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« on: September 07, 2004 11:29:38 AM »

I am an RA this year and one of my duties is making the lounge a nice place to be. I bought a super duper ugly dresser at value village (someone had painted it a very dark blue and done a very bad job of doing so) so my roommate and I bought some primer and some acrylic paints that match the slipcover things we put on the couches, and this is what we came up with!

this is it in its home

Closeup of the slipcovers and the polka dots

(it reminds us of hip-ified wonder bread)

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« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2004 11:33:15 AM »

that it so cool!  i like the girly-retro mod look.  when i was in college, alas, our lounge was gross, wth nothing but empty pizza boxes and soda cand and used condoms for decor.   Undecided 

do you know if colleges ever sell or give away old dorm furniture?

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« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2004 12:26:00 PM »

I wish I had such a nice lounge!  wonderful job!  you must be a great RA.  now, if only we didn't have this housing shortage and have people living in our lounges....

« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2004 12:35:49 PM »

I love it.
What a great job, and I love how you put it together with the slip-covers.
I wish my RA was crafty like that when I was living in the dorms.
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« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2004 04:30:05 PM »

awesome job!

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« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2004 05:22:09 PM »

That's amazing! I lurve it.

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« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2004 05:37:07 PM »

Oh, I like that.  My dorm lounge was really ugly--ugly furniture and a big ugly shrine to the woman it was named after (I still have no idea who she was or why it was named after her). 

« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2004 03:21:34 PM »

That is so cute....reminds me of WAY back when!  Wink

deadpixel, some college might sell their furniture....i remember our dorms were being remodelled one hall at a time over the summer and at the end of the year, before summer started,they sold each piece for $5!  I still have 2 solid wooden dressers i've vowed to one day repaint or stain!

« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2004 03:28:13 PM »

Nice job on the dresser - it looks great!

If you're looking for used dorm room furniture, here are 2 things to try -
1. See if the University has a "surplus" facility where they send old/outdated office furniture and supplies. All of the schools around where I live have them, and there are certain days of the month where they open up for selling the surplus stuff to the public. If your school is anything like the school where I work, they aren't allowed to trash or junk stuff unless it's completely unusable, so it gets sent to surplus and either gets donated to a charity, or it gets sold.

2. Try lurking around campus at the end of semesters. I swear, you can find the coolest stuff by checking out dorms and office buildings at the end of the school year. All sorts of stuff will wind up in the dumpsters. You just have to be willing to do a little bit of dumpster diving. Wink

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« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2004 04:26:21 PM »

my boyfriend and i got 3 free dressers, a desk, and 2 wooden chairs from his college when he moved out. they were just going to throw it all away! one of the dressers is a piece of crap and needs to be replaced, but everything else is serving its purpose quite well.
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