Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Pink and Brass Bamboo Nightstand

I found this nightstand on Craigslist for $15 this spring. It sat in my basement waiting for spray paint weather to arrive.

I didn't really have a need for it but loved the bamboo details and brass campaign style brackets. Since it was going to stay in the basement as additional toy storage I thought it would fun to paint it bright pink to pick up on a few pink accents in the artwork and girls toys scattered around the room.

It's not easy to see in pictures but this was probably the most junky piece of furniture I've ever purchased. Nail polish globs and stickers sprinkled all over plus the top slightly bubbled up with chipped particle board on the bottom. Polish remover came to the rescue and a quick pass over with the sander helped mostly level the top. No way was I going to spend a lot of time or energy on this piece. Spray primer and spray paint were the quickest way to cover the yellow speckled finish. I just taped the drawers a bit and left them in to keep things moving.

I used 2 coats of Zinnser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Spray Primer and 3 coats of Krylon Watermelon Gloss. Be warned, this color is intense. The picture without the drawers is the most accurate color representation.

The best thing about this nightstand is the bamboo hardware. First I cleaned it with ketchup than scrubbed it with Brasso and an old toothbrush.

The color looks so crazy here but wanted to give an idea what it will look like with my rattan chairs back in the basement.

To tone down the pink I placed one of my daughter's art creations on top under the tray. I'm tempted to paint the bamboo detail a lighter color along with a large framed rectangle on top because it is so bright. When I was taking these pictures she just happened to have on a matching pink outfit!