Before & After: Michelle's Lightened & Refreshed Nightstands

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Want to know a great DIY project trick for small spaces? Anything you can do to a heavy piece of furniture to make it feel visually lighter could help a room feel more spacious. Simple, yes, but effective: Michelle's paint job left her new nightstands lighter and refreshed, and she added design detail with new handles.They make for a fashionable contrast in her brightly painted bedroom.

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From Michelle:

We had two ornate nightstands that had great trim and very cool brass handles. I thought I was going to do something wacky with all the trim, but ended up lacquering the whole lot white, and polishing with car wax for a super shiny finish.

The existing hardware, as lovely as it was, just didn't work. The new hexagonal knobs look like a double-breasted jacket!

Great job making small, subtle changes that have a huge impact! These new furniture pieces look spectacular against that bold blue wall. See more of this simple but effective transformation on Michelle's blog.

Thank you Michelle!

(Image credits: Michelle Turchini; Michelle Turchini)