Teak … You Decide

Help me out here gals…I have decided I don’t like this teak look of this unit! Infact I don’t think I like this unit FULLSTOP! Eek!  What it has got going for it though…is that it does have alot of storage space…which I have filled to the brim!

…I am a Happy shabby chic gal at heart…and the brown is just not doing it for me!….so lets have a vote…Should I keep it and paint it orreplace it with a lovely old painted dresser that I have in storage?

I think I already know the answer 😉 but I would like some imput pleeeeze.


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  1. Amg-Arts
    17th August 2011 / 6:11 pm

    Its crying out to be removed of its boring teak colour and some paint, paint makes everything look good as long as the colour is good! :POh would look good in off white/cream with some patterned paper on the back of the shelves…and some new handles or paint the handles another colour.

  2. Dawn
    13th August 2011 / 8:01 pm

    I agree with you. Teak furniture is ugly. A paint job and new hardware for the handles, if possible would be awesome! Or you could paint a Union Jack on one of the larger surfaces … just my 2 cents worth!

  3. Jan Quigley
    13th August 2011 / 8:35 am

    It's a cute little cupboard & would be greatly improved with some paint. However if you have something you love, that could take it's place, I'd go for it. Mind you I'd still find another spot for this one repainted. 🙂

  4. lori ventimiglia
    13th August 2011 / 12:30 am

    I just love your blog!!!! I just put your I love polka dots link on mine. ( which is the first time I figured this out)I'm learning this blog stuff, but I am slow at it. I think yours is wonderful!!! Thanks for sharing

  5. penelope10
    13th August 2011 / 12:01 am

    The dresser in storage!

  6. Anonymous
    12th August 2011 / 11:05 pm

    I looove when furniture is painted. There is a world of possibility in it.

  7. Anonymous
    12th August 2011 / 7:09 pm

    If you want my opinion…the piece is actually pretty neat (mid-century modern) and some people decorate in that style…don't paint it! Sell it and find another shabby style piece with lines that work with your sense of happy.

  8. Juliab
    12th August 2011 / 6:30 pm

    I would paint the drawers and the top left cupboard door and leave the rest. Maybe use 2 or 3 different colours? You could even wallpaper or paint behind the shelves too. I know what you mean about the teak though. I usually love teak but this piece has a darker colour. Good luck with the transformation anyway, can't wait to see the finished result! xx

  9. hapi-ness
    12th August 2011 / 5:49 pm

    I think paint it a nice pastel pink or green and use some pretty wallpaper on drawer fronts and on the background of the shelves. I think if you had paper on the cupboard doors you'd need to just cut a neat rectangle and have it in the middle of the door with a couple of inches "boarder" around it.I'd also be tempted to jazz the handles up, not sure how as I don't know if you can take them off but painting the lip around the handles in another colour could be cute 🙂

  10. Annika
    12th August 2011 / 1:45 pm

    I think you shouild keep it and paint it AND glue some vintage wallpaper to the doors and drawer fronts!

  11. Ivy Black
    12th August 2011 / 1:42 pm

    I'm not sure paint will do it because of the shape of it. An you might end up with a unit you hate just painted! Dresser it is!xxx

  12. Kazzie
    12th August 2011 / 12:54 pm

    Whilst I think it might be 'sensible' to use the dresser in storage, I'm VERY curious to see how you'd give this a makeover – could be very inspiring for those of us who don't have something in storage!(or your imagination!!) How's that for a challenge!!!!! I so love all and everything you do. Might have to get a caravan for my son to live in when he visits from Uni now!!! thanks! ps just a thought: could we see a pic of the dresser in storage? xxx

  13. Bee happy
    12th August 2011 / 9:26 am

    I think I would get the dresser out of storage if it's already to your liking :)Bee happy xHave a delicious day!

  14. Louise
    12th August 2011 / 8:42 am

    Hi, the lovely old dresser sounds v. nice, but your little teak unit is a good piece. Id paint it, also how about taking the door on the left off to see what that looks like (you never know you may fall in love with it yet!)

  15. Liz
    12th August 2011 / 8:29 am

    Go for it … paint it!Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  16. Nan
    12th August 2011 / 12:04 am

    I'm with you the teak has to go and get out of storage something you think will work better.

  17. K2
    11th August 2011 / 11:58 pm

    Please don't paint it. It is a very cute mid-century piece. If you don't like it, sell it or give it to someone who loves it. But PLEASE don't paint it.

