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.