Welcome to the 126th Metamorphosis Monday!
Happy Met Monday! Hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend and a great Father’s Day! This Metamorphosis Monday I’m excited to share an important addition to my home office.
Have you ever searched and searched for a particular piece of furniture for your home, and being unable to find it, gave up…only to have it immediately appear the next day? If so, I know just how you feel!
Not long after I started working on the conversion of my son’s old bedroom to a home office, I started looking for a small chest to place beside this cottage style chair with the plan of creating a little sitting/reading area on this side of the room.
I’ve been to just about every antique store and thrift store in the surrounding area multiple times, hoping to find a piece I could rehab or paint, but I was never able to find anything close to what I wanted for this spot. I have this very bad habit of envisioning the piece I want in my mind, which always often leads to a frustrating search for the proverbial “needle in the haystack.”
After looking and looking with zero success, I finally gave up the chest idea and just started looking for a small side table. I was delighted to find this cute table online at Pottery Barn Teen. It wasn’t really what I had envisioned. It doesn’t have all the storage I wanted and doesn’t quite fill the space the way I had pictured a small chest doing, but it was really cute and would provide room for a table lamp. Plus, it was only $99…not a bad price for a side table.
About 2 days after the table below arrived, I stopped by Pier 1. I was no longer seeking a small chest, having given up on that idea. Instead, I was on a quest for chargers for a 4th of July tablescape. Guess what I found? Here’s a Hint: It wasn’t chargers.
So, how does it look, this chest I had long envisioned in my head? All I had to do was buy something else and it appeared!
It turns out, it was
hiding waiting for me at Pier 1 all this time!
It is exactly what I had pictured when I was dreaming of a small chest to go beside this chair. Perfect size with lots of storage.
I thought I might change the knobs to something whimsical after I got it home. Maybe bee or glass knobs…something silly and fun. But once it was in the office beside the chair, I found I loved the knobs just as they are. I like the contrast of the dark, oiled rubbed bronze knobs against the soft, aged white of the chest.
This little chest exceeds my expectations because it even has a little pull-out shelf for holding a drink, notepad, book or whatever you wish. I guess it could even function as a small writing desk, although, I won’t be using it for that.
And perhaps the biggest surprise of all is that it actually appears to be pretty well made. I’ve become so accustomed these days to only finding furniture with hard-to-operate drawers or cheaply made interiors. The top drawer of this piece is lined with a soft felt.
And all the drawers are dovetailed. Love that! This chest, called the “Ashworth Nightstand,” is normally $299.99. It is currently on sale at Pier 1 for $219.99. I had a $20 coupon so my final cost (including tax) was $213.19.
I shopped the house and borrowed a silver lamp from the dining room. Excuse the tarnish, it could use a little polishing. I left the lamp in its slightly tarnished state because I liked how it looked with the oiled rubbed bronze knobs. The silver also works nicely in this room with the metal pulls on the Pottery Barn (Bedford) desk file drawers.
I’ve also been lamp shopping the last few weeks, with no success. I actually love the way this lamp looks on the chest, but I will need to return it to the dining room since it’s one of a pair on the sideboard, HERE. This one will do great, though…until another lamp finds me.
The gardenia bush near the entrance to my garage is covered in blossoms and they smell heavenly. I so wish I could share their wonderful scent right through your computer screen. The silver frame is holding an old photograph from 1925. It is a picture of my mother as a baby nestled into the arms of her father.
The monogrammed, silver sugar bowl holding the gardenias is part of a tea set that was passed down through grandparents. It has little monetary value (but lots of sentimental value) because it is extremely worn, having been used on a daily basis at the dinner table for many years. Its tarnished, worn look was perfect for the slightly aged look of the chest.
Next week, I’ll return the Pottery Barn table to the local PB Teen store that’s about 25 minutes from my home. Then, I’ll only need one more piece for this room and it will be complete, furniture wise. I’ll be keeping my eye out for a nice, big bookcase cabinet for the large blank wall on the other side of the room.
I’m in no rush, though. I’m just so happy to have finally found the chest I had sought for so long.
If you’re new to reading BNOTP, you can view the transformation of this room from bedroom to office in THIS post.
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