West Bedroom Meets Popularity
One of the pieces in the West bedroom, happens to be a very popular piece of furniture.
I’ve had this washstand table for at least 20 years and I’ve used it in just about every room of my house at some point or another. It’s the perfect size to pull a chair up to and use as a writing desk. It’s also worked in the kitchen for an extra counter space and serving, as well as in the living room as an end table, and as a hall table to set things on when coming in from outside.
It’s super old, over 100 years for sure. And when I first got it for $4 at a garage sale, it was painted an icky paint with a flat chalky finish. I stripped the top and backsplash down to the wood with a chemical stripper, being careful to not remove the wonderful original distressing I found under the painted top. Then I put a clear rub-on finish on the top, but the legs and sides I painted a dark brown. I love the distressed marks in the top wood, revealing its life through the past century.
The suitcase under the table is a one of my favorites too, it is at least 80 years old and has a wonderful textural kind of woven natural wicker type material on the outside of it with leather details. I actually use it for storing un-seasonal accessories and can easily pull them out when it’s time. I like too that it goes with the theme of traveling in the guest room. Seems fitting.
I paid $25 for it at a garage sale at least 15 years ago, and at the time that seemed like a lot. But I still love it, and if you consider in a store what you couldn’t buy for only $25 to put in your room, it doesn’t seem like such a bad buy. Plus, I always consider when I’m buying furniture: “If I was to try to re-sell this piece or that piece if I get tired of it, could I get my money back out of it?” I’d say for sure I could get my cash back for this suitcase. And as my friends know very well, I’m not afraid to re-sell pieces. That’s what I love about buying vintage pieces, if your style or needs change and you no longer want the piece, you can get your investment out and maybe even make a little profit.
The prints hanging above the washstand table are from a dollar-type store, and I think they were either $3 or $5 a piece. I have found that if I have quality pieces mixed in with discount pieces, (if they are pretty) I can totally pull it off, this is a good example. They came mounted on board and are pretty, and the colors look beautiful with this room’s color scheme.
Since I had the table and suitcase along with the accessories sitting on the washstand, and I just moved them into the West guest bedroom from another part of the house, I’m not counting them in my $250 budget. I guess that just leaves the dollar store prints purchased. So between $6-$10 is my big investment for this corner. Not too bad, and pretty to boot.