Several years ago, I needed a piece of furniture to serve temporarily as a television stand. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money, so I headed to the Habitat Re-store to see what I could find.
I got the small nightstand/chest below for $25. It was heavy, solid oak, and though it was seriously dated, I figured I could update it with a coat of paint and new drawer pulls.
Years went by, and I never seemed to get around to it. It moved from room to room, being used for a variety of purposes, finally ending up as a nightstand in the guest room. Recently, however, I decided it was finally time to give the little chest a new look. First, I got out the sander to prep it for painting. I filled the holes for the drawer pulls with wood filler and got to it.
I had painted the guest room walls with a wonderful chartreuse-y yellow ($5.00 “oops” paint from Lowe’s), so I decided to use the same color for the undercoat on the chest. The top coat, which I applied with a drybrush technique so that the yellow would show through, was a robin’s egg blue that I’d used elsewhere in the house. (I’m all about “use what you have” decorating, and that includes paint!) I picked up some wooden drawer pulls at the local hardware store, painted them with the yellow, and voila!