Hi guys! Hope you enjoyed a nice long weekend. Chris has been busy opening a new restaurant so he was only home Sunday, but the kids and I filled our time with friends and fun. Last week I showed you some changes I made to my living room by shopping my house. Our turquoise bedroom dresser relocated to that space, and I promised I would show you what I put in ints place. Unfortunately, I am not sure that it’s working… Ok, I know it’s not working! And some other changes are going to have to happen. Today I am going to tell you all about the master bedroom dresser dilemma & snowball effect. Hold onto your hats, because this may be a bit wordy and won’t include the prettiest photos you’ve ever seen… that much I can promise you. Let’s start with what came into the bedroom..Do you recognize this dresser? This midcentury piece was in Emmy’s old room and has been sitting empty ever since we moved her into her new bedroom. I had actually wanted to put it in our room for a while, but she didn’t want to trade me (which I asked when she was in her old room!).
I absolutely love this dresser. It’s solid, has great lines and cool hardware, and is large enough for Chris’ clothes. But….. yes, here’s the but…
In Emmy’s room this antique white dresser (I painted it that way) read much whiter with the direction the light streamed from, and paired with her walls. In my room, with the cooler white walls, it reads very antique white and it’s driving me crazy that it doesn’t quite jive. We do have some pieces in here that are warmer and creamier such as the rug, curtains, and the fur-like pillows on the bed. However, there are also some that are more pure white, such as the bedding and the nightstands I painted. (Oh, and I brought in the indigo lumbar pillow from the living room. I purchased it a year or so ago when my friend Brittany opened The Vintage Rug Shop.)If you look closely, you can see that the walls have a slight green/gray/blue tint to them that I have never loved. I admit that I got the color just slightly wrong and am hoping to fix that this year with a warmer white.Looking at these photos I have shown you, not so bad, right? Well… just wait. These are the photos that are going to make you cringe. Before you look below, you should know that the green metal piece from Ikea is relocating to Sawyer’s room soon. Just pretend it isn’t there. Also, if you really check below, you might see some odd shape in front of that… it’s a praying mantis garden statue we got Chris for Christmas just chillin’ in my bedroom for now. Not weird at all right? Even though the females eat the males after mating, not weird at all to just have it in my bedroom.OK, now do you see why it bugs me SOOOO much? Here’s a shot looking from the other side, complete with our horrendous bathroom peeking through and laundry baskets. I am keeping it real for you, folks.
Here are some things I know I am changing eventually…
- Repaint the walls a slightly warmer white (still white and not cream).
- The screen headboard is going… I know, I know! I love it, but it’s time. I’ve got a new fun plan in the works and will be bringing in some indigo.
- Flooring eventually one day please for the love of all that is good. (The carpeting is old and heinous).
- We are hoping to replace the metal bed frame with a DIY platform bed. Chris wants storage underneath for blankets, but I think he might be overestimating our skills. 😉 I am sick of stubbing my toe on the metal feet, and I also really don’t like that bed skirt.
- The beige blanket on the bed is temporary while I wait for the blanket we ordered (using gift cards!) to arrive but the new one is beige and white.
Here is where I would love suggestions now.
Clearly some other things need to change as well if we are going to make this dresser work. (Also, this bentwood is the 4th of our set, and was at the desk in the living room, but when the desk went it needed a home. I moved the tulip chair that was in here into Sawyer’s room, and this chair came here, ready to be brought to our dining room if needed).
Or, do we make it work and find a new one? And if so, what kind of nightstands would you use?
Once the headboard is replaced, do I replace the white nightstands and keep the dresser?
I want to possibly replace the beach art, but am keeping blue in the space, drawing inspiration for a faded indigo from the painting above the wood dresser. What would you put above the antique white dresser? The TV is a must so it’s not going anywhere. Help a sister out with your ideas please!
And finally… one more thing for today, that’s kind of a big deal around our house. Today, Emmy turns 10! I have two kids officially in the double digits. It seems like just yesterday I was stopping Sawyer from pushing his baby sister down when she attempted to take steps… 😉 And now, look at her. She’s grown into a beautiful girl with spirit, humor, and heart. Happy Birthday, Emmy! I love you more.