nightstand remix

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These are my new nightstands. Actually, they aren't new at all—I just gave them a little facelift. You remember those new dressers I just got?

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Well, they didn't exactly go with our old IKEA Hemnes nightstands—which I got off of Craigslist a couple years ago. But I really liked these little guys with their shelves, drawers, and skinny legs, so I started scheming a way to transform them on the cheap.

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 I've been seeing so many eye-catching white/wood combos lately, I realized that I could easily get a similar effect by painting the tables white and staining the drawer fronts a nice warm tone.

 The tables are solid pine, so I was able to sand off the drawer's black finish with my trusty palm sander. I LOVE that thing. Then I stained it and poly-d it with some stuff I had on hand.

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I also lightly sanded the top surfaces of the tables with 100 grit paper, and primed with a KILZ oil-based, stain-blocking primer. I am paranoid of bleed-through, so I just went full throttle with the big guns—really smelly big guns. After that I did three coats of white cabinet paint, leftover from the kitchen renovation.

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My glamorous workstation.

My glamorous workstation.

My original plan was to replace the knobs with some brass ring pulls like these, but I was worried that the ring might hang down too far, since the drawers are so shallow. Also, I didn't find any ring pulls at Home Depot and was too impatient to order anything.

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I started looking around online, and found that Anthropologie had some really great options. I settled on these gorgeous brass bar pulls for $6/pop, because I thought they would complement the long, narrowness of the drawers. Thankfully, my local Anthropologie had them in stock, so I left the kids with my mom and dashed out to grab a couple. They are even nicer in person than online... 

 

 

This was definitely one of those projects that produced a grand effect for not a lot of work or expense. It was a very satisfying makeover. Not too shabby for $12 a/pop, huh? 

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And just because I love before and afters SO much, here's a side by side. And look, the nightstand even grew—it must be happier now.

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Here's a final shot with the nightstand back in it's home. Hurray for cheap upgrades! The jury is still out on whether I should paint the walls a more neutral whitish gray. Any thoughts?

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