Side Chic

One nightstand? A little something on the side?

No. Those hardworking tables beside your bed deserve more recognition than that. Who else dutifully holds your books and alarm clocks and cups of water all through the night? Who else keeps your secrets tucked safely in their drawers? (My secrets include ibuprofen and an adult coloring book).

So give your side tables a pat on the back today. And why not give them a makeover while you’re at it, if they are looking a little worse for the wear.  They’ll thank you for it. (They won’t really. They’re furniture. Stop being crazy). But you’ll thank yourself, I’m sure of that.

Shelly freshened up her nightstand with white paint and colorful new pulls.

white-nighstand-before-copy

 

white-nightstand-copy

She opted not to paint the top, which gives it a little contrast and is also easier to protect than a painted top would be.  Always thinking, that Shelly. See it on her blog 100 Things 2 Do.

 

You may recognize this next table as an antique labor table.  In the olden days, pregnant women would rest their elbows on the table and hold onto the spindles for support as they labored through childbirth. That’s not true, I just made that up. They’re probably for something boring like hanging blankets or towels. Better After reader JoAnne decided to streamline it and removed the handles altogether.

small-black-table-before

small-black-table

Sweet, simple, and space-saving!

 

And here’s another table with an appendage. I’m assuming it’s for holding magazines. For your guns.

NO! I’m kidding. That’s a terrible place to keep bullets. Keep anything else in that little pocket.

levi-inspired-table-before-copy

levi-inspired-table-copy

Aww, and now it looks like an actual pocket. What a fun way to incorporate that into the design. Scottie did a great job making the paint look like denim too. See more on her blog Saved by Scottie.

 

“Lindsey,” you are saying, “those side tables are great. I would love one of my own. But all I have is a broken stool and an old suitcase. I guess I’ll never have a side table to love. I’ll just sit here and feel sad.”

suitcase-side-table-before-copy

 

suitcase-side-table-copy

Oh knock it off. Just slap those two together and boom! Side table. In fact, if you have a taller bed, this might be the best option of all. From Jessica at Live Randomly Simple.

 

Katrina redid this next little table for her aunt’s guest room. What a sweetheart. My nieces have never helped me with MY guest room. My nieces are six and 11 months old, but still. Jerks.

pink-poppy-nightstand-befo-copy

 

pink-poppy-nightstand-after

Kidding, kidding. In fact, I’m quite impressed with Katrina’s makeover, because she’s only 14! She hauled the quilt to Home Depot to match the shade of pink for the paint, and free-handed the poppies on top for some extra flair. She’s going places, this girl.

 

Have a great weekend friend.


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Dorm-trooper

If you’re headed to Ikea or Target in the near future, please, I urge you … be extra cautious. It’s dorm room season.

I don’t want you to get trampled to death by some emotional parent, cart careening down the aisles, anxiously searching for the last bed-in-a-bag.

Just keep a safe distance. Watch from afar as they wildly latch on to those large rubber storage containers that everybody hates. The kind with the ‘drawers.’

Consider mentioning that they could probably find a used dresser for next to nothing and make it over themselves, which would result in saved money, more storage, and a sturdier item for their student.

Here’s one now, from Meg at Green with Decor.

 

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Black Dresser

Fantastic, right? I would have much preferred this to the dresser I used in college, which if I remember correctly, was legit made from cardboard.

 

But perhaps now is not the best time for nearly-empty-nesters to consider such projects. Maybe in a little while, when the shock has worn off, and the sadness and now-what-ness has set in, they might enjoy a little makeover projects for themselves.

 

Family Dresser Before

 

Family Dresser

Awww, how perfect is this one from Better After reader Pam? It looks like a difficult stencil job, but it’s actually a sheet of peel-and-stick lettering! Fresh paint and chunky pewter knobs, and it’s all set for its next phase in life too.


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Of Tables and True Friends

Hey party people, how’s your Tuesday?

“It’s fine,” you are thinking. “But you’ve got me all wrong, Lindsey. I’m no party person. I haven’t had a party in years. I’m too ashamed of my worn out dining table to ever dream of inviting guests over.”

Oh no. Stop talking nonsense. I will let you have none of that. First of all, true friends won’t care if your table is a bit run down.

(I know that doesn’t help much. That’s like when I say I hate my freckles and my friends are like, ‘but I LOVE your freckles,’ and I’m like, well cool beans for you. So glad you get to be the happy one in this situation).

So here’s another idea. You can totally restore your whole dining set. Better After reader Jessica did, and it only took her six months and lots of shed tears and a paintbrush burning party when she was done!

See, either way you get to have a party.

 

Dining Room Table Before

 

Dining Room Table

It’s true that fabulous results take time and patience. Jessica worked on this makeover whenever she could and eventually transformed that weathered and worn dining set into the stunning version it is today.

But listen. It also doesn’t have to take six months. True friends will come over and help you paint. Unless your true friends are not so great at painting, in that case you might be better off on your own. Maybe they can just bring the dessert to your dining set showing-off party instead.


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Beach, Please

My mother loves the beach right down to her bones, but sadly, she lives far, far from the beach. Does that stop her from displaying a full-size surfboard in her house? No, it does not. If you can’t have the beach, bring the beach to you. Why not? Who cares?

Your current furniture has the potential for beachy vibes, it just might need a coat or two of chalk paint like this armoire from Jennifer and Vicki at 2 Bees in a Pod.

White Chalk Painted Armoire Before

White Chalk Painted Armoire

But really, white paint is a great vibe neutralizer. You can have any vibes you want from here. Beachy? Check. Rustic? Check. Shabby Chic? Sure. French country? You got it. Modern? Kinda sorta. That one depends more on the furniture itself.

 

But back to the beach. Before, this dresser was giving off zero beach vibes. Negative beach vibes. You don’t need that in your life. Terrible for your feng shui.

Vicki and Amy at Canary Street pictured it with a weathered coastal look instead. Do you think they achieved their vision? (Spoiler alert: Of course they did).

Weathered Coastal Dresser Before

weathered coastal dresser makeover

It looks like it just washed up on the beach! If perfectly intact dressers ever washed up on the beach, which – so far – has not happened in my lifetime. But I did find a dead squid once. Wait, now that I think about it, it was just seaweed that looked kind of like a squid.

ANYWAY. They used on of my favorite tricks, filling up the gaps in the drawers with wood filler to make them look like three normal drawers and not nine crazy drawers of various sizes. A lot of effort, but definitely worth it. Great job ladies!


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