Yes, I know this was a long introduction to a blog post! It all has a point, trust me!
My friend recently purchased a new home and is excitedly decorating each room. I did a dresser for her Daughter Elle a couple months ago Elle's Pink Dresser. I loved how it turned out and thoroughly enjoyed every minute I worked on it. I never get to paint anything pink!!!
When my friend asked me to paint an old nightstand her parents had given her I jumped at the chance. Again it was for her Daughter Elle's room. We discussed color options and then I went to an Annie Sloan workshop and they had just received the new color Florence. I sent a picture of the color to my friend and we both agreed it would be a fantastic pop of color in Elle's room!
Here is the nightstand before....well kind of before. Again I started sanding without taking a picture. At least I didn't get too far along!
With a little wood glue and a clamp I fixed the feet. Then I filled the cracks with wood filler. It was nice to not have to strip the top this time!
I had thought about staining the top, but then realized the top of the dresser I did for Elle was painted so I figured it would look best to have them both the same.
I decided not to go with Annie Sloan Florence straight out of the can. I thought it was a little too teal. I was going for turquoise not teal. So I mixed equal parts of Florence with Provence and came up with a perfect turquoise.
While I was working on the nightstand I was working on a surprise project for Elle. Recently I bought two matching chairs at a tag sale. When I got them home I realized the one chair was a write-off so I was left with just one. I didn't know what I was going to do with it until I thought of Elle. I'm a firm believer that everyone needs a chair or a bench in their bedroom and I just so happened to have the perfect chair!!
Again, I got carried away and forgot to take proper before pictures, but you get the idea. The chair was painted white and peeling. It's and old chair with tons of character. I took the seat off and there were 6 different layers of fabric that had to be pulled off to get to the bare wood. This chair has had lots of different looks over it's lifetime!
The thing that drew me to the chair in the first place was the back. I love the curves and the legs are to-die-for!!!
This is what the seat looked like before I took the 6 layers of fabric off.
Swoon.....I love a curvy leg!
Both the nightstand and the chair got 3 coats of my Annie Sloan custom mixed paint. The top of the table got 6 coats. Now you might be wondering why I did 6 coats!!!!??? I sanded in between coats with 800 grit sandpaper to make sure the paint was smooth and compact. It turned out really nice! Then I finished the table off with a coat of clear wax. I liked how the nightstand looked and didn't distress it at all. I felt the chair needed some distressing to help bring out the character so I gave it a light sanding in some spots and finished it with a coat of clear wax. The seat I upholstered in a fabric I had used for a chair in my family room that's a brown and white pattern.
Here they are all finished!
OK, I am in love.....
The dresser for Elle is a similar pink to the roses my sweet Hubby brought home for me yesterday...aren't they pretty?! This is the color scheme for Elle's room, turquoise, pink and white.
I had originally wanted to keep the hardware that was on the nightstand so I primed them with white spray primer then finished them with a high gloss white. The hardware had a different plan altogether...they decided to peel and look ugly. I then resorted to some other pulls and did the same process and they turned out fine, but then I remembered some pulls I'd bought recently. I think any nightstand can have drawer pulls, but a little girl with an incredible dresser, chair and nightstand needs something more special and unique, like her! I had bought some butterfly drawer pulls and had no idea what I was going to do with them. I gave them a shot on the nightstand and I think they're just the jewels this piece needed!
I adore these little butterfly pulls!!
There are those incredible legs again, but now they look fantastic in turquoise. I like how the brown fabric contrasts and pops with the paint.
I also love how the fabric sort of mimics the curves on the back of the chair.
This was one of my favorite projects to work on. This color is amazing and knowing I was doing this for a special little girl and her family made it that much better. I can't wait to see how all three pieces look in her new room! I hope she loves them as much as I do!
Thank you for taking the time to read this post. Have a great week!