The mission to decorate the neglected rooms in the house continues. I've been working on the kiddos' bedroom. My boy and girl share, so I've had to come up with a gender-neutral decorating scheme. I had two horribly ratty veneer nightstands that I couldn't stand for one more second. They were in pretty rough shape with bubbling veneer and ultra-shiny peeling finish. (I am kicking myself that I didn't get a "before" picture. Seriously, they were so nasty!) I decided I would just go ahead and paint them with some creamy colored paint I got for a quarter at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. LOVE that place! It's like a Home Depot thrift store! I had read about how chalk paint adheres to anything without sanding, so I followed THIS recipe and painted them up.
Here they are, along with a little sneak peak of another project in the room:
I spray painted the hardware black for a little contrast. Here's what they looked like before:
The nightstands are not perfect, but they are soooooo much better than they used to be. You can still see the bubbling veneer, but it looks better painted:
I was pretty excited with how they turned out until I realized that chalk paint ain't a miracle worker. I should have taken the extra time to prime. The paint scratches off with my fingernail! Dumb, dumb mistake.
I am guessing these nightstands will look good for approximately two days. Or less.
Doggone it! Craft fail! What do I do now? Is there a way to salvage them? Uggh!