Friday, February 3, 2012

New Life for Nightstands

I picked up a couple of nightstands at a local thrift store last week and thought they'd be good candidates for some ASCP duck egg paint.  I'm pretty terrible about taking before pictures, but I remembered to snap a pic right before I started painting this time...


They were pretty basic and outdated, but sturdy and in good shape. I put on one coat of the duck egg blue and for the second coat, I decided to try a new chalk paint trick. Since chalk paint thickens so quickly, the second coat can go on a bit heavy sometimes so I poured a little paint in a cup and watered it down quite a bit...
Not only did I save some of this expensive paint, but I liked how smooth that second coat went on and no brush strokes.
I painted the drawers in Martha Stewart's Sharkey Gray (sample bottle) and added some duck egg blue to the detail. 
I added a coat of clear wax, distressed, buffed and painted the the brass pulls in graphite for a bit of contrast...

Much better...
Nothing like the power of a little paint!

Kristen

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45 comments:

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

They turned out beautifully, Kristen! Thanks for the tip on adding water to the second coat going on. The brush strokes can be a pain.

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

You did a great job on the stands. Love the colors you used.

Anonymous said...

beautiful!!!!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

So pretty! I love the way you tied in the black with your accessories - especially the fun striped bowl!

Squirrelhaus said...

I just found your blog!!! I love what you did with these night stands!!!! Absolutely wonderful!!!
Newest follower, from the frozen land of Alaska!
Chris :o)

Traci said...

I have always like blue, white and black together but I never thought about painting a piece of furniture with all three. But I will now, I love how you did these end tables and the black and white accessories were fantastic.
Thanks for sharing,
Traci

sissie said...

These turned out so cute. I love how you used the different tones of paints.

hugs
sissie

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

What a great find, and they turned out beautiful! The duck egg is one of my favorite colors in the ASCP.

Pamela said...

Those turned out beautifully!

Inspire Me Heather said...

Beautiful! You've done a lovely job and you've decorated them very well too - gorgeous!

Andrea said...

amazing how different they look. I love them!

dee dee said...

I would have never guessed that they were the same seeing the before and afters! They turned out fantastic! Creative and inspirational!
Dee dee

Cindy said...

Pretty! I love the color and you did a great job! XO Cindy

Peggy~PJH Designs said...

Love how they turned out and I especially love that duck egg blue. Great job and thanks for the inspiration. I'm a new follower. :-)

Cynthia said...

Very nice! The pulls look great painted!

Beth said...

What a great color combo & such a good tip on adding water to the chalk paint. I'll have to remember that!

charm home said...

These are so adorable! I love them. You did such a great job. xoxo, Cristi

Miss Charming said...

Love the nightstands. (You're a talented stylist, too!)

Kristi said...

So pretty...what a transformation! Love the color you chose and that basket underneath is fantastic. Would be delighted for you to link up to Mop It Up Mondays: http://www.ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com/2012/02/mop-it-up-mondays-party-2.html
{HUGS},
new follower Kristi

Jenn said...

These turned out so cute!

Tammy of {Tattered and Timeless} said...

They look awesome Kristen. You sure are getting a lot done. Way more than I am - so your booth at Cameron will be much fuller :) Guess I'd better get to work right?
tammy

Jan@southernjunkin' said...

Cute, cute! Love the color choices! Visiting from Sunday's Best! Drop by for a visit sometime! I'm one of your newest friends!

Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

Love these and I love the accessories you used to pull them together!

andrea said...

Just fabulous staging on this! The black and white neutrals paired with teh aqua is a very modern yet traditional color selection... perfect for an update! Little clock is too cute! andrea@townandprairie

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh what wonderful transformations! Love those soft colors.

chateau chic said...

Such cute tables. Love the black accents!
Mary Alice

Rachelle @ Adventures in Creating said...

What an amazing transformation! I love the bold color choice and how you styled the dresses. Cute!

Kahli said...

I love these! That color is lovely. Great job :)

Swede Dreamer said...

These look amazing! I just purchased my first can of ASCP in that same color and have been loving it!! Thanks for the inspiration!
~Angie

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

those are gorgeous! love the two toned look on these and the basket added below!

Full Circle Creations said...

I love, love, love those night stands. You did a beautiful job.

Holly

Shelia said...

Love how your little tables turned out! Such a pretty color and love the accent of white!
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Kristi said...

I'm so happy you were able to stop by & link these up! They're just so fabulous.

Kimberly said...

These are just beautiful! I love the color combination you chose.
Please stop by and link this to my new linky party:
http://creatingyourhome.blogspot.com/2012/02/make-it-yourself-monday-no-3.html

Maria said...

What beauties!!!! Love the paint you used and LOVE the striped bowl! I've been looking for a statement bowl like that!

cathy@my1929charmer said...

Love them, went from boring to beautiful. Love your color combination each one complement the other. Love the basket and striped bowl. Thanks so much for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best Par.tay! PS - now following you on Facebook!

Katie said...

I love the new look! They turned out great! I featured them today!

http://craptastickatie.blogspot.com/2012/02/five-feature-friday-25.html

Handbags*N*Pigtails said...

Not only do I love what you did with the tables but your staging items are fabulous...esp that huge striped bowl. Do you have a source for it?
Found you through Craptastics Friday linkup:)

the green dresser said...

Love these little tables! I have this color (almost exactly) all throughtout my home! Great job new friend!

Kelsey

{The Green Dresser}

Kim G. said...

I love these! Just lovely!!

RedeFIND said...

Those tables turned out really beautiful!

Jenny@thelavendermagnolia said...

Those are the exact nightstands that I had growing up. My niece has them now or I would be tempted to steal your idea! Lovely!

Jenny

Unknown said...

GORGEOUS!!!

Tiffany said...

Saw this on pinterest, the tie in with accessories was very well done!

Inspire Me Heather said...

Your nightstands there are super cute, so very well done and I've got this linked to my DIY nightstands post too today!

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