Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Pink Lady


I think I'm in love!  I bought this antique nightstand a few weeks ago off Craigslist, and it was one of the many projects I've been working on this past week!

Here is the before:

Gross hardware:


One of the drawers was messed up, so I had to pry off the front so I could fix it.



I put gorilla glue on all the areas that would go together.  Once the front was reattached to drawer I held it together with  a clamp and nailed the side back on.


While I was working on it some creepy bug came running across the garage floor at me.



Note to creepy bugs - never come running at a chic holding a hammer.  I smush now, ask questions later.

While I was cleaning out the inside I discovered this:


Apparently my "nightstand" used to be an old phonograph player that was converted into a nightstand.  That made me love it even more!

Because it was so friggin cold, and I didn't have time to wait on the weather to clear up, I moved inside to paint after the hubby left for work.


I got caught! Oh well.

Here she is with one coat:


I wanted to do a harlequin pattern on top.  I knew I couldn't free hand it, and I didn't have a stencil, so I did the next best thing.  I cut out my own stencils with cardstock and my exacto knife.  I love that stuff!

Once all the stencils were in place I rolled over the top with a coat of paint.  I knew it would be a slightly different color - just enough so I could see the pattern to paint.



It worked brilliantly - except for one small glitch:


Yeah - girl genius here taped the stencils on.  So naturally, the tape ripped off the paint. Awesome.

So I just painted over the holes.


I originally wanted to paint the other squares, but since these looked horrible now I had no choice but to paint them.  I grabbed my purdy and got started filling in the squares.


Perfect? No way.  Did I care? Not at all.  I wanted this to look old and imperfect, so the uneven pattern worked for me.


After it dried overnight I went to town sanding everything down.  I went over the edges very heavily, and I tried to really sand down the purple squares.

I forgot to mention, the purple squares were supposed to be dark pink.  I added a little bit of black to my pink paint and somehow it ended up purple.  Whatever. I went with it.

Here she is with a coat of Minwax Dark Walnut stain.  I used cheesecloth this time.  This worked better for me than the t-shirt material.


Once it dried I put on satin wipe-on poly.

Here she is in her new home!


Here is a photo where you can kind of see the old nightstands we had.  They were cute, but really chunky and not tall enough.  The new nightstand is at the perfect height.


I bought an antique washstand for the hubby's new nightstand.  I'll do a post on that later!

So here are all the angles of my new love!

Yeah, my handle is crooked.  I don't care.

I love those sweet legs!!

One more before and after:


Cheers!

Linking to these parties!
MommaHen

81 comments:

  1. lurve it!!! I heart pink stuff too!!

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  2. Cute as heck! Love it.

    New follower!
    Deb @ www.Dejarenew.blogspot.com

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  3. Well I have to say it looks awesome!

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  4. I love it!!!! I wish that I was crafty enough to do that! I would totally mess it up probably though!

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  5. I love it! I didn't even notice the handle was crooked. Looks great!!
    ~Mary

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  6. so cute! and its such a great size for a nightstand = )

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  7. That is an adorable little thing! I really love the checkered top, it inspires me to want to try something like that!

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  8. I love your very real approach to describing your process! I can totaly identify. Turned out great though and helps all of us learn. Love it!

    ~jaime
    http://okla-home-a.blogspot.com/

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  9. Cute, cute, cute!! Love it against the turquoise walls! Great job!

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  10. How cute! I would love for you to check out http://mommydoes.blogspot.com and see all the stuff I enjoy making. Too bad we can't find any good steals or deals on anything around here to remodel.... Thanks for sharing~!

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  11. Hey Katie, thanks for stopping by and checking out my Vanity. =) I absolutely LOVE your nightstand! The color's perfect! Wish my husband wouldn't mind pink! =)

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  12. I absolutely LOVE it! So pretty, and you did such a great job in making it look old.

    If you want to link this up to my prim link party, you're more than welcome to. It runs from Sundays to Wednesdays.

