Retro Nightstand


Since the warmer weather is taking it's own sweet time getting here, I've decided that little pieces of furniture are perfect for me while I'm still stuck inside painting. Where are you, Spring?!?!

I bought this little retro nightstand for $3.99 at Goodwill. I love when pieces are cheap because they're so ugly.



It needed a little work before I could start painting. It was missing a knob and I thought the surviving one was a little too small. I found another knob off a previous retro nightstand I did so I filled in the holes and drilled new ones. I sprayed the gold knob and the legs with a brown hammered spray paint. I also didn't like the recessed grid pattern on the drawer so I filled it in with wood filler and sanded smooth.



After that work I was ready to prime and paint. I'm trying to work through all the paint I have before buying any new mistints. I mixed together two whites I had and then added some red to make the pink for a stencil and the cubby hole.

After painting the nightstand white I made a stencil using contact paper. If you want to try this just remember you have to reverse your image before drawing it onto the back of the paper. If you press down on the contact paper really well (and not use a lot of paint) it will make a nice clean line. If there's any separate pieces of the stencil you can use a pin to peel up carefully.



I used Modpodge to line the drawer with a cute piece of scrapbook paper I had in my craft stash.



I loved how this little lady turned out. So cute, I love her sassy little legs!





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19 comments:

  1. Where do you go to find such great pieces all the time?! This looks great (AS USUAL!).

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  2. So cute Cathy - I love the girly details!

    XO
    Lenore

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  3. What a fab transformation! Doesn't look anything like it did originally ~ perfect for a girl's room! I agree ... WHERE'S THE SPRING??? We're waiting!!!!

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  4. these are my favorite pieces that you do- the ones with cute little stencils. this is adorable!!!!!!! i love it! can i have it for emm'y room?

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  5. Oh my gosh...this is so cute! I love how the little pink bird matches the inside lower part. It looks completely different from the before pic!

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  6. This is adorable!! :)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!!

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  7. Your comment about being so ugly they make it cheap cracked me up! I swear, our thrift store evidently has no style because everything is over priced, go figure. Love the new look you gave it, now that is a stylin piece. Love, love the bird.

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  8. I love this....what a change up. It is just too cute!!

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  9. What a transformation! Its so darling and love how you used paper for the drawer liner. I'm hosting my first link party today and would love it if you'd share this! www.mysimplehomelife.com

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  10. Oh my goodness this piece is adorable!!! Love the colours and the stencil of course. :)

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  11. That is perfect. What a great transformation!

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  12. It looks great! I would love to feature this project in the Examiner's Arts & Crafts section. Please let me know if you are interested. Thanks!

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  13. How cute! This calls to me, being a mum of a new little girl. Great work x

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  14. This is adorable! I love your work!

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  15. Ugly no more! I love the retro too! You have a great eye!

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