Bailey’s Bedside Table:: A Change In Plans (and Some Painted Inspiration)

Remember just yesterday when I told you that one of the remaining projects in Bailey’s bedroom was to make a bedside table similar to (but larger than) the Ikea Trollsta side table?

Well, there has been a change in plans. You see, yesterday as I was out and about, I decided to pop in to the Goodwill and see if they had anything interesting. That’s when I spied this guy…

I absolutely love it!!  I can’t wait to see it painted in a fresh, modern color.  Is there really anything better than giving an old piece of furniture new life with just a coat (or two…or three) of paint?!  I think NOT!  So, stay tuned for the dramatic change.

Speaking of dramatic changes with a coat of paint, here are two of my recent favorites.

The first one comes from the oh-so-talented Tobi Fairley.  I’m sure you’ve heard of her, right?  If not, then you’ve certainly seen her work.  Her gorgeous rooms grace the pages (and covers) of some of biggest interior design and shelter magazines out there.

Anyway, on to the makeover.  She took this sad, neglected, ho-hum desk…

And turned it into something fresh and modern with a coat (maybe two) of paint (and possibly a bit of primer to start)…

(By the way, if you want to see more of this amazing Tobi Fairley room, you can hop on over to House of Turquoise, where it was featured just yesterday.)

This second dramatic before and after comes from Brooke at The Crafting Chicks. She took this old china cabinet…

and with some spray paint and stain, she turned it into this…

Pretty amazing, huh?  There’s really no doubt that when it comes to decorating on a budget, paint is your best friend.

By the way, to those of you in the Waco area who are looking for a fabulous piece of furniture to paint, the Goodwill in Hewitt also had a 72-inch-wide dresser similar in style to the bedside table I bought.  If I had a use for it, I would have snatched it right up!!!  It was $150, which is more than I generally like to pay for something like that.  But considering that you get a (potentially) gorgeous and very substantial piece of furniture, I think it’s actually quite a reasonable price.

So, do you have any amazing painted furniture transformations of your own?  If so, I’d love to see them!!



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  1. I am just starting on the painting of found furniture and have only attempted small easy pieces so far, but am out looking for bargains….