Learning to Love Again…

Here's a dilemma I faced after moving into my new house.

I have a hand-me-down white dresser that was really boring looking and useless, considering I didn’t need it for clothing storage (I now have walk-in closet).

I also needed TV stand and solution for storing videos and DVD’s. But I didn’t want to use an entertainment center in my room, because I didn’t want my bedroom to look like a living room. I also couldn’t afford to buy new furniture, given that all of my extra money was eaten up in the move.

So instead of wallowing in financial depression, I decided to get creative. To give my ugly white dresser a “facelift”, and make it ten-times more useful than it was before (thus loving it enough to not replace it).

dresser   •First, I painted the sides with a cool sagey/army green, in semi-gloss finish for easy maintenance.

   •The drawers, I covered in a funky patterned wrapping paper. The wrapping paper is actually quite fibrous, and almost feels like fabric.

   •The TV set sits on top perfectly, and DVD’s and videos get stored in the drawers, so I don’t have to look at them (one of my biggest clutter pet peeves EVER)!

I also created a new use for a ratty, old shelf in my niece's bedroom. In addition to fresh coat of paint, I created a great alternative to a traditional dresser (which she didn't have). I used adorable yet sophisticated shelf boxes and baskets for clothing storage:shelf

The next time you find yourself wanting new home furnishings, consider re-vamping some pieces, so they’re more functional and stylish than before!

3 thoughts on “Learning to Love Again…

  • August 29 2007 at 7:33 am

    What a good idea for the DVDs and videos.

    And I LOVE what you did for your niece :)

  • August 29 2007 at 7:34 am

    How did you do the wrapping paper drawers? Did you do a decoupage type coating, or just glue the paper on?

  • August 29 2007 at 5:21 pm

    Gem – excellent point!

    I wanted to keep the wrapping paper's soft, fabric-like texture, so I opted out of decoupage.

    I just applied the paper with a spray on glue from the hardware store – so easy, and it didn't seap through.

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