To Keep or Not to Keep

In our living room is this mid century dresser. It’s been with us through three houses and has lived many lives as a dresser, a buffet and now a credenza. I consider it family at this point.

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It has several draw backs though. For one, it’s HUGE! It’s old school furniture which means its not wood veneers; it’s actual wood which means its heavy as all get out. It’s likely to break your back. It also needs some updating. At this point after two moves, two of the knobs are missing and the closet door is off the track on the left side. It also has a leg that is driving me absolutely nuts by falling off every now and again thereby making a heavy piece even more difficult.

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It’s also way too big for our newest space. The draws are deep and it intrudes on the space. Just looking from the side, you can see how wide the piece is. But it’s a quality piece and most importantly I love it.

 

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With the way the market is right now, it’s in favor of mid century pieces and so I could easily replace it but I kind of love it. At first, it was overwhelming because the wood with our dark hardwood floor boards made the room a little dark. Now that there’s a larger rug in that room and more color the wood and the warmth is actually nice. I’m glad I didn’t paint it a color that I regretted before we got the rug. Now I’m thinking what to do about it. Here are probable options.

Probable options

1) Different shades for the green lamps and painting the base of them gold.

2) Leaving the credenza as is and adding new midcentury knobs to replace the missing ones.

3.) Mount tv on the wall

4) Hide cords behind the wall

Nuclear options

1) Sell it for a smaller mid century piece which would fit in our new living room better like the West Elm Modern White Buffet.

2) Sell it for a smaller piece that isn’t midcentury modern because the midcentury modern may be a trend that is going out soon like the Ikea Besta Media cabinet.

3) Rehab and restain this piece since I love it so much.

4) Rehab and restain this piece and then sell it since the writing may be on the wall for midcentury modern.

5) Paint it to match our current color scheme.

What are your thought on next steps for my little (read: giant) piece?

***Update: Target recently launched a new line called project 62 and there’s a cute little midcentury modern hutch in our price range. There was literally one available at my local Target so I took that as a sign from God that he wanted us to have it and impulsively added it to the cart. I am building it “as we speak”. I’ll let you know how it goes. In the mean time, the credenza that I know and love in going to go in our home storage area while we live in this house since I love it too much to part with.

Update on the Update: I didn’t keep the media set from Project 62. But here’s a photo of it so you can see it.

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Affordable Pink Sofas Under $1000

We’ve been on the hunt for the perfect pink sofa. Ideally, a velvety blush sofa fit for a small space but not a loveseat would be ideal. Anthropologie has a few worth drooling over but I don’t want to pay more than $1000 and figure someone else may not want to as well. So here are nine pink sofas options for less than $1000.

FullSizeRender (37)Novogratz Brittany Sofa $219.99

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Novogratz Vintage Tufted Sleeper Sofa $299

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Salley Tuxedo Sofa $979.99

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Pottery Barn Kids Pale Pink Luella Settee $519

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Pottery Barn Kids Bright Pink Luella Settee $454

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World Market Marian Loveseat $349.99

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Sofus Mid-century Modern Sofa $665.99

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Goodale Mid-century Modern Sofa $750.99

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World Market’s Blush Kendall Sofa $699.99

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Depuy Apartment Loveseat $559.99

Long Living Room Layout

When it comes to design, I usually don’t plan ahead. I have no one to explain myself to but myself. Well and husband, but he’s usually really good about seeing my vision. I spoke once before on instastories about my credenza conundrum and the living room layout is single handlely responsible for why that’s a conundrum in the first place. It’s a really long room, a room that more than likely should be split into two parts. Part living room, part dining room. My husband is adamantly opposed to the notion of formal dining when we don’t need it though so that idea was nixed. This left us with a really long room with no intent.

Between my huge credenza, the need to store our huge dogs crates and our insistence upon having a tv in our sitting area (while still having a fireplace) and you have a problem of epic proportion. Especially since there’s a window on the one free wall and a sliding door on the other.

It became imperative to plan. I downloaded the app “Rooms” one midnight when I couldn’t sleep and got to going on a layout that made more sense for our space.

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Here’s our current situation, and by current, I mean three weeks ago before I rotated these bad boys all over the place at 2am.

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Key

  • Striped rectangles are dog crates. I took used the measurements to make them to scale. There are other places they could live in the house but Sirius barks if he isn’t on the lower level with views to the doors. Eyeroll at him being temperamental.
  • Gold table is a bar cart that I thrifted years ago before brass was really in style. It’s been through three homes with us and was a prop at our wedding so it has some sentimental value. I wanted to keep it if I could even if it was as a printer stand (again).
  • Rectangle behind the sofa is a white parsons desk. We have two of them. One lives in our office and has a new life as a polka dot desk and the other is in the living room so we can work while enjoying our living space.
  • The Brown box on the right is the credenza. The amount of room it’s taking up is to scale.
  • Purple rug is a 5×7 rug that we purchased before we knew what size this room was.
  • Tv on top of fireplace which is to the right but it’s way too high to watch tv from
  • Long white- sliding back door, Right white stripe- Fireplace, Bottom white stripe- window

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Trial 1

Moves: Credenza offset of the fireplace, dog crates flanking the sofa, bigger rug

Problem: Credenza takes focus off fireplace and tv is off sight of the sofa, can’t see tv from chairs. Dogs are on the rug. No go

Good: bigger rug is a must

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Trial 2:

Move: Bigger Rug, both dog crates near back dog, all furniture on rug, back of sofa to fireplace.

Problems: Sofa back is to fireplace and that’s a no go as far as establishing a focal wall.

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Actually try by moving furniture 

Moves: Bigger rug, All furniture legs on the rug, leave credenza, Both crates near front window, tv on credenza, bigger sofa

Problem: Crates feel awkward credenza takes up a lot of space

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Actually try by moving furniture 2

Move: Bigger rug, Bigger sofa, All furniture legs on the rug, dog crates behind sofa to make a sofa table

Problems: credenza may still be taking up too much space

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Ideal but nuclear option: Get rid of credenza

Problem: Got rid of the credenza

Final Solution: We went with the option labeled try three. Doing so meant that we had a large space to the left of the front window. We managed to put the parson desk that originally started out in the living room in that corner. So far we are pretty satisfied. Doing this by way of an app beats the heck out of manually moving every single piece of furniture. Especially when you are struck by this genius idea at 2am when your husband is sleeping and you’re moving all of the furniture alone.

Promise I’ll show you our living room once its complete

Thank for following along with my home woes

Love, Prepford wife