What to do with this 1980's furniture....

We bought a furnished house in Florida and this bedroom set is in the guest room. It's so 1980's ish... I tried to "tropical it up" with plants. It has a huge dresser too. I hate to get rid of it because it has so much storage, and storage is important in Florida! It is high quality furniture. Lady told us she paid $7000 for it new. I don't like the idea of painting it because there is so much of it, altho I might. I also thought of doing something with that mirror to change the look..remove, add some bamboo, add some shelves, ? I don't know. I can't figure out what to do with it. It's not BAD, it's just dated.
q what to do with this 1980 s furniture
  19 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Aug 31, 2017
    You could white wash the furniture for a beach appearance
  • Karen Karen on Aug 31, 2017
    Paint it flat white and add new handles..
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    • Dol28027586 Dol28027586 on Aug 31, 2017
      The color is just awful. When we first got the house, I told hubby, THAT HAS TO GO! But then he said, but there's soooo much storage, which is true...no basement or attic space in Florida, so we moved it to guest room and I've been thinking about what to do.
      The lady had it in the master with cream walls, cream bedspread, cream carpet, cut crystal on headboard. It was truly awful. (Well, she was 83 so I'm sure it looked elegant to her) Carpet has been changed in all rooms to the multi creams. Browns etc...Very neutral but some interest..not just cream!
  • Skrizzo Skrizzo on Aug 31, 2017
    If I remember correctly the bed assembly comes apart. Remove the top (the bridge), the headboard, and the mirror. The two side pieces could be move elsewhere in the room I think that would change the look.
  • Beverly Beamon Beverly Beamon on Aug 31, 2017
    If you like the furniture and it works with you.
    Paint it and change the hardwar.

  • Beverly Beamon Beverly Beamon on Aug 31, 2017
    Chaulk paint would be your best option. Check out Dixie Bell chaulk paint a little goes a long way. Leave it the way it is.

  • Margaret Margaret on Aug 31, 2017
    What about mod podging a paper pattern on cabinet doors or using a stencil and outline or paint the pattern?
  • FL FL on Aug 31, 2017
    In my humble opinion, the furniture is beautiful but because there is a lot of it and it is all tall, it swamps the room and may make it seem over run by furniture. Maybe break up the set and keep only one or the other piece in the room or just don't have them on adjacent walls. maybe the opposite wall would be a better spot for the dresser and then whatever you replace it with should be half the height and maybe introduce a different color, like a potted
    plant, a chair and maybe a nice piece of wall art. Good luck!
    • Dol28027586 Dol28027586 on Aug 31, 2017
      Yeah, there is a big dresser too! It was in the master and we bought new furniture and demoted this stuff to guest room. I keep looking at it and trying to figure out what to do. Painting seems best idea but, man, so much work.
  • DesertRose DesertRose on Aug 31, 2017
    I would paint it a coffee color or dark chocolate and update the handles. You could "antique" it when you paint it or distress it. If you did the fronts a white chalk paint, you could do the flat surface dresser top behind the bed in dark chocolate brown; or chalk paint it in light blue with gray trim; those are all more updated looks. Hope one of these ideas hit a cord with you. Have fun!
  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Aug 31, 2017
    I would put some kind of picture where the mirror is, that will also change the look. The color should be changed to something that would compliment the carpet color, but not be so close to the color of the carpet. Right now even a carpet change would probably change it if you used a bit brighter color, it makes the room look drab with all the same color.
  • Sharon Sharon on Aug 31, 2017
    That top piece over the two bedside cabinets lifts off, I got rid of the one I had, and the mirror and slanted piece between. Then just do a headboard between. And get some fabulous bedding. To me the ivy is so 80s, so get some great glass or pottery large vases and plates to display. You can also just move the two bedside cabinets to another wall which is what I did, mine is pecan.
  • FL FL on Aug 31, 2017
    Have fun deciding! If its to your taste, it will be just right! Plus you can do a little at a time. No rush or reason to hurry unless the King of Spain is coming for a weekend soon!! If you break it into projects you can handle for a few hours each weekend, it will be find. You might also consider selling this furniture and using the money to buy just what you want. I wish you luck!
  • Sandra Sandra on Sep 03, 2017
    Line the tall pieces together if you have a long wall and remove some of the doors to make open shelving. Paint them a nice all over color and the backs of the open areas a darker color. Remove the mirror, headboard and top piece, turn the top piece into a shelf for the bath or another area, frame the mirror. Personally I'd go with the java gel stain, taupe walls and linens that gather all the colors together. Find a big rug in the colors you want and draw inspiration from that. Good luck, it's awesome furniture.
  • Liz Liz on Sep 03, 2017
    I took mine apart and spread it all over the house! Used headboard to make a fake fireplace and flat screen stand, put the two side towers in walk-in for folded clothes and hooks on inside doors for scarves and jewelry and moved amour to laundry room for bed and table linen storage (love having my table linens hanging). I still use the dresser in my bedroom.

