Thursday, April 14, 2011

Nightstand Makeover

This is a cute nightstand that I bought at the back door of the Salvation Army.  I know, it sounds like a drug deal but seriously, have you seen the stuff they have out there?  Holy cow, who needs to go in the front door when you can drive-thru the back.

No, this is not how it looked when I bought it; remember I'm still working on taking a before picture.  It's a solid wood nightstand made by Dixie, a furniture company in Charleston, North Carolina.  I'm sure you've seen their pieces; they're usually white with the groovy gold painted trim.  I used to have the whole set when I was little; complete with canopy bed. 

Anyway, I liked the lines of this nightstand and I new I could nix the gold trim and give it some character.  Stripping all the white and gold off of it was not very glamorous or exciting.  I won't bore you with those details; we've all been there.

First I painted this a light green but I found it a little on the pale side.  So I took a darker green, watered it down and wiped it on with a rag.  I was beginning to like what I saw.  This green is pretty vibrant and reminds me of the green on the Princess and the Frog poster.

I did think it was missing something though.  Those ovals at the top of the front legs were screaming, "Do something."  I shouted back, "But, what?"

Without seeing it, my friend Patti suggested I free hand something.  I thought maybe she bumped her head but I was getting desperate.  So I did.  I painted on some flowers, complete with stems and leaves.  Not bad, not bad I say.
A little is good so more must be better, right?  I added some flowers to the front too.

To soften the flowers, I gave it a light sanding with 120 grit sandpaper after it dried.

I even busted out the power tools to mount the pull handle.  Yes, I did.  Me, myself, and I had some bonding time with the old De Walt drill.  I even used a level so you can be sure that handle is straight.

I lined the inside of the drawer with some scrap booking paper.  Pink of course.  In case you couldn't tell, my daughter is really into the pink princess thing.  She's a girly girl and I love that.  Don't mind the pencil scribbles on the left of the drawer; that's abuse from its previous owner.  Nothing but love in my house people.

On the walls, I stenciled those vines and stamped the crown and castle as a border going around her room.  I made the stencil and bought the foam stamps.  I used four different colors and used canned paint (not the creamy stencil paint) because I like a challenge.  Not really but it sounds good.  I recommend doing none of this, but then I saw how excited she got about her girly girl room and I thought, that wasn't so bad.

Update:  I just walked into her room and there was this large, hideous sticker of Dora stuck on the front of the drawer.  I about died.  I couldn't peel that sucker off fast enough.  Dora did put up a bit of a fight though, but I won and into the trash she went.  Sigh.



  1. That damn Dora!

    It turned out beautifully! I see big things in your future!

  2. It looks great and I love the hand painting detail. As for Dora, been there done that one. Drove me crazy, but I don't say anything any more. My moto is keep it in your room, no stickers in the rest of the house. That works most of the time.

  3. loves really cute! saw you on shabby chic cottage.


  4. "Momo Sent Me"... Just poppin' in to say "Hi"... and take a look around. My first time here and a new follower... *Ü*. I'm looking forward to visiting with you often.
    **Lots of Hugs**
    P.S. I ♥ your creativity... *Ü*!

  5. Very Cute! Really nice job on the hand-painted flowers. Perfect for a little girls room (even if she would rather have Dora : )
    (stopping by from Miss MS)

  6. Wow! You have serious skillz! I really love your blog and I'm so happy to have found it. I'm your newest follower!

  7. Very nice. Oh and Rebecca is reading that book right now in her book club. Too funny.

  8. Bad Dora! lol The night stand is beautiful and you are correct about where to find the treasures!
    Linda Marino

  9. Told you I'd be baaaaaack! :-)

    Simply beautiful transformation!!! :-)

  10. Did I ever tell you how much I love this table! You're so creative.