Sometimes a seemingly tiny change can make a huge impact. We always say that if someone walks into a room and can’t pinpoint why they love it, it’s been done well! Our goal is always for the details of an entire room play nicely together, so it comes together as a whole cohesive space.
With that mindset, we’ve been on the hunt for a perfect credenza. The recent sofa/coffee table/chair swap was the largest part of this rooms’ update, but the old credenza was feeling like it didn’t fit the space any longer. We considered giving it a new life with a fresh coat of paint, but what we really wanted was something wood toned. Something to bring in an extra layer of warmth. Kim mentioned a few weeks ago that we’d finally tracked down the right piece – but it needed a couple of small tweaks to be just right. Here’s what it looked like after putting it into place, pre-tweak:
We ultimately landed on the Nagano Sideboard from At Home, thinking that it would offer a beautiful compliment to our oak flooring, nearby coffee table and the caramel leather of our arm chair without being too matchy-matchy. We first fell in love with the sturdy look of this piece months ago (and we couldn’t believe that it was still available!), but something still felt the slightest bit off.
We agreed that the credenza was a bit too top-heavy, and Kim had been searching for an excuse to try these rounded legs from Prettypegs for ages. This felt like the perfect application! These legs would allow the piece to sit lower to the ground and create more breathing room above, and they would detract a bit from the overly MCM feel of the credenza (since nothing else on our first floor fell into this category). The replacement legs are designed as upgrade pieces for popular IKEA furniture, but the included mounting hardware is universal so we pulled the trigger and waited anxiously for the legs to make the overseas journey to our doorstep!
We ordered our Prettypegs in a raw finish since we knew we’d be staining them to match the new credenza. After one thin coat of Golden Oak stain and two coats of matte Polycrylic, the finished look is a near identical match to the credenza!
While the new legs dried, we made a couple of small modifications to allow the sideboard to function as our new media center. The hole saw made quick work of providing cable access to the left cabinet section where the stereo receiver and our electronic gadgets would eventually reside.
Note: We’ve found so many uses for our hole saw kit, that it found its way onto our recent roundup of essential tools for the DIYer. It’s a seemingly odd tool that we find ourselves using more often than we realize!
After the access hole was complete and free of sawdust, we reconnected our electronics, tidied up the cables, and we were ready to attach our new Prettypegs! The hardware included with the legs is seriously heavy duty but almost invisible once installed. We were very impressed with the quality. The new legs brought the credenza lower to the ground (by a little more than 2 inches), and we spaced them a little farther apart than the original legs, giving the piece better proportions and a more squat, solid look. Yes!
This before and after gif illustrates how that seemingly small difference makes so much more sense:
The installation of the new television and low profile wall mount (similar) required a bit of touch-up paint, so while we were at it we finally took the opportunity to paint the frames of our left and right in-wall speakers. The speaker grilles are paintable as well, but they’re slightly off-white right out of the box, so we left them as-is and they almost disappear into the wall while still sounding fantastic!
In order to keep our delicate electronics safe from the Lucy’s curious little hands, we’ve installed safety latches on the left door and all three center drawers. The right door opens up freely to reveal a basket full of her stuffed animals and other toys. Lucy has quickly found great joy in flinging the door open and yanking the basket to the floor, spilling her toys everywhere. Her goofy giggle as she looks up at us like she’s actually getting away with something cracks us up every. single. time.
The long search for the right piece and the subsequent modifications were well worth the effort for a finished product that we’re thrilled with! The living room finally feels whole again, and we’ve found ourselves spending as much time in this room as possible – something we weren’t doing as much in the previous configuration; it just wasn’t working as hard as it could have been for our new family dynamic. The warm neutral tones are cozy and inviting, and the lower proportions of the furniture make the ceilings feel higher than ever. We often find ourselves counting down the hours until we get to settle in to our favorite spots on the sectional, dim the lights and enjoy an evening cocktail (or two).
If you find yourself drawn to a piece of furniture but wish there was one thing done differently, give it a chance! We’re big proponents of modifying a piece to fit your needs exactly. Don’t settle for less, friends.
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