Good morning friends!
So, have you ever had a decorating idea in your head, a vision, that you know it's what you want, but you also know it'll probably never happen? It may not happen for a variety of reasons....budget, time constraints, or in this particular case, I knew I would never find what I wanted.
But a girl can dream.
And look. And look. And look.
For that perfect specimen.
For seven years.
Yes, I have always had my eye out for the perfect pair of vintage industrial side tables for our TV room since we've moved into this house seven years ago. When we moved in, I placed two crackly piano benches on either side of the couch as seen in this before picture...
They are teeny tiny, waaaaay too low for the couch, and soooo not right! This I knew.
But, I also knew exactly what I wanted.
And I didn't want to buy something to put there just as as a band-aid.
Over the course of time, I've been tempted.
Just about 3 weeks ago, I came across two matching industrial tables that were ALMOST the ones.
And they were cheap at just 30 bucks each.
But I just wasn't feeling it. They had a little too much of that factory green paint still on them.
And they didn't have a bottom shelf. Which I really wanted.
So just last week, my friend Lisa at one of my most favorite local shops, Urban Farmhouse, did this post
titled "vintage industrial". I clicked knowing I would be wowed by her finds, because this girl's got talent and an eye for finding the best.stuff.ever. Period. End of story.
And of course I wasn't disappointed! She had found some amazing industrial pieces, but no little side tables that met my criteria. I shot her a quick comment saying how much I loved her pieces, and a little shout-out that if she ever found two matching smaller size side tables, let me know.
And then it happened.
I heard my phone beeping in the other room.
It was Lisa, and she was texting me saying "I have two in my truck right now!"
She shot me a photo, and I was intrigued, even though said tables were upside down in her truck in the photo, they looked perfect. Could this really be happening?
I drove out to see her later that afternoon. LOVED THEM! Took measurements and crossed my fingers.
Discussed with the man of the house, who doesn't always "get" my visions, but he could tell I had finally found "the ones" and gave me the proverbial go-ahead in his usual manner, "go nuts". When I hear "go nuts", that is the green light around here!
Lisa's husband delivered the tables, which was an absolutely unexpected treat in and of itself, and I am ever so grateful for his kindness.
They got sprayed with de-greaser, sat overnight, sprayed again, power-washed, wiped down, and poly-eurethaned. Last night, they came inside. And I waited with bated breath. Because, sometimes the vision just doesn't match the real thing.
They are not a perfect match, which I love. One still has some industrial light grey paint left on it, while the other is in it's natural state and a little more rusty. They are almost the exact same height, give or take a few centimeters. They are quirky and industrial and unexpected and I LOVE THEM!
I stayed up late styling them with ironstone and books and baskets and lamps from the bedroom.
I never gave up hope.
I kept looking.
And it happened.