Well, it sure wasn’t mellow when I started, but it is now!
It seems like every day I fall in love with a new item of furniture. Fortunately I have no issue selling off the old to make room for the new, both in the house AND the bank account! The other day my fabulous find was actually from someone’s GARBAGE, and yesterday it was for the fabulous price of $11… I kid you not.
With the kids at my mom’s and a cup of coffee next to me, I spent my afternoon taking a mid-century dresser from this:
For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a desk in our family room. A number of different ones have rotated in and out, usually because I refinish and sell them. Most recently, this one has been tucked in the corner and was supposed to be my blogging space…
But, as I explained in this post, I often don’t sit at the desk to write because it turns my back to the kids – NOT GOOD. So, I end up sitting at the dining room table or in the comfy arm chair in the family room with my refinished tv table…
Annnnnnnyhoo… I finally decided that maybe having a desk in here wasn’t working at all. It was just a junk collector and I always had to take the chair away from it anyway because Ella was CONSTANTLY climbing on it and getting into everything.
So after much debate I came to the conclusion that the desk was wasting space and should just go. I figured that since I write at the table or in the chair, what I really needed was some storage for all my crafty goodness, paint, TWINE, BURLAP, glue gun and all the other bits and pieces that I use each day. I spent an absolutely LOVELY afternoon painting and watching
I used “Yellow Lotus” by Benjamin Moore on the exterior and Annie Sloan’s “Old White” on the drawers. It’s just so soft and buttery… I just love the lightness it brings to the room – especially after having such a dark and heavy desk there for so long.
I initially thought about doing something funky with it…
LOVE the idea of papering the drawers!
I love how it turned out, and not only does it look amazing in our family room, it also gives me a space to display a few items that I don’t want my little monkeys getting at!! YAY! It made me realize that we have very little vertical interest in here… something new to focus on and make a point of introducing… we don’t have particularly high ceilings so I think it would be smart to work at drawing the eye upwards.
Oh and did I mention that painting it yellow means I have a whole new colour to start bringing into the room? Hmmmm… better start shopping!