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Nightstand Makeover

12 Sep

This past weekend, my mom and I went thrift store shopping, and I found a fun old nightstand and decided it needed to come home with me. It was charming, but in rough shape.

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So the next day I dragged my darling husband to Home Depot, and bought a bunch of supplies. I wanted a white nightstand, but with something extra, so I thought I would paint the drawers gray. But I ran out of energy before finding a tester-size gray paint, so I gave up and decided to go all white.

First I sanded, then tried my best to fill in some of the larger holes/scratches with wood filler. (By the way, I didn’t really know what I was doing at any point during this project. I asked Google for help and it gave me this tutorial, which I mostly followed.)

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While waiting for each coat to dry (I did one coat of primer and two of paint on the base, and three coats of primer on the drawers), I cleaned and spray painted the hardware oil rubbed bronze.

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Aren’t the little lions so fun?

Anyway so after a whoooole day (I mean really, this project took me from noon to 7pm on Sunday, plus a little more time later spraying a protective poly coat)… it was finally finished. 🙂

I have to admit, I’m kinda proud of myself.

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You can definitely still see a lot of the flaws, but I’m ok with that. It’s not brand new, so I don’t need it to look like it is. It has character!

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So, there you have it. I’m planning to look for another nightstand with similar character for the other side of the bed, and I plan to paint it the same way to tie them together.

One other bonus from this project? While I was having a great time working away on this baby, Jon was inside watching all the football he could possibly want. I wasn’t nagging him about it, and I didn’t have to watch any football. That’s what I call Win-Win-Win-Win!