As part of revamping the guest bedroom, the nightstands got a little makeover going from brown and boring to a clean and bright, with a white top and sides, a turquoise or teal interior, and shiny new hardware.
Ahhh, I do so love a good before and after. I think it stems from years ago when I’d watch Chris Harrison host Designer’s Challenge on HGTV and I loved the reveal at the end of the show (now Chris has moved onto primetime hosting gigs – yay Bachelor!).
When I first started Operation Guest Room, I really wanted to ditch our old, heavy, dark nightstands.
We’ve had these old nightstands for 10 years and never really loved them – we bought them from Pier 1 when we moved here straight out of law school and they lived in our master bedroom until we finally booted them to the guest bedroom last year. When I started looking for new nightstands, I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted. So I stared hard at these babies to see if they could be saved. I decided yes. Here’s how I got the nightstands from “before” to “after”:
removed doors and all hardware
- filled holes then sanded entire nightstand (I used 80 grit)
- primed with an oil-based primer, to ensure excellent paint adhesion
- painted interiors of the nightstands the turquoise or aqua color – lightly sanding between coats
- painted exteriors white - lightly sanding between coats
- created a perfect line between the turquoise and white, at the bottom of the nightstand (no one wants a wobbly line)
- sealed top of nightstands and bottom shelf of interior with polyurethane to really protect against scratches
- drilled holes for new drawer hardware and installed same
Here’s the end result (still sitting in the painting zone, not yet styled in the guest room).
I love having the new open bases to the nightstands instead of the cupboard doors. And I really love how much brighter they are compared to the old brown. I can’t wait to get them in the guest room and all styled up. But first we need to deal with that yucko floor (hopefully starting tomorrow!).
Anyone else revamp an old piece of furniture you have on hand? Or go outside your typical comfort zone with something bright and fun? While I wouldn’t do this for all my furniture, the guest room sure is a fun place to experiment!
Linking up to : Miss Mustard Seed.