“I’ve got nice legs.” – Our Nightstand

You guys.  I painted furniture.   And I’m here to admit.  It felt good.  Reeealllyyyyy. Good.

Ever since we moved into our house, we’ve been mainly focused on larger projects.  Taking care of major surfaces.   Correcting wrongs that needed to be righted.  Floors.   Walls.   Windows.  Front doors.   Pool resurfacing.  Rotted wall fixing.  Roof repair.  Basically, trying to set the stage so that we CAN decorate and do it right.  I mean, sure, some decor has crept in there, but it just hasn’t been the main focus yet in the way it was with our last house.  A new construction with no major issues… Thus, decor was really the ONLY focus then.   I feel like we’re getting slowly there, though.   Slowly.   And happily.   🙂

But… BUT… I painted furniture, y’all.

I feel like it’s been forever since I did that.

And it didn’t disappoint.

Ya see, I hit up a local antique mall last weekend and found this beaut of a nightstand…
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I’m sorry about this picture.  Somehow in my excitement to make over this badboy, this was the ONLY sad ‘before’ pic that I took.   Oopsie.   As you can see, I thought he would work well in the guest room to replace his dumpier predecessor.  His leggy profile made the space feel lighter which was totally my goal.

I have to say that I was so excited when I found him.   The antique mall that I purchased him from tends to be a bit  of a pricier one, but I thought I’d check it out anyways since it was close to home.   So, when I stumbled upon this little guy and a glance at his price tag revealed that he was only $29 (!!!), I pretty much sprinted to the cashier.   He was in need of some love, but sturdy.  A perfect find for me.

Now, when it comes to wood, many of you may know that I’m usually a purist.  Especially with antique furniture.  I like keeping wood-toned things wood to be true to the piece.  That is, unless the finish is damaged beyond repair or super ugly.   And in this case, the finish was uber fugly.  For real.    I’m sorry.  It just was.  The lines of the nightstand were retro.  The finish… dated.   It’s hard to tell from my blurry before picture, but it was a red mahogany tone.  But not good mahogany.  Fake, bright red mahogany.  And really, really glossy.  But, damaged in spots also.  Some scratches and chips. Wrinkling in the finish.  The whole chebang.  And it clashed with… well, pretty much every other wood tone I have in the house.

So, I decided to paint it. (Gasp! I KNOW!!!)

I gave it a light sanding with a fine grade sanding block, then wiped it down with some liquid deglosser to ensure a nice dull surface that would better accept paint…

I wiped it down with tack cloth (which decided to photobomb in the right-hand corner).  You’re welcome for that. 😉

Then, I gave it two thin and even coats of Valspar’s paint+primer semi-gloss in Ebony Field (leftover from when I painted the back door in our last house).

I sanded lightly with an extra fine sanding block between coats and wiped it down again with my BFF, tack cloth.  And then I let it cure for a few days before moving it.

Now, let’s move on to the brass accents and hardware.   I sort of worked on them throughout the process, so you’ll see some pics from before and after painting the table.  The knobs weren’t in the greatest shape…

That wasn’t just tarnish.   The brass coating seemed to have worn away with time.  Because of this, I doubted that I could rejuvenate them as is.  I wanted them to sort-of match the leg accents, although I knew it wouldn’t likely be a perfect match.  First, I tried spray painting them with some leftover Rustoleum Universal in Pure Gold…

But, the results when compared to the leg accents looked really plastic-y…

Not exactly what I was going for.

So, I decided to try a new product.   I’d read about Rub n’ Buff on several blogs and was intrigued.  Apparently, you simply rub it on to achieve a metallic sheen.  So, I ordered a tube on Amazon for just under $7…

The directions recommended rubbing a small amount onto your surface with a finger or a soft cloth.   So, I started with the legs.

Which is when I started talking to myself.

Which despite popular belief, means only good things.

“Holy WOW!!!”,

“Geez!  This stuff is amazeballs!”,

“Where have you been all my life??”.

All *may* have escaped my lips as I astoundedly rubbed the magical solution on.   This beautiful stuff covered imperfections almost instantaneously with just a tiny amount and gave a gorgeous metallic sheen that I’ve yet to find with paint.

