I hope you’re all having a wonderful week! We are having some warm, sunny days this week, so that’s giving me lots of energy to be productive and creative. I’m also looking forward to traveling east to visit our families (it’s been way too long since we’ve been to PA and NC) and the entire holiday season. I have some fun Christmas projects I’ll be working on to share over the next few weeks. Before we get to Christmas, though, I wanted to share about a small change I made in the foyer. When the antique pine chest was displaced as Jeff’s nightstand, I decided to try it in the foyer.
Right away, both Jeff and my mom said it was too big and I should keep the bench that had been there for a couple of years. The bench worked…it was okay, but I loved the idea of having a piece that was table-height and offered a little more storage. I also hated the idea of selling this antique pine chest. It’s such a sweet piece and it’s a versatile size.
Now, I’ll admit that it’s just a few inches deeper than what would be ideal. If we could just lop a few inches off or move that wall back just a bit, there would be no question. This antique pine chest is bordering on being just a little bit too big, but it does fit and it doesn’t impede the traffic flow in the space.
So, instead of declaring it too big and moving it out to the garage, I decided to leave it there for a few days to see how it felt and how we used it. A few days turned into a few weeks and then months and I don’t have any desire to change back to the bench. I store Sebastian’s leash and harness in the top right drawer, mittens are in the left and we use the bottom two drawers for shoes. This means we don’t have a large pile of shoes around the bench and it also means they are protected from Sebastian picking them up and carrying them to us as presents. That part is fine, but then, if you aren’t watching, he’ll carry the shoe off and eat it. He’s eaten two pairs of my wooly-lined Crocks (which I often kick off by the door) and several pairs of slippers.
I might mix around what’s in the drawer depending on the season, but I usually forget to grab mittens before taking Sebastian out, so having them readily available right next to the door helps.
Violet had to check it out, though. Something was opened that was unexplored.
So, the antique pine chest is a tight fit, but it works and is much more functional. Have you had pieces like that? You’re willing to put with the downsides because the upsides are greater?