This all started with a need for storage. When I sold my apartment recently, the timing worked out that Jeff and I hadn't found a new place by the time I needed to move out. So, as a temporary situation, I moved into his place. Jeff has a lovely apartment in DUMBO; we simply want a bigger place that we move to together. We thought we would live in his apartment for a few weeks at most and I figured that I would simply put my things into storage and live out of a suitcase for this interim period. Not fun, but not terrible!
But now it's months later and we still haven't found anything. I know now that the rental market in NY in the summer is really tight and DUMBO is also very competitive. This is a long way of saying that I've been in a "temporary" living situation for longer than I anticipated and ultimately just needed some storage. All of my furniture is buried in storage tetris and therefore the best solution was to buy an inexpensive dresser that I could take with us when we ultimately move.
After a lot of thought and a long search I settled on this Wayfair dresser because I thought it would be fun to customize.
Hardware Bracket Challenge
My first idea for a customization was hardware. Friends on Instagram were incredibly helpful and participated in a hardware bracket challenge. I mocked up a bunch of hardware on the dresser and you can also see the bracket challenge below.
I was VERY sad when the Anthropology hardware that won the challenge did not work out! The screw did not fit in the dresser, so it was back to the drawing board. I turned to my go-to for so many things in decor, Wayfair. Wayfair did not disappoint! I stayed with the black and gold theme and settled on the hardware below from Wayfair, which I ultimately love so much.
Next up was lighting! Our bedroom doesn't have any overhead light, so I wanted to come up with a creative solution for lighting. I've always loved decorative exposed cords and decided to give the look below a try. I took a gold plant hanger from my old apartment and strung an inexpensive light bulb with a braided cord from it to create bedside lighting. Add an Edison bulb and you're done!
The New Look!
Want the look? I've rounded up all of the pieces above (some are lookalikes for vintage items) so that you can recreate the look in your home. I would love to hear your thoughts on this transformation in the comments below.
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