Thursday, September 15, 2011

Malm Dresser

Can you tell that I went to Ikea recently? We don't have one here in Las Vegas, so I always make a point to go when I am in the vicinity. This time I made some larger than usual purchases.
I had a spot in my house that was driving me crazy. Seriously, it was giving me a headache I would stare at it so long. I finally came to the conclusion that there was no hope for the hand-me-down pieces that were there and I would just have to get something new and start from scratch.
Enter the Malm. This will be great for filling in the space and adding storage.
What I love most about Ikea pieces is that they are like a blank canvas and can be transformed to your own personal style.
So the question is what direction do I take it?


Greek detailing:

Painted trim:

(my absolute preference, but it intimidates the heck out of me and I'm not sure that I would ever do it!)

(and easily applied and interesting detail)

The possibilities are endless.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


This is my new kitchen table! While I liked the shape of my octagon one, the paint finish was impossible to keep clean and crumbs got stuck in the cracks. I considered filling it in with wood filler and putting a sealant on the top...but that just sounded like a lot of work :) So instead I bought this:
A couple of weeks ago I bought chairs off of Craig's that look almost exactly like these:

Except they are all black, dirty, and in bad need of some TLC. I love them!
I just need to decide what color to paint the frames. Silver, like above.
White with a fun pop of color for the cushion.

Yellow could be fun.

Leave them black?

Or maybe paint them blue.

Or even red.

What do you think?