My credenza is finished, and I absolutely love how it turned out!!
I’ll be the first to admit that this new look isn’t for everyone, but it’s certainly more “me.” It started out looking very dark and worn…
And now it’s bright and colorful (yep, green!), with amazingly awesome striped wood drawers.
The green is called Jungle Trail by Behr (from Home Depot). Quite the transformation, right? And are those drawers not amazing?!
I love how they look so much that I find myself going into the living room throughout the day just to get a peek at them. And to think that they were hiding under all of that chipped and flaking veneer!
You’ll notice that I used the original hardware. I know many of you suggested that I use bright, colorful, funky hardware, but I really love the shape and finish of the originals. And honestly, I didn’t want anything to steal attention from the drawers.
I also didn’t do any sanding/antiquing/distressing of the painted finish.
I don’t necessarily dislike antiqued and distressed finishes, but I do feel like it’s gotten to the point where any time I see an old piece of furniture painted, it has a distressed finish to it. It’s not always needed, in my opinion. And on this credenza, I felt like a distressed finish would also compete with the drawers for attention.
I really love the color that this adds to the room, as well as the unexpected twist with the drawers. With the chairs, relaxed Roman shades, a diamond tufted ottoman, and a dark mahogany credenza, this room could have easily gone very formal, predictable, and traditional.
I don’t mind a slightly formal look, as long as people feel comfy putting their feet up and relaxing in the room. Traditional certainly isn’t bad as long as it’s not stuffy or boring. But predictable? After living in a condo for the last few years with this kitchen and this breakfast room, there’s no way I’d be satisfied with predictable.
But now that I have my Greek key side tables, and my “new” credenza dressed in green and stripes, I feel like this room is taking a turn towards the colorful and a bit quirky that I feel suits me better.
(And please, I beg of you, please don’t tell me that I need to move the mirror up!! ;) I know. I really do know. But I feel like it’s way more important for the mirror to relate to the accessories that I’ll be using on the credenza than for it to be centered perfectly between the chair rail and the ceiling. So I won’t be moving it until I decide how I want to accessorize the credenza. That thing is heavy, and I only want to move it once. )
I also bought some fabric the other day that has brown, turquoise, green, and white stripes. (Yep! More stripes! Because you know how I love stripes!) I’ll either be making pillows for the chairs, or covering the lampshades with it. Here it is pinned to the lamp shade. I’m pretty sure I like this idea for this fabric better than pillows.
I’m really liking how this room is shaping up. Up until a few days ago (before I decided to make over the credenza and build new side tables), I would come into this room and stare at it, trying to figure out why it wasn’t working for me. Now I come in here and stare at it because I’m so excited about how it’s turning out.
I do dread the remaining big projects, though. Just thinking about upholstering the sofa makes me exhausted. So much so that I’m thinking about just buying a sofa. I saw one that I really like at Pier 1 the other day, and I have a 20% off coupon good for this month only, so it would really be reasonably priced…for a sofa. But I’m not sure yet.
I don’t want to be disappointed in myself later for settling or taking the easy way out. I have ideas for the sofa that I already have that would really make it look custom, and the Pier 1 sofa looks anything but custom. Plus, the Pier 1 sofa has wood legs, and I really think the sofa in this room needs a skirt since the chairs have wood legs, the ottoman has wood legs, and the lamps look like turned wood .
So we’ll have to see if inspiration and motivation strike me.