My distaste for the whole Ikea experience means that if I have gone there to buy something I Will Not Leave Empty Handed. When the shelves I wanted for my daughter were only available in pale dirt brown (I think they call it Birch), did I sensibly retreat? No, I allowed a 7 year old girl who wants dinosaurs to come back to life persuade me that it would look fine in her room. Well you know, it didn't look fine. It looked terrible. It looked like someone had accidentally dumped a piece of 1970s office furniture in a pink elves' forest.
So I decided to refurbish it.
I chose last weekend to do this task, armed in advance with lots of advice from the man from Paint Spot. Never mind that I had the worst
One thing I know now is that it is not easy to paint a veneer. It needs to be sanded (which I did, lazily), it needs two coats of undercoat, it then needed a further two coats of our chosen paint. I thought I could get away with two coats in total. I was wrong.
And then I wallpapered the outside. I know that that is not the usual way, and that people usually wallpaper the inside of shelves, but that meant that the pattern wouldn't be seen that much given all the books intended for the shelves.
And are you wondering about the green? I was. It is called Green Thorns. It looks almost florescent in a darkened room. I confess my idea was to go with pale pink or cream but I felt my daughter should have some say and this is what she chose. And she was quite adamant so I went with it.
And here it is all filled up. I call the dolls on the top the House of Representatives. They sit in judgment on what goes on in this bedroom. If you look carefully can see Julia Gillard and Julie Bishop.
And here is a shot of a sequined basket I found for her a few months back. I think I like it more than she does!
A perfect accompaniment to dreams of the Wishing Chair. Wouldn't mind one of these myself.