You'd never guess the novel and inexpensive storage solution hiding under these skirts.
To add more storage to the room without breaking their budget, Brian and Jennie purchased two unfinished bookshelves. Each slender unit has three open shelves for display and a closed area for storage. Painted the same shade as the walls, the shelves provide the look of built-ins without the expense.
The two nightstands also add extra storage space in an inexpensive and innovative way. The skirted tables are actually new trash cans topped with 30-inch-rounds of plywood. The cans hold seasonal items, such as sweaters, that aren't needed year-round.
The shelves on either side of the window don't just offer storage; they create balance as well. The room's arched-top window does not have an equal amount of wallspace on either side. The creamy white draperies, edged in black, also foster the illusion that the window is set directly in the middle of the wall.
Old Furniture, New Style
A hand-me-down armchair from Jennie's mother was recovered in green linen to match the walls. Orange linen piping adds a pop of color; again the color was pulled from the floral print that inspired the room's decor.
While reupholstering a piece can sometimes be costly, it is a great way to hold on to an item that is still useful or has sentimental value.