Okay, it’s been a long time since I first showed you this mood board for our bedroom. But the gray and yellow bedroom that Phil promised me for my birthday is now done. Or close enough that I’m calling it done. So I’m back today to share how I turned two dark, gloomy nightstands from the Salvation Army into light, cheery, fun nightstands for our bedroom.
When my mom and I went to Salvation Army to buy dressers for my younger sisters (check out Lucy’s Comic Book dresser!), we ended up with two extra unneeded nightstands because Lillian’s dresser was in a set. So when I needed nightstands for my bedroom…
The price was right (free!) but they were uuuuu-gggly. The dark stain was not going to work in the room at all. And I really hated the curvy decorative trim at both the top and the bottom. I wanted clean lines, modern, and fun.
So Laura and I set to work. I guess this must be our “setting to work” pose.
With a crowbar, a hammer, screwdriver, brute strength, leverage, and pure unadulterated girl power, we pried all the ugly curvy trim right off that nightstand.
Ahh. Looking better already. The trim at the top was covering a drawer, so we knew we’d need to build a new drawer front. Off to Home Depot with our measurements.
We selected some pre-primed board that was the right height and headed to the Cut-Your-Own station to make it the right length. I have to confess that our girl power failed us here. We were having such a difficult time sawing (and it was taking 4EVER) that a kind man offered to do it for us. We gladly accepted and our boards were sawed in a minute or two.
Back to the garage! Where we–okay, I’m not sure what I’m doing in this picture, but I was smiling and you can see the blurry movement of our canine assistants. Dog butt photobomb!
The next challenge was this big whole on each side of the nightstand that used to be covered by trim. We didn’t want to cover it with more trim because that would negate the clean look I wanted.
So we MacGyvered a solution involving a piece of styrofoam and a bunch of plaster/putty gunk. Ingenious, right?
Then all that remained was some sanding (which was awesomely easy using Chris’ serious sanding air compressor machine device thingy), and a coat of spray primer, several coats of spray paint, and some new knobs (on sale at Anthropologie).
Ta-da! A new clean-lined, modern and fun nightstand emerged from the ashes of a drab ornate-trimmed monstrosity.
The knobs are a brighter yellow in person and somewhat mottled. I love the fun touch they add. And for $3 a piece it was an easy way to add a little punch. My original idea to paint the nightstands yellow was cancelled when I thought about all the yellow that was already in the room. Like these curtains (they have a secret, which I’ll share soon).
One more comparison. Before and after. Ah. I’m so pleased.
What have you been doing in your bedroom lately? Wait…don’t answer that.