    Cheers,
    Tracy http://prairiepatch.blogspot.com/

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  13. So pretty you really did a great job! But painting inside OMG my hubby would have killed me! LOL Thanks for sharing, Vicky

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  14. Wow!! What a transformation! Awesome job! :-)

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  15. I love it!!!!!!!! That's flipping awesome!

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  16. I love how this turned out! It would really go well with my pink chair fetish I have right now! :)

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  17. Great project! I love the pink and the harlequin pattern! I did this to a similar night stand that I found in one of my neighbors garbage piles! I did it in black and white checker pattern on top.
    Visiting from Take-A-Look Tuesday! Stop by and visit me at cookscleansplayswithpaper.blogspot.com

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  18. That is such a great color! You did a fabulous job!!

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  19. oh its so cute! i love those legs too!

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  20. Love bubblegum pink. You did a great job.

    Take care,
    Lisa

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  21. I love, love, love it! My husband would die if I put something so PINK in our bedroom. I'm in the process of painting harlequin on the lower half of our soon-to-arrive little girl's room and I painted a coffee table with a harlequin top last year.

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  22. Katie,
    Your story was hilarious! Poor bug!! I love, love how your nightstand turned out! The color is fantastic, and the glazing just tops it off!
    Kim :)

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  23. I LOVE how you just go with the flow of postive and just let this piece turn out as shabby as it wants to..My favorite was "Yeah, my handle is crooked. I don't care"
    Made me laugh out loud!!
    Im over at: http://ramblingophelia.blogspot.com/
    if youd like to stop by! Im your newest follower~!

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  24. oooh, la la love it! what a fun color and the pattern on top is great!

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  25. I love that you showed your mistakes to make us all feel normal when everything doesn't go as planned. Thank you so much for linking up to WhateverWednesday. I love this color , it turned out amazing!

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  26. This is so cute! I have been wanting to do something like this for a while, but with quatrefoil on top. That bug was nasty! I'm a new follower!

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  27. I love this! I can't believe how great it turned out. Nothing better then a great redo. I'm your newest follower. Come and visit me fineandhandy.blogspot.com

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  28. Love this "pink lady"! You did a wonderful job! I shared on Twitter. Thanks so much for linking up to Gettin' Krafty With It!

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  29. I LOVE it! What a difference.

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  30. Absolutely gorgeous! What a masterpiece!

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  31. This is perfect with all its imperfections! I love that you just went with it and didn't worry about it too much. So cute! Can't wait to see the next one. I'll become a follower so I'll know when.

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  32. very cute! love the color and the diamonds too.
    mary

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  33. Love love love it! and can I say your awesome for 'my handle is crooked and I don't care' made me laugh out loud!!

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  34. What an adorable nightstand! Love the color. (I hope all the creepy bugs heeded your warning!)

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  35. Wicked color! (I like the crooked handle too)
    Dropping by from Furniture Feature Friday.

    Allison
    Atticmag

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  36. This is so cute! I'd love for you to link this up at our Wicked Awesome Wednesday blog party.

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  37. This is adorable! I wish I had a room I could put some pink in! All boys in my house. Visiting from Fingerprints on the Fridge.
    jen
    Scissors & Spatulas

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  38. Love, love, love it! What an amazing transformation and remind me not to ever get in your way when your holding a hammer! :-) It looks so fantastic up against the blue walls. Thanks so much for linking up to Inspiration Friday this week Katie!
    Vanessa

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  39. Oh, I love the night stand! I love the color, I love the cuteness of it. . . I just love it. Thanks for sharing. Karie

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  40. How cute is that?!? Love all the oopsies too. I like people who keep it real.

    Oh, and that crappy hardware? I had that on every cabinet in my kitchen in my last house - except they weren't all shiny like that - more of brown-black-grodiness. If I still lived there I'd ask you to ship me those pulls, ha!

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  41. Oh my goodness this is adorable! I am a new fan!
    Hugs,
    Olivia

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  42. I am LOVING this! You did such a great job, and now I want one. So whenever you get the chance. :) Thanks for the comment on my blog about my decoupaged stepping stool!

    Gabby
    The Late, Young Family

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  43. Good job!
    Very cute!! I love the pink!

