Loads of Potential

So when we moved into the house, we realized right away that our current Master Bedroom was small. We kinda missed our his and hers closets in the last place. Jay got the boot to the second bedroom downstairs, and I tried to make the most of the current closet space. It has tons of great storage in it, but it’s all up high. Like grab a ladder and tote your tuckus up there high. Not exactly the best thing for your morning, I’m running late for work, rush.

I also realized that the only space in our teeny tiny bedroom where extra storage could fit organically was in between the closet door and the entry door. Problem is, the space is 30″, which is pretty small for most dressers out there. I had it in my mind to do an IKEA hack on this dresser, but then, I found this guy – for $15 on craigslist. It was actually listed for $20, but I used by suave negotiating skills to get it for $15 😉 Still haven’t ruled out the idea of dressing up the IKEA dresser, but for now – I think I am going to try modifying this guy and take the economical route.

Bedroom Cabinet
Bedroom Cabinet

Although it doesn’t look like much right now, I think it’s got some serious potential. Look, even Malcolm thinks so! 🙂

Malcolm in Cabinet
Malcolm in Cabinet

It’s got lots of depth, which will be really great for storing all my stuff. That doesn’t fit in the closet. Yep – too much stuff. I’m thinking about putting some baskets in there for storage. Favorite thing about it – the drawer on top is super smooth. Thing slides like butta. Which ya know, when you are getting your duds on craigslist – ya never know how it’s going to be. Right now the drawers need to be modified to slide in and out easier. They are presently a tad too big, so they hit the doors each time I slide them in or out. Not good for easy access – so Jay will help me modify them.

Cabinet Storage
Cabinet Storage

I’ve got my mind to paint to all white, with some beautiful new hardware on it. Only trouble I’m having is trying to figure if I want to do the same hardware on both the drawer and the cabinets, or knobs on the cabinet doors and a pull on the drawer. I’m leaning toward the same hardware I intend to use for the basement built-in, below. This way I can give it a trail run before I buy the entire lot. I’ll keep ya posted 🙂

Hardware Option
Hardware Option

Lovely Shiney Things

Although I love the concept of the built-in desk in our basement, the hardware and paint on it are mega dated and in need of a heave ho. Right now the desk has meh white tile, with a black cabinet base and brushed nickel hardware. My BIGGEST pet peeve with it right now is the fact that all the wires are scattered all over the top of the desk, since there are no outlet holes on the top. That will definitely need to change when we rip out the counter.

I’ve been searching for some hardware to finish off the look and I’m torn between the oil rubbed bronze look, and an antique brass finish. I like the idea of the antique brass, mainly because it seems a bit more neutral than the darker option, and less mitchy matchy, since all our hardware in the house is already darker.

I love the look of this hardware – on a white cabinet with a wood counter… Only bummer on these little lovelies is that the retail for $4 each, and we need (15). A wee bit pricey for hardware – I may splurge though. 🙂

Basement Hardware 1
Basement Hardware
Basement Hardware 4
Basement Hardware

Or if we go dark, I would probably do a more pronounced pull with some detailed knobs.

Basement Hardware
Basement Hardware

And holy mackerel – I totally need this guy at some point, no? This one is for furniture – which would be so whimsical and fun! I’m definitely going to hunt for a similar looking one for the front door knocker.

Basement Hardware
Basement Hardware

When the space is finished, I’d like it to have the look and feel of some of the spaces below. Eventually I plan on putting some type of natural fiber rug down here as well, but for now, the neutral carpet is a-ok with me 🙂

Office Inspiration
Office Inspiration
Office Inspiration
Office Inspiration

Not certain about how much shelving we will be installing on this back wall (vs. art), but I definitely am liking the look of clean, white cabinetry with understated hardware.