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Before & After: Damaged Nesting Tables Get a Colorful Fix

by Maxwell Tielman


Choosing clothing for a child is a conundrum many parents face. On one hand, you don’t want to dress your child in rags. On the other, spending gobs of cash on garments they’re just going to grow out of in two days seems needlessly wasteful. The same goes for decorating a child’s room—you want something that is functional and useful, something that will stimulate the senses and allow for play… but you also don’t want to break the bank on something that will be subject to the ever-changing tastes of a growing child. This is why, in all matters kids, sometimes it is best to go the reused and recycled route—especially if you’re feelin’ crafty! This is the philosophy that Linda Fährlin of the Scandinavian Design Studio, Super Trooper, used when she transformed a broken-down set of nesting tables for her son’s room. Picked up for a relative song from a local thrift shop, Linda lovingly repaired and painted them, giving them a bright, colorful new life. Check out all of the photos, plus Linda’s design notes after the jump! —Max

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“When I spotted the little nesting table at the local op-shop I really liked the design of it,” Linda says. “There is something about vintage furniture that really resonates with me and it’s like old pieces that have a little more personality and a story to tell. Because the tables were damaged, I decided to go for paint. Having a preference for bright, light furniture and interiors, I decided to go for white as a base. I looked at my son’s toys and saw they were all different colors, so I decided to paint each leg on the tables in a different color. The polka candy cane stripes reminds me of winters spent growing up in Sweden, visiting the Christmas market and looking at all the candy canes in the Christmas stalls.
“I was looking to create a happy and friendly corner for creativity, tea parties and LEGO building, having a minimal budget and minimal space. Something unique that would be a special place for kids. Since kids’ rooms are quite busy visually anyway, I wanted the corner to be fun looking at but not too overpowering as there are so many bright toys and things in kids’ rooms.”

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“The project felt achievable and could easily be done over a weekend or at night. I’m happy the way the table works together with the little IKEA drawers and I think I’ll use the spare paint for detailing in the kids’ room. You could save money by just using one colour for the legs or even use paper or washi tape instead of paint.”


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