Wednesday, April 21, 2010

An Imperfect Improvement

When I upholstered the {fugly} headboard ~ which I'm still in love with, by the way ~ I started really looking at the rest of the bedroom furniture (b/c of course it was a full matching set) and trying to figure out what I could do to it to make it...better. After a great deal of inspection and an exploratory mission involving a screwdriver, I discovered that the drawer fronts on the nightstands and dresser could be very easily removed from the actual {drawers}. Hmmm... I thought about making new drawer fronts and then I thought ~ {why}? The existing fronts are, obviously, the right size ~ and they're {free}! So I decided to flip those suckers over & use the backs as the new fronts!

I forgot to take a {before} pic, but here you can see what the original drawer fronts looked like. Obviously, there was no way to just slap on some paint & new hardware for a fresh new look.

I decided to experiment with the nightstand that the tinier of the tiny people has in her room (we had to split the set so we could fit a stand-up chest of drawers into our {small} master bedroom...she got the extra nightstand) so that if it didnt' work I wouldn't be faced with figuring out how to fix it and make our bedroom set match again.

So I took off the drawer fronts, filled the screw holes with wood putty, and sanded all the surfaces I planned to paint. It took a few coats of paint, with sanding between, to get the finish nice & even. I know a lot of people love their {spray paint} but I'm a can & brush kind of girl, and I used white paint we had on hand.

The Hubband came to my aid in measuring, drilling, reattaching, etc. Good thing, too, because otherwise I'm certain I would've made an enormous {mess} of things. It's not perfect, but it's a definite improvement!

The Hubband did say that the measuring was a bit of a pain...but when you consider that the only thing I {bought} for this project was the hardware, I think it's well worth it! Less than $10 total for a new look...that's not bad!

We're still debating about doing the same with our own bedroom furniture... I'll keep you posted!


  1. I love how clean and modern it looks!

  2. Your blog is so cute Sarah! Great job on the nighstand. So awesome!




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