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Bedroom Progress Part III – The Big Table and Dresser Shift About the House

6 May

This is kind of a “behind the scenes” look at what was happening in conjunction with parts I and II of our bedroom progress.  Let’s recap: in part I, we purged clothing and reorganized Olive’s closet, and in part II, I renewed an old dresser that was in my bedroom and moved it into Olive’s room .  Which brings us to the “final” segment of this whole spring-cleaning-turned-clothing-reorg-turned-furniture-shifting project that has so appropriately been named: The Big Table and Dresser Shift About the House! (I’m trying to make this sound as exciting as possible).

As I mentioned in part I, I purchased a tall seven-drawer dresser from the salvation army a few weeks prior to my embarking upon this task-turned-entire-room-overhaul, which was basically the catalyst to this whole endeavor:

new dresser = clothing purgation/reorganization


new furniture = the shifting of old furniture throughout the entire house

Let’s take a quick gander at said new-to-me dresser before getting into the nitty-gritty of all the furniture moving that took place:

I L.O.V.E. this piece of furniture!  It’s tall, slender, and already divided into small sections for easy and effective organization.  It even has smaller sections within two of the drawers which I designated for my less-often used jewelry and glasses collection (no need to share what’s in the other five drawers, just your basic unmentionables, use your imagination… err don’t) :

Ahhhh, serenity.

But before things became all cozy and squared away in the dresser department in my bedroom, a succession of table and dresser shift-arounds throughout the rest of the house ensued.  The “table situation” began in Olive’s room when we had family in town for my brother’s wedding back in March.  Three of  said family members were cousins between the ages of 4 and 9, all of whom spent a lot of time tearing everything  apart playing in Olive’s room, resulting in this:

… and this:

Holy cow, whatamess!!!!

So began the plight for containing, controlling, and organizing everything within the confines of this room, which somehow tailspinned into moving furniture, namely tables, throughout the house.

First, I moved Olive’s cubby-table, (part of the IKEA Stuva series) which contained mostly art supplies, from the less-often used blue/art room into her much-more-often used bedroom where it could serve better as a toy separating and containing unit since she obtained an obscene amount of teansey-tiny little toys for her birthday and Christmas this past December:

Sidenote:  WARNING to all new moms – as your child gets bigger, their toys get smaller.

Looking better already!

Next, I made the executive decision to completely remove the round table since she already has a smaller square table in there, and also since she gained some surface space on the cubby-table that was just brought in.  So out from her bedroom and into the entryway it went:

… and:

Much better indeed!  I really like how the round table pairs perfectly with the round rug.  Where did the white table that was in the entryway go, you ask?  Well into my bedroom of course:


Still a work in progress, but much better placed in the bedroom than in the entryway nevertheless.

And last but not least, while I was on a roll,  I moved a shelf/table that was doing nothing more than sitting next to the front door in the blue room holding leftover frames (amongst other things) from this wall of frames project into my bedroom as well:

It’s definitely serving a much better purpose in the bedroom than sitting by the front door that we hardly ever use.

Whew!  All that table and dresser shifting about was kind of a task, but so worth it in the end.  It was actually refreshing to make better use of things that we already had in the house, that’s always a bonus!

Now let’s take a side-by-side look-see at how things were before and how they are now in each of these rooms:

Olive’s room before:

And now:

Entryway before:

And now:

My bedroom before:

And now:


And now:

And finally before:

And now:

Wow, that’s a lot of photo-info thrown at you all at once, but there were quite a few changes that were made and it was much easier to show than tell about them.   And as you may have noticed in the labeling of “in progress” on some of these pics, things are still-a-changing in both the bedrooms. 

Update:  Olive’s bedroom has recieved even further organization since this post, check out all the details on that right here

Thanks for looking!


Table Painting – Bye Bye Pea-Green

11 Jan

The first of three tables in the house (that I’m 100% certain need a paint job that is) has been painted!!!  Oh what a happy day it is when I can scratch something off my project-to-do-list!  We actually painted it back in the fall, but I’m just now getting around to blogging about it.  I’m hoping to paint the round table in Olive’s room within the next month or two, so stay tuned for a post on that… and as far as table number three, ummmmm, who knows?

Here’s the before of the thrifted table that my thriftaholic mother (yes, I have found that such addictions are hereditary) traded me in exchange for a new pub table that I bought from Hobby Lobby – a fair trade in my opinion:

It was such a beautiful shade of pea-green that went superbly well with the orange living room walls  of yore (in my old rent house) on one hand, but now its looking kind of worn-out and granny-like against the peacock-blue walls in our new digs on the other hand, which made giving this hand-me-down a fresh new look a must-do.

So after some sanding and, as always, assistance from my “little helper”…

… and after about three or four coats of paint – as you can see one coat of paint wasn’t gonna git-er-done, as we like to say here in Texas…

… Voila!  A crisp, clean, just-like-new accent table with a face-lift!  Just beautiful!

Here it is standing next to the blue walls in the front living-room-turned-art-room.  Crisp white seems to pop out really nicely against the deep, yet bright hue of blue (I like to rhyme on occasion) in this room, so the table definitely complements the other surrounding white accents very well…  and speaking of the surrounding accents, a new post with pics of this room is long overdue and is soon to come.  As far as getting this wall of frames in far better order (which, by the way, has already evolved since the below picture was snapped) might not happen as soon as I’d like, but it’s definitely on the projects-to-do-list.

And here it is standing in the entryway in all of it’s Christmas glory:

 So even though my affinity for pea-green has manifested itself in other areas of the house, like here, I am doing my best to steer clear of making every room in the house look too mid-century and vintage inspired.  So in respect to that, this table, although vintage in design, still has its place in the not so vintage and more streamlined rooms of the house.

Psst: Just in case you are wondering or really concerned, those frames three pictures back have yet to be housed with photos and art of my choosing and liking… not to worry, they will be addressed soon enough.

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