I’m very happy to reveal my latest home DIY project! Our bedroom is tiny, but I wanted to make it a space where I could do my hair and make-up but also write in my journal and do a little work on the computer. There’s barely enough space in here for any new furniture, so whatever I chose would have to do double duty.
The solution I came up with was to replace my bedside table (see this post for a picture of the old table) with a slightly bigger table with drawers for holding my cosmetics and jewelry. The table, I can happily report, was found on a tip! It has a big crack in the middle that I don’t think can be repaired, but I love the curved lines. There was also a drawer missing, but my father-in-law was able to make a new one and stain the timber to match. A chair fits underneath so it doesn’t take up too much room, although it would be great to find a little ottoman stool with storage inside to hold my scarves. I found the round mirror in a junk shop for $20. I think it was once used for displaying crystal ornaments, as it didn’t have a hook on the back and has a few scratches on the glass. We fixed it to the wall using these adhesive velcro strips.
I picked up the book holder at a garage sale for $5. When I saw it initially, I was looking at it upside-down, and so I thought it was a little stand for displaying collectibles. But when I got it home I realised happily that it was a book holder and that its curved lines matched the table perfectly. I’ve been trying to make more time for reading, so displaying my books by the bed like this reminds me of this goal.
While it cost me next to nothing to create this, the thing I like best about it is that it gives us just a little bit more ‘breakout space’ in our small home. We don’t have the luxury of an extra living room or home office, but this way, if my husband is looking after the children in the living room on a rainy weekend, I study or catch up on email in the bedroom. It gives our home a little bit more functionality.
PS: Looking at the wooden furniture I have in my house, I realise it’s all looking a bit tired and needs a polish. If you have teak furniture, I’d love to know your tips. I’ve heard there is a product called Danish oil, perhaps that might be best?