I had given my oldest daughter our large chest of drawers when I was rearranging our Moncton house for sale . . . doing the declutter thing. When we sold the Moncton house, I sold the long dresser & matching mirror as it was HUGE and would have not fit in this bedroom. I had just refinished a chest of drawers intending to resell but chose to keep it for our own use here. How did I possibly think I could go from having a large walk-in closet, large chest of drawers, and 9 drawer dresser to 2 normal closets and one regular sized chest of drawers??
Well, I threw some clothes out, gave tons of clothes away, I have under-the-bed storage containers full, we put double rods in the two closets, filled them to overflowing, and filled the regular chest of drawers. And thats after all that purging I did in Moncton!!! How could I possibly have that much clothes? Well. I have always tended to keep all my clothes, period. Clothes that I've outgrown years ago thinking that someday I would fit back in them but although I at times I had gotten down to the same weight, I hadn't gotten back to the same shape. And, styles change, etc. Ryan is worse than I with keeping every article of clothing he ever owned in our marriage INCLUDING outgrown, holey, torn, stained clothes. I gave away outgrown shirts of his and still hear about the missing shirts that "disappear in the black hole" (his favourite phrase). LOL The good news is that he finally actually got rid of some of those holey, torn, stained shirts. PHEW! We both still have a lot of purging left to do with our clothes . . . someday. LOL
Well, now that I've rambled, I'll show you some of the setup I had that was kind of working . . . for now.
The 'old' end tables. I sold them last week on a Facebook group. (I turned them the proper way to take the picture, but the closet door wouldn't open with it set this way)
My new end tables from Wicker Emporium! I got them on clearance for $95 each plus tax! Whoop! We love them!
So. I have been watching the last week or so for a good deal on a dresser. The problem I've been finding is that most of them are very deep and that would crowd our room considerably. I haven't found a decent dresser narrow enough so began searching out the possibility of buying new instead. That, too, has proven difficult. I found ONE second hand dresser that would fit my space and style and it is in Toronto on Kijiji. That won't work. So. I was down to figuring out how I might be able to sweet talk Ryan into going to Toronto OR having to get a custom built dresser OR building one ourselves.
I found a couple of local builders and got a quote from one of them. It was going to be fairly expensive. Pretty much equivalent to getting a good quality one at a furniture store. I'm too cheap for that so I started checking out Pinterest and YouTube about building a dresser. Uh, no. Way too much for me at this point in the game.
Last night I stumbled upon The Plan! I'm super excited about it. I'm going to order 2 small solid unfinished pine chests from Ikea and build my dresser out of them, with a few tweaks.
They are only $39.99 each and shipping is only $27! That's $106.98 plus tax.
I will paint or stain the trim black but will do a wood stain to match my end tables on the rest.
I also want to try aging the wood by wire brushing it first.
And lastly, the reason I am going to do this right away is because I don't want to live with the clutter that a lack of storage creates. I have decor items crowding on my desk top and dresser top that will be put on the finished dresser. Clutter in the master bedroom is a huge no-no for many reasons. I will 'borrow' from the kitchen fund and replace it after selling the current chest of drawers and more unneeded decor.