Brass Etagere Score

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I have always been so enamored with brass etageres. I used to search the web for hours picking out my favorite one. It was always this beautiful, but out of budget, Worcester from Arteriors. We were almost ready to pull the trigger on this lucite and brass etagere from Jonathan Adler until we realized it was much too short. The space we needed to fill in our bedroom is quite long and very tall so the piece had to fit a few requirements. Back to the drawing board. It had been about a year of searching for an etagere with the right look, size, and price. I pride myself on my ability to find the perfect piece at the right price but sometimes you just have to know when to throw the towel in.

About a year later I was chatting with my friend Sally who told me I had to check out Scout Design Studio. I instantly followed them on Instagram and became obsessed with their daily posts. Everything they received or posted about was perfect. From bar carts to chairs, to tables and rugs, it was all amazing. I decided to take a trip into the store and was instantly pleased. I took a walk around the store and stopped at a brass etagere. The poor thing looked straight out of the 70’s (and in the worst way possible) but it had potential. Through all the dust and wood I definitely saw its potential. It was also the exact measurements I had been looking for a year before. Totally serendipitous.  Since it was a piece in need of TLC or a definite make-over the sweet owner told me he would sell it to me for $150. I swear I couldn’t believe my ears. Even if I hated the piece I could find it in my heart to love anything for $150! Never in my wildest dreams did I believe I could find an etagere for that price. Better news was yet to come – they would take off the wood and paint the etagere right there in the store. I debated with doing a really cool lacquer color on top but ended up doing a gold that would match the brass. I was in designer heaven!

Two weeks later the piece arrived at my front door. I was both nervous and excited to see what the outcome of my total transformation would be. Total shock! Not only had they matched the gold paint but you couldn’t even tell it was paint! I was blown away by their ability to completely make this piece look new. I am so excited to start styling the piece (that post to follow) but for now I am basking in my incredible find! I guess patience does pay off in the end!

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