Hi, you. I'm avoiding the calendar [a.k.a guilt] so I don't know how long it's been. A few updates! Modern-Atelier is keeping our weekends packed and my weekdays full of editing, which I love! But in my best efforts to keep on top of everything, I failed to keep on top of everything! I want this blog to only have worthwhile informative content, which may result in fewer but RICHER posts. And I'm ok with that. I hope you understand as well.
In other, somewhat related news, we moved. I loved certain things about our last basement bungalow, but I'm so excited about this new place. I want to dive deeper into this subject, but I'll save that for another day!
I will say this, moving [and especially moving to a place with such design potential] has completely fueled my design fire! I'm basically starting from scratch, and most certainly plan on keeping you in the know throughout the design process.
If you follow me on instagram, you know what I was up to last weekend. My first ever Ikea hack. Also, my first ever experience with wood stain. ALSO, my first ever experience having a place to do some serious DIYing in. Did I mention we have a garage? We're kind of excited.
I've been drooling over mid-century consoles. We had an ugly heating component on one wall in the family room that needed to be hidden. I searched high and low for a console that was the right dimensions and was coming up short. So, I decided to go the Ikea hack route. And you know what? As HARD as I have tried to avoid Ikea, it's solved three design dilemmas for me already. So what can I say?
The Tarva dresser was exactly what i was looking for, and you can't beat the price. I found this tutorial and decided to follow it very closely. Unfortunately, there are not as many options in the gel stain family, but Cherrywood was still a good fit. Also, staining is not for the impatient. You have to wait 12 hours in-between each coat. Luckily I only needed one coat, and even then I was dying! Thank you to my patient husband for keeping me on-track. I'm positive it would not have turned out this good without his help.
Oh, and we decided to stain/paint before assembling so we could pay more attention to detail. For anyone considering this route, just know it means committing to finishing every single surface [as opposed to just the exterior, visible, surfaces after it's built].
To give it a more unique mid-century look, I decided to paint the "shell" of the console [top, sides, legs, outer frame]. I'm super happy I went that route. It just gives it an extra touch of detail. *Note: I made sure to stain, not paint, the middle support beam [in-between the drawers].
Finally, I chose to use unique hardware, which is where I need your help! I initially went with the Faceted Ory Knob from Anthropologie. But there were only 6 in-store and they are out of stock till mid-April online. I love how they add a bit of a feminine touch to the piece. However, I also love the Streamline Knob. So here's what I'm thinking.
A: go with the original plan of all Ory Knobs
B: keep Ory Knobs on the top drawers, then use Streamline Knobs on the bottom two drawers
[A OR B]
What's your opinion? Which plan do you like more, A or B?