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Furniture Refresh-{Snow White Night Stand}

Life has been crazy busy around here, but I have managed to get a few things done,  squeezing in a sanding down here,  a coat of paint in there, a quick trip for hardware between jobs and running kids around. The payoff is worth it, but posting about them all is a trick.
I'm very thankful for my groups that keep me actively sharing.
So today I'm sharing another Furniture Refresh, stick around and check out all of my sweet friend's posts at the end.

My girls have been in need of a nightstand for quite some time. I finally realized I had the solution just waiting in the garage.
I had signed this piece off, really, because it was what I call a "craigslist find fail". I had contacted the seller about this adorable nightstand thinking it would make a darling piece to make over and sell in my shop space. But once I met her at the Ross Clothing parking lot in the middle of the pouring rain, I found it had a few dog chewed spots on it that basically rendered it un-sellable. Not wanting to fuss about it, I went ahead and paid her the $20 she was asking for. She said she'd go down to $15, but I didn't have change, so there you have it. I'm a wimp like that. ;)
*Piece of advice here- Don't ever take big bills like that. Always be prepared for negotiation, like at a yard sale!
Anyhow, the piece has great lines and is pure wood, so what the heck, huh?

I decided to match it with my girls room and paint it white like all the rest of their furniture.The one downside of this, is that no matter what, furniture painted white always seems to need a million coats on it, primed or not.
Okay, not a million...but at least 1 or two coats more than any other piece. It feels like a million...okay?! 
Anyhow, even though I don't have any "during" photos (apparently I was hasty since I was working on other things at the same time), I began by sanding the surfaces and then priming with an oil based primer. This is my favorite way to paint anything anymore, I've had a few projects go bad because the paint was originally oil based and I used water based primer. The best way to avoid that mistake is to just use an oil base primer to begin with. Then I painted this poor piece 3 times over with General Finishes' Snow White. And...

...She turned out exactly how I envisioned!
 All except that I must not have used the same color of white on the girls other furniture, because this is a more pure white and their other furniture is an off white.
 I spray painted the hardware black, and there are a few flaws I noticed upon photographing...so touch ups are necessary...
 but this photo session made me understand why so many people decide to paint everything white.
 With the poor lighting in our home due to how the house faces, I am still able to get some pretty pictures. Plus, the pure white is so cheery and bright!
 Here is a picture of one of the defects in the piece. I kind of like a flawed piece in the end.

 My girls love it...so much so that I need to find another one for girl number two. ;)
Chai tea anyone?
Now come and visit all of my other friend's beautiful makeovers! 
Making My Apartment A Home- Garage Sale Shelf
Raggedy Bits- Old Farmhouse Cupboard
Shelstring- Snow White Night Stand
Third Stop on the Right- Nautical Beauty

7 comments:

  1. DARLING. The dog chew #1 and #2 add character! :)

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    1. I love when you visit, Holly, you always have the most positive outlook. Hugs!!

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  2. Oh this turned out so beautiful Michelle!! I bet your girls are so thrilled!

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    1. Thank you Sam! I'm so excited to have you join us. your piece turned out A-Mazing!! My favorite types of makeovers. ;)

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  3. What a cute new look. And so handy with so much love and character.

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    1. Haha! I never cease to be amazed at how the most beat up pieces end up being the most special. Thank you for your sweet comments and joining us with your fun project! :)

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  4. it is adorable!! I love the style of it...and great painted white.
    thanks
    Blessings
    Barb

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