One Room Challenge - Week 6: Redesigned Finds

It's Week 6 of our Calling it Home One Room Challenge and I am finished! Our original pre-extension deadline was this week so I had already ordered everything to arrive in time for a photo shoot this week - including flowers. I kept them in my fridge for a while but they weren't going to last so I've been taking pictures over the past few days for my final reveal next week! As a result, this worry-free weekend will be spent with my munchkins doing whatever they would like to do.

If this is your first time here, take a quick look at Week 1 / Week 2 / Week 3 / Week 4 / Week 5 where I've shared the transformation of my very own principle bedroom/office. Week 6 was a week full of DIYs and redesigned finds including two Habitat for Humanity Restore dressers, two Value Village vintage lamps and a Kijiji secretary desk.

Habitat for Humanity Dressers

If you follow me on Instagram you may remember me posting two Kling Factories dressers I found at the Orillia Habitat for Humanity Restore in the spring for only $70 for the pair! I knew they would be perfect as bedside tables in my room eventually. 

 habitat for Humanity Restore dresser

habitat for Humanity Restore dresser

 dovetailed drawers 

dovetailed drawers 

 kling factories stamp

kling factories stamp

My inspiration for the dresser makeover was this beautiful Madeline nightstand by McGee & Co. I loved the lacquer, brass bamboo hardware and transitional design.

 inspiration: madeline nightstand by mcgee & co

inspiration: madeline nightstand by mcgee & co

After another trip to our Orillia Home Hardware for their Cabinet & Furniture paint I went to work sanding priming and painting just like I did with Lily's dresser and Matthew's nightstands. I used Benjamin Moore's "Cloud White" in a high gloss that would complement the wall colour in my room but give the dressers a lacquer look.

 dresser priming

dresser priming

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I searched high and low for brass bamboo hardware and I found the perfect ones through Rejuvenation. They shipped really fast and are the perfect addition to these beautiful redesigned finds. 

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 dresser "after"

dresser "after"

Value Village Vintage Lamps

In my original design I wanted black lamps with white shades and absolutely fell in love with Kelly Wearstler's Linden table lamp. I also found a plaster white version but quickly realized they were well over my budget :( 

 kelly wearstler "linden" table lamp in black

kelly wearstler "linden" table lamp in black

 kelly wearstler "linden" table lamp in plaster white

kelly wearstler "linden" table lamp in plaster white

I searched everywhere for something with a similar shape, colour and brass base but once you have something in your head, nothing else will do. My sister, friends and I looked in every Winners and Homesense store, thrift stores and on Kijiji with no luck. 

I wasn't willing to settle and waste money on mass produced lamps that I didn't love so I took a look at some of the finds I already had. This summer I found some white and gold lamps with a teak wood on them. They had a mid-century look from the wood and I didn't think they were really my style but I bought them thinking I may use them in a design for someone else one day. They were at steal at under $16 for the pair!

 value village vintage lamp

value village vintage lamp

I gave them a good cleaning, replaced the harps to shorter brass ones and installed some white lamps shades that I already had. With the new harps and shades the wood was less noticeable and I didn't mind them as much. When I put them in the space on the new bedside tables they looked great!

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Kijiji Deco Secretary Desk

In Week 5 I showed some of my "perfectly imperfect pieces" including this deco secretary desk I found on Kijiji that my Dad bought me for my birthday. 

 kijiji deco secretary desk "before"

kijiji deco secretary desk "before"

In my original design I wanted to use Farrow & Ball's wallpaper in the "Lotus" or "Hornbeam" pattern and instead of putting it on the walls I thought I would use it to back this secretary desk. I found this image on Farrow & Ball's website and knew I was on the right track:

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I removed the decorative panel, kept the wood on the shelves and sides and installed the Hornbeam wallpaper using painter's tape as a temporary solution. After a little styling using books, a few vintage pieces, DIYs and a pretty mini painting from Melanie Morris Art it looks as good as new!

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That little gold leaf bowl is a recent DIY that I made with my children so I promise to post that this week. As for the rest, I'm excited to share all of the details of my room next week for the final reveal! 

- Carley

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