Everywhere I look, bloggers and DIYers have fantastic luck with Craigslist. Truth be told, it is a resource that I rarely turn to because I never have much luck. The listings for Maine are difficult to sift through because the state is so large and very few of the listings are within an hour’s drive of me. But, my luck turned when I was recently scouring the site for a second-hand dresser to use in our nursery.
I was looking for a long dresser with 6 – 8 drawers that would serve as storage and a changing table. I was also looking for something that I could easily refinish. After a few days of checking (I found that you really need to look every day because new listings are added quickly) I found just what I was looking for, and it was in relatively-nearby Bangor, Maine…
Although Chris claims that it looked like it could have been in our parents’ bedroom in the 70s, I happen to think that the clean lines will give it that retro-modern look once it is all fixed up. Chris also thought I should have only paid $10 for it (it was actually $50!), but I argued that a solid wood dresser is actually rather hard to come by, especially one with drawers that work smoothly. Here’s hoping my vision proves him wrong.
Let’s get back to my Craigslist experience for a moment. I was lucky that I was dealing with a guy who communicated quickly by email and was nice, honest and reasonable. I sent an initial email to him asking if the dresser was still available. Once he responded that it was, I immediately Googled his name to see who this guy was. His MySpace page came up with a profile that said he was married and a proud father. I figured he was OK. He was moving, so he wanted to get rid of this thing pronto.
I told Chris that he had to come along to look at the dresser, not for his opinion, of course, but for safety purposes. But then I ended up with some time to spare when I was in Bangor one afternoon and decided to call and check on the dresser myself. I did a few drivebys and the house looked okay and it was in a busy neighborhood, so I stopped. I quickly left Chris a voicemail with the name of the guy, the address, and the time that I arrived (just in case, you know?!) As it turns out, the guy couldn’t have been nicer, his daughter was adorable and his parents (who were there to help him move) were very kind. I explained that I couldn’t do any heavy lifting, so the guy and his dad loaded it into our SUV. They might have dropped it once, but who’s counting?
The dresser is now living in our guest bedroom until I can spend some time refinishing it. There will be a few challenges (namely this corner, which I think happened when they dropped it, but I can’t be sure)…
Nothing some sturdy wood filler/putty can’t handle, right?
We picked out a paint color for the dresser this week, so soon it will be Dandelion Wish from Valspar. Please ignore how orange it looks on the screen. It really is yellow and it matches the fabric we picked out perfectly!And soon this big piece will be in the nursery and storing adorable baby boy clothes. (Yes, this is my excuse to give you a shot of the newborn Red Sox baseball cap, which was our first little boy purchase!)
Can’t wait to show you our finished project. Have you had luck with Craigslist or do you find it frustrating? Tell it all!