I purchased this sweet little nightstand at one of the neighborhood garage sales earlier this summer.
I sort of threw it in at the last minute because the price was right and I thought it would make a great smaller project for winter when I have to go back to painting in my living room.
But then Prima Marketing sent me a few of the new transfers from their re.design line, including the Floral Home set.
And I realized that the one on the lower right would be perfect on this piece.
Shortly after that, Dixie Belle sent me some of their paint in a color called Pink Champagne. It’s the most delicate pale, pale pink and I thought it might just be perfect behind that beautiful transfer. So I simply couldn’t wait until winter to get started on this makeover.
Before I got started painting though I wanted to remove that carved rose detail from the front of the top drawer. It looks OK in that ‘before’ photo, but in real life it looked really plastic-like. I had to chip it off with a putty knife because it was made out of some strange rubbery, plastic, waxy, I don’t know what, kind of material.
But I got it off, did a little patching with some of Dixie Belle’s Mud and then painted the nightstand with three coats of the Pink Champagne. Next I sanded the edges and the detailed trim to distress.
Then came the fun part. Adding the Prima Marketing transfer. The transfer design had a pretty scroll-y frame around it, but I cut that off because it was just a tad bigger than my drawer fronts with the frame included.
One detail you might notice in that photo is that I don’t just apply the transfer to the drawer fronts leaving gaps where those cross pieces are between the drawers. I did that once and I thought it looked kind of funny. I prefer to put the drawers back in place and then apply the transfer without any blank spaces between the drawers.
If you use this technique, just be absolutely sure that your drawers are back in the right spots before you begin because there’s no going back.
Once the transfer was applied, I went over it ever so lightly with some fine grit sandpaper to give it a little bit of a distressed look as well. I finished the piece with some of Dixie Belle’s Spray On Wax. I used it right over the transfer and it worked beautifully. That stuff is just so darn easy to use.
I replaced the original wood knobs with some petite glass knobs that I purchased from D Lawless. These are the 1″ version.
Let’s face it, something this pink and flowery was just calling out for glass knobs.
I’m still dying to put those gorgeous Prima Marketing knob transfers that I shared with you a couple of weeks ago to work, but obviously it would have been a bit much to have knobs with transfers on top of a larger transfer.
I’m sure I will come across just the right piece for some knob transfers soon though.
In keeping with my ‘never say never’ motto, I once again lined the drawers with pretty paper. I just happened to have this old roll of wallpaper in my workshop, so why not?
By the way, after working on this piece I came to the conclusion that it was probably originally one half of a dressing table. There are some screw holes on one side, plus the wood on one side looked a little bit rough around where it would have connected to a center piece between the two sides (although you have to look closely in person to notice those details, they don’t show up at all in a photo).
I wonder what happened to its other half.
Didn’t this one turn out sweet?
As usual, if you are local and in need of a new nightstand, be sure to check my ‘available for local sale‘ page for more details.