Learning to Love Again…

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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!

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3 thoughts on “Learning to Love Again…

  • August 29, 2007 at 7:33 am
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    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
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    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
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    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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