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!
The drawers had dove tail joints,
and even dust covers.
They just don’t make them like that anymore!
I loved the lines…
Loved the legs…
So much potential here!!
I REALLY didn’t
the laminate tops…
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…
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”?
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!
And again in the early morning light…
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?
Then two coats of this dreamy creamy finish color. Which, by the way, is Sherwin Williams SW7537 “Irish Cream”
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.
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.
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.
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”.
It was the first time I tried the Kona color. I think its beautiful!!
See how the edges blend for a finished look?
Then 3 coats of Polycrylic later…
The moment I’ve been dying to show you!!
The big exciting reveal of a pair of classic reLoved Two-Toned Nightstands…
I think the dark wood top looks amazing!
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.
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!
Nice, Clean, Fresh and reLoved!!
So, what do you think of this makeover?
I hope I have inspired you to ditch those laminate tops!!