To start at the beginning, 42 years ago we got married and my mother-in-law let us borrow a bed. We had a small dresser from somewhere and a bench where we piled clothes. We used our first income tax refund check to visit Value City Furniture and came home with a bedroom set from the ad, a full size bed, two dressers (one with the infamous hutch style mirror of the 1970's) and two nightstands. We returned her bed.
About two years later my grandmother passed away and, since we are the family that remained in town, we were the recipients of all the furniture that no one else wanted. At the same time my husband's co-worker experienced a horrible house fire so we gifted him our Value City bedroom set, along with mismatched living room furniture, etc.
For our master, I moved in the four poster maple bed that I used since I was a little girl that was in her guest room. I used the vanity above as my night stand, a pine dresser from the 20's that was my great aunt's for my dresser, an oak dresser that was my grandmother's for my husband and his night stand is a walnut dresser with 4 drawers on the bottom, two sets of small drawers on either side of the pedestal mirror on top. This one is from the late 1890's. You may notice a trend of mismatched woods. I never followed through on refinishing anything so three of the pieces do almost match since the varnish has turned black. The room is not large and it is like sleeping in a thrift shop with the walls lined with furniture.
April 2018. No more! I want to live like a grownup!
For our #RetireeRoadTrip for April, we went to the furniture store! It is the same store where we ordered our Amish made dining room set. Unfortunately the Weaver family who built our wonderful table and chairs do not make bedroom sets. But the Miller family does!
The Millers handcraft two basic bedroom sets with a few variations. They will custom size whatever you want. There are over 20 stains you can choose from, too. This was the first set. Very pretty. Very well made. Everything is solid wood with metal slides for self closing drawers that latch in place. This set had a smaller dresser and the night stands had a shelf for people with less clutter.
The furniture is so heavy that you can barely move it. It will last a lifetime! The tall dresser is on the right and the width was slightly smaller than the second choice.
The style was a bit like mission with the frame of the dresser extending out from the drawers. There is also a space underneath that I could fill with clutter. (We all know that will happen.)
TA DA. This is the most beautiful bedroom set ever! Winner Winner Chicken Dinner! Let me show you around.
In love with the bed. Shown is a Queen size. Unfortunately, after measuring every inch with our handy tape measure, returning home and mapping it all out on my graph paper, it just would not fit. Our lovely salesperson Holly called the Millers and got us the exact measurements for a full size and that is what we ordered.
Mr Merry's tall dresser. And I mean tall. It is almost six feet tall and was part of the problem. It would not work in front of a window! Very deep drawers.
And this is Miss Merry's very tall double dresser with lots of great drawer space. I had to order it without the mirror since that made it almost 7 feet tall. It just fits under my side window which is a little shorter than the other. Thank goodness I am not getting the mirror since it obviously adds at least 50 pounds to my reflection. (It is all the mirrors fault, right?) And I think it might be tall enough that I could not see myself in the attached mirror anyway.
Not only do the night stands have drawers, but they are much wider than my cell phone camera shows. We are using them for clothing.
Another bonus is the bottom aprons on the dressers and stands are very low to the floor. This will prevent a certain someone from piling things underneath.
We looked at all the finishes, but we love the one on the floor model. It is called "Michael" (it is a medium oak with not as much red in it as my camera shows). Our oldest son is Michael, so I know I made the right choice. The Millers say it will be ten weeks to build it, but I am hoping it is here by September. If it does come sooner, it will be a wonderful bonus.
So - since we have several weeks, I got right to work. The new furniture inspired me. First I emptied my closet and drawers, getting rid of at least half my clothes. I donated all my business/work clothes and was ruthless with my comfortable, knock around the houses stuff. I also scaled down my sock and scarf collection and a few other items. All those shoes that I bought because they were cute and I could almost squeeze my feet inside were donated.
I am helping my youngest daughter update her resume this afternoon and then we are off to the hardware superstore for electrical supplies, wall repair supplies and new interior doors for my entire hallway to replace the worn out, horrible builders hollow doors we have lived with since January 1978. This project has really snowballed with my fulltime husband/handyman ready to go after being trapped inside all winter.
I have an unhealthy emotional attachment to all my family treasures which is why it has taken this long to let go. My oldest granddaughter, who is a mature eight years old, is taking the vanity; her mother is an expert refinisher. My middle son's second child will be moved from his crib to the four poster. I am keeping my great aunt's 1920's bedroom set; the other pieces are scattered around the house and I am putting it all together in my guest room. The other two dressers will be emptied and put up for bids on our secret family facebook page. I heard my nephew is moving to a larger apartment, so if none of my children want them, I will offer them to him next. The next issue is my grandparents art collection which currently covers the walls like a kindergarten bulletin board. The majority aren't even my taste, I don't know much about them, but I have a large number of signed watercolors and prints with pencil signatures. I guess I will start offering them to my children and hope they find good homes.
All in all, the April #RetireeRoadTrip has turned into an expensive outing!