Thursday, June 28, 2012

Moody Blue Vintage Modern Bedroom – FOR SALE

I recently put together this entire room  using thrift store, yard sale,  craigslist, and clearance/sale items from popular retailers, along with several art pieces by yours truly.   Even using a “Design on a Dime” budget, this room is full of style and I think it turned out swell!!!   I really love to take old items that have been damaged and/or discarded, and give them a new life.  Here’s how it all came together……..

This Moody Blue Vintage Modern Bedroom was actually set up in a recently purchased home,  and the new homeowner let me use the room to set up and photograph what this room could look like in YOUR home, in exchange for me painting the room.  The taupe color was chosen by the homeowner, but I think it works as a beautiful neutral backdrop to show off the furnishings. The paint color could even go darker, giving more contrast to the white furniture, art and accessories. Gray toned walls might  be another option as the background for these furnishings.

This is what the room looked like before I started.  After removing the dated border, filling and sanding holes, and applying a fresh coat of paint on the walls and trim, it looked good as new.

This beautiful mid-century dresser is where the whole room started.  Although this dresser is missing all identifying labels, I saw an overpriced (or I would have bought it) matching chest of drawers  on craigslist that still had the label, identifying it as being  from United Furniture.  After carrying this piece down four flights of stairs with the help of it’s previous owner, while my husband and kids waited in the van, me and my ovaries believe it to be solid, heavy, oak.

When I got it, it looked like this. 

It was in pretty good shape, but the legs were really loose and it was a little beat up.  A not-very-successful-repair had been attempted – notice the screws.  **cringe**

So I took it apart…….

Re-glued, re-screwed, sanded, primed, sanded, painted, sanded, painted, sanded, painted, sanded, painted……. well, you get the idea.

It has several coats of gloss white paint to give it that updated modern edge, and also has a high gloss protective clear topcoat.  Isn’t it a beaut!?!  Hopefully, someone will buy it sooner rather than later because I’m really wanting to keep this baby!!!  If only I had the room for it!

The original brass??? hardware ROCKS.MY.WORLD!!!  It didn’t really stand out before the dresser was painted, but it certainly does now.

The dresser measures a whopping 64”long, 30”tall, and 19”deep.  Loads of storage!  By the way, have you priced new, quality, 9 drawer dressers these days?  **Gulp**  Ex.pen.sive!

The drawers have dove-tailed joints and all work properly.  For a little fancy, schmancy touch, the drawers have been lined in this darling removable polka dot paper.

Now, on to the headboard.  The beautiful lines of this headboard, which I found hiding behind a bunch of junk in a thrift store,  caught my eye one day.  It’s a good,  solid piece, but has no markings to identify the brand.

It needed some minor repairs, but with wood glue, clamps and paint, it was good as new.

This headboard has two sets of holes to attach a bedframe to.  One set is 74” apart  and the other set is 78” apart, to accommodate a king size bed.  However, the legs of this headboard were built wide enough to accommodate a queen size bed frame.  It's just a matter of drilling the holes.

The mattress used in these photographs is actually a smaller "full" size, because that’s what I had available to use for photographing. ****NOTE: THIS ROOM DOES NOT COME WITH A BEDFRAME AND MATTRESS.****

Did you happen to notice the bedding?  The bedding has not been previously used, except for the white dust ruffle and white sheer curtains (not shown).   The fabulous queen/full duvet cover is from IKEA.  When I saw it, the curves immediately reminded me of the headboard.  See how well they go together now that I pointed it out?   PERFECT MATCH! 
The queen size sheets are a teal blue color with small white circles and are from Target, along with the blue throw blanket at the end of the bed.  The pillows were found at Home Goods. I love how the orange compliments the blue and also how the fluffy blue pillows match the fluffy lamp shades.

I can’t wait to tell you about the lamp shades!!!!

But let’s finish the furniture first. 
I absolutely fell in love with these fiberglass indoor/outdoor blue drum tables by Peter Pepper Products that I used as nightstands.  Oh so MOD!  They were a craigslist find and they were designed and custom color matched (almost a peacock blue) by an Interior Designer for a living room in the early 70’s.  They do  have some light scratches on the top, but have been waxed and buffed to a beautiful shine.  They measure 24” in diameter and 15" high, with a square edge.  PPP actually still makes these drum tables, although I did not see the exact dimensions on the price chart.   From my best estimate using the 24” diameter dimensions they do show on the chart, these drum tables new today would be approximately $700/each, plus shipping.  Check out the link to their pricing guide below.   What a great find!!!!  I want to keep these babies too!!!

