Some progress is being made in my daughter’s bedroom, albeit slowly. I’ve acquired a new bed frame, a desk to paint and turn into a vanity, and am re-doing some nightstands and a dresser. I’m hoping to sell her existing furniture on Craigslist, Letgo or FaceBook Marketplaces, all have been seriously good to me.
One of the nightstands & a dresser I am working with have been in my family for generations, they were my Mom’s growing up, as was the bed frame that is in my last makeover room, my older daughter’s bedroom. For years my husband and I used the bedroom set for ourselves, and when we moved to a king sized bed, we disbursed the furniture where it was needed in other bedrooms. When the nightstands were in my older daughter’s bedroom, I thought it would be fun to silver leaf them. It was tedious, and I was never really pleased with the result, but they remained as such for a few years.
SO now for my younger gal’s gray and yellow room, I thought I would try to strip them and do my favorite gray “driftwood” stain. I learned a few things along the way.
- Its been a really long time since I have stripped furniture for a reason. Ugh.
- Don’t silver leaf anything unless you really mean it and know what you’re doing. It is A BEAR to get off.
- The original nightstand is a way better quality piece than it’s garage sale mate. With stain, the difference really shows.
- I’m not really certain these really are the nightstands for this room, but I’m willing to try.
But I am not a quitter, so I persisted on my quest:
Here is one of the nightstands mid-strip. No fun. But yes, It won’t be my last time. It was followed by lots of sanding, a coat of my current favorite stain, and I painted out the open shelving. I just knew I wouldn’t be able to sand well enough inside those shelves to get nice even coat of stain.
The exterior still needs a stain touch up, and I need to find some fun knobs…Maybe these?