Y’all, I still don’t have the walls in my music room finished, and I’m so frustrated with how things aren’t progressing right now. I’ve spent the last six days sitting in bed and trying not to move because of debilitating nerve pain in my back, neck, right shoulder, and right arm. I’ve had pinched nerves before. In fact, with all of the work I do, it’s kind of a regular occurrence (maybe six times a year). But while it’s always painful, in the past it has been more of an annoyance than anything, and it always seems to work itself out as I start my day and begin working on projects.
But this time was different. I’ve never in my life experienced debilitating pain like this. Pain that brings you to your knees if you move the wrong way. Pain that keeps you on the verge of tears all day long, and actually turns you into a sobbing, bawling mess in the early hours of the morning because you just can’t find relief. Pain that won’t let up no matter how many positions you try to lie, sit, or stand in. Pain that keeps you awake all night, night after night after night. I kept thinking it would work itself out, just like all the other times, but it just wasn’t. So after four nights with no sleep, I finally made an appointment yesterday with the chiropractor. Let’s just say that I’m now a HUGE believer in chiropractic and acupuncture. I actually slept through the whole night last night for the first time since last Tuesday night, and this morning I feel mostly muscle soreness, but the nerve pain is almost gone. Not completely, but almost.
All of that to say that I’ve gotten nothing done over the last week. But I did manage to make one change. Let’s just say that the Pier 1 credenza didn’t make the cut.
I was so excited about that credenza, but then it arrived without legs. So every time I walked through the living room, I’d have to look at that squatty, legless box sitting in my entryway, and it frustrated the heck out of me. And then (perhaps in part due to my pinched nerve pain) I just became so frustrated with it that I didn’t even want to look at it anymore. I didn’t want to deal with it at all.
So I went on the hunt online for something else. Something local. Something that I could buy and bring home with me immediately and not have to wait two weeks to see if all of the parts would actually make it to my front door.
And I finally found something on Craigslist. It’s completely different from the Pier 1 credenza, but I love it. As soon as I saw the picture, I knew I had to have it.
The good news is that I actually think this fits my style better anyway. I really, really loved this design on the upper drawers…
…and I really like the legs. Yay for legs! I also think that this one complements the style of my piano much better than the one from Pier 1.
And my favorite thing of all is the length. This thing is six feet long! With the other options, they were so narrow that I couldn’t use table lamps and still have room enough in the middle for artwork. So my lighting options with the other credenzas were either pendant lights or sconces. But this thing is so long that I can have lamps (I pulled these out to test out the lamp option)…
…and still have plenty of room for a large piece of artwork that I have my heart set on, which might look something like this Photoshopped mock up…
And because it’s so wide, I don’t feel compelled to flank it with chairs just to make the whole arrangement feel more substantial, which of course, saves me time and money.
The bad news is that this credenza — the one that I knew I had to have immediately when I saw the picture — came from one of those stores where the owners buy up a bunch of old furniture, slap a coat or two of white Chalk Paint on everything, and call it good. Paint runs and drips? They don’t care. Wood veneer damage? They call it character, because that’s so much easier than actually fixing it. Drawers won’t open or close? Meh…minor details. Just slap a coat of Chalk Paint on it, mark the price up 300%, and get the thing out the door as quickly as possible.
Ugh. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I loathe Chalk Paint and the whole mentality that seems to accompany its use. (Oh wait! Yes I can! I did that here! 😀 )
So now I’ve got this piece that I spent way too much on (but still a fraction of the cost of the Pier 1 credenza) because they “refinished” it , and now I need to refinish it. 😀 There really are drips and runs all over, there’s wood veneer damage on the top that really should be fixed, and the stained top doesn’t even have any kind of clear coat on it, so anything I set on there leaves behind a chalky residue that’s impossible to clean off (kind of like when you rub your hand across a wall that’s painted with flat black paint). And the distressing they did makes me twitchy. Or maybe that was my pinched nerve. Either way, the thing needs work, but I love the style of it, the details on it and the fact that it has legs, so I think I’ll be much happier this one.
In other news, the contractor and project manager are coming by on Wednesday morning to do the walkthrough for my garage-to-studio conversion and get all of the details nailed down. I’m excited!