Updating the Office/Sun Room

4.29.2013

This is the way my crazy mind works. Friday night I was just sitting in the sun room, which is also my office where I blog, and a thought popped in my head on a way to add some much needed storage.

We have a storage room off our garage which is another messy junk room that needs organizing. Mr. Savvy has three chest of drawers out there holding supplies and tools. I was thinking that one would be the right size in the sun room and would give me some drawers to keep my work stuff in. So I grabbed the tape measure and measured the chest and then the spot where I figured it would work. Yep, perfect size so Saturday I got to work on making it pretty.

See how perfect it is? It didn't look like this before.

Here is how it looked after I cleaned out all the drawers and drug it in the house. Mr. Savvy has had this for over forty years.

I wanted a worn chippy look and decided to use my Miss Mustard Seed Milk paint in Ironstone that I had on hand. 

I have had some trouble getting just the right peeling look in the past using the paint and didn't want it all peeling off so I lightly sanded the top since there were some water rings and then used a deglosser on the rest of it. Well, then the paint didn't peel at all so I had to sand it to get the worn look.

I decided to keep the drawers stained and love the two tone look.

I painted the big knobs with the milk paint and they peeled well.

I used Miss Mustard Seed Hemp oil on the white paint and since there were a few dings and scratches on the stain I used Restor A Finish in Dark Oak that I had on hand. I love using it on stained wood to cover scratches.

After the painting was done came the fun part of creating a vignette on top. The seagull canvas was in the old nautical guest room. I took the picture when we visited Martha's Vineyard last fall and ordered this on photo in a canvas. That photo was taken through a restaurant window through heavy fog and I love the way it turned out.

The orchid was given to me by Shirley when I stayed with her last week for the High Point furniture market. I hope I don't kill it. I have never owned an orchid before. I played around with a couple lamps and liked the way this one looked best.



Here is the space before.

And now.

Best part was it didn't cost me a single dime. 

Free is good!

Joining the following:
Between Naps on the Porch
A Stroll thru Life
The Scoop
Stone Gable
Miss Mustard Seed

Brass lamp is from Restoration Hardware. Mine found at the outlet.

59 comments:

  1. Free IS good, Kim! I LOVE that you added this piece here ... it's perfect! And, how fabulous that you kept it two-toned! (PS: I can just picture Mr. Savvy's face as you dragged it into the house!)

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  2. Looks great but now where does the round table end up??? Have a great day.

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  3. Love it Kim! What a great idea. Love the paint job too!

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  4. Free is always good! :-) Crushing on that two tone paint job.
    Happy Monday.
    Gee

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  5. Cool treatment of the dresser and I love how you played with heights. That move really added layers and texture. Love the coastal chic vibe! Brava!!

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  6. Looks great! And, I love that your husband has had the dresser for 40 years! I was in a similar mode this weekend. I was cleaning up the kids' mess in my sunroom, and ended up completely rearranging the whole room :)

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  7. I love it, Kim! Oh and that seagull photo is incredible!

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  8. Yes, free is good! I wish I could find some treasures around my house! Love it!
    -Shelley

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  9. Love the way you gave that little chest a whole new lease on life. Really cute, and one can never have too much storage.
    Mary Alice

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  10. It looks great there! I love the way it turned out Kim.

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  11. Love the two toned look! You completely transformed the dresser. It looks so cute and love that it was free!

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  12. Love it and I love that you left it two toned, it looks really great. Super size and the vignette is perfect too. Thanks so much for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  13. I love the new look because it breaks up the gray between those two chairs. And the natural wood matches the blinds behind it.

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  14. I love the two tone look! The seagull canvas picture is adorable too. Have a great week, Kim!

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  15. Looks GREAT! I liked the before a lot too but this is so practical - having drawer space is important! I love how it didn't cost anything too- that is always a good thing!

    I highly recommend you looking up orchid care, it's easy to do once you know how it is unlike any other plant care knowledge you know now. For example, never EVER bury the roots under rich dark soil! They must have their roots exposed, that's how they survive....and they like a more sandy soil for good drainage...do not over water. Let dry completely then when you water use about an ice cubes worth of water. Don't suffocate the roots, they need the air - other plants would die if one did that, so it is odd care, at least to me it was!

    Well done changes, Kim!

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  16. Your dresser looks fabulous, Kim! You did a great job on the painting. I saw a hint a year or so ago. It might have been on Miss Mustard Seed's site which might involve a little less elbow-grease(sanding). I have not tried it myself, but it appeared to work very well. Before painting, a little smear of Vaseline was applied here and there in the areas to be distressed. After the paint dries, you just rub over those areas and the paint there just rubs right off and stays put everywhere else. I plan to try this method on some painting projects this summer. Have a beautiful week!

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  17. I'm getting ready to paint "chester drawers" this week!

    You did a great job, so I'm inspired.

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  18. I love the change - the height of the dresser adds great contrast to the eye. I'm always jealous of your sun room.

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  19. Looks great Kim and such a wonderful option for more storage!

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  20. I love it Kim and I would LOVE TO have some of YOUR ENERGY. I've got 5 more chairs to paint with my AS paint and am still procastinating.

