|courtesy of folks who call themselves Marguerite and Sean, who apparently got married in March. I hope they have many years of happiness.|
(Kirby here: he did not even know what Pottery Barn was six months ago. Now it's like he invented it.)
When I first started building stuff for the shop, Kirb showed me the Pottery Barn catalog and we picked out some stuff that I could emulate with some pallets that I found at work.
(Kirby again: "found" in a place where they keep scrap wood for recycling into mulch. I am not sure that they get any money for it or whether they pay to have it hauled away. We'll pretend we're saving the company money, shall we?)
About six months ago, Kirb pointed out that the hot trend was the industrial look, and asked if there were any metal tables not being used at work. I said yes, but they are all inventoried and there's no way one could just find its way into the back of the station wagon. (Kirby: we have a 1995 Volvo station wagon that we haul crap in. It has no air conditioning and hasn't been washed in forever and we can't move the driver's seat forward, so I am perched on the edge when I drive it, but it will fit a sheet of drywall between the wheel well, which is apparently the one saving grace. It is a hideous thing.) But I kept my eyes open, hoping to find something that would work as "industrial."
This summer, I went to an auction (Kirby: read about that here) and they had multiple tables up for sale in one lot and buying three at a time seemed like a good idea, so that's what I did. I dragged them home and asked for advice. This is how the conversation went:
Me: I got three of these tables on wheels and two without. What should I do with them?
Kirby: Just put them in the carport until we figure it out.
Me: I mean what are we going to do to them to sell them.
Kirby: I don't know.
Me: I bought them because you said industrial was hot.
Kirby: It is.
Me: Can I just take them down like they are?
Kirby: No...the top is crappy.
Me: So I need to replace the top?
Kirby: Yes. That's just particle board.
Me: So what do you want me to replace it with?
Kirby: I don't know. What do you have?
Me: Cherry and oak.
Kirby: Hmmm...I don't know.
The story here is that while she knows what people want, she doesn't know what she wants.
I ended up using some old pallet wood, because I had it on hand.
(Kirby: It does look a lot better than the tabletops he wanted to use.)
These are some of the carts we used as inspiration:
A Zuo Modern Mission piece
A renewal piece from Chicago
And a handmade piece
(Kirby: I have to do these links for him because he's totally helpless that way.)
What I like best about this piece is that Kirby says we can make some money.
Parties: Jennifer Rizzo's