I needed a project to take my mind away from thinking about the wedding. I have two major projects sitting here staring me in the face: our nightstands in the bedroom and a dresser that will become the tv stand someday. Decisions decisions.
Ive had the nightstands longer and they have been ever so patient waiting for a new life. (because that is how I make all major decisions). They were the winners in this vicious battle.
A few months ago while not looking for anything in particular, I ran into two nightstands I have almost given up on finding on Craigslist. I never expected nightstands to be that difficult to find. $40 for the pair, for BOTH! I couldnt believe it.
Sorry for the stinky cell phone pics. Here is one before. I WAS going to go with a green because it seemed like the coolest option Sherry from Young House Love suggested, but Matt was against it. He said to pick another color from the room. I didnt want anymore blue in the room, so I pulled the gray from the chest I redid a few months ago.
The thing about this project I didnt want to deal with was the prep work. Honestly, I have a hard time using the sander on the patio while in an apartment. Its loud and messy. I probably shouldnt care because the people that live around us are louder than anyone I have ever lived near, but I have common courtesy. After some research I found a tip for painting 70s furniture. These particular tables have that glossy, thick finish on the top that would probably be more than a pain to remove. It was one of those tops that feels like you could peel it off in one piece and it would snap in half.
Primer. I read on a few sites that I could get away with priming this first and skip the sanding. I bought Kilz primer with a Bondcote mixed in that will stick to any surface. Everyone in the blog world seems to use Kilz and not the paint/primer mix. I prepped my nightstands and they instantly started looking better.
Two coats of primer I was ready to paint. I used the French Linen chalk paint on the chest, but I knew I didnt have enough to paint both of these the same color. Luckily, the guy in the paint department did a color match for me. He smeared some on a paint stick and mixed away. The color had some brown hints to it (probably from the paint stick), but I LOVED IT!!! It was soft while being a little modern.
I am not going to keep the knobs because they are a little too harsh for the color. Next time I am near Hobby Lobby I am going to pick up some glass knobs.
My one biggest fear about this was what would happen after the tables dried. Should I protect it? I didnt sand it, so I was afraid it would chip away. I had a lot of extra wax left over from the chest so once the 3 coats of paint were dry, I slathered it on. After 10 minutes of dry time, I wiped it off and it feels like a strong coat. I feel like it will be nice and protected from all of the elements!
I think it really lightens up the bed and the darkness of the headboard. What do you think?