Mini-bonus post today!
The moment we scored this little dresser full of storage, I knew it needed an update. Super practical, but hardly pretty.
Fast forward a few months, and I added a blue chevron wall. Why chevron? Nothing to do with our home. I just found a photo I liked on Pinterest and wanted to recreate it. Why blue? Honestly, I just had some left over paint from our hutch and thought I’d try it.
It is very unlike me to just wing it like that, especially on a project that was so much work. In retrospect, I would prefer a much much lighter blue, or even a neutral grey. That is BLUE. Note to self (and to you!): Base paint choices around pieces you already plan to use on the space. It’s much easier to find a paint colour that works with your furniture and fabric than it is to find furniture that works with your paint colour!
Thankfully though, it did felt like an improvement. As to where to go from here… I was COMPLETELY lost. (And in my Home Tour, the above photo remains.)
So I sat with it for a while. Then, I tried adding a new mirror (I stole this one from our kitchen) and a rug, but it still felt… off.
I liked the rug (in real life it’s more grey than the dark charcoal/black you see here), but as much as I like gold in other homes, this mirror just seemed to bring out the yellow in the pine and even clashed with the blue.
I figured if I stained it, the mirror would work. I tried a number of different options (the inside of the door fronts have more than few tints to them!) but nothing stuck.
I had a marvellous idea!
I’ve often seen other bloggers use Photoshop to “preview” how a certain colour would look in their space, or a piece of furniture. I never thought I’d be able to, seeing as I don’t own the program, but I realized I could easily make something happen with PicMonkey!
To decide which stain to use, I made a Mood Board Style Preview of the change. (It’s simple but effective!) Here’s how.
1. Choose an existing photo of your space and open it in the Edit a photo tab. I needed to get out my rut. To start fresh, I opted for a photo without any of the above accessories. Stripped down to the basics.
2. Find inspiration online. I went to one of my fav inspiration stores, Crate and Barrel, and found a few similar shaped dressers in various shades. Here are a couple I liked.
3. Crop them to leave as little white as possible. You can open a new window and use PicMonkey again for this step, or you can just use your basic editing software that’s available on your computer. Or, if you have a Mac and are Pages-savvy, get rid of the white altogether. Save it as a separate file.
4. Add them to your picture. Using the Overlay tool on the left hand tool bar (it’s the butterfly image) click “Your Own” and upload the saved file from step 3. Scale it to size.
Here’s what I ended up choosing;
I used the back side of this dresser, a photo of my rug from Ikea’s website, and used a previous photo of the black mirror as a possible accessory. Perfect! Apparently, I needed a cool undertone to my stain. I would never have chosen that without seeing this first!
I also added some pulls for fun to see how they would work with the colour scheme I pulled together.
Is it realistic? Not at all. In fact, it looks a more than a little strange. Doesn’t matter! I found it so so helpful to imagine where to go next. I’m working on staining as we speak so make sure to check back this weekend for the full before and after!
Would you ever use this little trick for your space? How do you make decisions before pulling the trigger?