Showing posts with label bedroom. Show all posts
Showing posts with label bedroom. Show all posts

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Bedroom switcharoo

I hinted earlier in the week that an innocent trip to IKEA caused a whole lot of moving, painting, and shaking around the roost. Our bedroom and office/craft room have been in a state of upheaval for most of the week, but the bedroom is finally starting to take shape.

Let’s take a look at the bedroom before:

Note how low the TV is. You can’t see it, but the TV is sitting on an old school desk I used as a TV stand during my grad school days and for most of our marriage. The cubby in front was perfect for holding the DVD player. I liked this arrangement quite well until my parents gifted us a super comfy pillow top mattress. The new mattress raised the bed a good six inches, blocking part of the TV screen. Another downside to the school desk was that is lacked storage, something we needed much more of in our little bedroom.

Here’s my side of the bed and nightstand:

Now for some after photo fun!

We moved the school desk into the office (more on that next week) and replaced it with my nightstand.

This gave us the extra storage space we needed. To fix the height problem, we purchased a pine nightstand at IKEA for $14.99. Three coats of Zinsser primer and two coats of American Accents semi-gloss white paint later, and we used it as a topper for my old nightstand.

I still have to do some cord wrangling and concealing, but I’m much happier with the new look. I also need to figure out new artwork for over the TV, and attempt anything that might possibly hide the ugly HD antenna us over-the-air TV folks need. Anyone know if you can paint those suckers?

Since I was now nightstand-less, we moved another piece of furniture from the office into the bedroom.

This antique marble-topped washstand came from my Granddad’s estate. It took a lot of wrangling, but by moving Brad’s dresser and the bed over as far as they would go; we were able to squeeze in the washstand.

I love the way the wood picks up the colors in the bamboo blinds and the brown storage box on the night stand.

I also like that my nightstand and Brad’s dresser are now much closer in height. The only thing that bugs me is that the bed is no longer centered under the window. But, when you live in a tiny cottage, you get used to little quirks like that!

Have you done any furniture switching lately?


Wednesday, June 2, 2010

A new look for a little nook

Remember this hot mess?

I’m happy to say it has a whole new look that didn’t cost a penny. It just took some creative rearranging, a little purging of unneeded items (why was I keeping a lip pencil bought out of guilt at a makeup party freshmen year of college? I have no idea), and putting some pretty birthday gifts to use.

Although this nook is super tiny, about four foot by four foot with a seven foot ceiling, it needed to multitask big time. The dresser had to stay, because there is simply no other place in our bedroom to put it. My other requirements were a place to store hair care items, makeup, skin care products, medicine, jewelry, accessories, and my most worn shoes. On top of that, it needed to provide a place to hang up an outfit or two because I’m one of those annoying people who must lay out her outfit the night before – not out of any neat-freakness, but out of the joy of sleeping in ten extra minutes.

My first step was to move the ugly plastic bin beside the dresser. I got rid of a lot of the junk stored in there, and managed to squeeze it into our tiny closet. With the bin gone, I was able to center the dresser in the nook. It instantly felt less cluttered!

Next, I took everything off the top of the dresser and pretty ruthlessly said goodbye to many outdated beauty products and accessories. I decided if it didn’t fit in my train case or basket it had to go.

I also decided to continue to use my pretty blue pail as an easy way to corral all my brushes and styling tools.

My birthday ceramic egg crate holds pins and earrings.

Necklaces and bracelets went into my newly created jewelry organizer.

My parents gave me this vintage plant hanger for my birthday and it’s perfect for holding a few hangers worth of clothing.

A hobnail vase that reminds me of coral is just the right size to hold bobby pins.

After I moved the dresser, I decided I liked the off-centered look of the mirror, so I quickly threw together a tiny nautical shadowbox to add balance. Tutorial coming soon!

I love that this little space is so hardworking, but I still have one little conundrum – how to light it.

I’ve been using this clip on light (it's hiding right behind the blue pail) for years because it fits easily into the small space. But – I’m not crazy about the way it looks.

I could switch it out for this globe lamp from IKEA,

However, it doesn’t put out much light at all and I feel like it crowds the dresser.

Do you have a preference or any suggestion for ways to light cramped spaces?