Corey & I have bought some furniture before, mostly off Craigslist. Almost all of what we have is free hand-me-downs. Up until this point what we've bought has always been something I knew we'd resell/repurpose/relegate to the basement in a few years. I didn't want to spend lots of money on furniture while we lived in an apartment. For example we bought a used futon & a kitchen cart. Both will probably end up in the basement once we redo the kitchen and buy a real couch.
Besides our king sized bed & matching nightstands, this is our first piece of Real Furniture. It is a buffet that will go in the dining room once we redo the kitchen, but for now is in the living room (where I'd like a fireplace to go one day).
It is made of real wood and was refinished locally. I do need to sand down the tops of the doors though because they keep getting stuck.
|Underneath are frames for a gallery wall I want to do in the living room
Right now it is overloaded with decorate-y details, but once we get the hooks & bench built all that stuff will spread out. The giant silver thing is our ice maker.
I love the wood top the best! It stands out against the painted bottom and is so gorgeous. With our unpainted wood trim and future wood floors I have to be careful with wood furniture. I don't want the house to start feeling too dark & heavy. I'd rather showcase some wood and have it stand out.
As for how we filled it, I'll show you. The top left drawer has plastic kid dishes for when my nieces & nephews come over:
The right drawer has serving silverware and extra regular silverware:
The bottom left cabinet has a drink dispenser & some raspberry jam (our pantry didn't have enough room for the double batch). The door was stuck so I couldn't get a shot.
The bottom middle cabinet has serving platters & bowls and extra glassware (I can't wait to have a bigger kitchen!):
The bottom right cabinet has a coffee dispenser for parties & a wine holder for picnics. Again the door was stuck so no picture.
It is so much fun to furnish & organize the house!