Monday, March 22, 2010

Shabby Chic Nightstand

One of the projects we have going on is to re-design our guest bedroom, so this weekend, Imani and I took a little trip to our local Sally Ann's (Salvation Army) to see if we could find anything to go with the new look.

We found a couple of great Easter-related items that will (hopefully) fit into our Easter Tablescape.  Here are a few of the things we found:

A couple of wooden candlesticks for $1:

This grubby duck who is in dire need of a fresh coat of paint (99 cents).

A grubby little bunny who also is in desperate need of a coat of paint (99 cents).

A lamp shade for a lamp I got a few weeks ago from Hub's place.  I was really excited to find this little shade for only 50 cents becaues that means, the total cost of my lamp for the guest room redesign was $1.50.

Just when I was thinking we were done I came across this lovely gem of a nightstand.  I was psyched because Jason and I had been searching for a night stand for the guest room re-design for a few weeks now.  I was beginning to lose hope, until I scored this for $25.

I fell in love with the size and shape of this nightstand and I liked the handles.  All it needed was a fresh coat of paint (doesn't that usually solve everything?!) 

I was hoping Jason would like it as much as I did.  I stopped at Home Depot to pick up a can of white paint.  This is where the stress set in.  There are soooooo many shades of white to choose from!  I settled on Valspar's Honeymilk because it was a creamy white, which I think will look nice with the new look we're going for.

By now, Jason is used to me bringing new projects home for him every weekend.  And everyone wonders why our upstairs bathroom isn't complete yet . . .

Jason liked the night stand as much as I did, so he primed it, painted it and then brought it to me with some decisions to make. 

Did I like the inside where the handle is blue or white?

Can you guess my answer?

Did you guess blue?

Or did you guess white?

Or did you guess another color?

I chose blue BUT . . . not that shade of blue.  Although I really think that shade is lovely, unfortunately, it clashed with the bedding I've selected for the re-design so it had to go. 

So we selected a shade of blue that is darker and here is the finished product.  Notice that $1.50 lamp sitting on top!  We're still not sure how we feel about the lamp shade, but it was only 50 cents so it won't be a big deal if we change it.  I just liked that it added an element of texture to the room.  Thoughts???? 

So the guest room is coming along nicely!   We have to figure out what to do with the computer area (it also serves as an office).  I think electronics are not aesthetically pleasing.  I prefer to hide them in cabinets or closets, so we'll see what we come up with.  

What do all of you do to incorporate computers, televisions and other electronics into your decor?

Linking up with Faded Charm's White Wednesday's Party.



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  1. Your nightstand looks great! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  2. svinch@twcny.rr.comMarch 23, 2010 at 8:50 AM

    Guest room? Grandma and grandpa room?
    I am excited this means blue is in!
    I have an idea for the lamp shade,why not glue fabric to it to match the room I think you can get the idea I am thinking of at Joanne fabrics.
    I love the nite stand it is my kind of furniture.
    Can't wait to see the finished room!

  3. So very, very pretty! And I would have left the blue, too...give the piece character. Nice job!

  4. oh I love that you left the blue! Gorgeous!!


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  6. Sorry! I didn't proof-read my post and noticed a misprint...
    Here I go again. ;)

    I love your new nightstand. Thanks for mentioning the paint color you used. I've been looking for a creamy/white paint for my coffee table. I just found your blog. Can't wait to look around! :)

  7. Positively fabulous job on the nightstand! Don't you just love finds like that? I also love to refinish furniture myself, it really is amazing what a fresh coat of paint will do. It turned out quite lovely!

  8. Coming over from Blue Cricket Designs. That nightstand is an amazing score! Good for you - love it! New follower!

  9. Ahhhh...luv that nightstand...awesome makeover! Hope you have a FUN day:)


  10. That is beautiful, good choice with the shade of blue you chose!

  11. I love the blue... the color is perfect.

  12. ooo I have a serious crush on your new nightstand! Great job!

  13. Your night stand is beautiful. The blue likens it to a piece of wedgewood!


  14. Beautiful job on the night stand! The blue really makes the carving stand out more. I know a lot of painters use Heirloom white if that helps.

  15. Love the blue center to the drawers & I love the shade... it brings great texture to the room... I vote to keep it! Thanks for linking up to the Power of Paint Party!

  16. Happy White Wednesday, love your night stand project, but what I love most is that your cute hubby does this for you. He's awesome! I do have a problem with the shade. It needs to be white, then add alot of bling to it with ribon and beads. Use some of the blue color.

    Your great!

    come visit

  17. Your night stand is so elegant! Thank you for linking up. :-)

  18. Your night stand is very pretty - love all the details. Great job!

  19. So pretty! I love it!!! Love the blue and the antiqueness of it. Gorgeous!!

    Dropping by from Julie's Fab Friday party. :)


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