I have nothing against the early 80’s, I promise! I loved big hair, cassette tapes and the Cosby Show. And while big hair may make a comeback, there are just a few things from the 80’s that could use a little updating.
This handsome guy was found in a sweet little shop while browsing with a friend. There wasn’t anything wrong with it. It just needed a little something.
Functionally, it was exactly what I wanted. A nice surface for a lamp and a book? Check! Drawer? Check! A place to stack some necessities for guest room residents? Check!
Now it need just a little (re) freshing!
After taping off the top, I lightly sanded the sides, shelves and drawer front. I whipped up some of my favorite diy chalk paint in an ecru color and painted away. (I know it is all over the Internet, but I love the way chalk paint finishes! Soo smoooth!)
While this looked good, I wanted a subtle nod to age. So, bravely I grabbed a wide brush, a can of walnut stain and a clean rag. Ever so softly dry brushing the stain, then wiping it a bit with the clean rag produced an aged look that kept it from screaming “Look at me! I just got a fresh coat of paint!”
A soft distressing of the edges revealed the darker first layer and added some great depth.
A coat of clear finishing wax buffed to a shine and a new brushed copper pull and that little nightstand became my favorite faithful bedside companion.