we have this nightstand – it’s a hand-me-down. it was originally a very ugly ‘fake’ wood finish, so we painted it black a few years ago, but i’ve never really loved it. but not too long ago, i saw similar pieces popping up all over blog land, painted in great colors, and with the hardware all shined up. i thought i’d try to give it a freshening and try to breathe some new life into it. i used some comet and shined that hardware up. i think it’s brass plated, but there was an ugly ‘antique’ finish on it that came off…with a lot of elbow grease. i had a quart of red paint left over from when i painted our front door, ad i slapped a on few (4!) coats. that old nightstand now has a new life as a side table for our front room.
the finish before was this – bad.
a few of the inspiration pieces…