Before & After: Making Over Nightstands for Mom and Dad

published Dec 14, 2011
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(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

Allison didn’t have to look very far to find these project pieces- her parents have owned them for over 36 years! Part of the bedroom set her parents got for their wedding, these nightstands lived in Allison’s childhood home before making a move to her parents’ cabin 10 years ago. When the cabin sold, these pieces came to Allison to work some makeover magic.

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

Solidly built pieces by Lane, these nightstands are dark and heavy; Allison herself calls them “ominous”. In order to lighten and brighten these pieces, she painted them white, then used a glaze to bring out all the details of the intricate carving. Though the final product might not be to everyone’s taste, this update does give these vintage pieces a new lease on life. Since my own mother has very similar furniture that dates back the early days of her marriage, I find myself inspired by this makeover detailed at Fab Rehab Creations: Ominous No More– now if only I can get Mom on board!

Image: Photos by Allison at Fab Rehab Creations.