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How To Update Children’s Bedroom Furniture

Hey…it’s Monday and I have a painted furniture project for you …woohoo!

We don’t have to buy new children’s bedroom furniture as our children grow up…just make it over…save a little money.

Paint children's bedroom furniture
Paint children’s bedroom furniture



blue chest with brown wood knobs


paint project before Petticoat Junktion

This is the piece before.

A client wanted to update this chest of drawers.

Her son has outgrown the look.

It’s cute if you’re 2….or live in Maine

I say Maine because when I look at this piece L.L. Bean comes to mind.

When the JTS retired from the Army we went on a two week vacation and drove up North. We drove as far as Portland, Maine.

It was a great trip.

Anyway, we visited the L. L. Bean store in Maine and this chest says L. L. Bean to me.

furniture project Petticoat Junktion before painting

We finally figured out how to get the drawers out …..after doing a lot of unnecessary work.


drawer stops Petticoat Junktion

Has anyone ever seen drawer runners with stops like these?

Me neither.

After banging these things out with a nail punch and hammer we realized if you slide the drawer to a certain place on the runner….it lifts right out…huh….who knew.

I can guarantee you never have to worry about the drawers being pulled all the way out accidentally.

spray paint furniture hardware Petticoat Junktion

The color is Behr ‘’”Peaceful Night”.

Paint children's bedroom furniture
Paint children’s bedroom furniture


I found some wood knobs in my stash of junk hardware and spray painted them with Rustoleum in “Espresso”


children's furniture from the nursery to growing boy Petticoat Junktion

What a difference.

Doesn’t look like the same piece of furniture.

What do you think?

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Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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