  18. charl
    11th August 2011 / 10:08 pm

    id get out the painted dresser i think it would show off your things so much better .. i find teak furniture just a touch depressing!!charlx

  19. Donna
    11th August 2011 / 8:59 pm

    I vote for the dresser! I don't think that paint will help this one!

  20. Frugal Queen
    11th August 2011 / 8:54 pm

    I love this 60's teak side board and if I lived near you, I would be begging you for it, if you were throwing it out, trends come and go, but well made furniture is just so and I love it xxx p.s I have a 60's house, lots of 60s stuff , including a teak side board xxxx

  21. Annie xx TheFeltFairy
    11th August 2011 / 8:38 pm

    paint and paper chuck xx

  22. bibbitybob
    11th August 2011 / 8:33 pm

    I love the sound of the painted dresser, but then I can see that unit looking fab painted up with retro wallpaper on the doors!

  23. My Vintage Mending
    11th August 2011 / 8:26 pm

    A darling painted dresser will win out every time. Honestly this poor modern piece is out of place in your gorgeous home. Follow your heart…

  24. Rosa Lily (Pen)
    11th August 2011 / 7:42 pm

    If its honesty you want then that teak is vile, painted old dresser every time xxxxxxx Put the teak unit on Ebay – someone will love it 🙂

  25. louise
    11th August 2011 / 7:36 pm

    Teak furniture reminds me of my 50s childhood in a dull Midlands town. I vote paint!

  26. Gem
    11th August 2011 / 7:29 pm

    You could try painting it and see what you think, then if you still don't like it then get rid and use the other one in storage. Either way I'm sure you will make the right decision xxx P.S I am still loving that picture hanging on the wall it's gorgeous xxx

  27. Pretty at Heart
    11th August 2011 / 7:28 pm

    Always the dresser for me!!-x-

  28. A Thrifty Mrs
    11th August 2011 / 6:58 pm

    Oh please don't paint such a beautiful piece of furniture, sell it or pass it on to someone who would appreciate it as it is.I'm sure your dresser from storage would look great and store all of your beautiful items just as well.

  29. DieFranzinellis
    11th August 2011 / 6:27 pm

    PAINT!:))xxx DieFranzinellis, Claudia

  30. ruşen
    11th August 2011 / 6:09 pm

    i think you should keep n paint it…i have never seen any one painted red… why don't you?

  31. Bee
    11th August 2011 / 6:09 pm

    I think the unit looks like it has found its little place in your home already and looks like it fits there nicely. But in true shabby chic style painting it with white, pale blue or pink would do it justice me thinks. Bee x

  32. KulaBeth
    11th August 2011 / 6:01 pm

    Ah, now I rather like it, but would possibly/probably cover the fronts with patterned paper. Bold retro patterns. Then the teak is only on the surfaces. Yes I'd do that.

  33. a mermaids purse
    11th August 2011 / 5:58 pm

    just needs a lovely lick of shabby white or even blue>? could be quite lovely after that, but then im always painting brown furniture ;0)x like the idea of your dresser though- does seem a waste in storage x

  34. Reality Jayne
    11th August 2011 / 5:49 pm

    ok…heres my vision…Find some retro like wallpaper….For the doors and drawer fronts…paint the rest a funky color to match….I love this site rethttp://betterafter.blogspot.com/ro styleGo here for ideas

  35. Rhissanna
    11th August 2011 / 5:38 pm

    Put out the lovely dresser and give/sell/loan this to someone who feels the love. Not me, I add hastily!

  36. two plus 3/prettyvintageroses
    11th August 2011 / 5:35 pm

    Hi there i really think the lovely old painted dresser should come out of hiding.:).lisa x

  37. The syders
    11th August 2011 / 5:33 pm

    I actually really love it and think it should be painted! It would look really cute painted pink or sky blue…its very kitsch! I Love it!

  38. Becca
    11th August 2011 / 5:32 pm

    Ha! While I think it's a nice piece, with or without the paint! You should definitely get rid of it and use what you already have. 🙂

  39. Lexie
    11th August 2011 / 5:24 pm

    Sadly, I do not think paint can cure this piece, not even with your skill happy! I vote you get rid and make room for the dresser…I would always vote for shabby old dressers!Lexie (piecesofwonderful.blogspot.com)

  40. Charlotte
    11th August 2011 / 5:19 pm

    Paint cures anything! Love all of the travel trailers!

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