Dressing Naked Furniture

Many of us bypass unfinished wood furniture because we can't imagine what we can do with it. Luckily, we have designer Deb Nelson to help us out! The maven of decor dropped by Steven and Chris to share how you can take a plain, solid wood piece and turn it into a beautiful focal point. Stores across Canada like Toronto's Naked Unpainted Furniture, sell raw, unpainted wood items. Be sure to explore one in your city because you might be surprised at what you can find. Remember that many of these pieces are Canadian made, great quality and can last you a lifetime!

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The great thing about buying unfinished furniture is that you can completely personalize it. You can alter it to suit any room in your house from kitchen to bathroom to office. And you can decorate it in a style that you love and works with your decor. Deb tried three different looks: funky French country, a mod bar and a whimsical children's hutch.

Look 1: Funky French Country

Deb painted this bookcase in a rich cream color and wallpapered behind the shelves in a matching color. She then added funky hardware handles and crown molding on the top (which is removable and can be extended across several units for a built-in look). She found linoleum with an old tin look, fixed it to the front of the doors and painted it out a hit of personality and extra style. A look like this would be great in the dining room for dishes or even in the bathroom to hold your lotions and potions!

Look 2: Mod Bar

To get this look, Deb painted the bookcase in a glossy black, adjusted the height of the shelves to accommodate bottles of wine on the lower shelves and installed mirrors on the back of the piece. Then, she filled the shelves with beautiful bar wares like martini glasses, shakers and flowers for colour. She also changed the hardware on the cupboard doors for something more clean and chic. The finished product would look great in your living room or family room.

Look 3: Whimsical Child's Room

How adorable is this pretty, pink, children's toy case? And it didn't break the bank or take forever to assemble. First, Deb painted it out in a gorgeous and girly pink. Then, she took two pieces of board, wrapped them in fabric and added ribbon to create a safe, little place for tots to put up pictures and fixed them to the inside of the doors. To top it all off, she applied adhesive monogram initials to the front of the doors. What kid wouldn't love to have one of these in their room?

Web-only bonus: Download the letter stencils we used on the front of the doors, so you can do this project yourself! Right click on the link and choose "Save Target As."

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