I’ve had this nightstand and matching dresser in my garage for well over a year now.
It was my Grandmother’s and it’s a Gibbard piece, so I couldn’t bear to get rid of it.
I couldn’t bear to bring it in the house either.
You see it was yellow:
I think that it was probably a lighter honey colour when it was purchased, but over the years with sunlight yellowing the varnish and furniture polish layers – it become a bit too yellow (for my tastes anyways).
It had a few nicks and dents and a lot of oil residue (again from furniture polish and hands) – so it did need some TLC.
I didn’t know what to do with it? My house is more than full of furniture, but this is a Gibbard.
If I had a place in mind, it would have been easier to select a treatment for it. Instead I opted for a mid-century modern feel – so that I could keep the wood handle and not invest a ton of money into new ones (for this piece and the dresser).
This nightstand makeover took A LOT of sanding.
Several sheets of sandpaper ranging from 60 grit all the way up to 180.
I probably should have stripped it with a chemical stripper to save some of the grunt work, but hind sight is always 20-20 right?
I highly recommend using a pre-stain wood conditioner on any pieces you strip and plan to stain. It helps the stain soak in more evenly, and as an added bonus – it also shows you what areas need more sanding.
You can see below that the wood conditioner didn’t soak into certain areas (more white) than others. This gave me the opportunity to go back and do a bit more sanding on those areas, then condition again. Much cheaper and less time consuming than staining the whole thing, finding out you’d missed some spots and then starting your nightstand makeover again.
I picked up a gorgeous Behr off-white – almost a Pottery Barn white – and I used my go-to-of-late Minwax Special Walnut stain.
I know all of the above sounds like a lot of work, but I’m going to guesstimate and say that I put in a total of maybe 3.5 – 4 hours labour into this piece. The rest of the time (the weekend) was all drying time.
Imagine – that old crappy piece of furniture you have sitting, scorching your eyeballs, could be a new and improved piece in just one weekend!
Furniture stores don’t even deliver that quickly!
I LOVE how this turned out!
I just wish I’d known it was in this condition when my Grandma was alive so I could have refinished it for her to enjoy.
Still don’t know where it’s going to go – but after the nightstand makeover it’s at least it’s out of my garage and being loved inside right now.
I’ll show the dresser makeover later this week, so keep coming back!
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Have a great one!