    And did you ever think that the bug just wanted to help!!?? ha

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  44. Love the checkered pattern and the technique you use to create it!

    I am having a giveaway on my blog. $35 + free shipping to design your own custom trendy backpack for your kid from PaigeHollidays Designs(etsy).Check it out!
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  45. Katie this is AMAZING! I'm so color shy so I love seeing these bright make overs! You are so talented! I'd love to have you share this at my VIP party today @ http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/03/vip-party-7.html

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  46. te, felicito, te quedo muy linda la mesa,y esta muy lindo el blog,besos, mely.

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  47. Hi Katie...

    Your new nightstand turned out sooo cute, my friend! I love that it was an old phonograph player....awesome! I love the harlequin pattern on top and the pretty pink color that you chose! Thank you for sharing your new pretty with us!

    Happy spring wishes...
    Chari @Happy To Design

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  48. That turned out great! This is my first visit to your blog, but I think I'll be returning. I love the name you chose, I'm guessing you're a daring woman. Very eyecatching blog design,too. Take care, maybe I'll see you over at Brambly sometime.

    Ann-Marie

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  49. It's so amazing what a little paint can do!

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  50. Love the pink. You did a great job with it. The harlequin pattern on top is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

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  51. Your night stand came out lovely. I'm a lover of pink myself. Great Job!!

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  52. How absolutely darling!! I love the pink lady!!! :) Thanks for sharing at FNF! :)

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  53. this is AMAZING!! Would love for you to come link up to handmade tuesday @ ladybug blessings www.ladybug-blessings.com

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  54. It looks fantastic!! Awesome job! And what a fun find when you were getting it ready to see what it was in a past life! Thanks for linking up Katie!

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  55. That turned out so great. i Love it. I also love all your trials and errors and how you just worked them in. Fantastic!! That sort of thing always happend. THINGS NEVER GO AS PLANNED! Please join our link party on Sunday.
    Amy
    SistersoftheWildWest.blogspot.com

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  56. OMG you crack em up! luv the pink, wonderful post
    Cat

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  57. Sweet transformation, so cute! I saw a great product at a Ben Moore JC Licht store - it was a painting tape that isn't sticky. It's brown paper w/wax on one side. The heat from your finger attaches the paper to item and then, voila, it peels right off. Better than blue tape! It will eventually fall off as the wax dries so you don't have to worry about it staying too long. Sorry, can't remember the name. I should have bought a roll. The salesman said its similiar to a post-it note stickiness. I love hanging out in hardware stores looking for cool tools & helpful fun stuff.

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  58. This is DARLING! I LOVE the argyle!! Would love if you would link up this weekend :)

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  59. Great night stand. You did a fantastic job. I am your newest follower.

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  60. i think you have done a great job on setting these tables the what you wanted them, great skill you have displayed!!

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  61. sweet! a lot of work, but well worth it
    gail
    ps featuring this post this week

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  62. Incredible! By the way - I LOVE your blog title, mad me smile! :)

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  63. This turned out GORGEOUS!! I'd love for you to link it up at Sundae Scoop.

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  64. I just love what you did to your night stand!

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  65. It's pinkified and checkered look is unbelievable pretty! Really appreciate you, linking up at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

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  66. Hi, Katie! It's me again saying that I featured this today at http://www.homemakeronadime.com/2011/04/recognition-day-thursday-pretty-in.html. Please feel free to grab the Recognition Day Thursday feature :)

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  67. Great transformation!! LOVE the color, finish and harlequin detailed top!! Thanks for sharing!

    :D Lynda

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  68. I've put together a round up of great table redos on Craft Gossip today and included your post. :) You can see it here
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/6-cool-table-projects/

    I would love it if you would share the Craft Gossip love and show your visitors you've been featured, you can grab a button here!
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  69. Found you on Craft Gossip...love your nightstand and love the name of your blog...Craptastic says it all when crafting gets started around here...!

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  70. fantastic! I love how it came out. The dark walnut in the pink really brings out it's character. Excellent go with the flow attitude! That's my motto too, let the furniture be your guide. haha

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