Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Painted Furniture For Little Boy's Room

There's this new phenomenon that is happening quite often for me: rooms that I once painted for a baby that wasn't even born yet, are being turned into "big boy/girl" rooms. It's so crazy! All these babies are getting big, and their nurseries are turning into kid-rooms. Am I getting old? :)

Anyway, I painted the nursery for little Matthew, and now he has a new sibling on the way, so he's getting a new room. His mom wanted to work with some inexpensive furniture she already had, and we painted both pieces a pretty red to create a "set". I know this has been done a hundred times, but I think it's such a nice idea. Look how much better these two pieces look painted, versus separate, and different finishes:

Dresser, before:
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Nightstand, before:
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And, here is what his new bedding will look like:
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So, I suggested I paint the furniture red, rather than something more plain. We loved the end result. I did a slight glaze in some spots on it, because when furniture is older and has some scratches or dings, I think it makes sense to embrace the flaws, rather than just look like you are trying to hide them. The glaze is subtle - not sure if you'll be able to see it in these photos.

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I patched all the old hardware holes, because they are adding new knobs.

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Doesn't it look like they belong together now, rather than that they are just mis-matched hand-me-down furniture? :)

8 comments:

  1. so awesome. can't wait to find the perfect dresser for you to refinish!

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  2. looks great, and I love the color!

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  3. Hi Kristen. I love this dresser in addition to all of the other work that you do. Can you please let me know what kind of camera do you use to photograph your work and your interiors? The pictures are great!

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  4. The painted furniture
    looks pretty much brand new! Never thought of taking two separate pieces and just painting the furniture to make it look like a set. They really do look like they belong together and once the new knobs are on them it will be a complete set.

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  5. You are too kind for words! I am so happy you found us.

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  6. Amazing job. I would like to have that much energy and passion to do everything in my own. For now I buy things, but it will change. Recently I got for my son red racing car bed and he loves it. One day I will build it in my own. Promise. Thanks for inspiration

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  7. The painted furniture for little boys room is excellent. Have a look at them

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