New [to me] French Provincial dresser!

Two years. That’s how long I’ve been looking for a proper storage unit for our dining room. A few times a week [usually to break up my newfound hobby of doom-scrolling], I’d open my Kijiji app and search for dressers. I waded through so many ads and honestly it wasn’t until two weeks ago that I saw a dresser that I loved so much that it made me panic that someone else was going to get it before me.

It was a 9-drawer French provincial dresser that was in really good shape and wasn’t priced at $300 by someone who has never sold anything online before in their life. I feel I had an advantage as this is the photo that was advertised online, which didn’t deter me at all:

I am willing to guarantee only 5 people viewed that ad because of the photo; it had a drawer missing, but if you took a moment to read the caption it said all drawers were included and functioning [“I’m not dealing with a dresser with only 8 drawers!“]. Their loss!

After a few messages with the seller, we were due to collect the dresser the following weekend. We rented a tiny U-Haul [$14.95 + tax] and collected the dresser [$95] in Ottawa. It was advertised at $110 and managed to get the price down enough to cover the U-Haul.

It’s SO PERFECT for our living room. Our previous dresser, which was 120% a placeholder until I got a much more appropriate piece of furniture [read all about it here!], was so much smaller and flimsier than this piece.

It won’t be a popular opinion, but I will be painting this piece black. It has such a similar shape to our dining room hutch, which I painted black four years ago [and is in perfect condition still!]. I’ll also be distressing the edges like I did with our hutch, which I’m hoping will further tie to two pieces together and make them look like a set. At the moment with the dresser in its original wooden finish, it’s too much brown / orange / yellow in the room. Especially with the gold mirror hanging above it and the ‘kitten white’ beige walls, I do feel the dresser being black will anchor this side of the room.

I’m quite excited to paint it and maybe this week I’ll be able to cross it off my [seemingly never-ending] to-d-o list.

This is a perfect opportunity for some self-promotion as I used my four tips for buying secondhand items online when buying this dresser! To read about my tips in detail, check out my blogpost here.

Dining Room Update; as it is now and plans

I haven’t shared much of our dining room I’ve been selective with the aspects of our dining room I’ve shared so far. Most of the room I quite like, but unfortunately the largest part of the room makes me feel like this:

The other four sections of our dining room [broken up by the many doorways] work well by themselves; the plate corner, the bar-cart-shelf, the little floating shelf island, and the corner with our hutch. The only part of the room not pulling its weight is this wall:

It’s so … meh. And since it’s the largest wall in this room, it’s M E H on a bigger scale.

I originally hung the mirror off-centre to actually line-up with our front room [I’m standing in the opening between the dining room and the front room in the photo above], which probably only makes sense to me. The burgundy dresser holds all our crafty things; crayons, paper, glitter, paint, you name it. I rescued that dresser from a snowbank two and a half years ago [as my friend Kimberly said, “I don’t think there’s any phrase that’s more you than that“.] It was in horrid shape. We had just moved into our home and we needed the storage. As soon as I put it in our dining room I had every intention of replacing it. It was a total placeholder for a real piece of furniture. The only thing that could be done with it was to paint it.

Here is what I’d like to do with this space …

STUFF I’D LIKE TO CHANGE IN OUR DINING ROOM:
– New dresser / storage unit [possibly paint it? It depends on the piece]
– Move mirror [center it on the wall]
– Have more intentional artwork around the mirror
– Paint the dining room table like this
– Source better dining chairs [maybe … we’ll see]

I had a boost of inspiration the other night and created a mock-up of how to add a bit more purpose to this end of our dining room; a lot more symmetrical and intentional.

I have enough plates to make some sort of plate display, and let’s face it, I can thrift a lot more if I need to. I’m not sure if they’ll all match in this way. This is where I think I can add a bit more spice to our dining room by adding more unusual plates to this formal style of plate display.

I’m excited to work on this space as it’s not going to take too much effort to make a big enough change. Have you worked on any smaller projects like this lately? Where just moving a few pieces of furniture has given a new feel to a room?

Chrissy Teigen awkward face image via ET.

Choosing New Seating for our Front Room

I’ve been making slow changes to our front room over the past 6 months. I sold our secondhand tufted Victorian-style couch [the Victorian’s were not known for comfort. This couch really just served as comfort for the cats. I never sat in it] and was soon on the lookout for a replacement sofa or set of armchairs.

I searched secondhand websites [Kijiji and Facebook Marketplace] for a month or two and anything I suggested, Robert vetoed. Hunting secondhand online can be hit or miss, and I was finding a lot of misses. I then turned to mainstream big box stores for an armchair [or two].

When I found the REVO velvet swivel armchairs by Structube I was in love. I loved the modern shape, the velvet and that mossy olive colour. I showed Robert, he equally loved them and before I knew it we had two in our virtual shopping carts. This was late January 2022. It took them 4 months to arrive [which I know is not bad at all when it comes to pandemic online orders]. I tore open the boxes when they arrived, but my excitement fell short; what was olive-mossy green online was in reality a much colder winter green set of chairs.

Womp, womp. It was not what we [I] was hoping for at all. Why didn’t you check the fabric in-store or order a sample online?, I hear you say. Well, I ordered the chairs during the peak of the Omicron wave, and Structube don’t sell swatches of their fabric. It was a risk I was willing to take, and as it turns out, was too risky for me. I put the chairs in place and thought about it for a few days, but knew deep down I couldn’t keep them. The colour was too cold. I went through the return procedure and packed them up to be collected.

I’m back to square one, but I’m not upset about that. I’d have been more upset forcing myself to like them. I do know that thanks to having them in our front room, even if for a few days, I realized I want bigger, comfier chairs. Think 90’s huge, overstuffed, patterned armchairs. You’ve Got Mail levels of comfort, emotionally and physically.