Replace or Paint Pier 1 Birds & Branches Motif Dresser?

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Q: In my mind, a quick and dirty white paint makeover is for making grungy thrift store finds work. While Pier 1 may not be the classiest home design retailer out there, as a graduate student whose furnishings and decor come almost exclusively from Craigslist, I've always taken pride in my Pier 1 Pipette Cabinet Craigslist find ($40). The motif is quite busy, but it worked in the big, beautiful, airy and window-filled room for which I originally bought it. Since then it's traveled with me to a studio apartment where it made the whole place look frustratingly uncoordinated, and now is stuck in an alcove in a tiny bedroom in a tiny house that I am struggling to arrange in a cohesive, neutral style (for like, zero dollars):

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I have considered re-selling it on Craigslist and looking (again, Craigslist, thrift stores) for a more minimal, less trendy, mid-century piece, but I'm not really in the mood for one more thing to hunt for right now. My bedding is from the Pottery Barn classic stripe collection, and I want to emphasize how truly tiny this bedroom is. There's the bed with just enough space to walk around it on three sides, one window, and then there's the alcove with the crazy, bird-ed yellow dresser. What do you think? Paint it white, maybe add some crystal knobs, or try to replace it?

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and son in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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