This unfinished furniture has been in my teenage daughter’s room, well, unfinished, for about 7 years. Shame on me, I know. You may be wondering to yourself why were they left undone for so long since furniture makeovers are my very favorite things to do.
The answer is… I don’t know.
Just because? Ummm…
Okay, now I sound like a teenager myself.
The truth is, I hadn’t made over this matching nightstand and dresser yet because I honestly just didn’t know what to do with them. They were so blah and uninspiring.
But recently, thanks to being able to participate in the Fabulous Furniture Flippin’ Contest each month, I’ve tried some great new products. When I saw these mercury glass drawer knobs from our August sponsor D. Lawless Hardware, I knew they’d be perfect for her furniture. We were allowed to choose up to $50 in hardware (for free) to help complete our contest pieces in the theme “Class It Up”. Can you get more classy than upgrading from those ugly wood knobs to mercury glass? No. You can’t.
I’d never heard of the company before this month’s contest. Once I checked it out online I had a hard time choosing which knobs to pick, because they offer so many great options at very affordable prices.
Last month I made over these farmhouse end tables, and they became the inspiration for these pieces this month as well.
My General Finishes java gel stain worked well on those farmhouse tables, so I stained the tops of the nightstand and the dresser in the same way. I did two coats on them for a dark finish.
I used my tried and true Annie Sloan chalk paint in pure white to paint both of the pieces. They took two coats each. One tip when painting furniture with drawers- make sure you paint the inside of the sides so none the original wood ever shows if the drawer doesn’t shut quite right.
These are going into my daughters room now, but I want her to be able to take them with her when she gets her first apartment in the next year or two. I want them to be pretty now but also grown up looking and versatile enough to travel with her over the years. Since I painted this desk in duck egg blue for her room, I decided to do a little peek-a-boo surprise and paint the sides of the drawers in the blue as well.
My new favorite wax is Daddy Vans. I can’t tell you how great this stuff is. It goes on easy, smells great, and buffs to a nice matte finish (not shiny like some other brands I’ve tried). The furniture sides and drawers got a good coat of wax, not the stained tops though, they got a clear topcoat.
And for the icing on the cake, the mercury glass knobs. I’m not sure you can “Class it Up” any more than going from those ugly standard wood knobs these gorgeous mercury glass ones. They stand out beautifully on the white drawers. They add the perfect touch of elegance and vintage chic that I wanted.
D. Lawless Hardware
“Class It Up”
To see the other contestants for August and their D. Laweless Hardware makeovers, and to vote for your favorite, stop by the blog 58 Waterstreet.