Before & After: Making Over Nightstands for Mom and Dad

Before & After: Making Over Nightstands for Mom and Dad

Colleen Quinn
Dec 14, 2011

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.

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.

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