Our apartment is spacious by New York standards. The bathroom, though? Totally suffers from tiny bathroom syndrome. The only storage is in a small vanity and medicine cabinet, leaving me with little room for cosmetics.
In our last apartment, my make-up collection lived in a wonderful Pax wardrobe organizer drawer. It was seriously the best; everything had a place, and I could find things quickly. When we moved, however, we left it behind. We weren’t positive it’d survive the move, and I wasn’t sure I really wanted it in the new bedroom.
So this winter I trawled Craigslist for a desk to use as a vanity. I tried a few keywords: campaign, faux bamboo, mirrored. After a few weeks, I found a cross-post from a vintage dealer on Etsy, based in Brooklyn. It was a faux bamboo desk for $150. Sold.
Well, when it was delivered to our curb, I will admit it looked like a piece of junk I wouldn’t pay more than $40 for at a garage sale. There was major water damage on the top, and the off-white finish had yellowed to a very gross level. But here’s the deal: we live in the city. We don’t own a car. So getting out to the burbs where there are deals to be had on all sorts of wonderful things (as long as you hit the sales every. single. week.), is pretty impractical. So I pay a premium for junk because it’s hard to get it otherwise. And I’ve never bought a huge piece of furniture from the Antiques Garage in Chelsea (where there are still some deals to be had) because frankly, I have no idea how I’d get it home!
Plus, there is primer and paint, which forgives all sorts of ills. I used Chantilly Lace in a semi-gloss from the BM Advance line, the same paint I’m using on trim in our apartment. White paint works miracles, but I’m not quite finished. I’d like to get a piece of mirror cut for the top–I’ve strategically used a tray to hide the major water damage for now. And I need to find a bench or chair. The mirror also feels tiny; I painted a mirror I already had, but I’d like to get something more substantial.
I’m working on organizing the drawers still, but the difference already is enormous. Huzzah for storage.