Our dining room was nearly empty for the longest time. We purchased our dining room table set (holy splurge, batman) when we first bought the house but other than that it was completely empty. We looked at purchasing the matching hutch from the same company but it wasn't my favourite and I didn't want the room looking too matchy matchy. We went to every single furniture store in town and I just couldn't rationalize spending $3000 on a dining hutch that was "mostly" wood. We looked at one in particular that was solid wood except for the particle board backing. Um, no thanks. We went to another store where they tried to sell us a cabinet in a white finish when they didn't even have a sample of their white finish and were never going to be able to get one. Everything was crap.
One weekend Alex and I headed to Toronto on a little furniture shopping adventure. We headed to a few of my favourite stores at the time and one of them happened to be Flik and Company.
|Flik and Company - Toronto|
|Flik and Company - Toronto|
We took a look around and I was a wee bit disappointed. It seemed that everything was painted in their signature paint colour: Robin's Egg Blue. The pieces were beautiful but I'm a white-lovin' gal. I wanted a dining room piece in white. As we were leaving the store we struck up a conversation with the store owner and ended up chatting for quite some time. We chatted about cottage-y furniture shops, where to find white stuff, and our adoption experiences. We were so excited because we had just started the adoption process at the time and the owners had already adopted a little girl and were in the process of adopting a sibling. As we were standing there chatting I noticed a white cabinet almost hidden behind an over sized desk. At first they (jokingly) said I wasn't even allowed to look at it since they were saving it to put in their house. I took a peek and knew it was perfect. Not too big, not too small. Creamy white paint and exposed barn wood. Horizontal boards. Chunky. Distressed. I was in love.
The only problem was that there was no way we would be able to fit the cabinet in our Pathfinder. We called about a million places in Toronto trying to see if we could rent a vehicle but it was nearing the end of the day and all of the shops were closing, including Flik and Company. Finally we decided that we would pay a deposit, leave the cabinet there (gasp!) and drive to pick it up the following weekend. The store owner was super accommodating. I think he felt sorry for me once I told him where I lived and that there were no good stores there. He agreed to meet us at his store the following Sunday (even though their store was closed that day, sweet huh?).
That week we shopped around trying to find a rental truck or van that would accommodate the width of the cabinet. It was freakin' impossible! Alex was getting a bit frustrated and even told me he thought that buying the cabinet was a huge mistake.
NOOOOOOO! It was not a mistake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Finally, we ended up renting a ginormous gas-guzzling man-truck. We felt really silly driving around in it.
The cabinet was so heavy that when we got home at midnight we had to call my dad to come and help Alex lift it out of the truck and into the dining room.
Long story short, we finally have another piece of furniture in our dining room. I'm still working on styling it, though. It's only been over a year. I'm so slow!