ORC – Jest Cafe – Wk3 – Painting Furniture

jestcafe.com-ORC-week3-1-This week, for the One Room Challenge, I had to make decisions about color for the bunk beds and storage units to organize the kids’ toys.

1) Storage units – As I mentioned in this post, I decided to buy Ikea furniture. If you buy furniture with pine finish, it is very easy to paint, unlike other IKEA finishes.  I bought two TROFAST storage units and tried deciding on a color later. I wanted a dark green, and I was deciding between Lawn Green or  Emerald Isle from Benjamin Moore. In the middle of this process, I saw this post from Justina Blakeney. Can you believe the coincidence? THE day I was trying to make this decision she posted that. Well, people, I believe in signs from life, and this was obviously one so I had to go with Emerald Isle. No regrets!jestcafe.com-ORC-week3-7 jestcafe.com--wk3-17 jestcafe.com-ORC-week3-6 Here is the Emerald Isle color.jestcafe.com-ORC-week3-5 You definitely need two coats when painting IKEA pine furniture, and remember not to paint inside holes because you will need to assemble this furniture later and will need those holes to be their original size!jestcafe.com-ORC-week3-4 jestcafe.com-ORC-week3-2jestcafe.com-ORC-week3-16This is how it looks now: after painting and assembling…I really like the green, even though this photo doesn’t make it justice… Also, the unit is great for storing toys because they give easy access to children.

2) Bunk Bed: I went back and forth about which color to use for the bunk bed. I thought about grey, yellow, but, ultimately, settled on white. I used decorator’s white – Benjamin Moore. Same color I used for the wall and ceiling. The furniture is glossy and the wall is flat.

I decided to use white to brighten up the room and give it some cohesiveness. Also, having a colorful bunk bed would have been too busy, as I already have an emerald storage unit and a yellow door. jestcafe.com--ORC-wk3jestcafe.com-ORC-week3-3 jestcafe.com-ORC-week3-13 The kids love the bunk bed. Well, maybe love is an understatement, because they have decided to play and eat up there every single second of the day, which means an adult has to be near at all times because Max is only two and not able to make wise decisions regarding child safety.jestcafe.com-ORC-week3-9 jestcafe.com-ORC-week3-14jestcafe.com-ORC-week3-11jestcafe.com-ORC-week3-12 I got this light fixture from IKEA. It has copper, just like the details of the wallpaper and I really like it. I think it looks good with the rest of the room, don’t you think? Copper is IN!

This coming week, I will be looking for art. I want to do a gallery wall on the blue wall. Other things I need to do are:
jestcafe.com-ORC-week3-10And, organize this mess:jestcafe.com-ORC-week3-15

Here is what went on in Week 1 and Week 2 of this challenge at my place.

Here is my Instagram account in case you want to follow other details of the #oneroomchallenge. Also, any advice on how to decorate this room is welcome!

Thanks for stopping by.



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22 replies
  1. Kathy says:

    So many fun things happening in this room! Love the way the green storage unit turned out. The wallpaper and light fixture is stunning and the yellow door is so lighthearted. I think white for the beds was perfect! Can’t wait to see this room finished!

  2. Sarah Sofia Knepp says:

    WOW, love that green! You’ve made a lot of progress, especially after being out of the country! I love IKEA storage and debated getting a similar storage system for my kids. Keep up the good work!

    • Mila says:

      The kids love the new storage system because it is at their eye level and very easy to access. Finally my kids can access all their toys!

  3. Sharon says:

    Missed checking in last week and can’t believe how much you’ve gotten done. I love the wallpaper and light fixture! The green storage unit looks like it can hold a lot of kid stuff. Looking forward to seeing what you accomplish this week!

  4. Carina says:

    Wow!! Amazing progress! The kids must be so excited about this project! I had to laugh about the bunkbed and how they are practically living in it now! Lol.

    • Mila says:

      I was so lucky to find that lamp. Copper is so in right now! so there are many things out there with copper accents that are very cute.

  5. Jenny G says:

    Hi! I just saw your amazing transformation of your kids’ room and had to take a closer look. It really looks fantastic! I do have a couple of questions for you about painting the Trofast:
    Do you think it would be problematic to paint that’s already put together? (We’ve got an old one.) Did you use a primer or just start with the paint? And, finally, I assume you used regular latex paint, but what finish did you use? (I worry about both cleanability and don’t want to have a “sticky” finish.)

    Thanks so much!

    • Mila says:

      Hi Jenny! Thanks for stopping by. I think you can paint the assembled Trofast. It is easier to paint it when it is not yet assembled, but I don’t think is a big deal if it already is. Also, I painted the Trofast that has pine finish. Not sure if you can paint over the one with white finish. I did not use primer and applied two coats. I did the glossy finish and it looks good, but small slivers of paint have come out here and there, so, in that sense, I can’t recommend using this finish for long durability. I wonder if using a primer would have helped with this issue. Let me know how it goes!


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