If you’ve been following our blog since 2011, you deserve an award for Most Loyal Reader Evah. (Dad you don’t count). And you also probably remember this little furniture transformation where we chopped a desk in half to make two identical night stands for our Master Bedroom:
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They are the PERFECT height, and have served us well over the years. I love the detail and uniqueness… and the knowledge that they were repurposed. But that burnt orange color I chose (WHY?!) wasn’t doing them any favors.
Since we’ve been making over our bedroom lately, I decided to give these little guys a makeover. I simply unscrewed and removed the tops, and painted them glossy white (this stuff). It went on pretty smooth, except one of the drawers developed this very weird crackly problem. This usually happens when the temperature in the garage is pretty cold… but not the case this time. So maybe there was some oily substance on there? I don’t know! If you know what causes this, please tell me!
I could have scraped it off while the spray paint was still soft-ish… but to be honest, I didn’t really care that much. It’s not like we’re selling these. And I sort of love to embrace imperfections. Especially when it’s minor.
See? You can’t even tell!
What was that? You’re loving those vintage copper pulls? ME TOO! I found them at a garage sale, and snagged them so fast. At the time I didn’t have a specific piece in mind to use them on. I just knew that I needed them in my life.
Since these are legit old-school bits of hardware, I cannot give you a direct source for where you can get the exact same thing… but I did do some research and found something similar here if you wanna have a look-see. They aren’t copper, but you could spray them with this miraculously genuine-looking copper paint.
I love the how the crisp glossy white of the night stands really makes that copper starburst pop. And the whole combo is neutral enough that they would go with just about anything!
Gah! Isn’t it dreamy? Everything is coming together beautifully, and I’m still SO head-over-heals for this DIY Headboard that I made in an afternoon. Channeling all the peacock vibes at the moment. And I can’t WAIT to show you the treatment that we’re giving that stark white wall behind the bed!
Click here to see what the bedroom used to look like, and what changes we’ve made so far! It feels good to be making our own bedroom a priority for once. It’s been the most neglected room in our house for a long time, and it’s finally TIME!
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I dont know if anyone ever told you why the paint cracked like that, but it is because you were painting too close to the object. If you hold the can further away it wont do that. But the night stands look amazing.
Becky Anderson Armour Pitruzze says
I’m itching to know what you did with the “leftover” center piece.
Beth @ Reality Daydream says
I hate to disappoint you, but NOTHING got done with the center piece. 🙁 Wah WAH. It sat in our garage for several months, waiting for inspiration to strike. And when no inspiration struck, I was tired of looking at it and it got hauled to the burn pile. 🙁
Medina Grillo says
I love the idea of cutting a desk in half to make two halves. Really clever and these ‘side tables; look great!
Ashley LM says
but how?! how did you chop?! this is an incredible idea, and they turned out beautiful!
Beth @ Reality Daydream says
LOL Ashley! That’s an understandable question. 🙂 I really wanted to take a chainsaw to it …because FUN! But Nick got all practical on me and we ended up disassembling it. After ripping off the top surface, it was pretty wobbly then without the stability of the top, so we were able to just pull it apart. There’s more info and pics on this old post: https://realitydaydream.com/few-dilemmas-addressed/
Ashley LM says
Oooh thanks! Super helpful – I was trying to figure out what kind of saw I needed to buy/borrow to make this happen. This is even better!
Carole of Garden Up Green says
You are so creative – fantastic project and I love all those details.
Lindsay Scalco says
I love those starbursts! They would look so good in my kitchen, or anywhere really. I love them.
Candace Caldwell says
Those copper pulls look really nice with the headboard, they seem to bring out the orange in it. And I’ve been following your blog since either late 2010 or early 2011;)
Your master bedroom is coming together beautifully and could be straight out of a Urban Outfitters magazine. I love everything about this space. So eclectic, urban, and happy. I’m having a bit of master bedroom envy over here <3