Monday, August 17, 2009

Carted Off

It took a long time for the mother and I to agree on a cart for the kitchen. When we found one that we both liked, we were put off by two things: the countertop surface and the cost.

I was willing to forgo the cost objection. After several weeks of looking, I've concluded that these things just are not cheap. (Unless you're looking for a serving cart kind of thing. That you can get for $100-$150. that's NOT what we're looking for.) The problem is, I'm not entirely sure what we were looking for. But then we found the one we both liked. This one.

The deal-breaker ended up being its cherry laminate surface. And then, when we relented and I went to buy it anyway, it was backordered 'til the end of the century.

Then, the mother saw one she liked in a local store. Mind you, it was pretty, the price wasn't bad, but it was 54 INCHES LONG!!! (Our kitchen is roughly 8x10.) I was not caving to that one. We battled. Regularly.

But I'm nothing if not persistent. (Sometimes my stubborn streak isn't all bad.) I kept looking and lo and behold, the cart returneth to stock -- and at a REDUCED PRICE and with LOWER SHIPPING!

Well, that's way more than I can argue with. When I told the mother, she badgered me all weekend 'til I finally ordered it.

And get this? In the interim between the time that the counter surface was the deal breaker and the dramatically price-reduced cart returned to the Internet, I found a solution for the surface. Not sure if it's going to work, but I'm willing to give it a try. Stay tuned for details.


Gene said...

You (or you, under the guidance of the ever-patient Lawrence) should be able to remove the existing top and put your own on. It's likely it's held in place with some screws from underneath.

Debbie said...

I love it! That's awesome that you got a better deal too!

Gene said...

And don't tell the mother I said this, but wouldn't it look awesome if you popped out the louvers and put in bead board to match your cabinets?

NV said...

Gene -- You know it! And your second comment describes my Plan B!

Debbie -- I know. I LOVE when that happens!