One of my favorite things to do in designing a clients room is finding that special token piece, whether it’s a pillow made of a hand printed fabric, a vintage lamp or a piece of furniture. Sometimes that token piece adds a higher end feel to a more budget conscious design. Sometimes it adds that one-of-a kind personal touch that no showroom or catalogue can replicate. I think that is what make a room feel really special.
Here is such a piece I recently did in my client’s daughters bedroom. We decided the width of the wall really dictated a wider than normal dresser. We talked big box stores, but then the choices for finish would be limited. Wood stain would darken the compact room too much, and white just seem a bit blah.
As luck would have it, I found the perfect dresser on Craigslist almost immediately. It had lovely traditional lines that complimented the vintage bed handed down to my client, and once painted, it wouldn’t seem so serious for the pre-teen and toddler sisters sharing the room.
I selected a two-tone semi-gloss lacquer treatment for the dresser to liven it up. To keep the room light and airy, I chose the body color to be one shade darker than the wall color, Sherwin Williams Enchant, while the drawers were painted Sherwin Williams Heavenly White. Most of the original hardware was kept but sprayed silver, and I found some whimsical knobs at Anthropologie for the center drawers.
Here is the revitalized piece in the room:
In the next couple weeks, we will be finishing up a reading nook with a new window seat and wall mounted bookshelf, and I’ll be sure to post more pictures of the redesigned room!