Monday, March 1, 2010

Sponge-Painting Begone!

We all wish we had more storage in the bathroom, don't we?  Our bathroom needs some major updating, but for the short-term, a little extra storage space would be lovely!  

(I took this pic at midnight...bad lighting...sorry.)

Quite a while ago, my mother-in-law did a complete makeover on one of her spare bedrooms.  She changed it from an adult-type guest room into a kid-friendly sleepover room for grandchildren.  Primary colours and bunk beds are now the name of the game.

In the transition, we fell heir to an old nightstand.  It's not very big and that's ideal because it fits perfectly in our bathroom.  It has a drawer -- another added bonus since we only have one drawer in our bathroom vanity.  It's just made of particle board, was FREE, so who cares?  Then there's the paint job -- white and periwinkle blue -- some solid white, some solid blue, and some white with blue sponged on top.  If you're thinking that my mother-in-law must be stuck in a time warp, I assure you this is not her current style.  I'm sure it was all the rage in it's heyday (early 90's?), but I felt it needed a little facelift and my mother-in-law gave her blessing.

Here's the "before" in all her sponge-painted glory:

What I did:
  1. Cut a bigger opening at the base of the apron so that the bathroom scale would slide underneath.  Okay, okay, my dad did that part.  It was my idea, though, AND I drew the line for him to cut along.  That counts for something, right?
  2. Removed the drawer pull and filled the screw holes with spackle.
  3. Sanded and painted the whole thing -- Pittsburgh's "delicate white" in semi-gloss.  
  4. Drilled holes for the new drawer pull and attached it.  I love the patina on the cup pull.  I got it at Re-Store (Habitat for Humanity's thrift shop) for 50 cents!!!
  5. Added a cute little lined basket and took pics!
What I didn't do (yet):
  1. Sand the edges for a distressed look.  I'm undecided.
  2. Apply glaze for an aged look.  I'm undecided.
  3. Paint a third and final coat.  I will do this later today, but I was anxious to take pics and blog about it so I skipped ahead.  Do you do that, too?
The "after" shots:
(Another midnight photo...bad lighting...sorry.)

(Yet another midnight photo...this one with flash...hence the blinding white.)

I either mis-calculated or mis-measured because the cup pull is not positioned where I wanted it.  It'll stay for now.  I'll add it to my to-do list...

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  1. Wow.. looks great Gail!! I'd love to do that kinda thing too, if I had the space!!

  2. I just am loving the basket idea i have seen around blog land and your looks great..

  3. It looks great! You're right tho, sponge painting was all the rage in the early 90's, I sponge painted my kitchen wall powder blue but it looked horrible so we had to paint over it...glad that fad is over! Your project turned out wonderfully:)

  4. Very cute, and a great way to re-purpose!

  5. cute, cute, cute! And I am totally with you on this bathroom is screaming for more storage space! Love the repurposing too!

  6. Turned out great!!

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  7. That looks great! You really updated the piece to something lovely. Fabulous job :)

  8. What a great redo! Be gone sponge painting! :)

  9. Great job! Love it with the cute basket underneath.

  10. Such a nice change. And I love that I'm not the only one who takes photos at midnight.

  11. SO much better! I found you through new friend friday-I'm a HUGE FAN of refinishing furniture--great job!

  12. new follower here! found you through TGC, lovin your site!

  13. That is a seriously FAB redo!

    Stopping by from TGC blog hop. Come visit when you have a chance. New follower.


  14. wow, that nightstand has really grown up ;-). So much better in its made over state. Particularly like the new handle on the drawer!
    I'd be thrilled if you wanted to add that to my linking party at

  15. great projects to do! so glad that I stumbled in! I am visiting by way of New Friend Friday at TGC. Please accept my invitation to drop in at my place one day this week! until later...

  16. Haven't we all sponged a time or two? Ha! At least I'm old enough to have painted through that trend. Your redo is just right! Glad you have the storage you need now.

    It has been a pleasure checking out your blog--thank you!