I recently had some wonderful clients who wanted to update their daughter's room from a teenager's room to a grown-up room.
The furniture was classic 1980's country with brass handles, carved wood and decal flowers on the front drawers and the room had a bit of sponge painting; the things we did were easy fixes with a big impact.
They wanted to go for a more modern look so we opted to paint the pieces a matching white in the same color tone with the new bedding, and paint over the two-toned wood and flowers.
We striped the drawers to distract from the wavy carvings on the front and changed out the handles to something modern to warm it up.
She had asked me to paint the matching colonial-style headboard as well; but after talking about it, but we decided that tall spindles, and curved back read "young", and by purchasing an inexpensive upholstered head board, it would update the set even more, for the same cost.
We also decided that by opting out of using the attached mirror and buying something new would really update the furniture,
and the wood in the room went from brown to white and the walls a very pretty
griege and chocolate pulled from the bedding.
With the really pretty bed set the homeowner bought, it made for simple fixes on a small budget!