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September 29, 2011  —  Written by Julia Marcum 

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We needed nightstands, bad style.  We had one that we had been using on my side of the bed (I always claim the side away from the door) that was actually used as an end table in our last apartment.  It is from Ikea and too tall and looked a little pinkish against the gray-brown walls.  And we only had one.  We thought about forking out another $79.99 for a second one–but that didn’t really make much sense if one wasn’t jiving with the bed and paint color.  The search continued.  The problem is, nightstands are not cheap–but, we are.  

We thought about putting a couple of small floating shelves on each side of the bed.  One for a lamp and a second shelf or basket underneath for storage, like this picture:

But most floating shelf options that we looked at had a weight capacity of 7 lbs–which would be fine for a lamp (I think…we haven’t gotten that far), but not fine with a toddler pulling down on it which would inevitably happen.  So we passed on that idea, but I still gawk at that photo.  Lovely solution.  Next I turned my attention to the online classifieds here in Utah (KSL.com).  There was a plethera of nightstands, but all the dimensions and/or prices were too high, or there was only one for sale.  Then, I found it:

The dimensions were perfect and the price was right.  The lady selling them said they were about 50 years old and Chris wasn’t crazy about the look of them in the pictures, but I assured him I could refinish them if he didn’t like them once we got them home.  We went and picked them up last night.  We were stunned when we saw them in person.  They were gorgeous.  And heavy.  And sturdy–and had to be worth WAY more than $12.50 a piece.  We just smiled and put them in our car as fast as we could, paid her and bolted before she changed her mind.

After putting them in place, we concluded not to touch them at all.  They are just too pretty in their natural state.  I saw a stamp on the back that said it was “Inspected.  Ayers Furniture.”  I googled around and found a similar (but not nearly as cool) Ayers nightstand going on Ebay for $299!

Alas, I am not going to sell them.  Instead, I’ll count myself one lucky duck and enjoy our steal-of-a-nightstands….which would be a little easier if we had lamps.

Soooo swanky, right?!

What do you think?

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  11. Patty says:

    The HANDLES! To die for!

  12. You’re right, Tanya. A little bit of natural wood went a long way in adding warmth to the room. Thanks!

  13. Great find! I think a space needs a hit of natural wood, especially when its pretty like yours. I’m glad you didn’t paint them or anything. Wow – that bedroom is coming along quickly!

  14. Iomay says:

    They are gorgeous and such a steal!

  15. Meagan says:

    THEY ARE GOOOORGEOUS!!!!!!!!! You guys have found so many great things through that ksl website! I wish Tallahassee had something as cool as that! Craigslist is always sketchy. The color of that wood is soooo incredibly RICH, like the $$$ kind of rich. Holy cow. They are perfect for that space too. Love the contrast brown. definitely need some coasters for drinks! Don’t want to get any water marks on those puppies!

  16. amy w says:

    beautiful and a STEAL!!! holy cow- great find!

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  18. what a fabulous find!! love the style and look, just perfect for your room!

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