Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Finding (and Creating) the Perfect Nightstand.

So when we bought our house, we bought a new bed (before we even moved in, and we put it on hold at the store)...
because... well, we hadn't slept on a bed (our mattress was on the floor) since 2005. And now that we actually had *room* for a bed (YAY!), I wanted my dream bed: King sized, four-poster, canopy bed... in white. :-) Thankfully, Jeremy was totally stoked on it as much as I was! Hee!

And then since I had the perfect bed, I needed the perfect nightstand to match our perfect quilt (both sides A and B)...
And I just didn't want any ole nightstand! I wanted one drawer (preferably two) AND a shelf on the bottom. AND it had to have character. And be cute too. :-) I looked EVERYWHERE: Online, thrift stores, furniture stores, antique stores, flea markets, Craigslist. I didn't find one I loved. And even ones that I sorta liked were out of my price range (under $100, which I think is reasonable).

So one day, I'm driving home from work. I turn on to my street (my old street of the apartment, not the new street of the house), and I see this beautiful and perfectly fabulous (with potential, of course) nightstand laying on the side of the road...

My reflexes couldn't have been faster! I pulled over, hopped out, threw it in the back, and drove away. Tee hee.

But as I'm driving, I'm thinking, "Holy crap! I just threw something... that I found on the side of the road, no less... in the back of my car and drove off like a lunatic like I was robbing a bank! It could have a bomb! Or... or... a freaky animal! Or poisonous spiders! Or drugs!" I floored it back to the apartment... petrified that it could be one... or all... of those things.

I was probably trembling as I slowly and cautiously opened the top drawer...

Turns out, it *did* have something horrible in it. Well, something naughty (at least, in my eyes). I'm guessing someone's girlfriend got pissed that her boyfriend had naughty stuff, so took matters into her own hands... or something. Tee hee. I packed up all that... umm... adult stuff... and put it in a black trash bag and promptly threw it in my dumpster. HA! Take that, Naked Ladies! :-p

Then I got to work! First, I primed it...


Then I painted it with leftover paint from my closet renovation (Green Wisp by Benjamin Moore). Then I got two knobs from Anthropologie (would you believe some of their knobs are cheaper than Home Depot?!?!), and oh my, every time I walk in our room and see this, I'm totally stoked that it's mine! :-D

It's greener in real life. Huh. Strange. Ah well. You can click on it to make it larger. :-)

The box on top is an altered project I did a few months ago (it's for trash). The boxes on the shelf are boxes I altered (with Basic Grey Sweet Pea papers from LONG ago). The frame was Christmas gift from my in-laws. And the lamp I bought in Rhode Island at an antique store, but it's not an antique! LOL. And I'm actually going to move that lamp into the guest room, I think, and we'll get swing-arm lamps instead... maybe.

For our next renovation/DIY project, we're painting and making over hubby's grandparents' old China cabinet:



Stay tuned for that! I bought the new hardware today, and we just need to finish painting! EEEE! I LOVE projects! :-D

9 comments:

Michelle LaPoint Rydell said...

WOW your nightstand looks fabulous! I love the funky colored knobs!

sylv said...

Lurve your transformation!! I bought 2 old sewing cabinets (one from a thrift store the other from Craigslist) that are really cute. They are sitting and waiting to be transformed into night stands (it will be my first time so I'm very nervous). Just wondering, did you sand before you primed! Either way, it turned out AWESOME!

Ally said...

Wow! It looks awesome!

lisa truesdell said...

oh, so cute. i love the mismatched knobs!

Briana Johnson said...

Reyanna - thanks for your comment. It came from shabbyblogs.com she's got alot to choose from and you can share mine if you like. It reminds me of the new quilt you got.

Stephanie B said...

Absolutely nothing makes me feel better than making something beautiful from something discarded. Well Done! It looks great and I am madly in love with the bed you bought!

Jenn said...

wow, Reyanna, it looks fabulous! When can you come over and finish the 5,680 projects I have in mind?

Denise said...

Great job! It goes perfectly with your new bed.

Heather Landry said...

Adult materials aside... it sounds like your night stand adventure was fun! And it certainly turned out absolutely gorgeous! Now you have me wanting to alter furniture to give the Basic Grey boxes I made a home too. LOL