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The prospect of becoming a Grandmother is many years off in my future.  However, I have had the privilege of being a Great-Aunt many times over.  Of late, I seem to have an urge to practice the grandmother role and my niece’s adorable little boys have been my target.  There are THREE of them ages 7 and under!  I love reading her Facebook posts of a life with boys.  Having had only one child, a daughter, I can only imagine her life with three boys.

One of my current painting projects is a cool little something for the  little guys.  I’m loving how it is coming along but it’s not quite done.  In the meantime, I thought I would share the bedroom furniture I finished last summer for Xander, the 7 year old.

In the spring,  I scored a free vintage children’s desk and dresser.  It’s just too difficult to turn down decent FREE furniture…even when you have absolutely no use for it!  So I offered to paint them for Xander’s room.   He happens to LOVE ORANGE.  To tame the orange theme, my niece also selected a grey and blue.  Perhaps I need to qualify the last sentence … My niece and her certified interior designer sister selected the colours.  They are all from all Benjamin Moore:

My nieces live in another city so we used Pinterest to gather and share ideas on a shared board.  Pinterest was the perfect tool for collaborating on this project.  However, there were so many options and super creative ideas out there, I just couldn’t decide for the longest time.  In the end, I chose to paint stripes and I am happy I did!

This project was pre-blogging but I always tried to take pictures of my projects.  (Perhaps I foresaw my blogging future?)
I LOVE how the pieces turned out.  The stripes remind me of race cars!

Xander chair copy

Cleaning and prepping in the sun

desk and chair copy

I love the orange and grey combo!

Done cropped copy

If I were a 7 year old boy, I think I would love it!

I spray painted the knobs in Rustoleum’s Brushed Nickel and replaced the more ornate pulls with simple ones from Home Depot, so to not distract from the clean lines.

The chair in the pictures was a Goodwill find and the local Fabricland had the perfect orange upholstery fabric in the remnants bin.

These may not be to my personal taste but I love how it all came together
and  Xander now has a very cool big boy room!

These pieces are so unique and much

“Nicer Than New”!

Be sure to come back and see my next Great Aunt project.

  24 Responses to “For the Love of Orange!”

  1. I love orange, too! My granddaughter also loves orange….really bright, neon orange with some shocking pink to accent it. (She is 7 years old and also LOVES glitter. Glittery orange!!!)

    New visitor from One Project At A Time hop…..would LOVE it if you’d come by my blog and share on my Wonderful Wednesday hop, too. I’ll be following, friending, liking etc now.

    Blessings,
    Sinea
    Ducks ‘n a Row

    • Orange is a great colour and so in vogue this time of year. Have hopped over and followed your blog on Bloglovin. Looking forward to your posts.

  2. It’s really nice looking! Orange is the color this year!

  3. […] to be able to turn down decent free furniture even when I DO NOT need it,” laughs Joan of Nicer Than New.  ”A few months ago, I was given a child’s desk and dresser. I offered them to my […]

  4. oooo funky and fun! Love this – alot! And I love orange. And I think those would be great colors for my son’s room…….. someday……… 🙂

  5. I love orange too and this is adorable. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  6. I have never met a stripe that I didn’t like! Thanks for linking up to the Twirl and Take a Bow Party. We plan on partying every Tuesday. Hope you can visit us again!

    Trina

  7. What a great project! I have a 2 yr old Grandson so he isn’t ready for a desk like this, but he would love the colors! Thanks for sharing at TTF!

  8. Great makeover. What fun colors and stripes. Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays! x

  9. So very unique! Love the stripes. Thanks so much for sharing with us.
    Hugs,
    Patti

  10. Great redo! The colors are wonderful. thank you for sharing at TTF this past week and I am featuring this post on TTG FB today. I hope you will stop by and like the page! https://www.facebook.com/thethriftygroove

  11. This post has been picked to be featured on Craft Frenzy Friday by one of our co-host! Come over tonight at 7PM to http://www.craftdictator.com and grab a button! 🙂

  12. Thank you so much for sharing at Redoux! Featuring at the party today. Opens at 9 PST today!

  13. […] saw this fun desk set on Roadkill Rescue, so thrilled it was linked up here.  Nicer than New said she just can’t turn down free furniture, even if she doesn’t need it (I know no one […]

  14. Looks amazing Joan and love the color combo along with the stripes! thanks so much for linking up – hope to see you back tonight.

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  17. Such a fabulous creation! We LOVE it and thank you so much for dropping by…you are being featured over at Junkin Joe today : ) Hugs…

  18. […] A Big Welcome To Joan from Nicer Than New.  She is sharing a wonderful upcycled…hand painted…refurbished…vintage children’s desk and dresser with us today.  It is titled…For The Love of Orange.  I know you will enjoy her process and the story that goes along with the creation. A great DIY I know you will all ENJOY! […]

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