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!
The living room half of the room is grey and white with pops of yellow, orange and turquoise.
And here’s a close up of the current boring 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…