The following is a reprint of a previously published post. Enjoy!
The “before” shot of my curbside nightstand. It’s certainly a sturdy piece of furniture, but is uglier than a stampeding “Black Friday” mob. I do like the detail at the foot though.
The top surface of the nightstand was less than impressive.
The post-sanded nightstand. Please excuse the photo, the sun was kind of harsh at this point.
The post-primer step. So far so good.
Here is the nightstand after two coats of semi-gloss latex paint I gleaned from my mother’s basement.
The top surface of the nightstand looks super crappy. I waited between coats, and even thinned the paint a little bit. I think it turned out this way because the sun came out while I was painting the last coat, and it was drying as I was painting. I would have thought I was immune to this possibility here in Oregon. (I guess I should have worked on this project in June, when it was cloudy every lovin’ day!)
Here is the nightstand with some Goodwill baskets thrown into the cubbies. It is not perfect, but it’s a thousand times better than before. The ugly knob is still in place, but only because there are three (?) drilled holes behind the face plate, which means I couldn’t use the cute beveled glass knob I had in mind. I may paint it black.
I am slightly frustrated that this piece of furniture is not as impressive as The Frugal Girl’s masterpieces. But I am not going to start over again. This nightstand will be going into our spare bedroom, which is a week-and-a-half away from becoming the not so spare bedroom. This is because we will be hosting a Japanese teaching assistant for six months, and I highly doubt that he will spurn our hospitality due to my poor painting efforts.
I am putting a full effort into decluttering the house this week in preparation to having this addition to our family, and apologize if too many of my posts focus on the subject. (I guess I’m nesting?!)
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”
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