Making Over Mid-Century Modern Night Stands

My computer broke this week and I feel absolutely lost without it!  Since I am unable to work on new posts right now, I thought I would re-share one of my favourite projects from 2015.

Are you ever drawn to things that you wouldn’t normally be?
I find that more and more lately I am, and I have a sneaking suspicion that it is not because my personal style is changing but rather my crazy, deep desire to recreate everything that looks sad and forlorn!
My dad and I were poking through a charity shop one day and we can across these Mid-Century Modern night stands.  Despite the fact that they were covered in dust, weren’t my typical style and were stuffed way up high on an industrial shelf I was drawn to their clean lines and low height.When I began undertaking their recreation, I wanted to keep true to their style and choose a colour for both the paint and stain that would honour and enhance that.
the wood handle of a retro nightstand
inside the drawer of a vintage nightstandThe raw wood parts (legs, handles and drawers) were quite banged up and I didn’t want to leave them as is so used a Gel Stain from General Finishes in Java to darken them up. I stained all of the legs, the drawer handles (with a little tiny brush because it was built-in) and the inside of the drawers with 2 coats of the Java Gel.  The darker colour really cleaned up the uneven wood tones and added a rich warm one once it was paired with the paint.
For the body of the night stands, I chose Arles coloured Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan.  Arles is a beautiful yellow that changes from sunny yellow to a deep, orang-y yellow depending on the light and time of day.I absolutely love how the Arles and the dark Java Gel stain looked together… very retro and perfect for this style of piece!
 I wouldn’t normally have been drawn to this type of furniture, but am so glad that I trusted my heart and picked up this beautiful pair!

Pin for later… Making over Mid-Century-Modern night stands with Annie Sloan Paint in Arles and General Finishes Java Gel Stain

14 Comments on " Making Over Mid-Century Modern Night Stands "

  1. Lisa

    Love these! The design is always so cool with midcentury and the color is really fun. Visiting from Inspiration Galore party.

    1. Lisa

      Thanks! It is not usually the style I choose, but I just loved the look of these two 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to drop by! Have a wonderful weekend!

    1. Lisa

      Thanks Mary! I have to say that I don’t have much yellow in my house, but I am always drawn to it. It is just so pretty <3

  2. Lisa

    I love to see before and after pictures. Your repurposed night stands came out so nice. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

    1. Lisa

      Thanks so much Kathy and thanks for stopping by 🙂

  3. Lisa

    These are totally fantastic! I love how you went out of your comfort zone a little on these because now you know you can make all sorts of things fabulous. I love the color you chose and everything. Great job lady 🙂 Hugs, Coco

    1. Lisa

      You are so right Coco… it is great to get out of your comfort zone once in awhile and definitely helps you to grow! The best part about these night stands was that I found them for $1 each!! I really loved this project in particular 🙂 and I was sad to see them go to their new home.

  4. Lisa

    They really did turn out lovely. I love the mustard color! Looks fabulous with your bird canvas. Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.

    1. Lisa

      Thanks Jann! I didn't plan for them to be with the bird but loved them together!! I love when that happens 🙂

  5. Lisa

    Looks so good! I love that you kept the pieces more true to their original look too. Thanks so much for linking up with the #bestoftheblogosphere last week.

    1. Lisa

      Thanks so much Emmy! I love too when you are able to keep the beauty of a piece and just give it a little pick-me-up 🙂

    1. Lisa

      Thanks Kathy! (and thanks for stopping by 🙂

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