(Are these pictures looking terribly pixilated, or is it just my computer? They look awful from here, sorry if they are bad on your end too!)
Then I read this post by Young House Love. And that's when I realized I had the perfect thing sitting not 5 feet from the bed.
So, while Baby B was distracted emptying my sock drawer, I switched out the old nightstand for the antique dresser I refinished for Baby B's room (before we swapped it for a more space efficient dresser). First impression? I love it!
For the last 14 months Baby B's crib has lived here, but we've scooted him to the other end of the room as a first step toward sleeping in his own room which left us a whole new world of space options. Maybe I can use that as part of my excuse for not finding this solution earlier? :)
My old little nightstand was just piled with books and lotions and kleenex and extra diapers, but no more! I think I'll still put the books on top, but standing along the back of the dresser all tidy-like. Everything else can be hidden in the top drawers while the bigger bottom drawer still holds extra blankets.
There are a couple things that still need tweaking. One is the lamps. I got them for $9 at Ikea a couple years ago and as much as I still like them they aren't working anymore. Mostly because I apparently painted the walls the exact color of the lampshades. Oops. Ha ha, you can barely see them in the picture above! I would rather have something that makes more of a statement and adds interest instead of blending in so much. Plus these guys are a little tall for our slanted ceilings. The other problem is that things are kind of off balance now.
But I think I've already got a good start fixing one of those problems! Remember the lamps I found at a thrift store last weekend? I think they will be a perfect solution for the bedroom. They already fill up the space much better. Once they get a new coat of paint and some fun shades I think they will add some fun and interest to the room. And they are short enough that even with shades they won't bump the ceiling. Hopefully I'll get a final plan in place for these soon, and find a solution for problem #2....
.... balance. There isn't any. It's nice finally having lamps at an even height because that looks more balanced, but having a super skinny nightstand on one side and a whole dresser on the other is just a little wonky. I don't want to take up a ton of space on the left side of the bed, but I am hoping to find something a little wider with more visual weight to even things out. I don't have any kind of specific plan yet. :)
So for now I'll just work on getting my lamps finished. I'll probably end up painting them (I'm not a big fan of blue. I don't know why. And one of them has a good sized scuff on it anyway) but I'm trying not to rush into anything. Any suggestions on color? I want something fun, maybe bright. I'm thinking about a bright green or teal, or maybe even oil rubbed bronze? Or would a nice, crisp white be better? I'll have to see what I can find. :)
I also don't feel like blue really works with anything else in the room. So, yeah, I'll probably end up painting. :)
What's that? You're wondering where the old nightstand went? Well, at the moment it's filling in where the dresser used to be across from the foot of the bed. Having a smaller table here actually created a much more cozy little seating area than the dresser did. So I will definitely call this a win-win! I don't know if I'll keep it for the long haul, but I'm at least giving it a chance in its new home. Now let's all give a big round of applause to Baby B for modeling the new arrangement. And for his speedy-fast pillow-drumming skillz.
And for his wonderful, wispy, fluffy hair!
Have you found a wonderful new home for anything lately? Do you have an unusual nightstand or an suggestion for one for the left side of the bed? What color should I paint my lamps???