We'll start with the phone call.
I knew it wasn't going to be cheap, but considering we were only going to be papering a wall 8' high and 15' wide, I didn't think it would break the bank. I thought we'd spend approximately $300 plus materials (good wallpapers don't come 'pre-glued' anymore).
The price for the wallpaper above was $160 per double roll. We would need three double rolls. We're looking at $480 plus taxes and supplies. Not what I had intended to spend on one wall considering we'll be selling again in spring.
I asked if this was a high end wallpaper, just to get an idea if this was a 'normal' price. Nope, not high end...just your average, middle-of-the-road paper....for almost $500.
I asked if they could order Imperial Trellis from Schumacher, and if so, what the price would be. They said they would make a call to a distributor in Montreal and get back to me.
They called me today with the price. It shouldn't have come as a surprise considering a small pillow with Imperial Trellis fabric will run you $100. But there was still an element of sticker shock when the Randall's staff told me it was $290 per single roll....and you can't buy a single roll, nor a double roll of this beautiful paper. You have to buy a TRIPLE roll for $870. And I would need two triple rolls. *shudder*
|*sob* It just wasn't meant to be :(|
The email was from Ridalco - a company that specializes in made-to-order stainless steel, brass, copper, aluminum and steel fixtures. They make everything from floating shelves to pet grooming sinks. I requested a quote from them as they had built the two floating shelves showcased in Ottawa Magazine (pictured in a previous post) and I was looking for something similar for our kitchen.
I requested a quote online on Sunday night, and by Monday at 2 p.m., I already had a response. Josh warned me it would be expensive and I agreed that it probably would be. Again, I underestimated how expensive it would be. I had pegged it at $150-$200 per shelf. The quote was $395 per shelf plus taxes. I didn't intend on spending $900 for two 32" x 7" shelves.
Now, I'm not the type of person who wants something for nothing. I understand that custom-made stainless steel shelves are going to cost a lot more than a pair of Made-in-China 'Lack' shelves from Ikea. It was just a surprise to find that custom-made would be 20x the price. I wish there was some middle ground somewhere between $19.99 and $395.
So instead of papering, we'll be picking up our paint brushes. And instead of custom stainless steel shelves, we'll fight the crowds at Ikea on a Saturday. And in the end, I'm sure the condo will be almost perfect regardless.