The last piece of furniture that comes with this room is that awesome tufted, furry, faux cowhide upholstered bench.

This piece originally came from Ashley Furniture and was originally covered in ripped up patchwork fake leather.   I removed the damaged leather and reupholstered it with the furry, faux cow hide fabric, using the original black leather covered buttons for the tufting.  RAD!  The black legs and frame add a nice contrast to the other white furniture.

I painted this abstract piece specifically for this room.  I think the colors, shape, and style go perfectly with the rest of the vibe that’s going on up in here.

Here it is enlarged, but unfortunately, it does not photograph well.  The colors of the room were used with varying shades of blue, with a bit of orange and gold.  Shimmery silver metallic was also used as an accent on this piece.  This is a very vibrant painting in person!

The small painting on the dresser was made with a straw blowing technique… much fun!!  It mimics the cow hide and brings in the complimentary orange color.

As for accessories, the bronze lamps on each side of the bed came from IKEA.  The shape of them works perfectly with the other curves in the room and the color goes so well with the dresser hardware.  I vamped up the lamp shades with coffee filters and my glue gun.  I have similar lamp shades in my own home and always get so many compliments on them.  They really are beautiful and make you just want to touch them.  AND they go so well with the fluffy teal pillows!!!

Having the lamps on gives the lamp shades a wonderful effect, especially at night.

This vase is so lovely with the dots. And it even has a sticker noting that it does hold water.  I tested it with these daylilies for a week, and no water seeped through the ceramic.  It is so sculptural though that it even looks great empty. It was a Target find.

The planter and the brass bird are thrift store finds that I thought to be appropriate for this room. 

And I just had to have these little Home Goods painted birdie plates resting on each nightstand!  I have placed scented candles on them so you can barely see the birdie, but I think they are so sweet.

The rest of the accessories on this side of the room are from various popular retailers (rug, picture frame, large orange vase, orange candle holder and candle, blue glass plate and graphic lampshade). 


The lamp base was a thrift store find  and goes so well with the white vase holding the orange day lilies.  Don’t you think?

I love to bring a bit of nature inside and I also love me some bling.  This tree sculpture I made combines the two.  I color-washed (little paint and lots of water) with a spray bottle and then hung these round glass crystal balls from the branches.  Does this branch remind you of the one on the cute little birdie plate?

The last thing in this room is the oval mirror over the dresser.   Since curvy and round was the theme here, the oval mirror was paired with the dresser to offset it’s straight lines.  It was painted with a glossy teal finish with orange dot accents.

I had so much fun putting this one-of-a kind vintage modern room together!!!!  It is full of personality, style, color, texture and fun!   You can be assured you will never walk into someone else’s house and find they have the exact same bedroom furniture as you or someone else you know.

This entire uniquely designed room can be delivered and installed in your home, within a 50 mile radius of Morrow, Ohio, by your Home Girl, for $2,000.   Additional fees will be applied to other areas.  Now that’s Design on a Dime!

  • painted walls
  • king/queen headboard
  • (2) vintage fiberglass indoor/outdoor drum tables
  • upholstered bench
  • 9 drawer mid-century dresser with removable paper-lined drawers
  • (2) bronze colored lamps with custom hand crafted lamp shades
  • (1) white lamp with teal/white graphic lampshade
  • large 41” x 41” custom acrylic abstract painting on wood
  • small 12” x 12”custom acrylic abstract painting on canvas
  • queen size duvet cover
  • queen size sheet set
  • four coordinating throw pillows
  • blanket
  • queen size white bed skirt – gently used
  • (4) white sheer curtain panels – gently used
  • rug measuring 3.5’ x 5.5’
  • white, round vase
  • large orange vase
  • (2) small white birdie plates with (2) orange scented candles
  • stylish orange candle holder with round white candle
  • brown/bronze colored planter with plant
  • brass bird figurine
  • shattered glass plate
  • picture frame
  • color-washed tree sculpture with glass crystal balls

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