I love simple furniture, and usually just paint pieces with one color, but lately I have been wanting some pattern to make the piece different and unique. I picked up this danish modern nightstand off of craigslist. I originally thought I would restain it, but after getting it there was some splotches on it that would not be covered up by stain, and the inside/back part is not solid wood. Most of the pieces I do always end up very girly, partly because of the design, but also what I do with it. I can’t help it. Since this piece is mid century modern I thought I would try to make sure I did not go girly with it.
The finish on top was peeling, but had been touched up with Old English by the last owner so I had to sand off all the finish with the orbital sander. I painted 3 coats of black on the pieces, but left the drawer. I knew I wanted to do a geometric pattern with triangles, so I searched pinterest and found an inspiration dresser.
I just happened to have white, black and bright blue paint, so it worked out great! My dad likes that they are BMW colors. The drawer took about 3 days just because each triangle required 3 coats, plus enough time to dry and cure so that when I taped the next part, the other color would not peel off. I used my trusty Frog Tape (the regular green one, not the delicate yellow type). Frog Tape is pretty good at creating clean lines and not letting paint seep under, but before I did a color I used a thin coat of poly. If any of the poly seeped under, it is clear and won’t show. It creates a barrier, so I got very clean lines. A couple small spots peeled when I had to tape over them, but at the end I just sanded it a bit and touched it up with a small paint brush.
The drawer got 3 thin coats of poly, and the nightstand got 2 coats. I kept the original hardware since it has two screws, so it would be hard to find something new to fit. I think it works though. I definitely see this in a boys room as a nightstand. I really love the way it turned out!
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