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.