Today I wanted to share an update on where we are with our master bedroom. We let two years slip by before really spending any time on decorating this space so it is long overdue. Slowly but surely I have been sticking to the design board and pulling our room together.
Just yesterday we hung the chandelier. Do you remember the one from Pay This Not That? I am beyond thrilled with how it looks. The plan was to put shades on it but now that it is hanging up I think I will leave it just how it is. You can see a sneak peek of how it looks in the space over on Instastories.
As you know the bedding is complete and I really like the overall neutral vibe. The pattern mixing and touches of navy give the space some energy.
Directly across from our bed is where I would like to put a long dresser. Who knew finding what I am looking for would be so difficult. Let me tell you, dressers are expensive.
This is the one that I have on my design board. The longer version, which we would need, is close to $4000. Needless to say, that isn’t happening. While there are dressers that have these same lines, they don’t have the grasscloth and then they end up looking to flat for my space. It’s a tricky thing. I have found other dressers that are lovely but they are still almost $2000. I do want a good quality piece but I struggle with having to pay the high price when the quality is still questionable. Let’s face it, many furniture pieces these days are beautiful but not made very well.
This dresser from Ballard Designs has very similar lines and with new hardware would be a very close match to the Serena & Lily dresser. In the end, without the grasscloth covering it, I felt it was too plain for our room. I want something with more interest.
I popped into our local Sofa Shop, where my family room sofa was made, to see what they had. This is a dresser I could order. The issue is that it would be sight usneen (no navy blue sample) and it is quite modern. It’s absolutely gorgeous but with a $2000 price tag I wasn’t 100% sold. While I love it and could see it in a swanky hotel room, I am not sure it’s the look I want for our room. Because we are trying to add warmth to our room, the marble top made me a bit nervous.
In my search I came across this dresser. Not quite right as it is only 54″ wide but a nice dresser. This actually would have looked great in my son’s room.
After looking high and low and in every store imaginable, I just couldn’t find what I wanted. Spending a ton of money for a dresser that goes in a room no one ever sees also didn’t sit well with me. I decided to take my search to Craigslist. I just knew I could find a good quality piece and make it my own.
This is where you need to use your imagination and vision. My husband almost fainted when I showed him but he was on board once I walked him through the plan. I couldn’t believe when I found this just a few minutes into my search. Let’s look past the color and the dated hardware. Picture this painted navy blue with beautiful gold hardware. My dream dimensions for our space were 70″ x 19″. This just happens to by 70″ x 20″. Perfect. What is even better is that it’s a Henredon dresser which means the quality is top-notch. The legs and details actually remind me of our Restoration Hardware nightstands. This dresser is extremely well made.
What did I pay?
Are you ready for this? I bought this dresser for $350 and have big plans for this beauty. The lesson here is to search your neighborhood Facebook site or even Craigslist (just be safe) because you may have a better chance of snatching up a really good quality piece that someone else is ready to part with. Be sure to ask and make sure it’s a smoke free home. Always very important.
I plan to use this color to give the dresser new life. I will be using a paint sprayer to ensure a really smooth finish. Wish me luck as I tackle this project. Can’t wait to share the finishes product with you.
Now I am off to spend time with my dear mom. Praying and hoping for a good day. Get caught up on our journey here.
That is a gorgeous dresser and it will look terrific in navy. Can’t wait to see it finished!
Marty Oravetz says
Love your dresser find. Can’t wait to see it painted. Great lines and the price is amazing.
Randall Harrison says
I can’t wait to see the finished project!!!!
Cannot wait to see it all done! We’ve been on a similar search!
My daughter found that buying off Crsigslist and painting a piece was better value than buying cheaply made pieces that were extremely poor quality. Now she can work within her budget and still get the look she wants. She even found a beautiful piece on the side of the road – free. Even more exciting!
It’s nice to see a blogger that works within a budget and is patient enough to take her time putting a room together. I love that you bought a less expensive version of your chandelier and with a little work have a beautiful statement piece. Looking forward to the finished version of your bureau. I assume you will need to remove the varnish before painting. What product do you use? Or will you sand?
Jaclyn Musselman says
Love your dresser find!! I got a steal on a well made old dresser for our master bedroom—we saved thousands too. It is not worth it when, like you said, the quality these days is so questionable.
It will end up gorgeous!! Here in town there is a couple who started painting furniture pieces here and there and it grew into a big business. They also will paint kitchen cabinets. They have had some gorgeous pieces. Their business grew so much, it is all they do now. I kind of drool over some of there pieces, but sadly we are to the point in our lives that our home is full and it’s not often we need a new piece of furniture. We have several painted pieces in our home and I love them!
Also, I have been following your journey with your mom. My heart goes out to you. My grandmother lived with Alzheimers for about 6 years. My mom had been helping care for her and within weeks from my grandmother’s diagnosis, my mom was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. We felt we had to focus on my mom’s short time and had to place my grandmother in an assisted living that had an alzheimer’s unit (condo type unit that housed 14). The day my sister and I took her was one of the worst days in my life. However, she came to feel secure there and they had wonderful staff that cared for her. It became her home. She passed away in 2016 at age 98!! We were even able to have hospice at the end right there in the assisted living. It’s a hard disease to deal with and I feel for you.
Good morning ! Did you happen to see the project done by Kris (Driven by Decor) ? Check out her guest room IKEA hack side table. Not sure you could do it on that scale, but maybe a side table. Worth a look.
Joanne B. says
Great find! Anxious to see the process and the finish! I loved the S&L dresser you had on your design board and was just wondering if you would go for it in the end, despite the $$$. Happy to see that you kept it real for all of us who think the same way. Anyone can spend lots of $ on decor and have a decorator coach you, but the challenge is to take your time and get the look YOU like for less yourself. Since you wanted to add the element of texture with the grasscloth, consider adding grasscloth to the inset panels on the drawers! Find grasscloth in a navy color similar to the paint color OR since navy grasscloth might be limited in choices, if this is at all an option, find your navy grasscloth first and then settle on a paint color to match. Lots of this idea on pinterest and the web. If you are not familiar with Kristi from Addicted2Decorating, she recently did this same idea! She is an AMAZING DIY’er extraononaire! https://www.addicted2decorating.com/my-finished-entryway-before-and-after-and-all-of-the-in-betweens.html
What color did you paint your dresser? It’s beautiful!
Can you show the finished dresser. I have the same one and have no idea what I want to do with it! Thank!
It is in this post. We even brought the dresser to our new home. https://athoughtfulplaceblog.com/our-master-bedroom/