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Painted Bedroom Furniture & The Screws Were A Nightmare


One thing I know for sure...I will never ever take the doors off that painted sideboard again. I didn't the first time I painted it. And I don't know what possessed me to take them off this time. 

I suppose I was trying to do things right, as most sensible people who paint things would. I know leaving the doors on while painting is a lazy thing to do.

I wish I'd taken the lazy way out.

Here's the dresser on one side of my bed. The crazy sideboard is on the other.


 So here's how it went...


About 4-5 of the new screws simply broke about halfway in, leaving the nubs inside where there was no way to get them out. Down too deep even if I could figure out how.

And it wasn't that they were too long either. They just flat broke. I was certainly glad I had extras.

Some of the screw holes for the hinges I just gave up on and will hope for the best.

What are they making screws out of these days anyway?


Sorry for the dark pics. It's just a dark bedroom. But trust me, you don't want a close up of the above photo anyway. The doors don't even fit right.

So then I put the screws back in that I took out originally. The door simply fell off.

It was a task I never want to repeat, I'll tell you that.


I don't know that I'll ever manage to get them open, the doors that is. I'm not altogether sure why. But they were always a bit screwy. 

Should have left well enough alone and painted over the orange with the doors on. Now I know why some of the screws were missing in the first place. 

Somebody else lost their patience and gave up before I owned this thing.

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  1. Well Brenda, they look perfect to me. A lovely colour in a colourful bedroom. Love your throw too and the perfect bed partner :D x

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    1. I've always loved this paint color of Valspar Oregano green.

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  2. I love that green you chose for each piece. Looks great with the red lamps and your quilts. I have had trouble with screws too! I took them off kitchen doors and had a terrible time holding them and lining them up to hang straight. Live and learn! LOL Bedroom looks cozy and I am sure the puppies love it
    Connie, IN/FL

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    1. Oh, as long as the pupsters have a quilt, they're happy!

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    1. I discovered this paint color in those little Valspar samples. Been using it ever since.

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  4. Isn't it so frustrating when it should be so simple ? I love the green. Did you make your quilts? They are beautiful. Love the one on the bed. It is all so cozy :)
    ~Karen

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    1. Yes, I did make the quilt on the bed. And the colorful one on the left-hand side of the bed on the wall. I got the gold and white one online.

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  5. Yup, you never know what problems you inherit with pre-owned furniture. That just adds to the personality! ha! Personally I like well-loved case goods. Upholstery can be a different story. We had a good frost last night...cooling down out your way?

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    1. It has cooled a bit here. No air conditioning on today.

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  6. The color is lovely and I love the black knobs. One thing to consider doing is to relocate the hinges to different locations on the sides of the doors, say moving them up or down a couple of inches and starting over with new holes. But you'd have to drill the new holes. So you could just leave well enough alone! I don't trust myself with a drill and would just try to make do with the current holes as you are doing. I love your lamps -- they are attractive and look great for providing reading light.

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    1. I got the black knobs at Lowes. The ones on the sideboard were in bad shape. I spray-painted the original ones on the dresser.

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  7. Your sideboard is a beauty! Sorry you had so much trouble with the screws--I could feel your pain as you tried to find them in Lowe's and them tried to screw them into place. I've had similar experiences rehabbing older pieces. After the paint has dried on any pieces that I do with doors or drawers, I rub an old candle along all the edges that will touch when opening or closing them. The wax from the candle "lubricates" the edges and the doors and drawers work much better. Your dresser and sideboard look so nice in your bedroom--they are worth all your work and aggravation.

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    1. I'll remember that candle wax tip! I need it on the dresser drawers.

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    1. I think of the most important rooms in your home is your bedroom. Not only do you want it to be conducive to sleep and relaxation, but I want it to be cozy as well.

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  9. I have had similar experiences, so I feel your pain. But it actually looks great, and I think your lovely quilts just bring the room to life. It looks very cozy and makes me want to copy the look for myself. Isn't it wonderful how we can so totally transform something with just a coat of paint?

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    1. I just love quilts on the wall. Always have.

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  10. I love, love those red lamps! Jenny Lind-looking furniture and lamps are so in vogue now, with their spool look. Your bedroom looks lovely. Shame what poor quality screws we have now. I imagine they are now made overseas...

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    1. Those red lamps are keepers for sure! They went from the living room to the bedroom.

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  11. Brenda, the new screws were most likely made in China, and we know how wildly the quality of items made in China fluctuates. Hope you can store stuff you only need to take out with a change of season, not daily. Your bedroom still looks charming.

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    1. I put things in there I don't need to get to very often.

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  12. I feel your pain!

    The color is fabulous, and one of my favs too. I hope you think it was worth it, because I do :).

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  13. Someone had their 'screws loose ' ha ha. Oh Brenda in the end it looks wonderful but sorry that it was all such a hassle ( I'd read the other screwy post the other day :)

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  14. Well, it all looks just gorgeous to me! A beautiful combination of colors!

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  15. Beautiful...in spite of the torture you went through with the screws...Love that Oregano green...

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  16. Love that color, your room looks so welcoming and cozy.
    Joy

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  17. I could never tell by looking that things didn't go smoothly. It looks so nice. Have always enjoyed the way you put colors together. It creates such a happy look.

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  18. Your bedroom looks so lovely! That paint color is so lively and fresh. Your perseverance paid off!

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  19. Hi Brenda! Well, your pieces look pretty from this side of the puter and I love the green color you chose. Sorry about those screw thingys. I've experienced similar situations and I love the lazy way of leaving the doors on to paint. In one of my excellent paint jobs, I left the doors on, painted and then took a tiny little water color brush with some rustoleum paint and painted the hinges! Looked great and no one would know I didn't take the dumb little doors off! Hope you're doing well.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  20. Well, it looks great from a distance, Brenda! The color is perfect with your amazing quilt - so cozy!!

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  21. Love that color...your not the only one with a piece of old furniture with screwed up doors lol The color also draws the green in the quilts....looks like a happy cozy room Lisa@ Sweet Tea N' Salty Air

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