Side Tables And Other Bedroom Tweakage

We’d like to present our bedroom with the award for Most Often Tweaked. It just seems like time goes by and a few things get added to the mix and it inspires us to remove the top bed rails, hang a ram above the bed, ditch the duvet, or move out some horse art. But we’re all about trial and error and learning as we go (who gets it all right on the first try? And if you do, please share your secrets!). It’s definitely one of our more out there rooms (read: not everyone’s cup of tea), but we like that since it’s our own private bedroom and not a common space where we entertain. So as long as we love it, my mom or the lady next door don’t have to understand our giant dandelion-ish chandelier or Señor Ram (who was originally seen here doing yoga with Burger)…

Although mom recently shocked the heck outta me and actually said she liked the whole room. I guess that means we have to do something crazier sometime soon. Haha. But really, one lesson that we’ve loved learning over the last few years is how much freedom there is in allowing yourself to make your home “yours” and not trying to please everyone – just do what you love so your house gives you a big ol’ hug whenever you walk in the door.

Anyway, this time the tweakage in here was inspired by our new nightstands. And those guys were much awaited. For the last 8+ months we’ve been using side tables from our first house’s living room, which were about 5″ too low (reaching down half a foot from bed was muy uncomfortable) and completely and utterly drawer-less (read: messy and waaay too tempting for a 15 month old to grab stuff and carry it around/hide it).

But thanks to the $11 yard sale nightstands that we grabbed last week in Delaware (mentioned here), we finally had two extremely appreciated features: about five more inches of much needed height (so they’re finally easily-accessible from bed) and drawers, glorious drawers!

Of course this side of the room is still only about 10% done (our last bedroom took about four years to evolve into the room we knew and loved when we left) so we still need a cabinet on the left wall to balance out the door, a longer and lighter bench at the foot of the bed, maybe a colorful throw at the foot of the bed, perhaps some smaller objects on either side of the ram, etc.

But before I get to the tweakage they inspired, I’ll go off on a side tangent. Typical. The cause of the tangent? Dude, our side tables stunk! So we had to deal with that super musty smell. And fast. They’re mid-century originals, so I guess we shouldn’t have been surprised that they smelled 60 years old. Maybe even 160. So to google I sprung, where I quickly read about and tried two different methods. The first was wiping them down with mild soap and water (Dr. Bronners). Total non-difference. Still smelled like a moldy rug. The second method was wiping them down with undiluted vinegar. Amazing difference! It worked like a charm. I just used a rag to rub them down inside and out with vinegar (which definitely smelled like salty potato chips until they dried and suddenly had no odor). Seriously, they went from smelling so musty that it smacked you in the face when you entered the room to not even smelling if you put your face in the drawer and take a nice big whiff. Woot. So if your drawers smell, you might want to try it. Not your underwear. I literally mean your drawers.

Back to our other night table related tweaks. Here’s the wide shot of that completely unfinished side of our bedroom again. With the pillows going both directions just for fun. Because I’m wild and crazy like that.  Oooh, hooorizontaaaaaal…

Ahh, now they’re veeeerticallll…

Notice anything different besides the pillow turnage? Well, for one, the sleek lines of our new mid-century night stands have inspired us to remove the finials that we added to Ed the bed and try something that Bryn recommended to us a while back instead (she linked to this pic found here, and we really liked it).

Look, it’s Ed the bed. And he has some handsome contrasting post tops. But instead of using something permanent (like paint) I decided to use something free and completely removable (like ribbon). I already had some in my little gift closet full of to-be-regifted bags & bows. And I thought the greeny-gold color would tie in nicely with the curtains. So I cut four small pieces off of the long strand that must have come wrapped around some big box last December and used regular old scotch tape to attach them at the seam (which I faced towards areas that we don’t see, like the wall behind the bed)…

Oh and I wrapped that piece of tape up and across the top of the post so they were nice and secure from the side and the top.

Notice any other tweaks? The art finally got raised thanks to the new higher side tables (we were waiting to get them to see where we’d want the art to hang permanently so we didn’t make ten holes in the wall along the way). Originally we thought the art should line up with Sir. Ram, but we held it up in a bunch of spots and liked this placement best. Probably because it creates a triangle with the chandelier – and Sir Ram holds down the base of it like the bad arse that he is.

