Lately I’ve been really into decorating our house. I mean, much more than usual. I’m sure it has something to do with me constantly reading HG Magazine and watching the new season of HGTV Design Star, but to say I’m obsessed would be an understatement!
I’d say our biggest design challenge right now is the long blank wall that is next to our dining room hutch and behind our couch. It’s part of the big loft-like open space that makes up the living and dining room of our home.
Every person that comes over for the first time has something to say about what we should do with that wall, but we need it to work for us and to be functional. So yesterday we decided to head out to some antique, vintage, resale type stores to see what we could come up with.
One of the ideas we have is a mini bar. We’d like a unique piece of furniture that could be repurposed as a bar with our liquor bottles and glasses. When I saw this green tray for $30, I thought it’d be perfect if we had that set up.
I also came across these vintage coca cola crates that I thought would be awesome for an herb garden…bookmarking them in my brain for the future. They were $25 a crate. If they had been wine crates, I think I’d have picked them up in a second.
At the second antique store, we stumbled upon this bench. It reminded us somewhat of a church pew, but we loved the antique style. The drawer at the bottom would be perfect for some extra storage. Plus, the price was a steal at $90.
The third store we went to was a furniture resale store. We had high hopes for this place, considering resale typically equates great prices. Well, we really liked the look of this cabinet.
We figured the top would be perfect for the bar we are envisioning and the cabinet at the bottom is perfectly functional for liquor and glasses. However, the pricetag…not so perfect. $295. Say what? For resale? Don’t think so homeboy. Plus I think it’s too small and would get lost on that wall.
On the way out, I noticed this cart.
I thought it would be fantastic as an outdoor bar cart. It was $75, which really isn’t that bad thinking back. But I was just in this mindset that I’m in a resale store, this is all used, and I just don’t wanna pay that much! Silly of me?
Since we didn’t have much luck, we headed over to Pier 1 for some elephant book ends we had spotted on their website (more on those later this week). While there, we became very interested in two pieces.
The first was the Senopati Bench. It has magazine ends on both sides, a drawer for storage, and an exotic look to it that we loved. We thought it would look really good on this wall…
…but we’re just not sure yet. We also like the idea of upholstered chairs with pillows in this space.
For the big blue wall we are loving the Palu Desk, also from Pier 1. Yes, it’s a desk, but we love the idea of it being a unique piece that we repurpose as something else. Plus it’s on sale right now, and if we got the floor model we’d save even more- score! The top of the desk could have the green tray, glasses could go in the little cubby holes, and alcohol bottles arranged on the right.
Welp, we didn’t end up making any purchases but are thinking everything over. We would love to hear your opinions and design ideas for these two spaces and if you think any of the pieces we saw would work!
Also, how were the items at the resale stores priced, in your opinion? We just really thought they were too high for resale!
We’re new at this and would love your feedback!