Furniture Unification Dilemmas

Please put on your decorating caps…I’m stuck!  I’ve got two rooms, my bedroom and my living room, that have furniture pieces that need something, whether that be hardware, painting or both.  And I need your help.

Below, the bedroom pieces.

First, there’s the chest-of-drawers  and the mirror on the floor next to it.  I’ve pretty much decided on stripes for the chest-of-drawers.  But what colors?  And should I use two different but complimentary colors?  Or should I go with glossy and flat of the same color?

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As you can see, the edges at the top are chipped and worn.  The ironic thing is I’ll probably ‘distress’ the piece after I paint it.  But this current distressing?  Not liking it so much…

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Then there’s the small chest next to the bed.  I love the drawers and the storage they provide, the height next to the bed, and the size of it.  It also goes well with the bed.  Maybe do nothing to it?  I just don’t know!  What do you think?

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And, of course, there’s the bed.  I could paint it and it wouldn’t compromise the value any more than the footboard insert that matches the headboard being kicked out by my 6’4″ husband years ago already has.  The green you see to the left is my little dog’s room and the cardboard is a ‘Memory Board’ my sweet daughter did for my husband’s memorial.

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I thought about creating a canopy bed for Nikki out of an upturned table.  And I really need to do something special with that memory board!  This whole corner is an eyesore.

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And finally, there’s the sewing table.  Currently, it’s not only holding the sewing machine, but it’s also where I recharge my tablet and phone.  Definitely need to find new places for those!!  I love the color but, again, I want to unify the room.  I want to walk in, or wake up, in there thinking, “Ahhhh…,” not “Ugh…”

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Now for the Living Room:

This piece is ‘ugh’leee!  But practical.  This picture makes the area look crowded but, trust me, there is plenty of room to walk around it, as you can tell from the next picture.  The bowl you see sitting on the chaise part of the couch usually sits on top of this piece.  If I paint it the chest lighter and change out that equally ugly piece of hardware on it, will that make the area look roomier?  And what color?  There’s a lot of light teal and cream in the room.  I thought about going with one of those, but what do you think?

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That little cutie there in my photos is my little companion and friend, Nikki ♥ Even she appears to be turning her back on that ugly piece!

I have a lot of large dark pieces in the room as well as a few contrasting pieces, as you can see from my post Making a Rental Space Feel Like Home.  Like this:

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This I’m OK with painting.  The hope chest that belonged to my mother that’s mentioned in Making a Rental Space Feel Like Home I’m not.

So, my friends, those are my Furniture Unification Dilemmas

Please help by posting a comment below.  Any suggestions are welcomed and appreciated!!

 

4 thoughts on “Furniture Unification Dilemmas

  1. Roxanna Mayo says:

    I love the color of the sewing table and you said you do too. I would choose your colors for the chest to compliment the sewing table. I’m having trouble picturing the ‘stripes’ you mentioned but another idea is to paint the chest one color and the drawers a shade or two lighter. Decide whether to change the hardware after you’ve finished painting. Whatever color you paint it, I would go over the very top with a clear varethane to protec it from the inevitable spills.

    Personally, I like the nightstand just the way it is and you said you’re happy with it too. Leave it alone until you’re either UNhappy with it or inspiration strikes. Just my opinion in that.

    As for the coffee table trunk in the living room, I would pull your colors from the rug. You have creams and teals and gold …maybe more but that’s what I see from the pictures. The sofa is gold and a darker shade so I would do the whole chest in a rich cream. The a very light antiquing if teal over that but only on the sides. The top would be solid cream. Varethane in the top in in clear glass and then MAYBE paint gold (same shade as the sofa) on two or three of the horizontal grooves around the sides. Just trace the groves.

    That’s my two cents, for what it’s worth.

  2. Roxanna Mayo says:

    I love the color of the sewing table and you said you do too. I would choose your colors for the chest to compliment the sewing table. I’m having trouble picturing the ‘stripes’ you mentioned but another idea is to paint the chest one color and the drawers a shade or two lighter. Decide whether to change the hardware after you’ve finished painting. Whatever color you paint it, I would go over the very top with a clear varethane to protec it from the inevitable spills.
    Personally, I like the nightstand just the way it is and you said you’re happy with it too. Leave it alone until you’re either UNhappy with it or inspiration strikes. Just my opinion in that.
    As for the coffee table trunk in the living room, I would pull your colors from the rug. You have creams and teals and gold …maybe more but that’s what I see from the pictures. The sofa is gold and a darker shade so I would do the whole chest in a rich cream. The a very light antiquing if teal over that but only on the sides. The top would be solid cream. Varethane in the top in in clear glass and then MAYBE paint gold (same shade as the sofa) on two or three of the horizontal grooves around the sides. Just trace the groves.
    That’s my two cents, for what it’s worth.

  3. KariAnne Wood says:

    OH! Roxanna had so many good ideas! I like the stripe idea (great unifier) And the idea of pulling the colors from the rug is brilliant!

    You got this!

    Happy day friend!
    karianne

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