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Our library, formerly our dining room is in need of some major renovation.  I need to strip the wallpaper, paint the walls, paint the crown molding and replace the door casings.  The love seat in that room needs to be reupholstered and the frame of the ladder back chair needs to be refinished, but not before having some kind of tinting applied to the south facing panes of the bay window!  Phew!  You may have figured out why I haven’t started this project yet—daunting.

This is one side of the library.

So where there’s too many big items needed, what do I do but decide to buy something small that I found at Ikea.  I currently have a butler’s tray coffee table in front of the love seat—its a very nice table but a little large for this sofa. 

I'm not sure you can see how large the butler tray table is in this photo but I'm certain you can see that the fabric on the sofa has faded.

Cote de Texas featured some key pieces of Ikea furniture and I spotted this little gray wicker trunk, which I believe will look great and be more to scale for the love seat.

Isn't this the cutest little wicker chest?

*I did it!  I bought this little gem and I love it.  What do you think?  Doesn’t it look better than the butler’s tray table, scale wise?

It makes the room look a little larger---sadly, this photo only emphasizes that the sofa is faded and needs to be reupholstered!

This suits the size of the love seat so much better.

A close-up of the Ikea wicker chest.