  • Dfm Dfm on Sep 03, 2017
    that piece is very easy to take apart and relocate certain sections. have you tried starching a piece of fabric in place over the doors of the cabinet?
  • Sandy Sandy on Sep 03, 2017
    The golden girls want their bedroom set back!!!!!! Take apart the headboard dresser part. Get rid of the mirror. Put the 2 dresser parts somewhere else in the room. I realize that painting it is a HUGE task, but that is what would really change the look. Maybe change the hardware. I think if you got a bright patterned bedding set, that would also change the look. Your attention would be to the bedding set, not the furniture. I also think the plants on the top make it look more 80'sish.
  • Ingrid Ingrid on Sep 03, 2017
    I agree that a flat white would do wonders. Changing the hardware or painting it would help too. I would paint the hardware black.
  • Flipturn Flipturn on Sep 03, 2017
    Although it is a huge fad right now to try to quickly change the look of "wooden" furniture by painting it, with this set, don't even think about it. Take into consideration the cost of all the right materials, primer, paint, and all your time in sanding, all the mess, all the "down" time in between stages, only to most likely result in something that looks like a botched diy job, that may not meet with your expectations.

    This is not underestimating your skills or abilities by any degree, it is accepting the reality that many of this prepurchased furniture was finished with a manufactured coating that was meant to be permanent. It is not like antique furniture that was constructed out of genuine solid wood, and finished with appropriate finishing techniques and materials suited to real wood. What the previous owner said she paid for it way back when is now irrelevant.

    Embrace the feature of the set that it provides a great deal of storage space.

    To change the look of the room, and update it, focus on changing aspects other than the color of the furniture set.
    Change the light fixtures to dimmable LED , or new updated fixtures that can take dimmable LED lightbulbs. You will be surprised at how different the colors in the room look, and how the mood of the room can be changed according to time of day, and season.
    Switch the bedspread to a neutral color that is more complimentary to the color of the furniture, as compared with the clashy present blue bedspread.

    If your budget allows, replace the carpet with light colored flooring. This is a much more updated, refreshed look than the present tired dated looking brown carpet.
  • Barb Barb on Sep 03, 2017
    Ok if you keep the the furniture as is, I think you need a comforter set that more tropical and paint the wall behind the bed a color in the comforter, and the other walls one color so this will be a focal point wall and the other walls one color. Here's a few picture ideas that will give a visual of the idea. The rule of thumb is 3 colors to pull it off, because right now when you enter that room your focusing on that bedroom set. Apply a thin board over that mirror that's paintable and add two prints. You need big decortive items being how big that furniture is and I'm not sure if the room can hold a chair??
    Heres a bunch of picture ideas to pull your project together. I hope I was of some help😊😎
  • Ginny Ginny on Sep 04, 2017
    It's different. Leave it alone and remember "what goes around comes around." Don't paint it, please.
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