It’s that fun time of the month where my Furniture Fixer Upper friends and I get together to inspire you with our furniture makeovers. Yay! If you saw my post a week ago, you knew my dad brought me a haul of furniture that included a vintage side table in hot mess state that I redid. Now, it’s time for this vintage chest nightstand to shine.
What you’re looking at is a solid piece of furniture made by Gordon’s furniture, with beautiful brass hardware and awesome burled veneer. Unfortunately, one of the brass pulls is missing. And, take a peek at the top. Bummer.
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That’s some fantastic veneer, but a whole lot of damage. The old finish would come off easily, but I wasn’t so hopeful for being able to refinish the top back to wood. As you can see, there are a couple of rings that look like something hot was burned into the wood. Plus, there are chemical stains that could not be removed.
To get started, I used my favorite sander to knocked it all down. Unfortunately, that damaged I mentioned couldn’t be fixed as it went through the veener. grrr… I sincerely wanted to save it and the ending is much like the side table I redid too. So, after much debate with myself, I decided to use this striking blue and my Angled Brush to dress this piece up.
My goal was to showcase that gorgeous brass hardware and make it shine. While I waited for my first coat to cure, I began my search for a replacement teardrop pull. Let me tell ya, it’s rare I can’t find what I’m looking for and doggone I was beat on this one. My solution, however, was to find a different way to make it all gel. Hang with me…
Meanwhile, I began to polish the hardware. Did you notice it has etchings of birds and blooms in it? I love it! My favorite Bar Keepers Friend came to the rescue again. This stuff works awesome on most metals, and totally helps me with all my porcelain and stainless steel in my home too.
Let me just say, that hardware was DIRTY!! It took me longer to polish that stuff up than it did to paint. haha! In spite of the time, it’s so worth it. Just wait until you see the after.
One more thing to do before I show you the finished product. It pays to have a stash of all kinds – seriously. One that I have tapped into endlessly is two office paper boxes full of vintage wallpaper samples. I enjoy turning this paper into so many things: dollhouse wallpaper, notebooks and journals, book covers, etc. So, when I saw those birds and blooms on the hardware, I knew I had to line the drawers with some vintage goodness.
Typically, I tend to find only one sample of each paper. It’s fun to line drawers with similar papers as surprise in each drawer. However, as I was digging I came up with these two samples. I may have squealed out loud! tee hee.
Before I could line the drawers, they needed cleaned up with a bit of elbow grease. I felt sorry for this thing and how rough it had been treated over the years.
Finally, I completed my work on this nightstand. happy dance! It took two coats of paint, a surprise inside the cabinet, as well as lining the drawers and polishing the brass. woot!
With that dark blue paint, the vintage brass hardware is sure to take center stage as it should. See those beautiful hand-crafted details?
Incidentally, those birds and blooms are what inspired me to use the vintage wallpaper samples I showed above. It makes it fun to peek in and see.
For contrast, I decided to add some color fun using Apricot in the cabinet side of this vintage chest nightstand.
Well, I’ve completed my DIY and hope you enjoyed my makeover adventure. This vintage chest nightstand is now available in my online shop along with many other home decor items for you.
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Up next, I’m ready to confess a bit on how this wooden circle became a broken wooden circle. ahem. But, I didn’t give up on it. HEAD HERE to see.
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