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Bedside Table Detail: After

While one of the bedrooms at the Hideaway was all set with nightstands (two metal and glass ones; I spray painted the base oil-rubbed bronze for an updated look), we were still on the hunt for a matching set for the master bedroom. After scouring Craigslist and thrift stores for some rehab-able nightstands, we stumbled upon Inter-Island Hotel Furniture. When hotels renovate, the old stuff gets sent here, where you can buy it for pretty amazing prices. If you’re into DIY, it’s an awesome resource. Hotel furniture may not always be the most stylish, but for the most part, it’s built to last. So with a sander and some new hardware, paint, or stain, you can create some really interesting pieces for your home.

The nightstands we picked were fresh from the Hilton Hawaiian Village, which has been renovating one of its buildings. The pair were in great shape but just needed some TLC to look fresh and match the decor at the Hideaway. I had planned to stain the tops dark walnut and paint the bottoms and the legs (just like I’d been planning¬†for the coffee table). But these nightstands had other plans for me, as the top inset panel wasn’t wood at all, but some kind of “marbleized” vinyl laminate (again, so similar to my discovery with the coffee table!).

So…Swiss Coffee to the rescue. I’ve been using this off-the-shelf Behr paint for most of the projects around the house, and it’s perfect for the breezy island cottage look that we’ve been going for (it also doesn’t hurt that I have a whole gallon laying around just waiting to be used up). It’s just slightly off-white, so it’s crisp without being blindingly bright.

I cleaned the pieces, lightly sanded, and primed with a coat of Zinsser BIN. As with the other pieces I’ve done recently, I applied 3 coats of the paint with a little sanding between coats for a perfectly smooth finish. For the paint, I used a foam roller for the flat surfaces and a small, high-quality craft brush for the details.

Here’s one of the nightstands all done, stocked up with a few beach reads and topped with a ridiculous tropical lamp that the owner brought over. Hey, it’s Hawaii. Ridiculous tropical lamps are a-ok in a vacation rental over here.

Bedside Table: After

I lightly distressed all the edges by hand to coordinate with the refinished laminate dresser that lives in this room. The sanding really helped bring out the leaf pattern on the drawers:

Bedside Table Detail: After

I finished the pieces with a coat of Minwax Polycrylic in Satin (with a second coat on the top panel for extra protection). Everything came out totally smooth and uniform — you’d never know that the ugly vinyl top panel was ever any different than the rest of the nightstand. Love ‘em! Master bedroom is now all ready to go…dresser, nightstands, lamps, and bedding DONE! Can’t wait to be ready to list the house and start renting it out.

Linked up at A Beach Cottage, The Shabby Chic Cottage, DIY by Design, Funky Junk Interiors, The DIY Showoff, Southern Hospitality and Coastal Charm

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  1. Great transformation! I’d be happy staying in that room! lol! :)

    xoxo laurie

    May 18, 2011
  2. Great makeover. Love it in white! Thanks for sharing at BC Good Life Wednesdays

    May 19, 2011
  3. I love this makeover- the white is so fresh and pretty! Well done! Would love if you stopped by and shared at my Friday decorating party sometime! :)

    May 20, 2011
  4. came out great! I love night stands that have enough room for books! :-)

    June 3, 2011
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