Over the weekend, we met with our contractor to finalize details and plan for the near future – aka, when can we expect to get a ceiling over our heads? The great news is that they’re working on it right now, as another job on their schedule had to take a backseat for a few days. This was cause for celebration (a ceiling! We’re getting a ceiling!), which had us planning even further ahead – we could start mapping out ideas for a new media wall and a larger desk for the studio. (We left our last home’s semi built-in media wall in the condo for our tenants, since it was tailored perfectly for that space.) In addition, we had bits and pieces to shop for, such as extra food/pantry/glassware shelving, a toilet paper holder (exciting, ha!) and a bathroom medicine cabinet. We’d been putting a lot of these tasks off as a side-effect to living in our mostly demo-ed home.
We need a toilet paper holder? Pfft! Save that for when we have a ceiling!
Lucky for us, we did get the bathroom necessities from Ikea, but for kitchen shelving, media needs and a studio desk, we hit the road for Jubilee – an absolute Chicago gem that is filled to the brim with donated furniture (you might remember us talking about it a few times, right?). But because you can’t really plan for purchases at resale shops, we left the house with an open mind and a slip of paper listing our would-like-to-finds.
Needless to say, we loaded our trusty wagon to the brim; some things were on our wish list, others were not. (As the story goes!) Here’s what ended up coming home with us:
ONE: A CREDENZA. While finding something to house our television was high on the wishes, we weren’t planning on finding anything right away (we’ve been using this side table as a placeholder, which besides being comically small, also came from Jubilee). But when Scott spotted this credenza – there were actually 3 or 4 of them; they appeared to be old office desks – we both started excitedly talking over each other. We can paint this part, then leave this wood! We can add shelving around it, making this the base for a future built-in! We can stash our receiver right here, and use this drawer to hide the remotes!
TWO: AN OLD MEDIA CART. This solid metal cart was probably used to wheel around projectors from members of the A.V. Club (we all remember those days, yeah?), but how adorable is this guy for the kitchen island? We’ll need to piece together new pipes from the hardware store to give it more height (we’ll see if we can make that happen), and we’d also like to add a larger top (maybe a slab remnant? Butcher block? More leftover studs from the entryway?). It needs some TLC, but it’s way more sturdy than the rolling carts we saw in Ikea and for half the price; we picked it up for $40.
THREE: A LARGE BUFFET. This was absolutely not on our list, but I saw it and fell in love. The brass hardware, the curved front, the tapered legs – it was all to much! The wood is in rough shape (not to mention, it’s only a veneer), and it looks as though it was refinished and stained poorly. While we prefer to salvage wood when we can, we’re seeing this more with a coat of paint. There are a few dings, scratches and gouges that need to be filled, but she’ll be beautiful when done. It’ll live in the studio, and I’m thinking the deep drawers will contain extra prints and Shop supplies.
FOUR: ANOTHER (GIGANTIC) MIRROR. The last thing we need is another mirror, but this mirror. This mirror! It’s huge. I made sure to take the photo with me included (the cute noodle at my feet is just a bonus), so you can get a sense of scale. I’m standing farther back, but if I were right next to it, it comes up to my eyes. The wood frame is actually a very pretty color, so we’re thinking it will probably stay as-is. This guy has a future in light-bouncing, don’t you think?
I’m still on the hunt for a great studio desk, and we’re being incredibly picky about shelving for the makeshift food and/or dishes/glassware storage, since it’ll likely be sitting in plain view in the kitchen. We think the solution will be temporary, but at the same time, we know it’ll be a little while before we can fully renovate. So perhaps we need to buck up and look for something on the nicer side? That, combined with fresh paint, the new island and a colorful mat/rug will bring the kitchen from blech to ooh, very nice.
But that’s another post for another day. (Admittedly, our minds are a little all over the place.)
In any case! We fit all four of the above items in and on top of the car, plus this bathroom cabinet, the TP holder (very important), a set of new dishes and a mini trashcan for our second bathroom. While the helpful crew at Jubilee showed their doubts on fitting all that in our trusty wagon, we assured them, it’ll fit! And it did.
We’d call that a successful day.
PS… In the mirror photo, do you see that wall beyond the arch behind me? This weekend, it’s coming down to open up the second floor landing. Yes!