Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Progress in Ari's Room: a Bedside Table Made Over



My goal is to finish Ari's tween room before he's a teenager. Or, preferably, by the beginning of April, because we have a big project in mind for Dave's spring break. We'll see how things go, though, as always.

But! There has been definite progress since I first posted about the current state of and future plans for Ari's room. Like remember the half painted trim that my poor kid had been living with for months?


All finished!


I also came up with the most amazing idea for something for the wall EVER. It is a surprise, and I have no idea if we can actually do it or if it will work at all the way I want it to, but if we can and it does, it's going to be FABULOUS. Teaser!

But more on that another time.

Ari had three pieces of furniture in his room that needed some love. All of them are that old orangey wood (maple?) and pretty juvenile looking. And Ari's ELEVEN. And a half.

This little nightstand was the least ambitious project, so of course we started with it:


There it is, over by the bed.

Here it is, after we moved it downstairs to start working on it (only we'd already taken the drawer out by then, so I wanted to post that one up there so you got the whole idea):


Those scalloped edges were, I felt, incompatible with the look we were going for, so I asked Dave if he could take them off. Fairly straightforward for the front, because it was a separate piece that would break right off. But the sides were different:


Dave was not confident. "You know I'm not actually a carpenter, right?" he said. But MY confidence in Dave is boundless, so I convinced him to give it a try (and, hey, the $7.95 thrift store price is still written in marker on the back, so it's not like he'd be destroying a priceless antique if he messed it up). He got to work with the jigsaw and came back with this:


Not a carpenter, my foot! Look at those nice clean lines! (I am, incidentally, endlessly impressed by Dave's ability to figure out how to do all the stuff I want him to do. He didn't grow up learning how to do any of it; he's taught it all to himself).

Now that the power tools were safely put away, it was my turn. I had originally been thinking I'd paint this all slick and modern, in a dark gray semi-gloss, with no distressing. But then I discovered the knobs I wanted to use at Hobby Lobby and decided that distressed chalk paint would be a better match.

I picked out Valspar's High Speed Steel for the paint (and I did get it in semi-gloss, since I plan to use in on the other furniture, too, and I'm pretty sure I want the semi-gloss for the dresser) and then broke out the plaster of paris to make some of it into chalk paint.

I did two coats, lightly distressed it with a medium grit sandpaper sponge (I'm sort of terrified of overdoing it with distressing, so so far all of my distressing is "light"). Then I did a coat of polyurethane on it (instead of wax. Because I hate waxing. And because I thought the poly would be more durable). Finally, I put the adorable knob on. And here it is:


Since I didn't sand it first, the wood that shows through where I distressed it is the old orangey finish. I think it looks good with the red knob, though.



Linking with:

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31 comments:

  1. I think that looks AWESOME. I'm really excited to see where his room goes!

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    1. Thanks! I am going to use your excitement for motivation..."I HAVE to get Ari's desk painted; Emma wants to see it!" ;)

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  2. Wow that looks amazing. I think Dave IS a carpenter :) And that is the most awesomste knob I have ever seen on a cabinet. It looks so great. And so does the door.

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    1. thanks! I was excited to find the knobs...and they were only $3 each, too (I bought more for his desk)...I love Hobby Lobby for that kind of thing

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  3. I love that red knob. It has so much character. It reminds me of a miniature version of one of those old wheels on fire hoses, like you would see in stairwells of offices.... no? Okay. ANd I also LOVE LOVE that color for the trim and door. It looks really sophisticated.

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    1. They call it a "hydrant knob" so, yes, I think you nailed it :) I wasn't sure about the trim when I was painting it, but I'm pleased with it now (I think my grumpiness about having to paint trim at all probably influenced my earlier opinion)

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  4. I love that door color and the nightstand looks amazing!!

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    1. Thank you! Trim color is definitely growing on me, and Ari likes it a lot, which is what really matters, I guess :)

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  5. Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog earlier! I see that you have a furniture makeover, too! I love the brown wood peaking out from beneath that gray paint. I think you distressed it just right.

    It's such a fab piece now!

    Warmly,
    Lauren
    The Thinking Closet

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  6. Oh, that nightstand looks really great! I love the orange that shows through!

    Love, Midsommarflicka

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  7. I love the door painted gray! My son's room is a similar shade of blue. You have me over here seriously considering painting his door too!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. Congrats on the birth of your baby!

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    1. Thanks, Brandi! The blue is a Martha Stewart color, and the paint card came with a suggestion for the trim color. I guess Martha knows what she's doing :)

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  8. love that table!!! SO cute! and i love he trim! in our downstairs bath i painted the walls white and the trim a charcoal gray and i love it! love it paired with the blue!

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    1. Thank you! white with charcoal sounds lovely...I think painting the trim an interesting color is the only way I can stand doing it at all...it would be too depressing to just repaint it white :)

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  9. The table looks great. I love the transformation and that knob is very cool. It almost looks like a salvaged plumbing piece.

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  10. This turned out fabulous! Taking off the scallop edge was a great idea, it's totally masculine now.

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    1. Thank you! I love it when a simple fix completely changes the look of a piece :)

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  11. So what is the paint color you used on the night stand? High Speed Steel?

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    1. Yep, it's called High Speed Steel; it's from Lowe's. :)

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  12. This table looks great! I love the color of both the table and painted trim!

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  13. It turned out great! I host a DIY link party every Monday and would love for you to join! http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/02/the-diyers-link-party.html

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  14. It turned out beautiful! I found your link up next to mine at Twelve O' Eight's link party. Megan

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  15. Very sweet...love your color choice!

    Julie

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  16. What a gorgeous color, I love how it turned out. Would love to have you share this at Crafty Tuesday Link party!
    http://www.bloominghomestead.com/2013/02/crafty-tuesday-22513.html
    -Marie

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  17. Love this little nightstand. Perfect for a tween boy's room without the curves.
    Ruth

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