Things I Love Thursday: My Bedroom Furniture

When Mark and I got married, we pulled together a bedroom suit of furniture from – essentially – our parents’ leftovers. We used a dresser from his parents and one from mine, the full-size mattress and box springs his parents bought him in the early 90s, a bedside table that once belonged to his grandfather, and eventually, a headboard my parents gave us for Christmas.

And it worked. It really did.

But after a while we longed for beautiful matching furniture, and more importantly, a bed large enough to more comfortably fit the four of us.

(You know, Mark, me and the two cats.)

Last fall, after saying for several months that we wished we were as lucky as my brother and sister-in-law who got an incredible deal on furniture at a store closing, we heard about some incredible deals on furniture at a store closing.

Long story slightly shorter, we got some new stuff – including a queen-sized bed, which is just so nice. It’s like we’re sleeping in a hotel every night. Except for free. Except for what we paid for the furniture. Because “deal” does not mean “free.”

Anyway, check it out:
Yay! The big bed! (Please don’t mind our crazy green walls. Painting them is on the list, k?)
Hmmm…the big bed with a kitty. (Or, as she’s called by the kiddo: Mow!)
If I don’t make up the bed, I find that kitty sleeping on my pillow. Like a person. Who belongs there. (Thank goodness for lint rollers!)
Mark’s shot glass collection on his dresser. We each get a dresser – and so many drawers that they’re still not all full yet!
And finally, my ironing board. What? You thought I’d have an actual board and iron? (Okay, I do have one. I just detest setting it up and, shudder, using it!)

What does your bedroom furniture look like? Antiques? New and modern? Hand-me-downs? Traditional? Modern? Tell me all about it!
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20 Comments Things I Love Thursday: My Bedroom Furniture

  1. ben and erin June 25, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    well for a while some of our furniture resembled cardboard boxes because, well, that's what they were. ben didn't have enough room to put his ebay stuff, so naturally all those boxes went in our room. sigh.

    anyway. when we got married we had a futon (that we weren't planning on keeping). that lasted about 10 days before we went and bought a queen sized bed at a store closing. however it didn't turn out to be the greatest deal. and for some crazy reason, the mattress that ben HAD to have, he doesn't like. and our dressers do not in any way match. but it's okay. our bedroom has a door, and it gets closed when we have company!

    i have a similar kind of iron. although it's about the size of a washing machine and you only have to push one button. and you can iron more than one item at a time. ahhhhh i love my dryer! i don't know how many times i have thanked God that ben doesn't have a job where he needs to wear a suit and tie and a pressed shirt!

  2. Colleen - Mommy Always Wins June 25, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    We *still* have that crazy mis-matched hand-me-down furniture. It wouldn't be so bad except it was crap furniture to begin with – 15-20 yrs ago! (I've literally nailed my bottom drawer back together 5 times.) Your set is beee-you-tee-ful! And I like the green walls – they're a great constrast with the red, and green is a soothing color. Our bedroom is green, too (though a much different green).

  3. amber June 25, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Our bedroom set is the same set I got for my room at my parents' when I was about 11. You know how old I am and thus, how old our furniture is. Sad. And it was never good quality to begin with (though it doesn't look as cheap as it really is). It's oak (splintery oak on the drawers) and the tops of the dresser and nightstand are some sort of formica-like surface. Lovely. Oh, and let's not forget that the twin-sized matching headboard is in our garage! Six years of grad school was our long-standing excuse for not replacing it, but now we don't want to buy new until we're in a place we are sure will be semi-permanent; then we can get a new set for that exact room. Aren't you glad you know this now? ;)

  4. Lauren Walters June 25, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Well, you know what our furniture looks like although I wish we had a big dresser. I don't have very much room in the drawers I use and can keep in organized enough but maybe I'm just being picky. I do love our furniture though!

  5. Lauren Walters June 25, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Also, those sheets look so luxurious!

  6. Sherry June 25, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    You have a beautiful room!

    We had hand me downs for a long time and finally got some nice bedroom furniture a couple of years ago along with some tropical bedding and such to make our room look like paradise. :D

  7. Lauren Walters June 25, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Sorry, I had a lot of typos in that first comment. I meant to say, I can't keep it organized enough. WHEW!

  8. chelleybutton June 26, 2009 at 3:08 am

    I sure can't relate to empty drawers — I wish I could! (shopping problem, you know…;)

    I don't think I've ever heard you say 'to make a long story shorter' before… ;)

    I still have the same dressers I grew up with. I've had them for as long as I remember, and they even have some places where I drew onto them with a pencil as a kid (oops). When I first moved here I wanted to get all new furniture because I didn't want my kid furniture (plus it's like a honey-colored wood, and I wanted trendier dark brown or white:), but then I got a new bed (metal frame) & set up the room and thought it actually looked nice together. :) And then I kind of liked that I'd had it since I was a kid. It's not perfect, and a couple drawers catch sometimes, but it's got character. And a really heavy mirror, which of course I like. :) It's good quality if it's lasted that long! ;)

    I don't use an ironing board either. :) (so thanks for the tip;)

  9. thediaperdiaries June 26, 2009 at 3:31 am

    This is my dream. I have been longing for new bedroom furniture for as long as I can remember because we too are suffering from hand me downs. Actually that isn't completely true, I got my dream bed, but have heinous dressers and nightstands. Someday…someday…

  10. triplesalchow June 26, 2009 at 3:40 am

    I think bedroom furniture is really important. I never had good/matching bedroom furniture growing up. For about a year of my childhood, I slept on a cot in the basement because we didn't have enough bedrooms or beds.
    Fast forward to Cory and I planning to get married. We save $600 of our hard-earned Hy-Vee pay, buy a beautiful bed set, and store it in his parents' basement for about 2 years till we actually got married and used it. It was so exciting and I still love it. The dresser looks remarkably like yours!

  11. triplesalchow June 26, 2009 at 3:44 am

    I forgot to say we weren't even engaged yet when we bought the furniture. Cory always said it was better assurance that I would indeed be his wife than a ring on my finger.
    Oh, and his parents bought us a really nice (originally $1000) mattress for our wedding present. It's so tall/pillowy that I had trouble getting up into it when we first got married.

  12. HonorMommy June 26, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who admits to not using an iron….got to love DWR!!! :-D And what's wrong with your green walls??? Green's my favorite color!

  13. T~T June 26, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    lovely – how do you fit in that tiny bed though? you both must be very skinny (smiles)

  14. Mr. and Mrs. Nurse Boy June 26, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    What a beautiful bedroom set…not to mention cat. :0)

    Mrs. Nurse Boy

  15. Diamonds & Dumptrucks Boutique June 27, 2009 at 4:35 am

    LOVE your room! :)

  16. Diamonds & Dumptrucks Boutique June 27, 2009 at 4:35 am

    LOVE your room! :)

  17. Diamonds & Dumptrucks Boutique June 27, 2009 at 4:35 am

    LOVE your room! :)

  18. Diamonds & Dumptrucks Boutique June 27, 2009 at 4:35 am

    LOVE your room! :)

  19. Diamonds & Dumptrucks Boutique June 27, 2009 at 4:35 am

    LOVE your room! :)

  20. kim_brough June 28, 2009 at 10:17 am

    I also REALLY hate to iron. I have 2 cats….fur is crazy, but SO worth it.

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