Saturday, November 19, 2011

My Nightstand

I'm so excited about this project that I just couldn't wait to share it. I normally don't post on Saturday's but today I'll make an exception.

This is my favorite project since I've started my blog and maybe even ever!!

Back in the summer time, I started going to yard sales.  The kids are usually with me. My son spotted a yard sale sign and we quickly went to it.  I spotted this nightstand and they only wanted $5.  I was super excited!! This nightstand is what's kept me going back when sometimes you can't find anything good.

Here's the before picture.

Yes, that's grass there on the bottom - nice huh? We don't sweep out the garage very often. 

Anyway, I knew immediately that I wanted to do a two tone paint job, but I couldn't decide on the colors - so it sat around for a few months.

I finally decided on white and green.

First, here's some of my prep work.
I took off all the hardware. 

I removed the back of the doors.

I removed the tiny staples.

I cut new back pieces because the originals got mangled.

Then I primed and painted - oops I forgot a picture of it when it was all white. I used Seaside Sand by Behr in semi-gloss.

I cut out a stencil for the top using my Silhouette. I had to tape some of it where the pieces of vinyl met.

I spray painted the top green.... I had a few places to touch up.
I used Rustoleum's Satin Moss Green.

And a few spots where the vinyl peeled up the paint while I was pulling it off.
Make sure you peel it off while the paint is still wet. 

Okay ready to see the finished nightstand?

Here it is.

Oh yeah - I spray painted all the hardware green too.

So what do you think?  Do you like it?  

I LOVE it. It turned out even better than I thought it would.

I made several mistakes during this project, but can anyone see my big mistake??  Bonus points if you mention the mistake I'm thinking of. I'll comment next week and let you know if no one guesses.

The following was added 11-22-11

And the bonus points go to..... my sister! 

Do you see the pattern of the lattice on the doors?

Now look at the pattern on the top.

I inverted the pattern when I made it.  On the door there are little green pointies and on my stenciled top there are white pointies

The reason this is such a big mistake to me, is that I sat with the door in one hand as I created the stencil. My intent was to create the same pattern.

I put the stencil on, then painted it and it sat around for two weeks before I even noticed.  

For the record, I am not fixing it. I still think it looks cool and I love it.


  1. I'm stumped! Can't find your mistake. Nice job.

  2. Okay,now you've got me curious....where's the mistake?!? Hey, I'd love it if you came and linked your post up to the Head to Head Showdown, going on right now at


  3. What an awesome piece of furniture! I love it and it is so unique!

  4. This is gorgeous! You did a great job! Thanks for linking up & Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. I love the green and white. It's perfect for that piece. If you made a mistake, I sure can't see it. It's beautiful.:)

  6. Great re-do! Would love for you to link up @ Find Your Craft Friday over on my blog! :) Have a great Friday!

    Emily @ BabyBerry

  7. WOW! Rachel this is sooooo gorgeous! You did a great job!
    Stopping by from One Artsy Mama

  8. Wow, what a huge difference! Thanks so much for linking at Shine On Fridays!!

  9. i love the pattern and combo of colors! thanks for linking this up last week!

  10. Love this idea! I would love for you to link up to my new party, Monday Myriad Linky Party
    Also, do you button swap?

  11. Awesome transformation - it doesn't even look like the same piece! Thank you so much for sharing on Taking A Timeout Thursday!