    Lisa from Indiana

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  21. Don't you love when you can pull something out of the garage and re-purpose it....it looks lovely!

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  22. Free is great! I love that you kept some of the original stained finish. It works well and extra storage is always a plus.

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  23. Hi Kim, We all need extra storage and the chest looks wonderful in your sunroom.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  24. Free is good and so is extra storage space!

    Judy

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  25. Kim,
    You re loved that piece beautifully. Looks so pretty in your creative space!!!
    Kris

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  26. Storage is good and you did a great job on the old dresser....what did you do with the little table??
    Nancy
    http://wildoakdesigns.blogpsot.com

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  27. Looks like it was the perfect addition to your space, and I really like the things you added to the top.

    I have had pretty good luck with orchids and have a pretty yellow one like yours right now. Best advice -- if your orchid is still in its original pot just sitting in the little white pitcher (I hope), just take it to your sink, run water through the original pot and allow to totally drain before putting it back into the little pitcher. Orchids don't like to have their feet (roots) standing in water. They only need water once a week and a dose of orchid food a couple of times a month. There you have it, all my "orchid" wisdom.....lol!

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  28. My mind does the same thing at times! I really like the chest there and love ho you finished it. XO, Pinky

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  29. How lovely, Kim...and so great you could use a piece you already had for much needed storage!

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  30. Free is good! :) You are amazing. I wish I had your energy. Its rained all day and is icky and I have pretty much taken root on the couch. Love the new addition. xxoo

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  31. Love the update and the two tone. You do good work! Thanks for sharing, liz

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  32. Such a beautiful makeover! I love that you left some wood exposed.

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  33. Free is good, and very good when it looks like that. Great job with the two tone and the wood looks so much richer now. Love the big painted and chippy knobs. Storage is also good. Photos that recall vacation memories are one of my favorite art forms too.

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  34. This is a perfectly tailored look, Kim! Great color choice on the dresser!

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  35. How perfect is that chest...it not only is so pretty to look at but functional...you have the drawers (a mini office) right next to your chair where you blog!...I love the look of not painting the drawers...Great choice for the lamp..and the orchid looks so cute in the pitcher!!...

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  36. What a great looking way to have extra storage. I have not used Miss Mustard Seed paints yet, but you make me anxious to try them! Fabulous... as usual!

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  37. I love chest of drawers. Your makeover is great. Love the look of that milkpaint on it. Welcome to the orchid club now! I'm sure Shirley gave you lots of great tips to take care of it. The less you do to it the better, actually. I drain all of the water out of it after I water mine. Give it indirect light too. You will enjoy having it, I'm sure.

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  38. Kim, I love your chest! The white with stained drawers looks fabulous! You always amaze me with your great ideas and projects!

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  39. Looks great Kim...love the makeover you gave it!

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  40. Isn't it amazing what can happen when least expected? You did a great job on the chest and it looks perfectly at home all made up in its new space!

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  41. The Great Dane has an old dresser in the garage too - but there's no way he'd let me take it into the house. It is FULL of nuts and bolts and heaven-knows what else.

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  42. Absolutely right Kim, that milk paint made that dresser look so chic!

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  43. What a happy transformation and drawer space is always handy! Your orchid is so pretty blooming in your pitcher :)

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  44. Haha - I love how your "crazy mind" works! Love the makeover you gave the chest.

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  45. Great makeover Kim! I love how you left the drawers stained but painted the knobs. The chest is perfect between the two chairs and provides space for great stashing. Well, that's what I do when I'm doing a quick cleanup-stash all the blogging paraphernalia in some drawers!

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  46. What a great piece and that it was FREE! Everyone loves that and a great way to repurpose. You did such a great job and I love the orchid, nice touch.

    Cynthia

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  47. Nice... love the finish you did on the chest! Although the table you had before looked great, I think the chest may even be better... I really like the how the height and the contrast of the finishs look next to your chairs.

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  48. So, where did Mr. Savvy's stuff go and where did that darling table end up? Another post I'm sure:) I love the way it looks but I know you will be painting it a different color in no time...I wish I had half your talent and speed at getting projects done!

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  49. I love it~ love the two tones look- how charming!

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  50. Kim, I love,love,love, this piece. So simple looking but elegant too!! The two-tone wood and white finish is one of my favorites. I have been looking for the perfect piece for a makeover like this one. Just haven't found it yet. Lucky you that you had one at home.

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  51. You do free GOOD girl. It looks great. Love the punch it gives the space. beautifully styled to, of course ;)

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  52. Free is Awesome! Love it!
    Leslie
    House on the Way

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  53. I really like it! I would have never thought to paint it that way. Great pictures.

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  54. I'm big on free, too! Good job on the chest and the balance it provides between the chairs is much improved. Shirley tells me you all have chatted about coming to Roundtop. That would give me a good excuse to meet the two of you.

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  55. Kim, you are so talented!! Your room is gorgeous and I am still admiring your fab chairs. I love what you did with the chest too.

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  56. Put three ice cubes at the base of the orchid once a week and it will be fine. Mine just re-bloomed for the first time since my husband gave it to me about a year or so ago.

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  57. What a beautiful transformation Kim! LOVE the two toned color! Perfect size for that spot.And I LOVE your chairs too!
    xx
    Anne

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