Before we even get into the make-over, I have to apologize. This nightstand got it's fresh look a while back, and the pictures were taken before I purchased my camera. Which means the pictures aren't of great quality but I tried my best! If you want to not continue reading this post, I'll completely understand. No! Wait, don't go! I'll change them soon, I promise! :)
Here's the before:
I had to get to work and luckily, because this piece is laminate, I didn't need to sand it. But I did take a very light sandpaper to the top to smooth out that huge rough spot.
I used Zinsser Primer and gave the nightstand a quick, thin coat with a 4 inch foam roller.
The color I chose was Behr's Southern Evening. It was a nice blue color that would fit perfectly with my son's color theme.
I didn't take step by step pictures because this was probably the easiest piece of furniture I have ever painted. It took two coats to cover everything and including drying time, it was done within 5 hours.
To make it a little more custom, I took some white paint (Behr's Popped Corn) and painted the "accent" stripe to give it a personal touch. And I also painted the handles white as well.
I think the outcome of this nightstand was perfect. My son's room has a nautical feel to it and I thought this was a great addition to his room.
Here's the after:
Simply by slapping on a fresh coat of paint and adding some accent stripes, a pattern, or even hand painting, you can make any boring ol' laminate piece of furniture look custom and pretty.
I can't stress to anyone enough that you can make your house a home simply by putting in some extra work where needed. You don't have to put in extra money. After purchasing the nightstand and the small can of paint ( I had everything else on hand ) I got a great nightstand for my son's room for $11. It's a nice accent piece in his room and it was made just for him.
Put your creative cap on and you're bound to come up with a great way to re-do some plain old furniture to make it look exactly how you want it. Get to it!