Sunday, March 24, 2013

Adding to My Painting Furniture List -Maybe

I have quite a few furniture painting projects lined up here at our place but that doesn't stop me from trying to add another to the list. I am currently negotiating with our 16 year old son to paint his bedroom set.


He is using the double cannonball bed, night stand and small dresser that I bought when I got my first nursing job when I was 20. I visited the craftsman and picked out the pieces that he constructed special order. When my husband and I married a dozen years later, this was also our first bedroom set for a few years (after two kids and a bigger bedroom we up-sized to a king, thank goodness.) These pieces are very dinged and knicked loved. We had the set in our guest room and when K was old enough he insisted on it for his room. And now the debate begins. I would love to update it a bit after seeing this inspiration photo from Country Living:


I love the matte black distressed paint finish. He wants to keep it as is and maybe refinish it one day. We'll see how it goes. One thing we do have in common though is that we both love original Canadiana pine or reproduction solid pine pieces. Even if we had an unlimited budget we would both lean to this style. He gets his love of cows from mom too.


As you can see, his room is not styled but very much liveable (with a straight from the dryer wrinkled coverlet) for a teen boy who lets the dog sleep with him. He also likes to display the fair ribbons and framed prints he wins for 4-H showing (beef, dairy and rabbits currently.)


And just keeping it real, this is the dresser messer of said teenage boy. The pile of papers is mostly agriculture related booklets and brochures. I also think we could come up with a better idea for his ribbons than the twine and push pins he is using. Maybe a rusty old crib spring or framed chicken wire. Hmm.... 

15 comments:

  1. I like your inspiration photo Elizabeth. I think framed chicken wire would be an excellent way to display his prized ribbons. Maybe two vertical frames above the bed or on another wall and hang his farm prints in a grouping over the bed. Just a thought. :)

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  2. A teenagers room. I know when our girls were teenagers they wanted control over their rooms even with all the good suggestions. It wasn't till they left hoe that I got to do anything with the rooms. Good luck in your quest to change your son's room.

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  3. I'm lovin' how that black furniture looks...go for it!! I really wish that we live close to each other because I have the perfect black crib springs for ya:(

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  4. I love the inspiration pic but I love your son down to earth attitude! Most "mem" cannot see things as we do...maybe you need just to sneak and do it while he is away..lol.. I am sure he would love it when he sees it...or just let it be and let him enjoy..either way.you are blessed by what seem to be a wonderful son. Blessings!

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  5. I actually LOVE the ribbons and how they're displayed! Very fun :)
    Susan

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  6. The ribbons above his bed are fun, but chicken wire would be really cool! Whatever he wants, right?
    Farmhouse hugs,
    Cindy

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  7. Love the inspiration photo! The two tones in the Country Living furniture look amazing! I can see why you want to paint it, but having a teen boy of my own I totally get that he doesn't want you too. My son feels the same way.

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  8. Oh I adore that inspiration photo!! The black would look fabulous on that headboard...

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  9. That bed would look fabulous painted black, you have some great plans for his room. Good luck with it.
    Cindy

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  10. Hi Elizabeth - I love the inspiration picture of the black bed but I think it's great that your son loves the bed like it is. It still looks pretty. And how adorable that he has all of those ribbons swagged over his headboard!
    He seems like a wholesome young man.

    Love love love the fabric that you are using for your bedskirt.
    Rhonda

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  11. I love the 'matte black distressed paint finish' because it really shows off the structure of the furniture; it is masculine & a great way of unifying items.

    Please let us know what he decides ...

    Dee at the Carlton

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  12. Loved the black bed and even loved those ribbons hanged on the wall..:)

    pet meds

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  13. Well, the fact that he even has an opinion when it comes to design is quite incredible for a 16 year-old boy so I'd embrace every second of that! I love the distressed matte black look - one vote for mom. :)

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  14. I love his room the way it is, and I love what he has done with his ribbons. So nice and neat and the bed is charming and nostalgic in a "Leave it to Beaver" sort of way. I think he has a point.

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  15. I love the ribbons! They're so fun! I love how they're displayed, too. I found a lot of fun and unique home decor accessories from this site: www.worldtohome.com. :)

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