My most recent home project was a two-toned nightstand in our guest bedroom. The nightstand had originally been spray painted black which just wasn't going to work in this space. For more pictures of the guest bedroom itself, check out my previous post. Since I'd chosen grey and yellow accent pillows in the room, I decided to echo these colors in the nightstand as well.
As you can see from the before photo, the nightstand was really not in good shape. I've actually had this nightstand for about 20 years (it was in my childhood bedroom). Originally, it was just an unfinished, light wood. In our previous apartment I had spray painted it black to match the decor in there. As you can see, spray painting is really not my forte- I can't seem to get an even coat! Since this nightstand had sentimental value to me I really wanted to re-purpose it for the guestroom.
I opted for a two-toned look that I've wanted to practice for awhile after checking out some of Annie Sloan's projects on Pinterest (@AnnieSloanHome). I chose to go with Paris Grey as my base color for the project. For the second color I went with a mixture of Old White and Arles which I had left over from a previous project (here). For whatever reason I find yellow to be a very playful, cheerful color and it was just the vibe I wanted to bring into the guestroom.
To create this look I started with one coat of grey over the whole nightstand to tone down the black. Next I painted a second coat of grey on the areas that would be remaining grey. I allowed the whole piece to dry overnight since I had to use painter's tape for the next step and didn't want it to pull up any of the grey when I removed it. I taped off the areas that would be painted yellow and then added about one and a half coats of yellow. I chose just to do the back panels, the drawer, and the stenciled details on the top. But you can really paint each section in whatever color you'd like!
To give the nightstand a more whimsical look I added some stenciling details to the top. I used the pattern that came with the Martha Stewart alphabet stencils (here) I had purchased for a previous project. I taped around the edges for an extra barrier and used a foam pouncer to dab on one coat of paint. Lastly, I used the Annie Sloan soft wax to protect the piece.
I think the finished piece came out great and works so well in the space!
What do you think of the finished look?