Last Updated on December 24, 2015 by Kristi Linauer
When I first started decorating my living room, I had a clear vision of what I wanted it to look like when it was finished. I mean, I didn’t envision every single little detail, but I knew enough to provide a pretty detailed road map to get me from point A to point B with a bit of a detour in between. (Phase 1 being the detour).
But somehow I got off track. This detour called Phase 1, which should have led me into a smooth transition to the final phase once we get our foundation leveled, had actually started leading me towards a completely different destination, and I didn’t realize it until yesterday when I threw a fit over lamp shades.
Yes, lamp shades.
Yeah…that was definitely a big clue that something had gone awry.
The three options I posted yesterday were just the tip of the iceberg. I started reading all of your comments (and yes, I read all 375+ of them, both on the blog and on my Facebook page!!), and I would try something else. The I would read more, and I’d try something else. This went on for several hours. I kid you not.
And before I knew it, I had a room strewn with paper painted in various colors that I had wrapped around the lamp shades to test out, piles of fabric scraps, various colors and widths of bias tape, one lamp shade covered in fabric, another partially covered in paint, and a big confusing mess everywhere I looked…
…but still no decision made.
I went from mildly irritated, to increasingly frustrated, to slightly desperate, to completely exasperated.
And all of this…over lamp shades.
When I finally realized the depth of crazy to which I had plunged, I paused. I took a deep breath. Then I asked myself, ‘How did this thing that was once so clear in my head now become so difficult and unclear? What is the variable in this room that has changed the whole course and is leading me towards a completely different destination?‘
The credenza was always meant to be a temporary visitor in this room — a place holder until we get our foundation leveled and I can build a fireplace in here. It was dark, dull, and actually pretty boring. It was anything but eye-catching.
It did just what a good place-holder should do. It filled space while not drawing too much attention to itself.
Then, quite ironically, people started mistaking the credenza for a fireplace, and wanting to know details about my “new fireplace.” After about the 20th question about my new fireplace, I got frustrated, grabbed a knife, and started chipping away at the peeling veneer on the drawers. Well, one thing led to another, and before I knew it, I had uncovered these amazing pieced wood drawers that created this beautiful and unique striped effect.
And then the amazing striped drawers demanded that I paint the rest of the credenza in a showstopping color. So I did as the stripes demanded, and I painted the credenza green.
And then, dressed in her new snazzy stripes and eye-catching green, this once-unassuming wallflower of a credenza burst out of her shell like a prima donna on opening night and completely stole the show. She was now no longer a placeholder in the room. She was the room, and she demanded that all eyes be on her.
And because prima donnas aren’t shy in letting their status be known, I started basing decorating decisions around the credenza. This was leading me towards a completely different destination for this room, and it’s a destination that I don’t like.
Truth be told, the green paint was originally intended for the console table (way before I even built the console table, and when I still thought it was going to be a sofa table). But then the credenza demanded it, so I gave in. And then, because I didn’t want two pieces in the room to be the same color, I chose another color for my console table.
But, you see, the credenza is temporary in this room. The console table is permanent.
And you know those lamps that I made to go on the console table? Well, it just so happens that they look amazing sitting on a green surface.
They don’t look quite so amazing sitting on a blue table.
So all of that to say that it’s time for me to get back on track, and it’s time for the console to be put back in it’s place, figuratively speaking. No matter how amazing it looks with its new makeover, and no matter how much it wants to steal the show and start barking orders to the rest of the items in the room, it’s still a temporary place holder. And long term decorating decisions will no longer be considered based on how they look with the credenza.
And as a result, the console table will soon be dressed in its intended color. Yes, for a while I’ll have two pieces painted in the same color in the same room, but that’s okay. I’ll live with it. And hopefully, it’ll only be for a very short while.
The ultimate fate of the credenza has yet to be determined. It could end up being the star of the hallway, or even my office. It could end up having its very own wall in our family room (once we remodel the sunroom). It could wind up in the dining room, or even as a vanity in our master bathroom when we remodel. The possibilities are numerous.
But its days in the living room are numbered. That I know for sure.
Addicted 2 Decorating is where I share my DIY and decorating journey as I remodel and decorate the 1948 fixer upper that my husband, Matt, and I bought in 2013. Matt has M.S. and is unable to do physical work, so I do the majority of the work on the house by myself. You can learn more about me here.
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