Sunday, May 1, 2011

Before and After: Drexel Find!

I had been looking for a pair of night stands for a while, but was not having any luck. Then I stumbled upon this at Goodwill.

It seemed like a super sturdy piece. It was solid wood, very heavy and had dovetailed drawers and dust covers in between the drawers. The drawers slid well except for one (turns out that missing pull was the culprit of the poor function!). I was already planning on buying this little gem, especially since it was only $14.99! But then I discovered its brand: Drexel! Holy jackpot! I grabbed that tag and ran to the register with my new treasure. We had it for about a month before I found it's match. The second nightstand isn't as good of quality, but it's a similar size and coordinates well.

So here are the afters. I like the look of a painted base and stained top, but I achieved a similar look without stripping or staining! I primed as always with my beloved Kilz. The base of the night stands was painted with Krylon Brushed Metallics in caramel latte while the top is Rustoleum's Hammered paint in a rubbed bronze finish. I kept the original hardware on both, painting over the shiny brass with an oil rubbed bronze. And I lightly glazed each piece to make it have that antique look.

Here is the Drexel:

And it's mate...

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  1. Great job, Sara! You are so crafty and handy!

  2. I love the finish on these two pieces...were they spray painted or can you can that Rustoleum in a can?

  3. Beautiful color and finish on these - well done!!

  4. Gosh, what great finds... love the finish you did on the pieces!

  5. Great find and it looks terrific! I love the finish you did. You also have a beautiful family.

  6. This is amazing! wow, i would love to do this to my dining room.

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  7. These look fantastic!! You did a great job! Love'em Your newest follower. Hope you can visit me sometime!

  8. I love how they turned out. Great prices too!

  9. The nightstands look GREAT! Terrific color, I will have to give spray paint a try one day.
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  10. they look great! love the knob color and the paint job on them, well done!

  11. Wow they both look amazing! Great colors. Stopping by from Shabby Nest.

  12. These turned out fabulous, I especially like the Drexel one. I'm featuring you in my Flaunt it Friday features, stop by and grab an "I was featured" button if you'd like. Thanks for linking Flaunt it Friday! :)

  13. What a fabo find!!! Where did you find the missing knob? Love the colors you chose too.

    Peace, Love & Decorate