Thursday, February 28, 2013

From Nay to Gray, Part IV


Here I am in Part IV of this saving-the-world-of-ugly-dressers series (or at least saving this one), and I am just about done! I hope I've shown you how in just a few days you can really change a piece of furniture! Roll up your sleeves, and get creative! Our wallets will thank us all. So will our husbands.

In Part IV, I'm showing you how I plan to style my dresser. You know, those finishing touches that complete the equation. I like to sketch ideas out before implementing them so I have an idea what the finished product might look like. I find that if I have a plan, I won't buy things I don't need. Or stand around in Pottery Barn with a blank look on my face (ok, I may still do that, but it's totally unrelated to my preparedness). Here's a quick sketch of my dream dresser.



I like a collection of things at varying heights and different sizes, and a mixture of items that aren't too matchy-matchy. For instance, I would not pair a brass light with a brass frame and a brass vase and a brass mirror. 


The start of my styling began before I even had the dresser. It was just a twinkle in my eye. I purchased the Ballard Garden District Mirrors when they went on the Bring Ballard Home sale back in October. 


Unfortunately, they have been leaning against a wall unused in our master bedroom since that time. What a shame, I know.


The plan is to hang them vertically side by side over my new dresser. 


I had this lamp in the foyer once upon a time, I plan to use it on the left side of the dresser. I love the mix of mercury glass and rope and the burlap shade. I love more that I got it at TJ Maxx for quite a deal. 



I also plan for a grouping of pottery on the right side of the dresser. I found this piece at HomeGoods. Aren't the colors perfect?



And numbers. My hubby is still debating me about this. He feels that numbers and letters are for kids rooms, but I don't necessarily think they have to be. What's your opinion? 6-13 is our anniversary. These will look industrial and metallic when I paint them.... that is, in theory. 


Oh, and my hardware dried and is now installed. I took y'alls advice and kept the painted originals. What do you think?




I'm still loving the lined drawers. Glad I went ahead and covered that stinky old velvet.


I've tried not to spend too much cash on the extras for this dresser, so I'm glad I was able to reuse the hardware. When styling, I like to shop around. I enjoy the hunt. My favorite stores for bargain accessories are TJ Maxx, HomeGoods, Steinmart, Big Lots, Marshalls, and Ross. Of course, every now and then, I'll spoil myself with a little trip to Pottery Barn.

What are your favorite stores to find accessories? Any tips for styling? What's sitting on your dresser?




3 comments :

Mary Ann at classic•casual•home said...

REALLY lovely! The drawer liners are a sweet surprise.

Ashley @ The Houston House said...

Thanks Mary Ann!

Kim said...

I love re-purposing and you are rocking it with this dresser! I love those Ballard Mirrors!! o

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