Koi Fish Dresser

It’s been a couple of years since I’ve painted furniture, and this dresser has been in my garage for just as long. In true Abby fashion, I came up with a complicated design. This dresser will eventually end up in our master closet after we install an organizational system. For now, it’s in our master bedroom.

There’s a reason why I never wanted to take custom furniture orders. Because I’ve never done a piece that ended up like I pictured it. This one included. I originally asked my Instagram followers to help me choose a pattern for inside the drawers. But two days later when I went to purchase the winning pattern, the website was being really sketchy. So I ended up going with this koi pattern from a different website, Zazzle.com. I’m kind of glad it worked out that way because I love the koi pattern.

I selected a dark navy paint for the body of the dresser, and it turned out lighter than I wanted. I thought it might darken up after I waxed it, but no, it didn’t. That’s okay, too, because this blue goes well with the tone of the green I painted inside the drawers. I already had the green paint, but I also considered a coral color.

I had just enough leftover koi paper to insert it into a frame that I already had in this spot. New art, I love it! The green lamp was from Samantha’s room before we gave it a makeover. It will be a fun pop of color when this goes in our closet.

This dresser was the very last piece of furniture I purchased specifically to paint. There are no more pieces to paint in the garage, and I don’t intend on getting any. On my to-do list are things like getting an organizational system for the closet and painting our bedroom. (It’s 14 ft x 27 ft, so I am dreading that.) Social media shows fast, all in one sitting makeovers, but I really think most people do things little by little.

Have a great weekend! We’re headed to the rodeo later today. Yee haw!

Chifferobe Linen Storage

I realized that I’ve shared this chifferobe on my blog before, but I don’t think that I’ve shown what I use it for. This chifferobe is only one of two pieces that I painted and kept. It’s really the only piece of those two that I would care about keeping. I love it. I painted it in the “french country” style. It’s far from perfect, but hey, so am I!

So what do I use it for? Linens! Tablecloths, place mats, napkins, table runners, etc. I also store some seasonal pillows in the bottom.

I found that the kind of hangers that dry cleaners use for pants are perfect for tablecloths. They don’t make a crease when they’re hung up for long periods of time. They are also usually non-slip.

Inside the smaller door on the left I keep place mats, runners, and other things.

There are four drawers in this chifferobe, so each drawer keeps napkins that I might use in each of the four seasons.

This chifferobe is in our master bedroom. It would be great in a dining room, too. I like it here because it is close to the ironing board, which is kept in the closet on the right. Our laundry room is also upstairs, so putting things away after I wash them is convenient.

Funny story – this chifferobe has been at least four colors. When I bought it, it was a cherry finish. Then I stripped it and stained it a barn wood finish. Then I painted it an off-white color. Finally, it ended up gray with a linen door. (I removed the glass in that portion.) Sometimes it takes a while to get things right!