In a post last week I showed a photo of my red chest, click here if you missed it. As I looked at the photo, I just didn’t like the look. I wanted to paint the chest, but still wasn’t sure if I should. So I went to the experts… YOU! I asked on the ranch’s Facebook page if I should paint it.
Over 100 people said in a loud unanimous voice, “NO!!!” Someone even said, “Put down the brush, and step away from the furniture.”
And so, I listened, because I know you know things. You know when I’m on to something, and when I just need to step away. The photo below is the before one.
Honestly I WAS going to paint the chest, but instead, followed YOUR advice.
Based on reader suggestions, the first thing I did was to take down the artwork that was distracting from the chest.
Secondly, I changed out the lamp that I think was just making me feel crowded.
I switched out the lamp with two of these. The shades have a lot of red in them, so I thought they would go perfectly. (I had these lamps in my bedroom when it was red.)
These buffet lamps sit higher and don’t block the top of the dresser. I am showing a close-up so you can see that the lamp shades really are red and not orange like they show in the photos with the lights turned on.
The next thing I did, was to paint the mirror. I really liked it without paint, and believe it or not, I really DIDN’T want to paint it, but you were right once again, it just didn’t “GO” here and needed the paint. I used my homemade chalky paint recipe. If you haven’t seen it, you can find it here. I distressed the mirror using wax and sanding, that I also discuss in the same post.
In the end, I have a cleaner, more uniform and less crowded look. I actually tried some different artwork here, but in the end, decided I like the look without it, just simple and plain.
I know I showed this last week, but here’s what the other side of the room looks like. I just ordered headboards for this room, so I am soooo looking forward to doing a post with the new headboard x 3.
Thanks for your help, truly; I mean that French chest is hand-painted, what was I thinking????