Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Tackling the Storage Issue

The other week I shared some plans for our messy dining room. At the time I was being a little coy... and possibly lazy, and never shared a proper picture of our disaster area. So, if you want the ugly truth, here it is...

December 13, 2012

December 13, 2012

December 13, 2012

December 13, 2012

Yup... stuff... EVERYWHERE. And yes... I am extremely embarrassed showing this to all of you, but nothing like showing off a mess like this to get you motivated. It was not overly Christmas-y feeling and definitely not very organized or practical for a dining room / home office space - am I right? The worst part was this room was NOT hidden from view and is visible from the front hall, kitchen/living room AND the front door. Yup - this mess was on FULL display to everyone who came near our house, so it was time to take care of it. 

We're starting with baby steps and I'm being very budget conscious since right now we're focusing funds on our upcoming wedding. So, last Thursday we acquired a new piece for this space to help me to start getting things in order. Thankfully it was right in line with our minimal to no budget that we are working with to spruce up our space.

Last Tuesday I decided to take a browse through Craigslist to see what I could scrounge up as far as inexpensive furniture for our rather lacking home. I found a free 7 drawer dresser that looked like a perfect solution for our dining room storage nightmare. I shot off an email right away, telling myself it was probably gone as it had been posted the day before (and we all know how quickly free stuff goes on Craigslist). About an hour later my cell phone rang with the sweet, sweet news that the dresser was still available! JOY! After a little bit of back and forth, B headed over to pick up the dresser on Thursday night and I started cleaning up and organizing the room.

The above photos were taken on Thursday before we moved in the dresser. I've been working away since then, slowly getting rid of things we no longer needed, organizing and reorganizing and finding a proper home for all of the bits and pieces in there. There is still some work to be done, and our bins for Christmas decorations still need to be relocated back to the basement, but there is already a drastic improvement in the space. Check it out:

December 18, 2012
{Yes - first on my list once I have the space all ready to go is to hem those curtains. Drives me nuts!}

December 18, 2012

December 18, 2012

So what are my plans? Well first of all, we plan on repositioning the mirror so that it hangs horizontally instead, B just needs to change the wire on the back. As far as the dresser goes, it definitely needs some love. It has some scratches and paint splatters and other mysterious marks all over it.

I'm thinking I'd like to keep the top and the base of it this dark colour and then paint the whole middle section of it white. Maybe spray the handles black and get some new knobs for the doors on the bottom left. I won't be diving head first into anything over the holiday's, but I am pleased to see this little progress.

Do you have a room that is just a storage nightmare? Maybe you've started organizing a space yourself, or have added your own budget piece of furniture to your home? Or maybe, you aren't crazy like me and you are just focusing on your family and this wonderful season? Whatever it is you are up to, I'd love to hear about it!


  1. Oh, man, Kerry, this is so motivating. You would not believe how badly my office needs an overhaul like this! Seriously. It's been on my to-do list for, like, EVER.

    That dresser definitely has some potential, nice find and nice work on the organizing!

  2. Wow, what a difference, you have been working hard!! Looks great... so looking forward to seeing what you do with the dresser!!

  3. Cathy camikula@bell.netDecember 19, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Firstly, what a great sized room! So much potential!
    Secondly, the dresser is great with lots and lots of things you could do. I like the idea of the wood finish top. Will have to see if I like the bottom left as well. Good thought for something new.
    Thirdly, your curtains. Have you thought of put a rod up nearer the ceiling - just under the molding? Then you wouldn't have to hem them.
    Have a great Christmas and all the best in the new year,
    Cathy (London, ON)

    1. Thanks Cathy. We could move the rod, but I prefer them to hang right up against the window. If we hang them up near the ceiling, they will leave a big huge gap between the window and the curtains and it's not exactly what I want in this space. Thanks so much for dropping by and Merry Christmas & all the best in the New Year for you as well!

  4. WOW! You only have a room; I have a whole house but that's a story for after the holidays. Your room looks nice. Enjoy your holiday and Happy 2013!

    BTW; I'm a new stalker! (in a good way) :)


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