Last Updated on October 6, 2017 by Kristi Linauer
It looks like I’ll be stuck reupholstering the sofa myself now, because I opted to get a new credenza for the entryway instead.
Okay, I know I’m taking some liberties calling this a credenza. It’s actually this Cooper Pecan Brown Dresser from Pier 1.
But it’s going in an entryway, so you’ll have to indulge me. I’m calling it a credenza. 🙂
Anyway, I was so excited to get the phone call from Pier 1 yesterday telling me that my new furniture had arrived and was ready for pickup. After all, this was my birthday present and yesterday was my birthday, so it was perfect timing. And of course, I called my brother and pulled the whole, “It’s my birthday, so will you do me a huge birthday favor and go pick it up and bring it to my house?” thing and had him go pick it up for me. 😀 (Sisters can do that on birthdays, right?)
So he went and picked it up and brought it to my house, where we loaded it up on the dolly, dragged it up the front porch steps, struggled with getting it inside the door (it was big, bulky, and way heavier than I had anticipated), got it in the entyrway, unboxed it, cut away all of the packaging, sat it up, and this is what my new credenza looks like…
It’s missing something, right? Oh yes…legs. It has no legs. We searched and searched through every bit of packaging, through all of the drawers, and all over the back and bottom of the credenza (thinking they might be taped onto the body somewhere), and there were no legs. Everything else was great and just as pictured on the website. But I can’t have a credenza with no legs.
So I called Pier 1 and told them that I was missing the legs, and the guy says, “Oh, I’m sorry about that! But we can help you. Just bring that one back and we’ll get another one ordered for you.”
What the….?! Just bring that one back?
I said, “Ummm…that’s NOT going to happen. There’s no way I’m bringing this thing back. It’s big, bulky, and VERY heavy. We’ve already unboxed it and removed all of the packaging. I can assure you that I’m not bringing it back.”
And he sounded genuinely stunned that I wouldn’t just pick this thing up, toss it into the trunk of my car and bring it back to the store for an exchange.
I said, “I’m keeping THIS dresser. You can order a new one and give me the legs from it when it arrives. It’ll be the same thing. Either way, you’ll be left with a defective dresser and I’ll get all of the parts I paid for. But I’m not bringing this back.”
Then finally he said he had to put me on hold to talk to his manager.
He finally came back to the phone and took my name, number, and address, and said the manager would contact me this morning to figure out what needs to be done. *Sigh* If he/she tells me to bring this one back to the store, I’m going to scream. Hopefully we can get this resolved in a reasonable way.
Anyway, I really like the credenza. I did try out the other two options that I already had on hand, and they just didn’t do anything for me. The console table was way too curvy…
And the green credenza just looked too busy (and too small) for my taste…
The Pier 1 dresser is much more what I had in mind for the entryway with the clean lines and larger size (or at least it will be once it has legs), and the antique brass metal details sold me on the piece. I envision a large, colorful piece of artwork above it…
(I borrowed the painting above from artist Rebecca Cabasa.)
And possibly some wall sconces or pendant lights. I definitely have plenty of room for sconces, so that’s probably the direction I’ll go. Although I do love the idea of pendant lights in the entryway. It’s a less predictable and more unusual option, which I like. So we’ll see.
I also snapped this picture this morning. I’m trying to get more pictures showing how the rooms of my house flow together. I know I’ve shared the floor plan over and over and over again, but I rarely show actual pictures of two or more rooms together. I’m trying to get better at that (and will be sharing even more on my Instagram account, which you can follow here). So this is the entryway wall, the music room wall, the opening into the hallway, and the hall bathroom. The hallway doesn’t have a ceiling light yet, so it’s always dark, and I didn’t even think to turn the bathroom light on. I’ll try to do better next time. 🙂
Hopefully I can get the legs for the credenza soon…without having to pack this thing up and return it. In the meantime, I’m going to keep an eye out for some awesome and colorful artwork inspiration, and see if I can find some wall sconces or pendant lights that might work in the entryway.
UPDATE: I just spoke with the manager, and she was VERY nice and accommodating. She had already called the distribution center to see if they would look for the legs (they have to be somewhere!) and if they can’t find them today, she’s going to order another dresser and give me the legs from it once it arrives. Unfortunately, this isn’t a product they carry in the local store here, which is why I ordered it online in the first place. But either way, they legs are coming, and no one is expecting me to lug this heavy thing back to the store. 🙂
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