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  • Flea Market Finds- Bedside Table & Pendant Light

    In between Design Consultations, I made a quick trip over to my favorite flea market today.

    I had two things in mind, while I scurried up and down the aisles.
    My eyes quickly shifted, side to side, scanning each over-flowing, junk-filled booth, in record time.

    The first item I was on the look out for was an inexpensive light fixture for my Reading Room.

    I’ve always pictured something kind of whimsical in the Reading Room, because it is such a fun little space.

    I rounded a corner and spotted this retro pendant light fixture, hanging from a tall, bamboo etagere:

    I know, I know. It needs some work. But it was only $6.00, and I think it’s got lots of potential! Imagine the metal “finial” part spray painted a dark brown color, and the shade replaced with a semi-sheer white fabric. Some interesting trim, around the top and bottom edge…can you see it? Lastly, I’ll switch the regular-shaped light bulb, to a chandelier shaped bulb and voila! Instant whimsy!

    We’re installing a beadboard ceiling in this room, and I’m going to paint it the same light blue that my Kitchen is painted. Then we’ll install white crown moulding and it’ll be the cutest little ceiling in the whole house! :-)

    I also saw an INCREDIBLE mirror for $39.99 that would work above this table in the Reading Room:

    I’m going to think about it for a couple of days, and in the meantime, tape the shape of the mirror onto the wall with painters tape. Live with it’s “invisible twin” for a few days. Just to make sure. $39.99 is a little out of my price range, and they don’t accept returns at this particular flea market.

    The other item I was searching for was a bedside table for the Guest Bedroom.

    I knew how high it needed to be. (Three inches below my jeans pocket)
    I knew how wide it needed to be. (Two and a half Ugg boot lengths)

    I looked at nightstand after nightstand. Table after table.
    None of them measured three inches below my jeans pocket, by two and a half Ugg boots wide. Many of them were too low, some of them were way too high.
    Most were too expensive, and a few were just downright ugly.

    Then I happened upon this dainty fella:

    I was immediately sucked over to it. Like a giant magnet was pulling my body towards it and there wasn’t anything I could do about it. :-)

    The fact that it’s slightly triangular in shape and the bottom is open, makes it perfect for this small room. Less legs = less floor space, and it’s visually lighter because it’s not a solid piece with drawers all the way down the front of it.

    I’m not sure what color it’ll be re-painted yet. Could be blue, could be white, could be sand. Choices, choices. :-)

    It’ll look so nice with a pretty drape behind it, and a lamp sitting on top of it. Maybe a couple of blue-spined books, and a small silver clock. Oh, and a Good Jar, of course. :-)

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