These nightstands have a been a labor of love. You may remember seeing them in the before and progress stage. You can read all about the trouble I went to trying to refinish the poorly stained wood, but these pieces just were not taking the stain well. Six months later, they are finally done.
After some color inspiration from my friend Christina of Phoenix Restoration I settled on the bold option of Klein Blue. Christina and I did a paint swap with some General Finishes milk paint colors we had and I swapped for this blue. It’s definitely bold, but I also think the color screams mid century. It also matched my shoes which I found quite amusing.
So after all the prep work I had done to stain these puppies, painting them was a breeze 🙂 They were sanded down to raw wood so the paint went on so well and they have a super smooth finish! It took 3 coats to get full coverage, and once the paint cured for a few days I sealed them with General Finishes poly in satin. 2 coats was enough for an even and durable finish (love their poly, you should try it!). One a side note, while I was applying the first coat of poly (at 12:30am, I’m a late night worker, what can I say!), our dog started getting sick after eating some non-pet safe slug bait, so my mom and I had a fun late night emergency trip to the vet which resulted in staying up until 4am! That’s what I think of, when I think of these nightstands! ha!
I kept the original hardware on these because it’s awesome, fits the style of the pieces and would be incredibly hard to change. I painted the handles the same blue and shined up the previously gold-ish chipping finish so now it’s a nickel color. Like I do with campaign hardware, I used Bar Keeper’s Friend and the scrubby side of a sponge to shine these up metal parts of the hardware. It took a while and my hands were cramping up, but it was worth it! If they didn’t clean up well I would have painted them, but I think this is a better option that painting. The color appears incredibly bright blue in these photos, but I assure you, it’s not this bright in person, but a deeper blue 🙂