These nightstands have been waiting for a second chance at life.
But I started a new job just a few weeks ago and everything changed. I haven't had any spare time for makeovers or ANYTHING extra really.
Then something amazing happened this weekend ~ we didn't have ANYWHERE to be so I got to stay up late...
...and sleep in...
...and work on these beauties!
They've come a long way.
But you need to know haw far they've come to appreciate their journey.
They were sad little boxy nightstands left abandoned on a Portland side street when we found them. They had NO LEGS.
One of them had a sticker on the back that said 'Pair of oak nightstands $640.00' so apparently they were something special back in the day. But when we found them they just had a crooked piece of lined notebook paper taped to the front of one aged door reading 'FREE'.
Seemed like a good challenge to me.
It never ceases to amaze me what a little paint and elbow grease can do to transform old furniture. For this little duo I went with a Dutch Boy paint & primer in Cathedral Grey.
I'd found these wooden legs at Goodwill and bought them when I was planning to make an ottoman but then I didn't need them (you can see how I made that ottoman HERE) so they came in handy for one of the tables. We just went to our local Builder's Supply store and bought four more. There were other types of legs but I like the 'retro' look of these to go with the older nightstands.
We also bought the metal pieces that attach the legs to the base of the nightstands...
The metal brackets get screwed to the table and the legs screw into the brackets. Easy!
I taped over the brass ends before painting then stuck the legs upside down in a cardboard Nike box to dry. The same box was used to hold the hardware while being painted.
The shiny white hardware may be my favorite part about this duo.
Then again the way the white glaze brings out the detail on the doors is pretty nice too.
The glazing gave them so much more depth...and the cute little legs gave them the height they needed to work in our space.
And WOW do they work in our space!
$1.00 jar of paint from Habitat for Humanity.
$20.00 wooden legs and metal attachments.
Glaze, white paint and white enamel spray from our stock.
That's $21 dollars to beautiful!!!
Have you ever found furniture on the side of the road that was just begging to go home with you? I would love to hear about it if you did.