Oh and we also grabbed new lampshades from Target for $19 each (with 5% off thanks to using our Target card, I love that) because the last ones were looking a little dingy and the slightly wider shape of these guys slayed us. They’re actually either the exact same shade or extremely similar to the one that we purchased back in 2009 for our basement makeover (seen here).

Oh duh and we finally put the Ikea duvet that we mentioned buying here on the bed. We heard so many good things from a bunch of you guys who had the same one and loved it. And surprise, surprise – we love it too. It seems to magically stay clean even with a baby and a dog and it’s comfy like a big ol’ cloud. We also love that it’s nice and calm looking, just because we like the idea of letting other things like our Alaska berry prints, the horse art, my paint chip creation, our giant mirror over the sink nook, and the big chandelier be the stars and add texture, interest, & color in other ways. But we’re still definitely thinking about bringing a pop of color to the foot of the bed in the form of a throw. Or we could build/upholster a longer, lighter bench with some color going on. And even bring some hue up on the ceiling. Oh the possibilities!

I’m banking on at least 50 more tweaks over the next few years as the room slowly fills in a bit more. Which is actually quite titillating to a gal like me. Seriously, that’s my idea of a good time. Look, here’s some photoshop fun. Ooh a bright throw and a soft plum bench along with a moody greeny-gold ceiling could be interesting…

Oh who am I kidding, we’ll change our minds a million more times (and it looks crazy because it’s fake – haha). But it should be fun to see where we end up someday!

Any tweaks going on in your bedroom? Do tell. But let’s keep it clean. My mom is probably reading (and admiring Sir Ram).


  1. says

    I love the new MCM (mid century modern) night stands. Do you think you’ll refinish them? In the one picture they seem a little ‘distressed’. Either way, I think they look great and I’m sure the drawers make them even more functional than the old ones. And, I still love the striped pillows. So clean and graphic.

    And, I love the ribbon at the top of the posts. Such a nice little detail. Kind of reminds me of the dipped chair legs, which I’m dying to do.

    We’ve been making a few subtle changes to our master bedroom. A more weather appropriate blanket, new side tables and a few art changes:

    • says

      Cute! As for the night stands, we think we might re-oil them to get them gleaming, but we’re so in love with the wood look for now (it looks great with the wood dresser from John’s parents on the other side of the room). So no paint!


  2. says

    I love the new nightstands! They were definately worth the wait.

    And who says you can use vinegar in your undies.. ha.. ok in all seriousness I have not. But, I do toss some in with my gym clothes on occassion. Amazing stuff. Good to know it works on that old musty furniture smell!

  3. Mollie says

    likey! i think i missed the post of you taking the plaque thingies down from beside the ram…but i definately like it like this! light and clean just like a bedroom should be. :)

  4. says

    Vinegar’s some good stuff eh? Good on your fries, and good on your furniture!

    I’m still lusting after those night tables … ahem.

    Question for you, how often do you wash your duvet cover to keep it nice and white? I’m always too scared to buy white bedding because .. .well it’s white. Just curious. :)

    • says

      Maybe once a month? Not that often like sheets (those are once a week). Oh and we don’t use bleach or anything if that helps (some folks say that can yellow things over time).


    • Donita says

      P.S. I am SO envious of those end tables. I have been looking for different end tables for our room. Your new ones are my perfect style, and the era I love. ;-)

  5. Elizabeth says

    Love the whole room!! It looks like a perfect place to relax! I was wondering if have you ever thought about putting a love seat in front of your bed instead of a bench? What is your guys take on that look?

  6. says

    We are currently nightstand-less and lamp-less, but we just started on our bedroom, so I’m cool with that. I am also guilty of changing my mind lots and lots…..and lots. What can I say, I like to keep people on their toes!

  7. Elizabeth says

    Did you know you can wash your drawers, as in undies, in vinegar? Add a little to your washing machine as a natural fabric softener.

    • says

      Haha- I should have realized that because I actually wash all of Clara’s new clothes in vinegar to get rid of the extra stuff (I read somewhere that it makes regular clothes more “pure” like organic ones). Who knows if it works but we love that they don’t come out smelling. It’s a miracle product!


    • says

      Vinegar is also great on sunburns. Helps balance your skin pH and promote healing – and greatly reduces the pain. Cool vinegar baths got me though a really painful Hawaii sunburn on my legs the summer before last.

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