ROOM MAKEOVERS: Think Pink (and Navy)
I love hot pink paired with navy. Much of my house is draped in softer blues, so I thought my office would be one room where I could break out of my comfort zone and really go "wild" with navy (yes, I realize it's still a shade of blue), along with a punch of hot pink.
My office is small, and I don't like a lot of extra furnishings, so each piece had to be functional. Even the hot pink pieces.
To keep things organized, I needed a file cabinet. I didn't want one of those ugly metal ones that you can pick up for under $50.00. In fact, I didn't want a file cabinet that looked like a file cabinet. I cruised through the usual search engines in my hunt for one that would work. At HomeDecoratorsCollection.com I found a three drawer file cabinet that looked more fashionable than the many predecessors I had dragged home in the past. With three drawers and a lower shelf that looked perfect for holding a printer and fax, the Wuchow cabinet was a great deal at only $242.00 (and free shipping at the time I ordered it).
But alas, it only came in red. And while my husband thought it was just fine the way it was (I don't think he has ever insisted on changing a piece of furniture), I needed to paint it hot pink. It needed me to paint it hot pink.
The style was a bit more Asian than what I had been looking for to go with the other pieces in the room...
...so when assembling the piece, I just left off the front corner moldings to make the lines look a bit more neutral. I sprayed several coats of Rust-Oleaum's Berry Paint (and nearly asphyxiated myself, despite doing everything outside of course).
Still red, but lots of sanding later......
After several rounds (and cans) of Berry spray paint.
I then painted the gold drawer-pulls a silvery leaf (silver is yet another finish/color I am addicted to), and trimmed out the inside shelf in the same Van Deusen blue that I was using to paint my office.
(Above) In my office, before the walls were painted blue - and before I pulled the trigger on the lamps I was coveting from Dana Gibson. But these are great lamps from Target. The quatrefoil mirror is from Shades of Light.
And after the walls were painted in Van Deusen blue, by Benjamin Moore, and with the Dana Gibson lamps.
Love the Suzani fabric on the chair. LOVE, LOVE this rug from Serena & Lily.