Sunday, April 3, 2011

A Furniture Transformation.

My first furniture makeover for this year.  This humble nightstand
I found late last fall at a yard sale.  Please excuse the
messy garage background :)

When my daughter saw it, she said, "Why did you buy that ugly thing?"
But I knew she had potential.  
Here she is in her naked stripped down stage. 

She may be simple on top, but her bottom leg work is lovely.

How do you like my paint caddy?  It's an old bottle carrier that I
purchased at a flea market last year.  Perfect for holding stir sticks,
paint brushes and can openers.  I even can keep my cut up pieces of
sandpaper in it, so that everything is handy and I don't have to hunt for it. 

I must have forgotten to take the in between pictures, so I'll just tell
you those steps.  Because I discovered the piece was solid maple, I
couldn't bear to paint her entirely.  I gave the entire piece two coats
of stain and then just painted the bottom section and drawers.  I
pre-waxed some areas I wanted to distress later, but I'm not sure
that technique worked so sell, because the paint went right over the wax.
Here she is finished.

I love her shapely legs and generous curves.

It took me three tries, but I finally found some hardware I liked.

So glad I left the top unpainted since it's such nice wood.

So she's shed her humble appearance and is dressed and
ready for her debut at my Open House.  Going to be hard to part
with her ~ we grew rather close during the transformation.
Linking with
Dittle Dattle for Amaze Me Monday
Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
The House in the Roses for Show Off Your Cottage Monday
Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Marvelously Messy for A Marvelous Mess
Domestically Speaking for The Power of Paint Party
Primitive and Proper for Piece of Work Wednesday
Restore Interiors for Restore It Wednesday


Judy said...

Great transformation. Love what you've done.

Kim said...

No WAY! I see those nightstands all the time on Craig's List and I would have never dreamed you could turn it into something that awesome. Fabulous job!!

Cindy said...

You've made that little piece look great! Love the hardware!

Ginny said...

Looks great, I'm sure it will be one of the first things to leave the sale.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

It looks fabulous. I love the new finish. Gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

Cozy Little House said...

She is very, very pretty! And I'm glad you left the wood on top too.

A Brit in Tennessee said...

A beautiful transformation.
You did a wonderful job, I love the distressed look you gave it.

TeenaBugg38 said...

Oh my gosh I love this!!!!! Atually I think I liked it even before the painting but WOW!!!!

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

You did a great job...I don't know what impresses me more...your night stand or your paint caddy! What a great idea. You could have done a whole post just on that! Well done...~Ann

La Vie Quotidienne said...

This is amazing no one would ever, ever know what you started out with. Just a teriffic job. Super!

Sharing Shadymont said...

You did a great job on the table! Love it!

Janette - The2Seasons said...

Potential is right. It looks great!

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love this! Beautiful job!

Lottie said...

I love the transformation! In fact, I would love to have it in my bedroom! Beautiful!

All That Glitters said...

Great transformation!!!! I'm terrible at painting!

MessyMissy said...

What a beautiful transformation. Love the hardware you chose to go with it!! I would love it if you would link this up to my Marvelous Mess party. Here is the link:

Debbie said...

Fantastic!! I love the hardware you chose, and the natural top with the shabby black bottom is a perfect combination.

Decor & Harmony @ 4290 said...

It looks amazing! Love the color and your display on the top.

Patti said...

well done...I absolutely love it!

Shelia said...

What a wonderful transformation. I love it.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Stitchfork said...

Don't think I could part with that piece! Love the hardware you chose.
xo Cathy

Mary said...

You did a really great job! Thank you for sharing this at Masterpiece Monday. Have a great week, Mary :O)


A beautiful transformation alright. I agree, great legs and shape, it's very elegant now! Good job!

Tanya said...

What a beautiful metamorphosis! I only found your blog last week, but am so glad I did! See you soon! :0)

Passionate for White said...

Wow! And I love the different hardware...

Hannah McConnell said...

Following you from Dittle Dattle!!!

I love this x10!!! Beautifully done!
Please follow me at:

Sall's Country Life said...

One word..."SOLD"! Great job, love the transformation.

Gloria said...

Beautiful redo!! I love it!

Thanks for sharing...:)

Blessings to you,
xoxo Gloria

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

How beautiful is that!!! I am sure your Daughter has changed her mind now. It is just lovely. ~~Sherry~~

emilysnan said...

hiya , your little "ugly" piece is ugly no more , i love the finish you did and leaving the top original was a great idea , your tight too this has a great bottom ,, and i love love love your paint brush holder , so retro , am visiting from amaze me monday and your newest follower , hope you pop by mine and follow me too

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

that looks wonderful- the hardware change makes a HUGE diference!

Bess at Fixing My Thoughts said...

The new look is terrific! What beautiful, meticulous work you do. You've inspired me and I'm going to keep your redo in mind for an Early American desk I have that needs updating. I may have to bump it up on my to-do list. Thanks for sharing the makeover! Bess

buyaionaccounts said...

The transformation looked in its best, I'm loving the black version of that. Just as you say the details below really looked gorgeous and even more in that paint. I like it when you leave the top just as it was, interesting.

blessedmom's simple home said...

Wow, you did a wonderful job. It looks beautiful. I wouldn't want to part with it either :-)

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Awesome makeover!!

Sue said...

Cindy, you are getting better and better at your craft! This end table looks fantastic! When IS you open house? I'm having my sale the last week of May. BTW, I still want one of those brown transferware plates you found when we were at Scott's last month. We got back from market on Wed. I am so tired and have sooooo much catching up to do with my blog reading. You've been a busy girl.... How do you manage?! ~ Sue

Dawna said...

I love how your redo! and the items you put on the candle holders too...way cute!

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