I find that things never tend to look quite like I pictured them in my head. This is especially true when I am decorating a room. I’m sure there are people out there who are much better able to envision exactly how something will look, but those people are probably professionals while I am definitely an amateur. Although then again, I’ve been watching old Fixer Uppers on Hulu lately and I just saw one where Joanna Gaines repainted an entire house because her first color choice didn’t look right. So maybe we all have this problem.
When I started planning my bedroom makeover I knew I wanted to paint the jelly cupboard in my bedroom that I use for storing my clothes. Easy enough. I painted it in Miss Mustard Seed milk paint in Grain Sack, and then I added some Iron Orchid Designs transfers to the doors. So far, this is exactly how I pictured the cupboard would look.
By the way, the IOD transfers that I used are meant for clay pots (google ‘Iron Orchid Designs French Pots III’ to find sources for purchasing online). They come in a set of 3 different designs. To get two of the same design I purchased two sets. As you can see the design is curved to work with applying it to the curved surface of a pot, but I thought it worked just fine on the flat surface of my cupboard door as well.
I felt like the design of the one I chose was particularly appropriate. Les industries d’amateurs for sure!
It was the next step that threw me off. I had this vision of bringing up the vintage suitcases that were beside the Welsh cupboard in my dining room. In my head they were going to be perfect stacked next to the cupboard.
But once I had them in place they looked really … well … brown.
Don’t forget that on the other side of the room is my black headboard …
But I do also have the brown bench. And the bedding and walls are very warm greige tones. So brown isn’t wrong, but I felt like the stack of suitcases was throwing the balance of the room in favor of brown tones and I didn’t like it.
So I took them away and I brought up the cane back chair from the living room. I also added an old black shutter on the wall layered with a framed architectural drawing.
Definitely less brown.
But the height of the chair is a bit off, don’t you think? It’s just too low for next to the tall cupboard. But I love the shutter and print in that spot.
So I took away the chair and shopped around my house for something else to put in front of the shutter and I came across my faux dress form, Lula.
Turns out she is the perfect height for that spot, don’t you think?
When it comes to adding details to a room I often tend to ‘shop’ my own house. I like to move things around, they always feel fresh when they are placed in a new spot.
I had to laugh when I was editing the above photo by the way. Can you see why? There are two things that are upside down. I hadn’t really noticed that until I took a close look at the picture. Did you spot them? The Arctic Aire label on the fan, and the label on the spine of the book are both on upside down. What a weird coincidence!
Anyway, I didn’t purchase any new things for this side of the room. I just worked with items I already had. Which is a good thing since I am pretty much out of money for this makeover after buying all of that bedding. Luckily it’s almost done. I’m just waiting on some mail order items and once they arrive and are installed I’ll share the full reveal. In the meantime, I’m back to working on other projects. I have a gorgeous dresser almost completed that I’ll be sharing soon. So be sure to stay tuned.