The DC area is extremely expensive, and it is known to have some of the worst traffic in the nation. So when house hunting, you need to set your priorities. Some desire a bigger place so they sacrifice location. While others sacrifice size, to be conveniently closer to the city, avoiding hours of traffic. The choice is yours.
Our priority were definitely location, but we also wanted to make a smart investment. It was going to be tricky to find something in the location we wanted for the price we wanted to pay.
So the hunt was on for the perfect place. Location was ideal, I wanted to be so close to the city that I could enjoy a morning run around the monuments. After two years of looking, and putting several offers on different properties, finally we closed on the perfect place.
My husband and I have been proud homeowners for 2 years now.
One of my favorite things about living in this area is that Washington, DC and Northern Virginia is full of history. The neighborhood we live in is a historical neighborhood, and our house is a 1950’s duplex. Our place is ideal because of it’s location and historical charm. However, what comes along with urban living and old places is… tiny living spaces.
When we moved into our new place, we started completely fresh, leaving most of our old furniture on the curb. It was fun having a completely blank canvas to work with, and to buy pieces together, that expressed us as a couple. There was nothing from our past, everything was new.
However, our¬†place is small, and this has been our biggest challenge. ¬†When it comes to interior design, nothing quite fits.
Old places has limited closet space…
And this is a major problem for me.
I am a runner with way to many RunOOTD (Run Outfit Of the Day) and I am a hair dresser who has to be trendy and fashion forward at work. So as you can see, I do a lot of laundry and I have a lot of different kinds of clothes. These clothes need to be put away. My husband built me a beautiful walk in closet, but it still wasn’t enough. I needed a dresser.
The hunt was on yet again, but instead of house hunting it became dresser hunting. I started looking at the basic stores, Crate & Barrel, West Elm, Pottery Barn. But nothing fit,everything was at least 20 inches deep, when I could only¬†accommodate something a big as 17 inches deep. I then moved my search to ¬†George Town and Old Town desperately looking at each furniture store… still no luck.
I didn’t want an old antique, and I definitely didn’t want a DIY project. But I wasn’t able to find anything to fit my space, and older pieces of furniture are a lot smaller.
Turns out the perfect dresser was right under my nose, living temporarily at the¬†boutique right down the street from where I work and live.¬† Turns out the perfect dresser was a piece from the early 1900s, that was crying for a make over.
In honor of Transformation Tuesday, I will share with you my new dresser… Old is on the left and new and improved is on the right.
This project was not hard at all.
- Because the piece was real wood, we sanded down any rough edges.
- It¬†makes a huge difference. It makes an old piece look clean and as good as new.¬†So we painted the dresser with a fresh coat of white paint.
REFRESHING MEDAL DETAILS
- We also refreshed the medal key holes with gold spray paint.
- All of the above was great, but what really updated this piece was changing the hardware. I went to Anthropology and fell in love with the hardware they had to offer. After much debate, my husband and I decided on replacing the original handles on the dresser, with the ones from Anthro, made from amethyst stone with gold detailing. This hardware really eliminated the old antique feel that the piece once had and made it totally updated and current!
Do you like DIY projects?¬†What do you think of my dresser transformation?¬†
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