Our rental apartment, Sunny, is literally 3 rooms: kitchen, bedroom, living room (+1.5 bathrooms). The living room is big, and visually divided in half by a couch (actually more of a fancy futon from CB2). The living room got a
cheap thrifty, DIY makeover this summer (see more here), but the dining room half needs help. The dining room half is divided into 2 areas, the kitchen table and this weird little nook… I call it the bar/chatting with the chef nook, and it is super desperate. It’s a hodge podge of random pieces, including the free bar (Andy collected a lot of freebies before I moved to FL).
A little background to fully understand what can and can’t happen with this nook:
- Wall can not be painted, I’m lazy, and I really don’t want to paint it back when we move. (Open to other ideas… electrical tape?)
- Mirror is from our Austin condo, it can be painted.
- Iron scrolls… Super undecided. I want them in my beautiful garden outside. Too bad that’s currently only in my imagination.
- Wooden chairs… Andy lived in the apartment for 6 months with out me, the one thing he bought with a small wooden table and 2 chairs, although he inherited a ton of freebies! The table is under the bed, the chairs have no home. Not to mention, it’s where you sit to talk to the chef Totally open to painting? Or maybe I kind of like the blonde, mid- century modern look? Dipped feet?
- Black bar cart. It was one of the many “Poor Andy lives here all by himself with nothing” freebies from sweet people in our building. The black cart a little crusty, has a broken magnetic door, but it fits the space well, and is currently serving a purpose. (FYI: we really don’t drink that much. If you notice the bottles never change, ha!)
- Lamp and pillow can be moved or shoved in a closet.
- Budget= cheap. Paint it about all I want to buy : )
- Color. I’m not scared!
Here is the nook empty and from the living room side. (Here’s more pics of an empty Sunny):
Here were some of their ideas that I really like:
- Debbie said, “Put a solid fabric behind the screens, will make them stand out more, pick a snazzy print for chair cushions, or buy some at the outdoor furniture section. Guild the mirror frame gold, and pop gold rivits in the lampshade.”
- Taylor said, “I think I would loose the chairs, and I think it needs some fabric and color, what if you found a cool tapestry from urban outfitters or a cool vintage sheet and stapled it to the wall, would look like wallpaper!”
- Ameryn said, “Paint the mirror and the bar. Leave the chairs!!! They are a great Scandinavian looking neutral! Maybe add new pillows to them, or make fun seat cushions! =) The scroll pieces behind are throwing me off.”
- Sarah said, “I would apply the removable wall paper to the entire wall, remove the chairs and screens and leave the bar cart and mirror.:)”
- Francine said, “No need to scrap the chairs they only need a coat of paint. Love the fabric idea. Not too busy though. Pull out a fun color from the pattern and paint the chairs that color. Of course if it was me everything would be painted white except the bar which would be a light shade of aqua then I would coordinate pillows on the chairs with the same hues!
And here’s a close up of the borring current borring brown iron/ mirror combo:
So, what, what what would you do? (Anyone used to LOVE that show?)
Seriously though, I need help. Quick, what’s your first thought…