Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Mirror Mirror on the Table

When we finally bought a new mattress and moved our new bed into the master bedroom, our nightstands (which are actually Ikea side tables) were suddenly too big and needed to be replaced with something much smaller.  I have been admiring mirrored furniture for a while and thought that some mirrored tables would fit perfectly with our blue/gray/black/white color scheme.

I ended up going with Target's mirrored side table since it's (a) inexpensive and (b) small enough to fit on the end of the bed without blocking off access to the bathroom.  Here it is when I got it home and out of the box.

As you can see, there isn't too much table surface space so the lamp and alarm clock barely fit.  (Please ignore the chords and the fact that the alarm clock isn't plugged in.)  I'm hoping to eventually get swing arm wall lamps which will free up some more space.  I only bought one table so I can see how it looks in the room but after getting everything set up, I'm definitely going to buy a second one.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Laundry Room- Finally Complete

I know I've been neglecting this blog a bit lately :( but I thought I'd kick things back in gear by introducing the recently completed laundry room.

Let me first start off by saying that it's already pretty nice that our house has a dedicated room for laundry (tiny as it may be) since a lot of homes have the washer and dryer stored in a closet.  Unfortunately I don't have too  many "before" photos to share but I can tell you that the room was bleak.  I'm guessing that the washer and dryer that came with the home were over twenty years old and there was some hideous eighties vinyl flooring.

When we moved in, we bought a new washer and dryer but after that, the work stopped in the laundry room (other than actual laundry itself).  About eight months later, I got around to changing the ugly flooring by replacing it with new vinyl flooring in the form of peel and stick faux-wood planks.  (I got the idea from The Lettered Cottage.  I was a little hesitant at first but reading reviews and seeing how inexpensive they were sealed the deal).

We then painted the cabinets white and painted the entire room a pale mint green color. After adding a few accessories and a coordinating ironing board cover, the room is finally finished.  Sorry for the quality of the photos- the room is so small, it's impossible to get a decent shot of how the whole room looks.

Washer & Dryer:  Frigidair
Floors:  Novalis peel-and-stick vinyl planks
Paint: Thornton Sage by Benjamin Moore
Ironing Board Cover: Home Goods
Decorative Scissors: Anthropologie (painted white)
Decorative Storage Containers: Home Goods 
Laundry Basket: Ikea

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

To paint or not to paint?

Our fireplace was one of the things in our house that didn't need any fixing up when we moved in.  It's very traditional with red brick and a white mantle.  The brick itself is real- not the fake stuff and overall, it's a perfectly nice fireplace.

Except for one thing- I'm thinking of painting it white.  The red brick isn't working so well with the brown and ivory color theme I'm trying to work in the living room.  While the red doesn't look bad, I feel like white brick would look more cohesive.  The only problem is that I'm nervous if we don't like how it looks painted, we can't go back.  What do you think? Should I paint it white or keep it as is?