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« on: July 06, 2015 05:52:10 PM »

After my cheap formica closet broke down under the weight of my clothes (yes, that happened), I took my old nursery furniture (which I got new when I was about 5) out of the attic. It's 16 year old, sturdy solid pine IKEA furniture the likes of which IKEA doesn't make anymore these days. If anything, this closet and dresser won't collapse on me!


(Please don't mind the mess, this picture was taken pretty soon after moving house, I've cleaned up since. x.x)

It's really good quality furniture and I don't have the budget for anything new, however... I'm not a country style/shabby chic sort of person, and as it's so obviously part of a set it gives off a slightly childish vibe to me. (though the latter might also be due to memories of kiddie!me)
Any ideas on how I can liven this up? Could I decorate the surroundings somehow, or would I have to paint/stain/... the furniture itself? (The walls are painted white and have to stay like that because my parents don't want to overpaint my room when I move out.)

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« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2015 04:11:54 AM »

Hi Quantum!

It sounds like you have strong enough memories of this suite, so yes, it might be hard to completely disassociate it from the younger you. But they look like great pieces to me, and I love the flooring!

Paint might give you the same country vibe, just without the knotty pine look, so a stain might be a better choice. Either in a colored wash to make it funky, or go the opposite, and select a super dark tone to give the piece weight. Consider switching out the hardware on both.

Decoration plays a large part as well. I love Apartment Therapy -  they have a lot of house tours, many of them focusing on small spaces.

Hope this helps! Good luck!  It looks like you've got a great space to work with.
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2016 07:48:42 PM »

Painting it as you want. The color of your furniture doesn't match up with the wall and the floor. Cheesy
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