I had a picture in my head (y'all know this never ends well), and had visited several retail establishments in town and online searching for an option. The options generally fell into one of two camps--too expensive and too modern--though many also fell into the 'cheap, fake wood' camp, an option shared by both the expensive and modern dressers, though those descriptions also apply to real, solid wood dressers, too. My mom and I visited a used-furniture store where I mused that perhaps I could find something like the picture in my head and paint it. She pointed out that the picture in my head might be too ornate to paint. She was probably right.
Monday, I popped into another used-furniture store right as they were closing and asked about dressers. The lady didn't have anything like what I described, but commented that if I was willing to paint, I should "check out Uncle RayJay's". Who? Where? Uncle RayJay's, it turns out, is a relatively new used furniture/appliance shop in town that seems to deal a lot in solid wood used furniture. I had time, and it was kind of on my way, so I drove over. And found this:
Also, it came with a mirror attached that won't fit in this room, but will be nice in some other room in our house. Oh, and we will be swapping out hardware, which works well because I think those four drawer pulls across the top two drawers will work really well in the library on our built-ins!
The best part? The entire dresser, plus delivery, cost us $130 (Uncle RayJay starts negotiating when you pull out cash). As I told J, the mirror alone would have cost that at our local big box hardware store, and the dresser would have been twice that at any other used furniture store in town.
So that's the story of how we've finished collecting furniture for the nursery! I think we'll end up with a basket or two for blankets and toys, as well as a small table and an ottoman for the reading corner, but it's so nice to have the big things out of the way! Next up for the nursery: painting!