For once I remembered to document a furniture make-over! I’m almost as proud of myself for remembering to take pics of each step as I am of the finished product.
Anyway, enough back patting on my part and on to the re-doodle do!
So, how often do you come across a pair of tacky 70’s style night stands? I seem to find them all the time. I refuse to pay more than $40 TOPS for the pair, mainly because they are so abundant.
I found this sad duo at my local American Way store in good old Burbankia of California. (it sounds so much more fun and hip to say Burbankia).
I liked these two because they were very solid. I always, ALWAYS always check for the dove-tail drawers.
If they don’t have that one quality….forget about it. The dove-tail cuts tell me this is a quality piece of furniture and although I am the first to sing the praises of Ikea or Walmart or Target, I like good quality Made in the US of A for refurbish projects. My motto is, if a piece survived the 70’s it can survive anything!!
The night stands were solid, but like a lot of furniture from the era it had that weird shiny ‘fake’ type of wood on top. Right now I am having a major brain fart and cannot think of what it’s called. If anyone knows what I’m thinking, please leave me a comment and help a girl out. Side note: I always forget what geraniums are called too. Certain words, don’t compute in the old noggin.
And away we go!
I removed the drawers, cleaned and vacuumed them.
I always try and label everything. Drawer #1 and #2 and their corresponding hardware. Hardware gets put aside in my trusty Ziploc bags.
I sand and clean, then start with painting the shell in a white primer. I always flip the pieces upside down. It prevents me from missing big huge spots. I do about three very light coats. My assistant is always nearby ready to rub fur against the clean paint.
For these two pieces, since the front panels of the drawers are a nice wood finish, I lightly sanded and then used an Oak colored stain. It pretty much covered the little scratches. Since this is a vintage piece of furniture, there are going to be flaws here and there, but it has too look well tended to.
I did three coats of primer on the shell and then spray painted a white gloss to finish off.
Everything then gets a clear coat of polyurethane and HERE YA GO!
Assistant #2 as always feels the need to Photo Bomb my hard work.
I brought them inside and happily they look great anywhere, not just by the bed.
They will look sweet next to chairs and couches too.