reLoved Two-Toned Nightstands

Today I am so excited to share with you my reveal of this pair of classic Two-Toned Nightstands!

My client found these 1970′s Nightstands Craigslist. She really scored with these!

two toned nightstands before

The drawers had dove tail joints,

two toned nightstands dovetail joints

drawer dividers…

two toned nightstands drawer dividers

and even dust covers.

They just don’t make them like that anymore!

two toned nightstands dust cover

I loved the lines…

Loved the legs…

So much potential here!!

two toned nightstands legs

I REALLY didn’t

love

the laminate tops…

laminate tops nightstands

We originally talked about repainting the nightstands a dark espresso brown, with a rich glaze over.

At that time, my client did not want a two-toned finish, rather she wanted to play it safe with one solid color that would coordinate with any decor or color changes she made in her bedroom.

Something like this maybe…

espresso glazed nightstand

But as I started working on them, I just couldn’t get past the laminate tops. Honestly, it would have been no problem to paint over the laminate…

But these nightstands wanted to be reLoved! They were just begging me for new, dark stained, rich wood!

Look at these little guys, how could I tell them “NO”?

reloved nightstands

Soooo, after begging talking my client into letting me replace the tops. We changed our scope of work slightly: Paint 70′s nightstands boring brown a classic neutral cream with rich espresso stained wood tops, resulting in graceful Two-Toned Nightstands that will add a touch elegance to any decor!!

reLoved Two-Toned Nightstands

I started sanding the many, many layers of paint down to a smooth finish.

…Why yes, that is me working in the dark!

working all night

And again in the early morning light…

nightstand makeover

Then I removed the laminate tops and the backs, which were also being replaced.

The next step was priming with my favorite primer, Zinsser Cover Stain. Oh how I am in DEEP LOVE with this primer! Let me count the reasons:

  • Oil Based, which means it has great adhesion!
  • Stain Blocking, which means it will seal stains such as water, crayon, marker, and nicotine. Use it when your painting over very dark or hideous colors. It will also help seal in odors, which are common with old abused furniture.
  • And did I mention, it dries in less than an hour?

Zinsser Cover StainCover Stain is my go-to primer, and I use it on almost EVERYTHING!  (and no, Zinsser does not pay me to say that, but they are more than welcome to start anytime!)

primed with Zinsser Cover Stain

Then two coats of this dreamy creamy finish color. Which, by the way, is Sherwin Williams SW7537 “Irish Cream”

repainting nightstands

The interior of the drawers and the drawer sides were painted in Sherwin Williams SW7536 “Bittersweet Stem”, a slightly darker shade than the body color for a warm and subtle contrast.

SW 7536 Bittersweet Stem

Now here’s where the biggest transformation comes in, and a dream come true for these happy little nightstands.

I replaced the previous laminate tops with this gorgeous 3/4″ Birch Plywood.

Birch Wood Tops

If you’re going to do a project like this- be sure you cover the edges with Veneer Edging.

Otherwise, it will look unfinished when you stain it. Then it just looks like, well… plywood.

veneer edging

After the edging was applied, I sanded everything smooth and went over it with a tack rag to remove all the fine dust.

To avoid a blotchy finish on the birch plywood, I used Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner.

This was followed by Rust-oleum Ultimate Wood Stain in “Kona”.

Rustoleum Wood Stain Kona

It was the first time I tried the Kona color. I think its beautiful!!

See how the edges blend for a finished look?

Rustoleum Kona Stain

Then 3 coats of Polycrylic later…

The moment I’ve been dying to show you!!

replacing laminate tops

The big exciting reveal of a pair of classic reLoved Two-Toned Nightstands…

reLoved two toned nightstands

I think the dark wood top looks amazing!

painted vintage nightstands

The SW Irish Cream color used on the body of the nightstands is one of my favorite whites.

It is a warm, yet neutral classic.

SW Irish Cream Nightstand

And the SW Bittersweet Stem that I used on the drawers is not too shabby either!

Exactly what my client wanted, just enough of a contrast!

SW Bittersweet Stem drawers

Nice, Clean, Fresh and reLoved!!

two toned painted drawers

So, what do you think of this makeover?

I hope I have inspired you to ditch those laminate tops!!

Painted Vintage Reloved Furniture

Two Toned Nightstands by PaintedVintage

 

Comments

  1. Megan

    Sherri…these turned out so beautifully! What a wonderful job you did transforming them. The deep rich tone on the top contrasting with the creamy colored base makes them so desirable. You made a somewhat overwhelming job appear to be manageable project. Thank you for sharing your products that you used!

  2. Gayle Johnson

    To say I love this would be an understatement! I just brought some This End Up nightstands that are well made but made with what looks like basic 2 x 4s… although the top is solid wood I’m not sure I like the grain or the way it is structured, so I’m thinking I should try to replace the top as well….is there a type of brush you use or a particular way you do your paint strokes that makes the paint look so even?

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