Friday, May 8, 2009

A Little Reinvention Goes a Long Way

So, here's the deal. Remember the tall chest I bought for my bedroom? Unfortunately, we ended up having to return it. I was so sad to see it go, but apparently it wasn't meant to be.

Because it took me 4+ years to find the tall chest that didn't work out, and I refuse to spend money on anything that I "like but don't love," I've decided to save our money and reinvent what we have with a fresh coat of paint and new hardware until I find "the one[s]." ("The one[s]" being the perfect tall chest and night stands or side tables.)

We already have two matching oak night stands and one oak bureau that dates back to the 1870s. If we just paint these pieces a creamy white and add new hardware, they will feel brand new. And, when I find "the one[s]" we can easily move them to the guest room.

I think I already know which white to use -- Benjamin Moore's Simply White. It's so pretty with just a hint of cream, without being too ivory (in person).

But that's not all I have up my sleeve -- I want to make fabric drawer liners for the bureau!

I've done a little research and I *think* it will only take mat board or cardboard cut to fit each drawer, a hot glue gun or other adhesive, and some pretty fabric.

These are the fabrics I like right now:

Our bedroom color palette is silver sage, beige, white and espresso. We have RH's Hotel duvet cover and shams in silver sage and chocolate, and PB Matine Toile in espresso.

Clockwise from top left:
So, that's the plan for now. I'll keep you posted on progress, but this project may not be completed until the end of June. I am DYING to paint the kitchen cabinets and the kitchen walls are scheduled to be de-texturized, skimmed, and painted after Memorial Day, so that's the immediate priority.

Do you guys have any big painting projects or furniture makeovers in the works? Do tell!


Ms. Molly said...

I agree go with the Zebra print, it's so much fun!
We are finishing our kitchen (hopefully) this weekend...tile for the backsplash and paint to round out the new countertops!

Laura said...

Love the idea of fabric drawer liners - cant wait to see the finished project!

We have painting the kitchen cabinets on our to-do list too - I'm looking forward to it and dreading it at the same time!