The Old Version
Several years ago I was given a bright yellow and red nightstand. I needed a nightstand and appreciated the gift, but it no longer fits with the rest of the furniture and decor in the room. I had available taupe semi-gloss paint so I decided to give the nightstand a fresh coat of paint.
Painting the Nightstand
The yellow paint was quite bright. It took two coats of taupe to fully cover it. The bulk of the nightstand was painted using a paint roller. I used a small brush for the edges.
As you can see the metal braces had seen better days. Since the taupe is subtle I decided to add a bit of shine by painting the braces gold. It looked fine with one coat, but I added a second coat to add more shine. I also added gold to the bottom of the front legs of the nightstand.
Upcycled Storage Containers
Some of the containers on the nightstand clashed with the new paint job. I found some cheap ($2 for 25 sheets) thick scrapbook paper with a design that was very close to the taupe on the nightstand. I used a paper cutter and cut the scrapbook paper into strips. I used Mod Podge to attach them to the side of two of my storage boxes.
Recycling the Junk
Since all my stuff had to come off the stand to paint it I went through everything and did a good cleaning out. In doing so I found several things to take down to the local charity store. Not only does it now have a nice subtle paint job, but it is also better organized.