Here’s a before…

And after…

I probably should’ve taped off the leg, but it’s nothing a little touch-up paint couldn’t cure.    That brass piece literally took me all of 15 seconds to do.   I completed all four legs and then treated the knobs as seen in this “after” shot…

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Metallic and lovely.

And what do ya know…. They ended up matching perfectly after all.  The knobs look a bit “rosy” here, but in person they’re definitely more of a gold.  I can’t attest to how well Rub n’ Buff wears, but I’ll keep y’all updated.  In any case, it was such a quick fix, that I’m sure I can handle re-treating the metal accents as needed.

And here’s the table in it’s entirety…

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I chose to simply accessorize with a cute lamp (found at Marshall’s a while back), some books, a shot of me and Lucas when he was only 18 hours old, and one of my easy mirrored planters (which are still rockin’ it, BTW).  This guy was in our bedroom atrium and wasn’t getting adequate light, so I moved him.  I’ll have an atrium update soon since I’ve been an accessorizing fool as of late.   Actually, I’ll have a lot of updates soon.  I’ve been a busy bee this weekend.  😉

Anyhoo, back to the point.  Here’s a view of the room from the doorway as it stands now…
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So, that’s my little painting project this week.   Like I said, I’ve got more in store including a few breakfast nook, living room and atrium updates as well as the results of moving our fence.  Joey and his dad are hard at it out there and it’s looking awesome.   So, have a great rest of your weekend!  Until next time…

*** For updated pics of this space, check out this (adding a new awesome $12 lamp) and this (creating DIY burlap wall art).***

TDC Before and After

Bi- becomes Tri-

So, you’ve seen some of the progress happening in our front room here and here. But, what I haven’t yet described is our plan to turn this bifunctional room into one of trifunction.

At first, our front room was just an office. See here…

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Then we adopted Fri (the Ikea Friheten corner sofa), so we moved our desk to the opposite wall and plopped Fri down in his new home. Thus, our office became an office/guest room. Check it…

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Here he is touting his accommodating nature…

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Pretty cool, huh? And he provides storage to boot…

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You should’ve seen me playing with this thing in the store. I had a ball. And I received more than a few puzzled stares in response to my squeals of glee. It was fun.

Anyhoo, our next plan was to eventually purchase a larger flat screen TV to replace our computer monitor, which we would then mount to the wall with a swiveling bracket. This would allow us to use the TV as both a computer monitor AND movie-watching device. We are all about multi-function in this house. Thus, the room would become an office/guest room/extra living/movie room of sorts, which we figured would come in really handy as Lucas grows older.

A few days ago, we were fortunate enough to inherit a free flat screen TV that our family was getting rid of. It was a bit larger than we were originally thinking, but we thought it would still serve it’s purpose well. Observe…
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Wee bit of an upgrade, no? When I first saw its gigantic size in comparison to our last monitor, I actually laughed out loud. It was just so much bigger than our last screen. And for some reason I found that humorous. Maybe I was just overwhelmed at the prospect of being able to see the screen sans glasses.

Anyways, I sat down in my beloved desk chair, powered on the screen, and discovered that my loving husband had left me a little surprise…..

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After a significant recoil from the screen, I regrouped, looked for the hidden camera, found none, and responded with this….

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After Joey found my response (and laughed), I changed my snarky mug for my all-time favorite Lucas pic…

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Sweet, sweet boy.

Anyways, I digress… moving back to the project…. We picked up this swivel bracket from Walmart…

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….and Joey installed it per the included instructions. It all went to plan easily, except that we had limited choice as to bracket placement due to the available studs and the way the bracket swivels. The TV is slightly off centered with the desk because of this, but ended up right in front of our chair which was serendipitous. Here’s a shot from above in the back…

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See, the bracket is actually mounted in a more centered location, but for the TV to remain flat against the wall, it slides over to the left (facing) causing it to be off-center. Then, to swivel it out and angle it to watch TV from the couch, we need the space on the right-facing side. So, this was the only logical placement. But, dont get us wrong, being a smidge off-centered is a small price to pay for the function of enjoying a glare-less movie-watching experience.

Another small issue is that we will have to move the light switch over, as it’s now located behind the TV (but still reachable). We always hated that the switch is practically in the middle of the wall anyways.

So, now we have easier-to-see computer time…

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And gloriously glare-free movie (ahem, Dexter) time…

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So anyways, that’s our newly tri-functional space! Popcorn, anyone? 🙂