Modern Chic Makeover for Art Deco Nightstand

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My kids are with me in my daily grind and I love to include them in my projects as well as giving them projects of their own. One day that won’t be with me and I want them to have wings to fly. I feel that learning a trade, along with a scholarly education in homeschool, is crucial. My efforts to broaden their horizons includes working alongside me as the eagerly request to learn. Today, my oldest daughter, Miss C, is getting to work on this Art Deco nightstand by giving it a modern chic makeover.

Art Deco Nightstand Before Modern Chic Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Whenever I receive a piece of furniture for free, I let one of my six kids have at it. Both of my parents have generously given various items for them to work on, and this time my father gave us this piece to revive along with a dressing table. I am working on the dressing table and my daughter gets to revive this rough-looking nightstand.

Art Deco Furniture in Need of Love by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Turns out this is a piece made by Virginia House Furniture right here in the U.S. and this company is still making handmade furniture today. Isn’t that cool?

Top of Art Deco Nightstand | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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Miss C isn’t a foundling when working on furniture since she has already done a few pieces like this table and this dresser, to name a few. She knew right off that to get started, sanding was absolutely needed. She used my favorite sander with a 150 grit sandpaper to get the finish in shape for paint.

Tween Girl Sanding Art Deco Nighstand | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Once she was done prepping, Miss C used a beige coat of paint as her base since she intended to use a metallic paint for the topcoat that can sometimes be translucent. I have her using a foam brush because metallic paints are known to showcase all of your brush strokes, and she’s after a nice even finish.

Art Deco Nightstand with Base Coat | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

After the base coat has dried for a couple of hours, she used one of my favorite metallic paints by Modern Masters called Champagne. I’ve used it and my other favorites metallics on several pieces before like my vanities and tables.

Modern Master Metallic Paint in Champagne | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Two coats give it a nice rich look, but Miss C wanted to add a modern flair to this piece. She decided to “dip” the legs in white and add some funky fun to the front.

Adding Dipped Legs to Art Deco Nightstand | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

After her final touches, I must say I love this piece with the modern chic look.

Art Deco Nighstand with Champagne and White Finish by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

It’s fun and has so much more character to it than before, don’t you think?

Vintage Art Deco Nightstand with New Modern Look by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Top of Art Deco Nightstand with Vintage Finds by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Miss C even lined the drawer with a fun vintage fabric to showcase more eye-candy.

Fabric Lined Drawer of Vintage Art Deco Nighstand by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

We had fun shopping for some vintage pieces to stage this piece. The vintage print had a mate that is now hung in my boys’ bedroom. And… that Gorham brass bowl is now available in my shop along with this nightstand. Yay! (SOLD)

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She had fun and so did I. We only hope that you enjoyed our furniture flip with a modern chic touch too. Pin and share to inspire others . ♥

Art Deco Nightsand Gets Modern Chic Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Up next is our Trash to Treasure Transformations! My middle daughter and I are remaking this curbside child’s chest of drawers. The transformation is shared HERE.

Curbside Find Child's Chest of Drawers Made New by Prodigal PIeces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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22 Comments

  • Debrashoppeno5

    Miss C is very talented. Very much like Mom. Happy Mother’s Day.

    May 5, 2016 at 7:18 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Happy Mother’s Day to you too! 🙂

      May 5, 2016 at 7:26 am Reply
  • Andrea

    That looks really great, she did an excellent job! That is so awesome that your children are in on this too.

    As an aside, the bedspread in the photo – I have the exact same one, it belonged to my Great Grandmother – I am 43, and she died when I was 5. Do you have any info about the bedspread? .

    May 5, 2016 at 7:33 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It was fun to see her “wheels” rolling and work on this piece. Thanks so much! As for the bedspread, I have three chenille ones and I believe they’re from the 40’s. Hope that helps!

      May 5, 2016 at 8:39 am Reply
  • Ellen Braunberger

    .A very chic piece, color combination is super! Re: bed spread, looks like one my Grandmother bought in the late 1940’s. Enjoy your Mother’s Day!

    May 5, 2016 at 8:17 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! I love what she chose to do. Yes, agreed on the bedspread. I have several and love the chenille!

      May 5, 2016 at 8:37 am Reply
  • Carlene@Organized Clutter

    I see a future blogger here! The nightstand is perfect for a tween bedroom!

    May 5, 2016 at 8:48 am Reply
    • Larissa

      She definitely has an eye and it’s fun to see how each is growing. I’d love for her and all of them to just bloom and bloom!

      May 5, 2016 at 8:56 am Reply
  • Greg Hill

    She did a great job Larissa ,
    Looks like she going after your job .lol
    I’m looking forward to seeing her next piece she will do
    Greg

    May 5, 2016 at 8:58 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank, Greg! She’ll be taking over for sure…hahaha…

      May 6, 2016 at 7:18 am Reply
  • Sherry Stuifbergen

    The pic of your daughter sanding, she looks like a younger version of you, Larissa. You have raised some ambitious kids…not “gamers”with techie tools with entitlements. Look forward to your blogs in my email.

    May 5, 2016 at 9:14 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It’s crazy, isn’t it? I’m happy to hear it – thank you!

      May 6, 2016 at 7:18 am Reply
  • Mary-the boondocks blog

    Sherry above is absolutely right. I was looking at the photos and mistakenly though tMiss C was you Larissa. Ha! All the children are following in your footsteps and it is a wonderful thing to behold. Have a Happy and Blessed Mothers Day!

    May 5, 2016 at 10:04 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Ha! She is almost as tall as me too. Crazy! Happy Mother’s Day to you too, Mary!

      May 6, 2016 at 7:17 am Reply
  • Jolinda

    She gets an A+ for her nightstand. I love what she did but of course she has the best example to follow.

    May 5, 2016 at 12:05 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for the love, Jolinda!

      May 6, 2016 at 7:16 am Reply
  • Marie, The Interior Frugalista

    Well Miss C, you did a beautiful job on this nightstand. I love your creative vision with the white stripes and dipped feet. A+ goes out to you!

    May 5, 2016 at 1:03 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      She loves your comment, Marie, and says, “Thank you!”

      May 6, 2016 at 7:16 am Reply
  • Gail

    It is so nice to see a mom teach her children about the fulfillment in doing the work yourself. This skill set will help her into adulthood. Too many children want it,buy it and then forget it. I still use many of my skills from sewing to painting and I am 70 but get so much enjoyment from creating what I want.

    May 5, 2016 at 6:11 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Sometimes I feel things are too easy for kids, but that is totally up to the parent. You are rockin’ the DIY world, Gail – keep going!

      May 6, 2016 at 7:15 am Reply
  • Sherry Fram

    Miss C definitely has her mother’s touch! You must be so proud of her! She did an outstanding job! Love the stipe and the white dipped legs! Awesome makeover!

    May 5, 2016 at 8:27 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I am proud and love that she enjoys it. What a team we all will be! 🙂 Thank you, Sherry.

      May 6, 2016 at 7:14 am Reply

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