Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Night Tables - complete!

I finished our night table project last week and am really happy with how they turned out! As a reminder, this is what they started out as:
We found the tables on Craigslist. They were originally from Cornerstone (shop in Toronto), and were finished in a red/black "crackle" finish. Not really the tones I wanted for the master bedroom :)  But, that being said, they FIT - which was harder than I thought. We could only have tables that were about 24" square and a lot of night tables are quite a bit wider than that. Aside from the fit issue, I found night tables to be way more expensive than I thought they would be ($400 each? ouch), so these were a comparative bargain.

I tried stripping the paint / finish but it didn't work out very well, so out came the trusty sander!
NIght tables sanded

Primed

I wanted to do a design on the top, and wanted something relatively simple to tape out and paint. I ended up doing a very simplified greek key design. I taped it out after painting the tables gray:

I used Frogtape after many positive reviews online. While it definitely makes crisp lines, I had some bubbles in the tape due to humidity on taping day. Nonetheless, the areas where paint seeped into the bubbles were easy to touch-up with gray paint.  Here is the final product (drum roll please!):
And in our room....


The tables still need to be styled (I wish our ipod alarm clock wasn't so big! but it's so useful I don't want to get rid of it). Will likely put some books horizontally on the shelf for visual interst, and then hide anything else (phone charger, kleenex, etc.) in the closed portion at the bottom. I am really happy with how they turnd out, specifically the gray paint colour. We bought a quart of paint from Habitat Restore for $3 and the colour worked out perfectly!




13 comments:

Erin said...

Love the gray and white together, and it's even better that you got the paint for only $3! Looks like you have some storage in them, too, which is an added bonus. :)

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

They look great. Love the detail on top, I'll never tire of a Greek key pattern.

A Delightful Design said...

Looks great! I know this wasn't part of the post, but I really love the fabric on your bench at the end of the bed!
abby

Camille said...

Yay! What a fabulous improvement. I bet you love, love them.

I left a comment on yesterday's post to -- so I thought. So I'll leave again. Will you post a picture of your new runners?

Camille

Anne-Marie @ 10 Rooms said...

great re-do Heather - they complement you bed beautifully. I like that you chose tables at mattress height - it's hard to find tables tall enough, isn't it?

Kerry said...

Great work girl! They look fab... I am seriously in love with the whole colour scheme in your room. It looks so great! :)

Elizabeth@themustardceiling said...

Great job, they turned out beautiful.

Carol@TheDesignPages said...

Super cute. Don't you love when a bargain turns out to be so beautiful.

emily said...

Those turned out great!

My Beautiful Life said...

Hi Heather! Thanks so much for having stopped by and commenting on S's 4th birthday post.

I am with you on the nightstands-we thought it would be very simple to go out and find the right fit, and price. Thought is the word. :)

Love what you did with yours. They look really amazing. We repainted a craigslist dresser recently and were thrilled with how it turned out. It is a lot of steps/work, but totally worth it in the end!

Gina said...

Great job on these puppies! I love the color choice! Im all about gray right now. Thanks for stopping by Temporary Nest! Hope to see you back around soon! Newest follower here too! :)

barbara@hodge:podge said...

Awesome job! They are fabulous!

Rosa @ www.flutterflutter.ca said...

Sweet!! Great job!

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