Ben and I live in a very nice but relatively small apartment when you think about what little space there actually is for living. We have two bedrooms and one of those is my studio, which leaves my favorite person very little space of his own. I see that this is difficult for him because I like things that are pretty, but not exactly functional. Take our nightstands for example...
I love our nightstands. My Mom generously bought us these adorable matching ones per my request when we moved into our place because I thought they would make our room look super cute. Well it did, but it left nowhere for Ben to put anything. I have a whole room for my junk. He has...a closet. So I decided a while ago that for Christmas I would get him a manly nightstand, or at least one that can hold more than a paperclip.
So a few weeks ago my sister and I very sneakily and secretly made our way to the world's greatest organization shopping spot:
And that's when I found the perfect nightstand:
IKEA "Rast" nightstand that you can buy here.
I knew I was going to be refinishing it and I needed some tips so I went to Pinterest and got a lot of help from this blog, Freckled Laundry, on how to do a "Faux Zinc" Finish. There were a couple variations between mine and theirs. This is what I used:
-Americana Lamp (Ebony) Black Acrylic Craft Paint
-Americana Snow (Titanium) White Acrylic Craft Paint
-Dazzling Metallics "Shimmering Silver" Metallic Paint
-FolkArt Glazing Medium "Plaid 991"
-Foam Brush, Chip Brush
I also hammered in some furniture nails to give it a little more detail. These had also been nickle until I brushed them with the metallic silver.
You may be wondering why I am posting this, when it's a Christmas present and my husband reads my blog. Let's just say my hiding spot wasn't as good as it could have been, so Christmas came early this year! On the bright side, he loves it! And now he has a place to put his stuff! Yay!
-to make the paint different shades of grey, put the black and white paint directly on the wood then blend with the chip brush
-AFTER the paint is dry brush on as much metallic paint as you want, I put on too much the first time and ended up redoing two drawers
-put the glaze on last
-hammering the furniture nails in was the hardest part, hammer during the day so your neighbors don't kill you
-Lowes and Home Depot have a discounted knob section, I didn't realize this until after buying these. You can save a lot of money!
Target: Lamps, Mirrors, Sheets, Blanket, Pattern Comforter
IKEA: Bed Frame, Ben's Nightstand, White Comforter
Christmas Tree Shop: My Nightstand
Frame: Bed Bath and Beyond
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