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i received a few pretty hacks from angelique who transformed plain pine toy boxes into really good looking storage. i love the fern technique and the decoupage of the mother and baby bird is just too cute.

“purchased at ikea as a plain pine toy chest (can’t find the link). i decorated it using an old victorian technique: stuck fern fronds to the wood surface using spray adhesive, then stippled around them with black paint and polyurethaned over the whole thing.

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same technique on plain pine ikea frames.

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another ikea toy chest, painted and decoupaged. this one is shallower than the fern chest so it is more like a bench, and the original finish was a dark stain. (note: ikea toy and curtains in this shot, too!)

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the ubiquitous ikea kids’ table and chairs, painted.”

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visit angelique’s blog or explore her gorgeous flickr set.