If you’ve read any of my past posts on our frugality, you won’t be surprised to hear that I waited for a year to get the perfect coffee table. I’m a patient gal; I know what I want, and I’m willing to bide my time in order to get it for just the right price!
I’ve also realized that I’m a Costco-kind of girl – I like classy, good quality stuff at a low price (see what I did here, Costco?! And, for no material gain either!!). I knew the perfect coffee table was out there but I also knew that I would hate to pay full price for it! I checked our local Craig’s lists, but only particle wood, Ikea type tables were on sale. After all, who would willingly part with a beautiful hardwood coffee table. I also monitored all the usual suspects in department stores and got a shock looking at all the prices.
The coffee table we have been using so far is a joke; it is way too small and slender for my liking; it looks more like a kids’ table than anything else. The reason I hadn’t changed it earlier was because I knew that with small kids, there would be plenty of dings, scratches and scribbles for the table (and I) to suffer through, but now the time was ripe for an upgrade!
Of course, I knew all along where I would get my perfect coffee table; made right in our own garage! You see, The Husband is one super handyman. He’s the guy who scoffs at the delivery and installation offers for major appliances, who unclogs our drains, who laid all the wooden flooring of our bedrooms, and who makes me custom shelving where I ask for it! However, he put his foot down at my plea to make me a coffee table because he had just started a new job and “simply had no time!”
Oh yeah?! I strategized and craftily made my plans. A few well-placed emails over time with images of coffee tables made of compressed wood and with the hefty price tag displayed was all it took. The Husband finally got fed up with my
whining hinting suggestions, WTF’ed, sneered at these poor specimens, and one glorious weekend saw us in the lumbar section of Home Depot, choosing beautiful planks for solid pine wood with which we would craft our table. I had agreed that The Husband would build while I would stain the table a rich Epresso tint. It took three weekends to finish, but it’s finally done and I absolutely adore it!
Some things are definitely worth waiting for!!