In order to make more room in the bedrooms upstairs my kids had shoved these two pieces of furniture into the little bonus area at the top of the stairs. Then when we cleaned out my husband's office, these plastic storage containers didn't quite make it to the attic.
You can see how much help this space needed. When everyone took their stuff and I hauled the junk off to the Goodwill, I was so excited about this space becoming something adorable. I'd made it a darling and functional study area when my son went to high school, but due to the noise bouncing up the stairs it was unusable. The past few years they'd just been using it for storage.
It was depressing.
There's nothing like a fresh coat of paint to breathe new life into a space. After emptying the space, that was phase 1. After removing all the furniture into the last room I was redoing, I painted, cleaned the floor, and moved on to refinishing the dresser. The jewel that was going to bring the space to life. I had just the mirror to hang over it. Antique gold hanging over a console table just inside the front door. You can just see the bottom of it in this pic:
I knew it would look stunning over this French provincial dresser with those blue drawers.
Sometimes a room just tells you what it wants to be. These pieces looked like they were made for each other.
Leave a little room in your design plans for evolution and accidents. Tomorrow's post is all about that!