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.
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.
I 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.
I used painter’s tape to mark off the parts I wanted to paint, then lightly sanded those areas.
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.
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.
Peeling off that painter’s tape was so satisfying!
And that was it. Gratuitous “after” photos coming up!
Check out how clean those lines are! I’ve never painted furniture before, but I’ve kinda impressed myself!
One more before and after, and one more thing checked off the to-do list.
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!
You can check out the featured designers One Room Challenge week five progress posts here, and the guest participants here.