Finally, the old green room has been revamped! Remember this “before” photo of the green room that I wrote about in a previous entry? Remember when I told you all that I want this to be the new make-up room?
This room needed to be aired out after the previous occupant left. I also wished to redecorate the room as the first step to my “Re-Loving the Crib” project. Our weekends are almost always preoccupied with activities involving the church or personal events that the house has not been given a higher priority. We plan to do a lot of redoing and refinishing starting this summer so I am excited of the outcome in about a year from now. Yes, it will take that long because of everything we wanted to do. But the renovations/rework would need to be done a little at a time so I am thinking it would really take that long before everything is completed.
I mentioned in my previous entry that I wanted to source most of my additional furnishings from thrift stores. Unfortunately, the pickings were slim on all the thrift stores when I went out, so that didn’t work. I went to the next best place – the dollar stores and Ikea. I’ve always considered Ikea to be an entry-level furnishing store. I figured, the more matured you get, the more “adult” and sturdier the furnitures should be. But this time, I just needed a few upbeat accessories to spice up the make-up room and I know Ikea’s modern style would be perfect. I did get a few pieces also from the dollar store that I knew was going to be expensive somewhere else.
I had to move the bed to one corner of the room to give the impression of more work-around space. We have this old dresser that I pulled out of the master’s bedroom that I knew would fit in the space between the wall and the bed. It would fit well with the horizontal mirror I also bought from IKEA. This would be perfect for doing my make-up. I found some LED mood light from the Dollar Store – I think it added a bit of whimsy to the set-up.
I also bought some prints from Ikea that went well with the whole theme of the room. Prints like these always draw me to them – feminine and very “breakfast-at-tiffany-ish” (I have no other adjective to describe it). We already have a standing lamp that I transferred from the corner of the room to the wall near the dresser. This will give additional light whenever I have to do my makeup.
I also bought a stand-up mirror that I’ve always wanted to have for a long time now. We do have a mirror in the hallway but I couldn’t see if my footwear matched my outfit because it never reflects that far down. Plus mirror-selfies don’t really look that well from that mirror. This one, placed by the corner near the window fitted perfectly. I also put up a trip-tych wall decor that our couple-friend gave us. I knew it would blend well with the make-up room. And it actually did. The white curtain I got from the Dollar Store. It was airy, translucent but gave enough privacy. The flowers on the mirror I got from old silk flowers from past projects. It added the right touch of femininity.
I really like the way the new make-up room turned out. I pictured it to be inspirational with a bit of a romantic feel. The atmosphere invited a quiet and intimate slumber. Just the way I planned it.
Does the room appear that way to you, too, my readers?
The once named “godmother of the Philippine Blogosphere”, Gigi Manaloto-Refugia, known by her pen name “Ate Sienna” has been blogging since 2002 in her old pansitan.net community where she housed famous bloggers. She now writes about being 50-something and shares her tips on fashion, makeup, skincare, travel, food and thrift-store diving.
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