February 22, 2011

A suite revival.

I have the most amazing best friend in the whole world! Linda's hilarious, smart, beautiful and so much fun to be around. But nobody's perfect, right? There has to be something wrong with her. Now I hate to be the one to point this out, but she does have a flaw.

She's not much of a decorator. So she was thrilled when I mentioned how badly I wanted to re-decorate her master bedroom and give her a brand new space! And I was thrilled when she and her husband gave me complete freedom with the design! I believe his exact words were "I don't care what you do." It was music to my ears!

So here's the first area I tackled - it's an adorable little nook where they had a simple little IKEA dresser and a full length mirror. Functional but not much of conversation starter.
So anyhow, going into the project I was inspired by this little green number - I loved the shape and lines of the dresser but was leaning toward more of a lime color (which would go well with their current and remaining brown bedding.) But then something happened - we stopped at a Kirkland's Home Store and saw this gorgeous piece in a muted turquoise shade. We both loved everything about it and knew immediately that this was the look to go for! Gorgeous, right? However, the $269 price tag was most definitely not what we were going for! Luckily, I found an diamond in the rough on Craigslist a few weeks back for a mere $20 bucks! I don't have a really good before pic so these two will have to do. We had already taken out all the drawers and it was on it's back so we could paint it. Here's the top and you can see the drawers here, too. It didn't come with any hardware but that was an easy fix! And besides the finished product, the price tag on this bad boy was the best thing about it!!
Are you ready for the after? I'll warn you - it's taken several people's breath away. Including mine!I had high hopes for this dresser but truth be told, it has exceeded all expectations! And it was only $20...take that Kirkland's.

** Update - some additional pictures**
These lamps were also part of that day's makeover! They were marked $8 each at Goodwill and when I went to pay for them they were half price!! I love when that happens!
Both lamps got new lampshades from Lowe's that helped tie everything together!
And here's the other one sitting on her new goodwill nightstand painted in the same turquoise shade.
I know the picture quality isn't the best but I've been meaning to add to this post for awhile now! I can finally check that off my list :-)


  1. Wowza! I tried clicking on the picture to see the detail more closely but it won't enlarge. Try to get a close-up shot if you get a chance! It looks fantastic! Anything going above it?

  2. Wow. That is gorgeous, and I love the color. You've outdone yourself!

  3. Thanks, Jamie! That's weird that it won't enlarge...I'll post some more pictures to Facebook as soon as I can. And yes - we found this sunburst mirror to go above it at Home Goods for $15 on clearance! I sprayed it a oil rubbed bronze (it was a yellowy brass color) and it was drying in the garage when I took this pic.

  4. There are no words to express the amazing job you did!!! And I have many flaws but thank you for just pointing out the ONE! Lol!!! Love you!

  5. Meant to tell you tonight that this is Fantastic! I love it!!! That is the color of my new carpet, and I'm totally wanting to paint my living room walls that color.
    You are inspiring Rachel :)

  6. Oh wow, where do you live? I bet you could do wonders with my living room, maybe even my kids rooms. :)