Well, this is without a doubt the nicest “before”, I’ve ever started out with. It just needs a little change… in the storage direction. You feel me?
I’ve always loved our little white Ikea console table. In our last home, it had this great spot in the family room for a little laptop work, or paying bills — that sorta thing. Now, though still pretty, the drawers were starting to become an unorganized catch-all — Not. Helping.
And, it’s location does not lend itself to anything useful. I love pretty, but I love beauty and function more. So — time for a little switcheroo. I’ll give the Kiddo the honour of sending it on it’s way… just for funzies. That’s how we roll. (This post may contain affiliate links. This means, should you end up making a purchase, advertisers give me a small percentage of that sale, at absolutely NO EXTRA COST to you. Click here for full disclosures).
I found a really pretty, super light, shade, called “Seagull Gray” from Behr, and got it in their Behr Premium, paint and primer in one, eggshell. Niiice. Now for a little hardware bling. And, if you’ve never added hardware to a piece before, it’s your lucky day, because I’m sharing my no fail trick to getting them perfectly aligned! Here we go…
Now, it’s easy to use a pencil, to mark your hardware hole locations, from the holes you created in step 2. An extra tip? On each drawer, use a ruler to take a quick measurement, from the top edge, to make sure you’re not veering off course.
Now, you guessed it, you’re ready to drill your holes! The only thing left? Attach that gorgeous hardware! Another handy tip? Don’t drill all your holes at once. Follow through and attach your hardware after each time you drill your holes. It will allow you to catch any mistakes or make any adjustments to your template (especially with that first set) before being stuck with a bad guide. Hardware is finicky, and needs to be precise!
I love that this piece has some bulk to it — it’s great for hiding that sneaky lamp cord too. Bonus! The soft grey keeps things light, and I’ve been dying to participate in this gold hardware trend… without committing to something huge, like my kitchen knobs.
But, most importantly? The storage! Holy cow, this has been a lifesaver! Even if we had a “playroom” it’d be empty. The Kiddo just likes to be where we are… so including all her art supplies right into the living room is perfect. We’ve all got 3 drawers each, and hers look a little something like this ^^ … colouring books, finished art pieces, and paper all fit neat and tidy and our guests are none the wiser, that our new console table has all this is going on!
And, just in case you want to Pin that hardware trick for later…