Get ready for some gorgeous slatted designs on walls, tables, cabinets and more – and find out why I’m too lazy to love this look. (Media console is from Design within Reach).
In Tuesday’s post I mentioned that the bedroom is getting some attention. After making a little progress last year it was sort of abandoned, but I’ve really been craving more order and storage in there – and that’s motivated me to move forward. We ordered closet doors (finally!), decided on dressers (they’re being delivered today!), ordered some fabric samples (possible new curtains?), and even bought another 1960s Hungarian poster to mix up the arrangement a bit (it’s being framed right now). So much excitement after months of heel-dragging. Buoyed by this frenzy, we decided to tackle a very necessary project: bedside boxes.
I’d really love a nightstand with drawers, but I treasure our bedside tables (above) because my grandpa built them to match the headboard he welded. The style is simple and airy, and has been perfect for our succession of small bedrooms, but the storage was initially an issue. We lucked out and found a pair of perfectly sizes storage boxes at HomeGoods. We were traveling and didn’t have measurements, so we just guessed they would work. Over time the mock croc finish has peeled from the cardboard frame. They lasted over six years, so I can’t complain because they were super inexpensive. I’ll show some before and afters once the boxes are complete, but today I wanted to chat about inspiration that sometimes goes nowhere.
UPDATE: The Walnut Wood Boxes We Made!
Why I Abandoned My Slatted Wood Box Design Idea
Originally I fell for slatted designs and spent many hours sketching out a complicated and stunning design for our bedside boxes. But then I started to waffle. I loved the look of slatted designs, but I didn’t know if I’d love dusting all of those slats, plus I worried it would compete with our new furniture – which makes a statement of its own. Then I added up the cost of materials and nearly fainted. Finally, I asked myself if I wanted to be fussing with 120+ slats when we’ve got a bathroom to renovate. I decided to simplify my life and my project. As an added incentive, I fell in love with a gorgeous sheet of walnut plywood so we constructed a very simple and elegant pair of boxes. I had already filled my brain with beautiful slatted designs, so I thought I would share. I hope you enjoy ogling these as much as I have – maybe you’ll be inspired to DIY something slatted and I can live vicariously through you!
Slatted Wood Inspiration:
UPDATE! Check Out My Two Slatted Wood Projects:
I caved, lol, and I could no longer resist the siren song of slatted wood. I made this slatted wood accent wall (find the tutorial here):
And then also made DIY slatted deck skirting! Find the tutorial for the modern deck skirting here.