The fur­ni­ture

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES -

Dated fur­ni­ture can be painted a soft white to give it a fresh look. The bed­side fur­ni­ture in our fea­ture bed­room could eas­ily have once been dark brown. With a fresh coat of paint, they are trans­formed into an el­e­gant set with a French Pro­vin­cial flavour. Talk to your paint sup­plier about which prod­uct would be right for a job like this. Be sure that mom would be OK with you paint­ing her fur­ni­ture. If she has an­tique pieces, you won’t want to change them, but if the fur­ni­ture is a mish­mash of hand-me-downs, then go to town. You know mom the best, so use your judg­ment. house for a few days if you want this to be a sur­prise. Treat her to a spa week­end or a fun get­away so you can get the room ready for the big re­veal. Be­fore the ac­tual work­ing week­end, you can pur­chase the bedding, wall­pa­per/paint and even cre­ate a new head­board us­ing the ply­wood project men­tioned above. Wash the new linens ahead of time so they are ready to go. The black and white fam­ily pho­tos can be pre­pared and framed ahead of time as well. Then when the time comes, all you have to do is paint (or wall­pa­per) the walls, paint the fur­ni­ture, re­place the head­board, in­cor­po­rate the new linens and draperies and ar­range ev­ery­thing in a pleas­ing man­ner. Many hands make light work, so get oth­ers in­volved.

While you’re at it, clean the light fix­tures and light bulbs, clean the win­dows and pur­chase ad­di­tional lamps if needed. You don’t want mom’s new space to be dark and gloomy.

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