8.11.2016

Thoughts for Thursday: Regretting A Furniture Purchase

So it's taken me a few months to admit this but I kind of hate our bedroom furniture.  Specifically the dressers. Which I just purchased. In February.  I spent years (for real) looking for bedroom furniture that I loved and I just could not find anything that Kyle and I could agree on. We went into every furniture store and I was sure I had scoured every website.   It was also one of the rooms that kept getting pushed to the back burner when more important stuff came up, so when I finally got the green light from Kyle to make a purchase I decided to go with the ones that we could both mostly agree on.

We went with the Pottery Barn Hudson dressers:




I really wanted white or a natural wood while Kyle wanted a natural wood or a dark wood finish.  We would find a color we loved but the styles would be off, we would find a style we loved but we wouldn't be able to agree on the color.   I finally felt like we had to buy something, so I did.  Then once I did it and it arrived it seemed like suddenly exactly what we were looking for started popping up everywhere.  I was so angry and mad that I didn't wait longer.  I have contemplated selling it on Craigslist a few times but I know I'll never recoup our full price.  At the same time it feels stupid to be so mad since it's just furniture after all ;)

So I've been trying to find some bedside tables that I love in hopes of bringing it all together and learning to love the pieces more.   Below are some ideas I have.  The bedding shown is the duvet we have and we have lamps similar to the ones below, but I'm thinking of getting new ones.   We still need to work on artwork and drapes but nightstands are my next purchase.

Bedroom 2






Bedroom 1





Bedroom 3





Bedroom 4



As you can see I'm not the best decision maker and have narrowed it down to four bedside tables I like.  I like the top option but Kyle likes the bottom option.  What would you all do?  Do you have a favorite?

Have you ever made a big furniture purchase you later regretted?  Would love to hear I'm not alone! 


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26 comments :

  1. Ugh that sucks! I like the top option the best and coming in second is the 3rd one. I hope you can find some that tie it all together!

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  2. I like the top 2 the best! I haven't regretting anything...yet. Ha.

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  3. I love the dressers and I think in the long run you might too - I think the light and airy trend will leave and you will have something more traditional that will last (but I'm no designer). I really like the cream in the last option bc it softens the difference in finishes between the wood and paint. I bet it will look amazing when it's finished! I let my husband pick our main living room furniture - red couch and red chair and a half. Completely hate it - the color and the style. And it's been here for 12 years now. Seriously about to suck it up and get an ikea one to just get it out!

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  4. We have very heavy wood furniture that was my husband's so we added mirrored side tables and it has softened it up tremendously.

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  5. i bought a pottery barn dresser earlier this year, and we hated it -- and I was not impressed by the quality, but we were able to return. I think changing out the nightstands would be a great option. Love the third one!

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  6. YES! We were dumb newlyweds and bought a way too expensive couch and our cat ruined it IMMEDIATELY. We tried to use the warranty we'd bought that the sales rep told us would cover per damage... No dice. Such a misstep!

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  7. This is why I think only the woman of the house should make the final decision. LOL! I like the furniture you picked, but I'm confused about your bedside tables...you want to buy light/white end tables to mix with the darker Pottery Barn pieces? Even though I don't think furniture needs to match, none of them look like they go together, but if you still want to go that route, the last set looks the best to me. As for regretting furniture pieces, no, I've never regretted buying furniture right away, but I do regret buying furniture years later. I have so many pieces of furniture that are very dated, yet cost a lot of money and are still in pristine condition, so I feel I can't replace them.

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  8. Scrap it and start over! You'll never love the end result, because all the pieces will be built around the dressers that you aren't a fan of. Trust me! You'll feel "trapped" by the dressers. They are lovely dressers though, and would be great for the boys! Good luck!

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  9. I pretty much agree with Nancy above. But if that's not in the cards right now, I love the nightstands in photo number 2!!

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  10. I love the first option and the 3rd! I'm actually not looking forward to picking new bedroom furniture because I hate making decisions, because I always wish I had made diff ones -- so I totally get how you feel. Good luck!!

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  11. My sister in law has had a ton of luck painting large pieces like that. That thought scares me but I do know there are some great online tutorials. She painted her entire entertainment system console (HUGE piece) which is the focal point of the main room of her house and it looks great. It was even darker than your dressers. She also swapped out the wood hardware and put in gold hardware. Brilliant! I say give painting a try as long as your plan it really well.

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  12. i wanted a similar dresser in white!! my husband refused to spend that much on a dress :( so we went with a similar one from IKEA and i love it! it might not last as long as the pottery barn one but that's ok. maybe you can have someone paint this one? xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  13. I like the all white, makes it look so clean and serene!! Thanks for hosting and have a great rest of the week.

    xo Sheree
    http://poshclassymom.com
    IG: @poshclassymom

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  14. Ugh, we need new furniture for the bedroom, and I am avoiding it because I already know our styles won't blend! If I were you, I would do one of two things: a) I'd buy some white side chests and stain the top dark to match the chests, so it gives more of a cohesive look, or b) I'd try to repurpose or resell the chest you purchased. I've had great luck reselling pieces on craigslist, and I think the taller chest would look beautiful as storage in another room.
    Good luck!! ~Hannah (www.HannahAtHomeBlog.com)

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  15. I like the third one best, but let me ask - what about the dressers do you hate? If they're made of real wood and you hate the color, you could always strip them and restain them, and change the pulls if you want - just an idea!

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  16. I think option number 3 looks really cohesive, but I love the nightstands in option 2. We did the same thing with the rug in our living room, and I hate it. I'm just waiting for the right time to move it to another room where it might look a little better. Cheers, Laura

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  17. I have the same dressers and will be switching out my nightstands (eventually) too! I LOVE option #1 ... I think mixing in the white is really the only way to go to make you happy. It opens up the room and actually mixing woods and colors is pretty "in" now anyway. My second pick would be option #3. Darker, yes, but I love the natural wood color. Just stay away from darker drapes and darker frames when you hang things! XO! Whitney

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  18. I personally really like the third style...and after 10 years of matching dresser/side tables/headboards, am looking to switch things up! Do you mind sharing where you found them?

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  19. I like the one you like and a good mix of dark and white breaks up the room! And you never know when you may need to move the dressers and get new ones ;)

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  20. I like the first end tables- ones you like. Sorry you're not happy with your purchases. Maybe the boys will need some furniture soon or if you're really brave- you could paint them. Although I think with the first design it helps break up the darkness and goes well together. Good luck! Hope you find a solution you love!

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  22. Oh yes, I feel you on the furniture regret. I ordered couches from PB and instantly knew they were all wrong. I went slipcovered and machine washable because, kids. But that washable twill fabric and blah khaki color makes them feel dated/country to me. They're super comfy and I've tried sprucing them up with throw pillows but they'll never be my favorite. I can't wait to move them to the playroom and replace them with a better choice.

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  23. I seriously suck at this! The question for me really is have I ever made a furniture purchase I was completely satisfied with?!! I need new couches so bad and just cannot make a damn decision.

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  24. I seriously suck at this! The question for me really is have I ever made a furniture purchase I was completely satisfied with?!! I need new couches so bad and just cannot make a damn decision.

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  25. I like them but you're the one who has to live with it. It can really sap your energy to be surrounded by things that don't make you happy. I think if you sell them and lose a little money, it's worth it to have something that you enjoy much more.
    All the best with making the decision.

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