I’m back to focusing on the bedroom. With our lamps’ bases spray painted, I’m already thinking about the next step. Currently, the bedroom looks like this:
Please ignore the lampshades – I’m still on the hunt for the perfect replacement. I want them replaced just as badly as you do (they are quite the eye sore)! Instead, think about how pretty this original design board was.
Anyway, we have the Hemnes night stands from IKEA. I love their clean lines and that they’re tall. Nothing worse than having to reach down for something while you’re half asleep. You can’t really tell it in the photo, but the nightstand on the (your) right is almost at the edge of that wall. The other nightstand has a bit of room but because of the closet door on the next wall, we couldn’t go any larger.
Basically, I need to work with what I’ve got because:
1) We don’t have the funds to go buying tons of furniture
2) I’m sort of aching to paint some more furniture
Since painting takes a while, I want to be sure of the game plan before I start. Otherwise, we’ll be without our nightstands for weeks. That would just be a disaster. I’ve compiled a few options I’ve been thinking about below:
[one] [two] [three] [four] [five] [six]
Option 1: White Wash… While I would love to paint these nightstands in a bright and fun color, I don’t think that’s going to with the green lamps. I could just go and paint the nightstands white and keep it simple (talk about a major fail when we bought them in black). Of course, I would probably try to do an off-white so it sort of matches the rest of the furniture.
Option 2: Two-Tone… How classic would be to paint the bottom of the nightstand white and stain the top of it a nice wood color? I think it would be very classic. The probability of this happening is slim, sadly. While the Hemnes collection is mostly pine, it could be very difficult to sand down the top piece enough to stain it. Maybe I could swap out the top piece for another piece of wood?
Option 3: A Crazy Design… Okay, this is so funky. I am sort of obsessed with this option. Granted, I wouldn’t use an octopus (that design has yet to be determined) since it wouldn’t really work with the rest of the look in our apartment. Such a shame since that octopus is pretty darn cool.
Option 4: Bold Patterns… I like the look of bold patterns. While I’ve never been the kind of girl to commit to chevron, I am the kind of girl who loves herself a good stripe. If you looked in my closet, there would be at least four striped shirts hanging in there at this very moment. I’m not even including the drawers with my casual shirts. Anyway… at the current moment, the only pattern in our bedroom is our comforter. I think it would be nice to add a playful pattern somewhere else into the room as long as it’s a someone neutral pattern. I can’t see myself painting paisley all over the place.
Option 5: Stencil on the Front… If both nightstands end up having a solid color base (which, let’s be honest, they probably will), it would be nice if they had some sort of design on the drawer front. I’m not sure what pattern I would use, but that doesn’t matter at the moment. Either way, the end result will be funky. And fun. Plus, that would be a nice opportunity for me to bring in another color to the room (since it’ll be mostly neutral).
Option 6: Adding Details…. An easy update to our nightstands would be adding a little extra trim. This can be done in two ways: by painting the detail on (a la painter’s tape) or by adding some decorative wood trim. Both options could be fun and add a bit of sophistication. I like that.
Which one of these is your favorite?? When it comes to your furniture, do you prefer a simple style and classic style or something that’s a little more fun and hip? Have you tackled a painting project like this before? Anyone else a planner like I am? If I went with option #3, what do you think the icon should be?