One Room Challenge Week 5: Refinished Mid-century Night Stands for Our Master Bedroom

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Good news, everyone: I finally got the wood for my live-edge desk! It’s definitely been the biggest hassle of our whole One Room Challenge master bedroom makeover, but I think it’s going to be totally worth it. I’ve still got to sand and finish it, but there is at least a chance now that I will finish on time. Woot! I also finished the mid-century night stands this week (although one is still drying as I type), so that’s what I’m sharing today. I rather like how they turned out.

DIY Refinished Mid-Century Night Stands with Blanket

This pair of little mid-century night stands were an Etsy find. The seller listed them as teak, but they weren’t expensive, so I wasn’t surprised to find out they were actually largely particle board. That was actually a good thing for me, because I was after a two-toned look and it meant I didn’t feel bad about painting them.
Mid-Century Night Stands BeforeI know the blogosphere doesn’t need another lengthy tutorial on how to paint wooden furniture, so I’ll keep this brief.

Step One: Clean and Sand

First up, I took the drawers out and gave everything a good clean.
Mid-Century Night Stands Lightly SandedI used painter’s tape to mark off the parts I wanted to paint, then lightly sanded those areas.
Mid-Century Night Stands Taped Off For Painting

Step Two: Prime

The cabinets each got a coat of Zinsser Cover Stain, applied with a brush for the edges and a mini roller for everywhere else.

Mid-Century Night Stands Primed Refinished Mid-Century Night Stands Progress-5

Step Three: Paint

That was followed by two coats of paint. I used Dulux Grey Steel 2 in an Eggshell finish, because I wanted a little bit of a sheen.
Mid-Century Night Stands With One Coat of PaintPeeling off that painter’s tape was so satisfying!
Refinished Mid-Century Night Stands Progress-7And that was it. Gratuitous “after” photos coming up!

Refinished Mid-Century Night Stands After-3 Refinished Mid-Century Night Stands After Detail-2Check out how clean those lines are! I’ve never painted furniture before, but I’ve kinda impressed myself!

Refinished Mid-Century Night Stands After Detail-1 Refinished Mid-Century Night Stands After

One more before and after, and one more thing checked off the to-do list.

DIY Refinished Mid-Century Night Stands Before & After-2
Speaking of which, this is what’s left. Anything that’s in progress but not done yet is italicised.

– Clean/declutter
– Decide on art
– Hang mirror on landing
– Desk lamp
– Pendant shade
– Print/hang art
– Refinish mid-century night stands
– Hang mirror
– Hang something over headboard
– Decide on/arrange plants
– Pillow for bed
– Pillow for rattan chair
– Live edge desk
– Desk chair
– Bedside lamp shades
– Cabinet knobs?

It’s a helluva lot better than last week, but I’m still in panic mode – one more week till the big reveal!

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12 Comments

  1. November 3, 2016 / 9:30 am

    Love those nightstands!!!
    I am still desperately looking for a lovely bedside table for my bedroom but a "kid friendly" one, because my little one is now running around everywhere so I have to choose something with round corners I think… A bit hard to find something beautiful and safe 🙁
    Anyway, love yours! Perfect midcentury touch 😉

  2. November 3, 2016 / 9:34 am

    Thanks Nadia! I've still got a few last-minute decisions to make too (lamps & pillows, among others). Good luck – I'm sure you'll find something & pull it off!

  3. November 3, 2016 / 10:04 pm

    Hi Lizzie. What a lucky find! Those are absolutely gorgeous. I just mentioned to my husband I had no idea you could buy furniture on Etsy. I love the way you painted them as well. You softened the look and it goes beautifully with your padded headboard.

  4. November 7, 2016 / 10:21 pm

    How cute! I looove the two toned look! It's absolutely gorgeous! Can't wait to see the finished space!

  5. November 20, 2016 / 1:05 pm

    So glad you think so – I didn't want to go too far with the paint and totally change them. Thanks AnnMarie!

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