Using a leftover piece of glazed linen (it was welting for client pillows), a piece of plywood I already had, and leftover foam from a headboard project, the only expense to this project was a couple of dollars in batting.
I also went looking for baskets to use under the bench a couple of weeks ago, and came up short. Friday, however, I hit Consignment Central and found this pair. They were exactly what I was looking for.
Because they were $12 each--pricey for consignment--I almost didn't buy them. Then I remembered that most of the baskets I had looked at (at Michael's, World Market, Target, Home Goods) were more expensive and less perfect! I'm thinking of giving them a dipped effect with either gold or silver rub n buff or spraypaint.
Kind of like these two combined:
both photos, Martha Stewart
This way my husband and I will have his-and-hers magazine bins, eliminating the conflict of who/when/how magazines get sorted and recycled.
Isn't it funny how we almost walk away from what we want because we are expecting a "better deal"? I also almost bought just one of the baskets, but the truth is, you should never split up a good pair!