When my sister moved in with us, I gave her my large red nightstand that is too big for our bedroom. The rooms in this place are TINY. I’ve had it since I lived in Louisiana and have trucked it around through about 4 moves. It had a great huge dresser that matched, but I ended up selling it two apartments ago because there was no space for it. Tiny rooms plague most of Chicago. Ah, urban life. You are the opposite of spacious.
Anywho, I told her she could keep it and offered to give it a makeover for her for her new apartment!
Things you will need:
Paint (and maybe primer)
Small roller and paint tray
Small paint brush
The ability to not get paint all over your apartment/clothes/self because painting outside in 30 degrees isn’t a great idea
Clearly I failed those instructions. Though I think I could rock some blue hair.
Optional: Sand paper (for those of you who like to do things the right way and want to sand your furniture down before you paint it.) and shellac.
I did not sand this before I started, but I did put a light shellac coat over it when I was done.
As you may or may not know, red is just about the hardest color to paint over. That’s why I looked specifically for one of the primer+paint combos that has become popular for lazy people like me who obviously don’t want to do all this painting TWICE. I got Glidden Duo tester cans because the surface area I was painting was so small. I think they were $2.97 each and I actually only used one of them!
Glidden Duo Tintable Tester in Eggshell
I wanted to do something more than just slap on a new shade of paint. She loves peace signs almost as much as she loves owls, so I made a stencil and painted one on the top.
Facelift. And I keep wondering why I never painted this while I actually used it, since red matched nothing that I owned. At all.
Ready to be loaded into the truck and taken to her very first apartment!
All together it only cost me about $9 to buy the supplies to do this. ($5-6 for the roller and paint tray, $3 for one can of paint). I used some silver acrylic I had on hand to paint the peace sign, and I did a light coat of shellac over the whole thing in hopes it will help keep it from getting chipped.
Congratulations to my little sister on getting her own apartment!