Sunday, July 7, 2013

Making a Liveable Space

It can be overwhelming when moving into a new home!  Seeing all the boxes piled one on top of another.  Every inch of space crammed with "stuff" that you decided must move with youEspecially overwhelming because instead of seeing the mess surrounding you, you see ideas and projects that will make this new abode your home! 

This is the halfway point of moving... trust me, this room got worse!  Piles upon piles filled this space as you must remember that we down-sized.  For the previous owners, this room in the basement was utilized as an office space.  Complete with metal file cabinet and mitered formica countertops.  Peel and stick tiles grace the floor.  Ok... you should know me by now!  This would all have to go and quickly! This would be the first room I would tackle!

Ahhhh.. much better!  Dings filled in and a fresh coat of paint (Benjamin Moore: Crown Point Sand as we already had a gallon of it from our last home) and this room is ready to take on new life! I envision it as a space for exercising.  Not as nice as my last one but it will do.  Now onto storage as furniture must do double duty.

Thankfully, I decided to keep my aunt's chest of drawers when purging my previous home.  All it would need is a bit of paint and some elbow grease.

A coat of Annie Sloan Old White.

Don't be afraid of paint strokes as they add character when waxing.  In fact, I remember reading, years ago, that Martha Stewart will go back and make paint swishes before the paint dries.  When glazing or waxing,  those marks will get highlighted and add an aged, worn feel to your piece. 

And of course, sanding the edges here and there are a must in my book!

New drawer knobs bought from Hobby Lobby....

... lined up in a row.  These give that Ikat look that, lately, I am gravitating to.  Love them!

One piece transformed!  I think my aunt would be pleased!  Three large drawers now filled with things that no longer grace a corner of the room.

Finally, some peace of knowing that one room is making progress.  Is it finished?  Heavens, NO!  I will probably change the color on the walls... need to figure out what to do with the floor as there is a drain hole in the center of the room and not sure if it is wise to cover it up with carpet... need to give oomph to the window.. and of course, there is more accessorizing to be done.  See? My mind never stops churning!  When all final decisions have been made and executed I will post about this room again.  And if you have any opinions on what I should do with the floor I would love to hear about them.  Do I cover the drain hole with carpet or not??

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  1. so glad you're finally back to posting! I wouldn't cover that drain as it must be there for a reason. Could you do a tile floor and trim around the drain like a tile floor in a shower does? That's my 2 cents. If you have time, I'd love your 2 cents worth on stools for my kitchen.

  2. You look like you are making great progress in unpacking and settling in. Love your Aunt's dresser with the updated paint and knobs. Great use of space to fill those drawers. I too think you should not cover the drain hole unless a contractor can convince you it isn't needed for a good reason any longer. How about a nice size sisal or indoor/outdoor area rug that can take a beating or maybe a watering and just cover the floor instead of replacing it? I hate to add my thoughts as I don't know your tastes. Good work dear...

  3. What you have done looks great!

  4. Hi Kadee
    I really am dropping to say "HI" and to wish you the very best in setting up your new home to a down sized space.
    If you are unsure about what to do then it's probably wise to "wait and see" as you go.
    You know the chinese say "an old man sits and waits and does nothing". Time will tell with the unfolding. Take your time and enjoy all of the unpacking!
    Sending hugs,

  5. It's coming along! Love your dresser re-do. Hope you're taking some time to just breathe my friend. Blessings to you, Patti

  6. Hi Kadee!

    I'm confused, is this your home in Charleston? I thought very few homes here had basements, oh well, guess yours does have one! With all the rain hopefully it has kept dry. You are in Charleston now??? I hope you're loving it and yes I'm with you, as much as I love all those cute mini cooopers, I would have to get something bigger, or if I could afford it, both :) I want to see more of your home !

    p.s. I would never cover a drain hole

  7. I am envious that you know how to paint furniture. Love what you did there. Can't wait to see more of your transformations!

  8. Your dresser turned out beautiful! I love it!

  9. So excited to read this post. I had to take a break for about month and I guess I missed the move. So happy for you - I hope the new house is where I think it is! Oh, and the dresser is gorgeous!

  10. Cute dresser, I love the new finish and the knobs are perfect. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  11. Kadee you are a busy girl and creating wonderful spaces. Love this dresser and the finish is perfect. Gorgeous knobs. I have the same knobs on a closet and just love them.
    Have fun with the decorating.
    See you Friday for WBC.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

  12. Gorgeous paint job on the dresser! The knobs are so cute!

  13. What a beautiful color on your dresser - and I'm absolutely in love with those knobs!!!

  14. Your dresser turned out just as cute as can be. I agree with the girls that I wouldn't cover that drain.

    Visiting from Blissful Whites Wednesday,

  15. Sweet progress and lovely refinish:) Pinned!

  16. Kadee,
    I adore the transformation to your Aunt's dresser!!!
    A great storage piece and now a versitle one, as well!!!
    Keep the updates coming...I'll be back to check your progress!!!

    1. Thanks, Pat... your note had a non-reply so I am answering you here. Thanks so much for leaving your note! I loved hearing from you! And the storage issue? You wouldn't believe where I am storing our winter coats... inside a large, antique blanket chest I bought years ago and use as the dining room buffet!! LOL When you downsize, sometimes you have to get super creative!

  17. You have certainly added your touch, just with this one pretty piece!! Such a lovely blog you have, Kadee. Thanks so much for your visit, and I'll really enjoy coming back to see how you have transformed your new home. Smooches to the bunnies :)
    xo, Andrea

  18. Downsizing is rather traumatic isn't it? We did it six years ago. For one who collects (read pack rat) it is a never-ending conundrum.

    Your chest of drawers turned out beautifully. I wouldn't cover that drain hole either, till you see if that basement is water-tight!

  19. I like the idea of the sisal rug for the floor and love the chest of drawers you redid, love the knobs!

  20. ...And you still have the energy to blog about it!!

  21. Oh, goodness! I love the knobs! You did an amazing job bringing this piece to life. You are one of the fan favorites today at the Sunday Showcase from the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House! Pop on in and grab a Sunday Showcase feature button! Hope to see your prettiness again tomorrow at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  22. Moving is NO fun! Love your chest, looks amazing and the knobs really are perfect!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!!!

  23. Kadee, love how the dresser turned out. Isn't it wonders what a new coat of paint can do? Wondering why there is a drain? Think it was once a laundry room? If that's the only reason then you'd be fine to cover it. Or maybe just a large rug, just in case. Can't wait to see more! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  24. Kadee..stumbled on your blog this morning and love it!! Question regarding this dresser (which by the way looks awesome!!). I'm new to attempting painting furniture like this so I'm showing my ignorance here with my question. After you applied the 'old white' paint - what are the next steps? I couldn't find them. Do you apply the Dark Wax next? Then Clear wax? Then sand edges?
    Thanks! sandi