Thursday, September 1, 2011

Ominous No More

The word ominous is what comes to mind when I see these two nightstands. I've known these nightstands for 36 of my 36 years. They are part of the bedroom set my parents got when they were married. Then they went up to my parent's cabin for 10 years. But recently, they sold their cabin, and along with it, they sold most of the furniture. But these nightstands didn't sell, so mom and dad brought them back for me to transform.

They are Lane brand and SO heavy...but dark and looming. I think the style is Mediterranean or Spanish? You furniture gurus can let me know ;)

This is how they ended up...and you all will be PROUD! I tried regular glaze! I almost always glaze with stain. I tried glazing with Behr glaze last fall, and I didn't like it at all. But this experience was much better! I'm still not sure I love the nightstands, but I think they look far more inviting now!

Do you like this style of furniture?


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Suzy said...

So funny - my parents have had something similar in their bedroom for all of my 36 years too! I don't love the style, until it's painted and glazed and then I think it's really pretty. I have a furniture linky party every Thursday and would love to have you join in!

Cassie Bustamante said...

those look so pretty! i love how the details really show up now and are so much softer and prettier. :)

WhyCuzICan said...

I think they turned out very nice. I haven't stained/glazed at all over paint, but it's on my list of things to learn to do. Thanks for the peek at your project; they turned out GREAT!

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~Suzanne in NW Illinois

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

What a great transformation! You really brought out the details, but in a soft quiet way. Now they don't look so big, brown and ominous!

Sarah said...

Great job! Really brings out their lovely details.

A Few Pennies said...

I love the new look you've given to this furniture; looks updated french-style!

Decor & Harmony said...

Alison, you've just given them another 36 years to live! Much better look not as clumsy and clunky. Have a great long weekend :)

Andrea said...

Gorgeous ugly before! what a transformation!

Rose Garden Malevik said...

Wonderful :)
and do not miss.....




HÃ¥kan ( The Roseman)

Restore and Renew said...

I love that the detail just pops. I think they are beautiful!

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

Love these! Truly transformed and for the better, you clever woman. Just a note, but these are perfect for a black and white Halloween display, don't you think?

Kim@todayismysome-day said...

These look great! If they are still ominous because you've "known" them all your life, then someone would probably be happy to buy them from you. Came over via I heart naptime.

Lora said...

I like them. I've been wanting to paint something with all that 'carvy' stuff on them.

Chrissie said...

They look great. This style furniture is always tops on my favorite makeovers list. It is just such a huge difference between the before and after. Beautiful work as always!

Snooty Primadona said...

When I look at your final results, it makes me ill to think of all the pieces I've practically given away at garage sales. I wish I could have them all back & do this to them. Wah!

Anneke at This, That and Life said...

These turned out GREAT! They remind me if the Cedar Chest I have fir sale right now - same floral design. Nice work!

Lindsay said...

You are so amazing at transforming things. This is the second thing I have checked out on here tonight! You must have great style! I'd love for you to share this as well!

Tami said...

Great transformation, love the color!

Anonymous said...

Didn't love them before...but, I adore them now! Beautiful job on their redo! Found you via The Shabby Creek Cottage. Toodles, Kathryn

Deborah March said...

GORGEOUS re-do! I need lessons in glazed pieces seem to come out just looking DIRTY! What kind of glaze did you use?

Deborah (happily visiting from

{Hope you can drop by...}

Megan Gunyan said...

It's a total change and I love it! Will you keep them or try to sell them? I think they would sell fast! That style is very in right now. Great re-do!

Julie said...

These are great, Allison.

Unknown said...

Turned out great!! They look wonderful but no they are not my style of furniture. Thanks for linking up!

Anonymous said...

I didn't like this style until I came across your redo. Looks fabulous!! I'll have to pay more attention at garage sales now instead of passing up items like this. :-)

Anonymous said...

wow! who knew that furniture like this would look so good in white. i don't know how many times i've walked past stuff like this at yard sales without a second look. you've opened my eyes to other possibilities. thanks!

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