nightstand styling

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

There are a bunch of different formulas you can find online about how to properly style a nightstand.  Some of them work for me and others don't.  By that I mean if the perfect styling recipe calls for a tray or candle and I don't have one that looks right, I'm not going to go out and purchase one.  I'll just work around it with what I have.  If you find yourself needing some nightstand styling ideas, I'm sharing ours and how I created them.

In our master (you can read more about it here and here), we just retired our ancient alarm/radio/why are there so many dials clock for this simple alarm clock that's pretty enough to stay out for photos :)  I ended up switching up the nightstand decor in the process.  Since the clock, table skirt, and lamp (temporarily stolen from the entry to see if I liked it, and darn it, I do) blend in with the wall, I added a larger dark vase in the back for some contrast.  There's a small tray for hairbands and any jewelry that I forgot to take off before bed.

A previous version had my usual lamp.  I used a silver tray to hold a vase with greenery, a black candle for contrast, and some little brass swans.  You'll notice the absence of an alarm clock.  I removed it for photos because our old alarm clock was definitely not inspiring anyone ;)

My husband's side has a vase with greenery and black candle to break up the lighter colors, and a small plate acting as a tray to hold any smaller items like a ring or cell phone.

For our guest room nightstand I kept this side simple.  Just a lamp and small bowl for jewelry, etc. 

And since we're using a desk as a nightstand on the other side I had plenty of open space left after adding a lamp and tray with accessories.  The tray holds a vase for color and life stacked on books for height and a glass box with seashells.  The white tray breaks up the dark wood and keeps the accessories grouped together.  I added a basket under the desk for dirty laundry because I can't stand stuffing dirty laundry back in my suitcase when traveling.  

In our daughter's room she has a small accent table on one side of the bed that holds a vase with faux succulents for color.  The necklace adds extra texture and color for the photo but in real life there's usually a cup of water in its place.  Oh, and instead of placing lamps on nightstands in kids' rooms, I like to use sconces so I don't have to worry about them getting knocked over.

Her desk sits on the other side of her bed.  It's definitely more of a desk than nightstand and is set up as so, but the two closest drawers to her bed hold her chapsticks and sleep masks (she uses them when she's feeling fancy).

In our son's room it's all geared toward being useful.  Again, I used sconces instead of lamps.  One side holds his favorite bedtime books and his piggy bank as a bookend.

The other has a metal basket filled with all of his toy cars.  They're out in the open so he can play with them, and they just look plain cute in a little boy's room.

That is it!  While they don't all follow some strict recipe, they work for us and I love how they look.  I hope this gives you some ideas if you're struggling with how to style your nightstands at home!

black door hinges installed

Thursday, May 11, 2017

In my last post I talked about how I wanted to replace our painted door hinges with oil rubbed bronze/black ones.  90 hinges removed, 90 hinges installed, and 1,080 screws later, we have new hinges on all of our doors!!   I can't say enough about how much I am loving the new things!

While there was technically nothing wrong with the old hinges (they did open and shut), I just wasn't a fan of them being painted.  Here are the double doors in our master bath before and after.  

Hallway to powder room before and after.

To give you an idea of what I was working with, look at how rough the painted hinges were.  Definitely wasn't going to be able to go with my original plan of spray painting them black.  I believe the black and orange marks are from WD-40, and just look at that beautiful paint job the builder did.  Pure craftsmanship crapmanship right there.

New hinges were obviously the solution, but I was worried about the price seeing as we had so many to replace.  I found these 3.5 inch hinges on Amazon in bulk amounts bringing them close to $1.00 per hinge.  SOLD.  And since they were Prime I had free shipping.
You guys, they look so much nicer!!  I want to mention that some of the reviews stated that the hinges were scratched and some felt they couldn't use them because of the scratches showing.  I ended up ordering a few extra in case I ran into this problem.  I'm not sure if it's because I ordered in bulk, but none of mine were scratched.  They all looked great and worked perfectly!  

For our exterior doors I went with these 4 inch exterior hinges.  These came in late yesterday, and while I got them installed it was too dark to get photos taken for you.  But, they too were in perfect shape and installed beautifully!


One more task checked off the ol' To-Do List!


black door hinges

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Sometimes it's the little things that often go unnoticed that make a difference.  For me, I can't stop thinking about black hinges on white doors.  I just love the way it looks!  

When we were building I asked how much it would cost us to switch out the builder grade painted hinges out for oil rubbed bronze/black.  They paint the doors, hinges, and trim all at once to save time and money.  I wish I could remember what they quoted us, but it was RIDICULOUS.  We red lined it and went with the painted hinges.  Now I can't stop thinking about it again.  Here are the double doors from our master bath to the bedroom.

And in the hallway to the powder room.

My plan was to simply take the old hinges off, spray paint them, and reattach.  Time consuming, but certainly cost effective, right?

We took all the hinges off the doors in our master.  Of course once they were all off we realized how bad they looked.  Big 'ol dried paint drips, chips, rust colored streaks from WD-40, etc.  They looked horrible.  Stripping 90 (yes, 90) door hinges is not my idea of fun.  So, I searched online and found some in bulk, which brings my cost per hinge down to a little over $1.00.  No brainer right there!!  Still not sure why they were going to charge us thousands when we were building, but whatever.  They should be here tomorrow and I can't wait to get them up!  

So, what do you think?  Are you Team Black Hinges or Team Seriously They're Just Hinges Get Over It?  Ha!


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