Monday, February 21, 2011

A Very Modest Redo

After my husband brought a tabletop copier/fax machine with him when he moved here, I needed to make room for it in the office. This meant I had to move some stuff from the lateral file cabinet that holds his office files. I also needed something that I could just put my stuff on when I work or blog in here. What I had was very flimsy and I didn't like it. Then I spotted my old nightstand, sitting out with the junky wood things in the area designated for potential future firewood. Oh, you should see our yard here. What a mess!


When I spotted it, I wondered why in the world I bought that bedroom set. When I lived in Los Angeles, I had a gorgeous Spanish style apartment. It was large with hardwood floors, beamed ceilings, arches, walk-in closets, built in bookcases and on and on. I will never win a prize for interior decorating, but now I wonder why I bought a modern platform bed and this nightstand to go with it. I later added antiques and achieved a somewhat OK eclectic d├ęcor, but still. 


When I saw the nightstand in the yard the other day, I thought it might work as a small table with storage in here. After cleaning it up with these trusty oils, it looked a little better.


And I carried it into the house. It's mostly solid wood and heavy.


It worked perfectly in the space. My dictionary fits on top with some pens and paperclips. There is room on the top shelf for envelopes, stapler, and other things. And a cloth drawer that went with the previous contraption I had here fit on the bottom shelf. It holds my printer paper, labels, and some empty file folders. 


You can see I found room for the copier/Fax machine on the file cabinet to the right. It doesn't matter that the nightstand is much lower than the file cabinet, it just makes it easier for me to reach over and put my work, papers, or whatever on top of that dictionary. And now that the dictionary is actually accessible, I may even learn a few new words of this great English language of my adopted country.

Have a nice Presidents' Day everyone in the USA! (Was that a rhyme, lol?)

18 comments:

  1. Perfect! Your nightstand looks like it was meant to be in the office all along!
    That's a huge dictionary!!
    English is crazy with all of the strange spellings and variations in pronunciation. There are a few cute poems about this. Some are posted at:
    http://www.englishspellingsociety.org/news/media/poems.php
    I hear that Swedish is rather tough to learn as well.

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  2. :) You write so well that I forget English is not your first language. :) Don't you love when you can recycle furniture (or anything) into something you need? Great job!

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  3. Don't you just love it when things fit so nicely?

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  4. Creative recycling! I'm all for it! The old nightstand looks perfect now, in its new role. Don't worry about your English. Some of us to whom English is a first language don't do too well with it.

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  5. I, too, had a bedroom suite that I wondered for years what I liked about it. Finally, after 35 years of living with it I got rid of it and bought a new one. They say one's taste in furniture changes every five years. I believe it!

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  6. I'm with texwisgirl, I forget that english isn't your first language!
    I love your repurposing. Looks great. Even better is you already had it & just didn't know its purpose yet :) Glad you didn't use it for firewood!!

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  7. That's the nicest looking firewood I've ever seen.

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  8. Isn't it great when you can find a purpose for something like that?! It looks great!
    That's a huge dictionary. We have half of a room almost filled with dictionaries. My husband worked as a linguist, so he has a thing for dictionaries. I brought one when I moved in, but nowadays I use almost exclusively online ones. Webster's and a new, EXCELLENT, Swedish one Tyda.se. I love it ... they have a forum too, where you can discuss idioms and such.

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  9. Good job, Inger! I love making old things work...:)JP

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  10. I think Christine must be right...my taste in furniture changes every 5 years for sure. Glad you are getting organized. That is always so hard after a move.

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  11. Good job Inger! It looks great, and perfectly useful!!

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  12. Great job! It looks good and works well; and it always feels good to be creative.
    What part of Sweden are you from?

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  13. The night stand is perfect for your somewhat over-crowded office, looks like you bought it for that purpose! It's good that it hadn't been turned into kindling yet!

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  14. I agree that your nightstand looks like it was made especially for this spot. Glad you found a way to deal with your issue. Happy Monday!

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  15. Looks prett spiffy to me -- and the price was definitely right. :)

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  16. hey, you did a great job! night stand looks good. sounds like you're keeping yourself busy for sure.

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  17. Pat yourself on the back for making it work for you!

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  18. "A place for everything and everything in its place!"
    :))

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Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger

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