Hi Friends, I hope you are having success with your Unclutter Your Nest Boot Camp! We are lean, mean uncluttering machines in this house. But, we’ve also been making time for some fun stuff.
As part of the whole ‘get the house ready to sell in the near future’ thing, we knew we would need to paint a couple of rooms before it went on the market. One of the rooms that needed to be painted was our daughter’s. It had been painted a very bright aqua color 7 years ago which was very appropriate for a middle school aged pre-teen, not so much for a high school-aged teen and even less so for a college-aged young lady. Coupled with the fact that neutral colors are always best when selling a home, we knew we needed to paint her room some shade of white. Kate was home for an entire month over Christmas, so we decided it’d be a great time to update her room.
She had decided on a black/pink/gold color scheme and had been sending me room ideas for a couple of months and had even created a Pinterest Board for her room. Two of her pins featured ‘fuzzy’ seating, one was this Anthropologie stool covered in Mongolian Sheep Fur. We started noodling on how we could accomplish the furry bench without paying the Anthro price.
In the midst of our brainstorming. Kate and I were shopping and spotted a bench that was on the clearance area because one of the legs was broken. As it was, this bench was not at all our style, but we immediately thought back to the Anthro stool and figured that it was kismet.
So here’s a funny story: The bench was marked down because of its broken leg, but I was feeling rather empowered on this day and decided I’d ask if I could get a further markdown. A manager was called and I asked her if she would consider taking a bit more off of the bench. Instead, she said she couldn’t sell the bench at all and had to take it off of the floor and dispose of it, that it would be a liability to sell it. Despite my efforts to reason with her, she wouldn’t budge and took the bench off of the floor. Kate and I were dejected as we saw the hopes of re-doing our bench disappear behind the counter. Bummer! That’s what I get for feeling empowered!
Fast forward a week and I was back at this store, standing in line to return an item when what should catch my eye in the clearance section, but THE BENCH that was a liability and couldn’t be sold! I popped out of line, grabbed the bench that was still priced what it was when I saw it the week before, and bought it before it could be snatched away again!
Kate was giddy when I showed up with the bench and we immediately went looking for fabric. We found some white fuzzy fabric, on a 50% off sale nevertheless, and some gold buttons. Then we headed to Lowe’s to figure out how to fix the broken leg. We bought 4 6″ mending plates and some corner brackets and went home to give Terry his early Christmas present! ?
Needless to say, Kate loves her sassy glam bench. In addition to re-doing this bench, we painted Kate’s room, painted her bed, made a slew of pillows, hung a gallery wall and up-dated her PB Teen Tiled Bulletin Board. I’ll be back next week to share more of how we transformed her room from middle school to young adult.
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