Thursday, November 20, 2014

RED HOT NIGHTSTAND MAKEOVER


I'm suffering from some serious DIY ADD, bouncing back and forth between the kitchen and my daughter's room.  A few weeks ago while the weather was nice and I already had the garage set up as a spray paint workshop, I decided to go ahead and paint the Craigslist nightstands that I plan to use in her room.

Remember the before?  These have been waiting patiently in the garage since this summer for their makeover.  The finish on the tops was in really bad shape, you can see that the legs were chipped up, and they had that speckled/stained 70s finish.  However, the drawers are stamped Century on the inside and I could tell that they were heavy, quality pieces.


As soon as I purchased these, I knew that I wanted them to be a glossy bold color.  I shared with you the new plan for her room since we've upgraded her to a bigger bed, and gave you a little hint as to where these were headed.

They turned out better than I imagined!


I used this spray paint for the job.  I normally don't use cans of spray paint for furniture because I usually get weird spray patterns, but I loved this color and decided to give it a shot.

It worked beautifully and left a very uniform, rich glossy finish.  I even had to touch up several places and there is no evidence of the finish being different in those spots.

A few tips for a project like this:

I sanded the top to smooth out the poor finish, and then just spot sanded other problem areas.  I planned to remove the hardware and possibly replace the knobs, but even after I unscrewed it the knobs and pulls would not come off.  I think they were glued in, so I decided to keep and work with them.

I spray primed the piece.  I wasn't planning to do anything on the inside, so I just kept the doors and drawer closed and painted as-is.


After a light sanding, I applied two coats of the glossy red.  Helpful hint... use a disposable dropcloth with this paint.  The overspray is SUPER sticky.  And while you're at it, wear your painting clothes and old shoes.  And a mask.  Seriously, sticky paint everywhere.

Most of all, keep your arm stiff as you spray.  Move your entire arm and body along the piece, keeping it the same distance from the surface as you go.  Don't just move your wrist from side to side.  This ensures that the paint hits the piece evenly on each part of it, and gives a uniform, even finish.


Another helpful hint... ask for one of these in your Christmas stocking this year!  Such a lifesaver for your poor hands and otherwise numb fingertips (speaking from experience).

Since I kept the hardware on, I debated leaving it red and glossy to match the piece.  It looked ok, but that fun bamboo handle just needed to stand out a little more.  I finally got my hands on some Martha Steward liquid gilding paint (*affiliate link used) that I've been wanting to try out, and this was the perfect project for it.


The coverage was awesome, and it really gave the appearance of metal.  I probably would have been ok with one coat, but I gave them two just to be safe.  I can't tell you how much I love this stuff!  I've already used it on two other projects and need to pick up another jar.


I also lined the drawers and bottom of the cabinet with some cute contact paper from TJ Maxx.


We're getting them moved into her room and all loaded up.  Things are coming together, can't wait to show the whole room to you!


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42 comments:

  1. Jennifer, these are stunning! I love your choice of red. Beautiful.

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  2. uuuuum SWOON! i die from their insanity.

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  3. Beth @ designPOST interiorsNovember 20, 2014 at 6:58 AM

    I am not usually a red girl but I love these!! Something about the red plus the bamboo is so chic!

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  4. Kristin Strickler CadwalladerNovember 20, 2014 at 8:11 AM

    So pretty! I love bamboo in every way :)

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  5. Darrielle TennenbaumNovember 20, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    Very Gorgeous! They definitely catch your eye!

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  6. Oh I love this piece. The red is fabulous and gilding the hardware is such a finishing touch. What a fun makeover.

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  7. Looks vavava-voom indeed Jennifer! Great job!

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  8. These are incredible! Such a great find and SUCH a great color. They were meant to be red!

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  9. Thanks Beth, I'll always still love a bit or red around!

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  10. Thank you Marty, I think they are my new favorite pieces!

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  11. I had a feeling as soon as I bought them that they wanted to be glossy red. Thanks Shannon!

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  12. Wow! Such a great find!! Love the color too!!

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  13. OMG Jennifer. Those are GORGEOUS!! LOOOVE your choice of intense color. You and Sarah have the BEST luck finding great pieces. Great job friend. They look fantastic.

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  14. These are gorgeous Jennifer!! I'm gonna have to get some of that gold paint!

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  15. Those are stunning! They were meant to be a brilliant red! Your daughter is a very lucky young lady! ;)

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  17. The red and gold combo is awesome, Jennifer! Century is a good line so those should hold up nicely. Can't wait to see what else you have in store!

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  18. I was going to use my Homeright sprayer, but really wanted to use the enamel paint like you did on your desk and didn't want to clean the sprayer if I used oil-based paint. After not being able to find a color for latex to match the sunrise red in the can, it finally dawned on me to just use the spray paint cans. Duh!

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  19. Thanks Shavonda, it's either feast or famine on CL! Did the campaign nightstands turn out to be ok? I'd love a pair of those for my son's room!

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  20. Yeah, it's really good! They were always out of it at the Michael's on Memorial, finally found it at another location.

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  21. I think I'm more excited about it than she is... some day she'll care! ;)

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  22. Thank you Donna, I'm so happy with how they turned out!

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  23. They seem to be really sturdy. I'm looking forward to getting everything put together! Thanks Julie.

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  24. This is beautiful Jennifer! It turned out great! Spray paint rocks!

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  25. Kris {Driven by Décor}November 20, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    LOVE the red! Can't wait to see the rest of her room - I'm sure it's super cute!

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  26. Jennifer! It is stunning. I love that red - makes the bamboo pop even more!

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  27. How fun! I love love love the cherry red color you chose. Thanks so much for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!


    Alison
    Nancherrow

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  28. Lisa @ Shine Your LightNovember 25, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    Jennifer I love your nightstands!!! I mean I know I always say I love your projects but this one has really captured my bamboo furniture loving heart. And that color!! Spectacular especially with the hardware!!

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  29. These are gorgeous! The finish looks so good, I would never guess you used spray paint! I need to try some of that gold paint, it looks so good too!

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  30. You know I love this! Thanks for sharing with us at Fridays Unfolded! Pinning and featuring tomorrow :).

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  31. Love the red and of course, bamboo!!! So fabulous!!! I always hunt CL and the thrift store and have yet to find my first bamboo piece. Can't wait to see the finished room! Thanks for linking up to Fridays Unfolded! Featuring this today!

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  32. It's been about 2 years since you'very done this project and I was wondering how the paint has held up. Any problems with sticky or tackiness? Any chipping of paint issues. I'd love to hear how this lovely glossy spray paint holds up over time! Thanks. Big fan of your blog and all you your colorful ideas!

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    1. Hi Valerie, they're still absolutely perfect! After the initial dry/cure time, tackiness has not occurred at all. In fact, the result was probably better than with latex roll-on paint. I really do love the Rustoleum glossy spray enamel! As I said in the post, the overspray is really sticky, so just make sure you've got everything covered well that you don't want paint on. :)

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