What goes best with Ikea decor?

Antiques, of course! We decided to hit up the antique mall to continue our seemingly never-ending quest to furnish are new, much larger home that has come with much less built-in storage than our previous abode. I’m sure you know this, but a 1929 house does not have nearly the number or size of closets found in a 1985 condo. It’s just a fact of life. And we are meeting it head on by buying all sorts of wooden products to house all of the things we apparently deemed move-worthy. This includes books, of course, but also mason jars filled with lentils, Costco-sized paper towel bundles, Molly’s ever-expanding toy collection and a billion other things. Anyway, on Saturday we bought four things. The first of which I’ll feature here.

Do you know what this?

Do you know what this is?

According to the antique experts, this is a firewood box. We could use it as that, I suppose, because we do have a wood-burning fireplace, but we thought it would serve us better as a toy chest. We don’t have one and I’ve been really sick of looking at the laundry basket that has served as a de facto one. So, instead of dropping $250 for this one that I love, we bought the firewood box for $75. I didn’t really think the color said “fun and kid-like,” so I walked across the street to Sherwin Williams and bought some paint.

First, I lightly sanded the box and then primed it (AO reminded me to go over it with a wet rag in between these two steps. Oops).

I think white would have been a good choice

I think white would have looked nice.

Because I’m impatient, I did not wait anything close to the four hours the primer label told me to wait before painting. Instead, I waited maybe 45 minutes and then dove in. Ultimately, it took between two and three coats. I didn’t worry about it being smooth or too much about drips because the undercoat wasn’t smooth and, frankly, the box wasn’t exactly flawless in the first place. I’m really happy with the result.

Ta da!

Ta da!

We have three more pieces to pick up and at least one of them is calling out for my paint brush.

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10 Responses to “What goes best with Ikea decor?”


  1. 1 Sara May 5, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Ooh – which antique mall? Love the firewood box!

  2. 2 kateandgracie May 5, 2014 at 10:22 am

    The Odana one – right by St Vinny’s. Do you have recommendations? The place I used to really like in Stoughton recently closed, I think.

  3. 3 Mary May 5, 2014 at 11:18 am

    I say beautiful

  4. 4 Jane Roe May 5, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    What a great toy box!

  5. 5 Sara May 6, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    I was told that someone heard on the radio the other day that Sun Prairie is getting an Ikea????

  6. 6 kateandgracie May 7, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    WHAT!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?

  7. 7 Sara May 8, 2014 at 10:04 am

    I know!!! I tried a google, but couldn’t find anything – if it was a real rumor, it would be on the Internet, right?

    Have you been to the ReStores?

  8. 8 kateandgracie May 8, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Are those the Habitat ones? If so, I haven’t, though I was talking about it the other day. We recently hit up two St Vinny’s, a Goodwill, and an Agrace. The St Vinny’s on Willy actually had a few maybes, but the rest were not good as far as furniture goes.

  9. 9 Sara May 9, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Yep – ReStores don’t seem to have much in the way of couches and such, but I’ve seen some neat cabinets. And lighting.

  10. 10 kateandgracie May 9, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Well, I love cabinets and lighting. I will check it out.


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