So you may be aware that I recently shared a most shameful and embarrassing secret. Whilst I was always happy to share the ‘pretty’ part of my bedroom, what was lurking on the far wall was anything but “Pinterest-worthy” and it certainly wasn’t “swoonworthy” either. No, we’d somehow lived with a couple of mismatched, ugly, old, cream wardrobes that were not only falling apart but didn’t actually provide adequate storage either for well over 5 years.
In my post, I talked about the decision-making process behind finally finding ‘THE ONES’ and I was eagerly awaiting their arrival. On Wednesday, two burly delivery men managed to heave and squeeze five of the most enormous boxes through our tiny front door and subsequently into our tiny hallway and living room.
We lived with them taking up loads of precious space until Friday evening when Wayne arrived home from work and we emptied out the two old wardrobes and dismantled them for recycling.
Wayne filled two huge bags of clothing for charity and a few others just full of stuff that was far too gone to save. He had so much STUFF crammed into that larger wardrobe that I never dared go into it because oh my god. It would give me heart palpitations (and not in a good way). It was good to see so much stuff just cleared out and after his huge wardrobe purge, I was actually surprised he had much left to put in his new 3 door wardrobe!
The smaller 2-door wardrobe would be my makeshift linen closet – somewhere for me to stack my ridiculously large cushion collection, bedding, towels, guest pillows, etc.
We spent Saturday unpacking the huge boxes. The bottom drawer parts of both wardrobes came in one piece but the rest was flat pack. We are old hats at building flat pack furniture by now so it didn’t take very long to build the 3 door wardrobe on Saturday morning and then we finished up the 2 door wardrobe on Sunday morning. (We probably could have gotten them both done in a single day but we had my 12 year old niece’s birthday party on Saturday afternoon and our friend’s 30th birthday party that evening! Party animals, the two of us, clearly ;))
My only real complaint was the sheer amount of packaging for these. I mean, I realise they are huge but there was just SO much Styrofoam packaging that it killed me as we filled up bin bag after bin bag. So much so, I counted 20 bin bags full of packaging and that’s not counting all the cardboard (which at least can be recycled) – and it’ll all go to landfill which just makes my heart hurt. So, Very, if you are listening, I love your products but can you PLEASE find a more eco-friendly way to package them in shipment?!
Other than that, I couldn’t be more pleased with the Constance range from Very. They are just excellent quality throughout and the whole room just looks so much more pulled together and complete. (Also, if you are considering these yourself, they are currently on sale as of this post going live! So go get ’em at a bargain price. And no, this post isn’t in any way sponsored or associated with Very, I just really think they are fab.)
And while we still need to sort out the flooring (ripping up the old dead carpet and putting in wood flooring as we have in other areas of the house), I need some new curtains and I still need a light fixture in here, I’m astounded at the difference it really has made to the feel of the room.
It’s made me fall in love with my crazy “black and brights” bedroom all over again. And yes, I have been doing that thing where I keep making excuses to go into the room just so I can gaze at them in all their black beauty. They fit in so perfectly and disappear into the black walls and while they are large, they don’t feel at all oppressive, allowing all the focus to be on the other side of the room.
It’s taken us 5 years to finally sort out something that’s bothered me since we moved in and while it was way longer of a wait than I’d anticipated, I’m so thrilled with the final result.
So tell me, what do you think of the new wardrobes in the bedroom? Would you have chosen black wardrobes in here? Or would you have chosen something different?