed and laughed and laughed.
Thanks for the sites. I checked them out, and those are great cubbies.
My storage problems are more than fabric. I have crocheted ponchos, ponchetts, shawls, coats, jackets, knitted ponchos and shawls, etc. I need to store them in closed drawers surrounded by none acid paper. I can't hang them and the plastic containers they are in are unattractive. Also the group that I didn't have space for in my wing back chair doesn't look nice either. giggle.
I have yarn of all types, and containers filled with fabric. I hate the containers now. They are such a beast to unstack, as they are lining the walls. I want the funiture because it will look nicer and more like a room. I will be putting a sleeping item in the room too. So, I want everything out of site. My furniture will cost about the same as the cubbies, but with triple the storage. The stuff I saw had deep, full drawers that give you a ton of storage. I can paint them to coordinate them and stack some shelving on top for displaying what I want seen.
And my collection of needles and tools is growing. Need the smaller drawer spaces to store those out of site. Along with quilting tools, beads, and other books and other notions.
Thanks for the help. I would love to see what you have done. I may be able to coordinate some of your ideas with mine.
Most of my furniture has been purchased through yardsales and from private sales in the papers. The Free Press ads are a good source as well. The Salvation Army or Thrift Stores are a wonderful source as well but you have to go often. With a good coat of paint, many battered pieces look like new, if the bones of the piece are still good. And the prices are right. An ugly dresser sure pretties up fast with paint. Cathy
Yes, my plans exactly. I've already done the scouting at the thrift store. Just.....need.....money. Mayby the group "freecycle" will be helpful, I joined that yahoo group from the other thread here that was suggested.
This thread got me to thinking about an old sewing table that I'd rescued from a girl friend's dumpster. It was buried in my garage. The good news is that I cleaned my garage as far as I needed to to unearth it. (can't claim to have a clean garage quite yet). It is now awaiting a final coat and sealer. I chose an unashamedly girly pink and I plan to add black accents to it. I'm excited. My serger will get a home of her own! I'll try and upload pics as soon as it's finished!
Sounds absolutely wonderful. I hope to get some of my furniture next week if possible.
I suggest you join a local email FreeCycle email list. To find out about it and find one in your area: http://www.freecycle.org/
One young woman, a college graduate last May, found an apartment in the Washington DC area and completely furnished it from FreeCycle.
Thanks for the site, I joined the group. Waiting for acceptance.
Most of the storage in my sewing room is "found objects" for lack of a better description. My carpenter spouse was removing cabinetry from an apartment building in preparation for a reno, and started bringing the units home. They are very "70s" but the door and drawer fronts are solid oak. They needed a little cleaning, and he guided the install, but all of the lower and upper cabinets were free. Amazing. I found almost everything else I needed at garage sales. Even the paint came from the mis-tint pile and was probably 1/3 of the cost. It does take time, but it's worth prowling for what you need.
Are you anywhere near Denver? I am in Arvada. Mary
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