When I was a kid teen rooms all looked the same…posters yanked from the latest Teen Beat magazine papered the walls. Something was fluorescent colored and if you were lucky you had your own phone complete with your very own phone line. Mine was pink and sat next to my jam box. These days kids actually have decorated rooms that feel way more grown up. Forget a land line they have iPhones and tablets.
My daughter’s room has gone through changes over the years and I can happily say we aren’t officially in the teen years yet, just knocking on the door. As we move forward evolving the look of her room I have tried to guide her into something she can grow into gracefully. This glam nightstand makeover is the perfect example of a piece she can live with for a while.
Our makeover subject today was rescued from the side of the road. The top was in bad shape and it was wobbly, but the piece was solid wood. Solid wood is always a good sign when determining if a piece of furniture is worth the effort of a makeover! The carved swirls and flowers paired with teardrop handles instantly brought to mind my daughter’s room. Sweet and delicate but strong and capable all at once, just like her. Perfect for an almost teenage girl’s bedroom.
The top of the nightstand got a good sanding. Often these rough spots look worse than they are and this one buffed out easily to a nice smooth surface. To remedy the wobble problem we added a piece of wood to the bottom where part of the base had broken off. After a good clean this curbside find was good to go!
When painting furniture it’s a good idea to take apart ALL the pieces possible…hinges, knobs, pulls, etc. It’s easier to paint and looks more professional once complete. The dresser got a fresh coat of homemade chalky paint using some leftover grey paint I had on hand. A small brush helped me paint in the grooves of the carved doors.
The hardware on this piece was one of my favorite things about it, but the color was to dated and dull for a teen room. You don’t have to replace hardware when the color is bad! Simply paint it! This is an insanely easy way to update an old piece of furniture, not to mention cost effective. While the dresser was drying I gave a metallic coat to ALL the hardware pieces, including the hinges. Once the dresser was dry I reassembled it and painted the screws to blend.
Now this almost teen girls has a dresser to grow into and a place to someday store her copies of Seventeen magazine and whatever electronic trend is hot. Until then she has a place to put away the dolls she’s not quite ready to let go of. And that makes my heart smile.
Please be sure to share this almost teen room before you head over and see what my friends glammed up for you…
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