Last fall I spent some time painting my dresser and my bookshelf in my bedroom. I decided that since I was going for a lighter, beachier feel in my room white colored furniture would be the way to go. There are several other pieces of furniture in my bedroom that aren't white- my desk, my jewelry armoire, and my tv stand..however for this project I am focusing on my nightstand.
Just for a heads-up: I don't plan on painting my desk, it is far too large and eventually it won't go in my bedroom so it won't need to match the other pieces. My jewelry armoire is a silver and matches just fine and since it was so expensive I don't ever plan on painting it. Lastly, my tv stand is borrowed from my parents and eventually I plan on replacing it with something white of my own.
So, long story short, I decided to paint my nightstand.
As you can see, it desperately needed a touch up. It was scratched, scraped and covered in crap. I've had this piece since I was in middle school (so we'll say 2000) so it has withstood quite a bit of use.
The first step I took was to sand the entire nightstand. This is my least favorite part by far, I think sandpaper sounds like nails on a chalkboard and I feel sick the entire time I do it. I know, I know I'm such a baby!
Then I painted the entire night stand (including the drawer knobs) and then I decided that I wanted the drawer knobs to match the knobs on my dresser (meaning a trip to Walmart). So I gave the entire nightstand one coat of paint and left it to dry.
While I waited for the paint to dry I decided I should wash these filthy blinds. Look how gross they are! I got out a bucket of soap water and a rag and went to work cleaning them. Once I had one side cleaned, I flipped them around and did the other side.
Once I had three coats of paint on the nightstand and everything had dried nicely, I set it back up next to my bed (sans the drawers). I also just placed all these items on top quickly and then only left the lamp on top for the night.
I left both drawers out to dry overnight since I didn't want the paint to glue the drawers to the actual nigh stand (that would be a nightmare), but I did organize them, so once it's time to put them back in I will be all set to go.
This is the top drawer. I keep my sleep sprays (gifts) that I like to spray on my pillows before bedtime, some lotion, hand sanitizer, my Polaroid camera (blast from the past eh?), a sleep mask I like to use when I have headaches because it warms up in the microwave), a small flashlight, extra chapstick, floss, a small mirror, my fitness journal, my daily journal, and my Kindle.
In the bottom drawer I keep all my hair brushes, a few clips, hair straightener, blow dryer, curling iron, and a few hair products.
Doesn't it look so pretty?!