Thursday, November 24, 2011

IKEA for Prims?

Hi Everyone!  
Sorry I have been gone for a silly computer has been out of commission for a couple of weeks and I have been incredibly busy.  I haven't even had time to shop for a brand new that's pretty bad!  But I wanted to post about something I had been thinking about for a while.
Here goes...

A while ago I was out at IKEA and decided that while their Scandinavian style is neat, that many of us are not in a good area for PRIM stores so we have to "make-do" and use our imaginations. Now the results can't be as wonderful as all you lucky people in the eastern and southern part of our country but it's worth some thought

With the above BED, think paint!  It would look good BLACK, or how about even RED!  With a colorful coverlet or quilt, and possibly a CANOPY, an old bench at the foot and some primitive prints above the headboard, it could look PRIM.  Not perfect but for a KID'S ROOM you can't beat the price
Or how about all white, ruffly and girly for your beautiful daughter!


These go without can do anything with them.  Spray paint can transform them into anything you want and at $1.00 a can at WM you can't go could even re-paint them for a special occasion and then do them back!  You can even "distress" them and really make 'em look old.

Now hasn't everyone's Grandma had a table/plant stand like this???
I can just remember a "Mother-in-law's Tongue" plant on it in the "front parlor!"
You could paint this or not, but a nice muddy color would work; maybe an "Olde Century" or Olde Village" color.  Or maybe just a craft paint color..about 3 bottles would do it, give it a light spray of satin varnish and call it a day!  Cute table and good price!

This is a runner that was with their CHRISTMAS stuff; already a great color.  Wrinkle it up a bit on your table and add black wood items, or clear glass (Mason Jars with candles?) and a little greenery and berries and you're done!  
The fabric hearts are always good....hang on the tree, tie on packages or tuck in with your centerpiece!

Well, I couldn't pass up these baskets!  Use them as is or get out the red or green spray paint, along with a little "Wood-tone" color spray for antiquing) and spray away!  Then fill them with crushed newspaper about 2/3 of the way  (for filler) and then go to town and have fun!
Use on your front porch, filled to overflowing with pine cones, or (fake) snowballs or even ornaments.
Use under your tree to hold small gifts
or even fill with apples or oranges for a treat on your kitchen counter.  Tie a plaid, checked, or patterned bow and you are all done.
They stack as you can see so you can stack them and then use them to store small decorations the rest of the year.

So you can see if you just use your imagination you can have (sort of) a PRIM look.even without the real thing
I would rather have the REAL THING but that probably won't happen so I use my imagination.  Hope this gave you some ideas you might be able to use, too
Now as far as my next post, let's just say I have had TWO rooms in total disarray for a couple of MONTHS (I was painting a china cabinet in the middle of the L.R. floor last week!)  The OFFICE is in the process of becoming the GUEST ROOM and I am running out of space here!  I can see the "light at the end of the tunnel," however, and will show you as soon as it is done!
Hope THANKSGIVING was fun and I can't wait for CHRISTMAS!
Joy    .  


  1. Hi Joy,
    I love your imagination! And it all sounds wonderfully Prim....I know some gals say they want Prim but it's too costly to change out what they already have. THEY SHOULD READ THIS POST. They don't need to get rid of anything - just add the things you mentioned.
    I will be anxious to see your changes Joy!


  2. Good morning Joy!! I surely did see your comment. And what great ideas you have here. I am so used to being able to find what I want but I know so many that aren't!! With some imagination, and looking outside the box, they can make some prim changes!!

    I hope your Thaniksgiving was wonderful! Wishing you a very Happy Holiday season!! HUGS!!

  3. You are so creative and clever. How fun that you can see Prim at IKEA. Glad to have you back blogging. Have a wonderful Christmas. Hugs, Lura

  4. Hi Joy, what great ideas! I love those baskets. Great for fall, summer, anytime. Have a great week you hear!

  5. Dear Joy, thanks for stopping by my blog and saying hello again. It is always nice to hear from you. I hope that they soon get done with the redo.... at least in time for Christmas. Have a great week. Hugs, Lura

  6. Hello again dear. Sorry that your projects are still not done. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving sweet comments even though you are not blogging at this time. That is really nice of you. I always love hearing from you. Have a good week. I look forward to keeping in touch with you. Hugs, Lura


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