DIY Danna: Bedside Table Makeover
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Decorating or redecorating an area in your home is a fun and, if planned carefully, inexpensive way to bring new light to an otherwise bland space. For this quick and easy project, I focused on my bedroom and brought in a new bedside table, lamp and picture frame to liven the room. All together, these three simple weekend projects add up to a cheerful accent to a neutral and serene space.
The dressers from IKEA are solid raw wood, and have three drawers to provide additional storage space (A). To add some personality to the bland piece, I decided to paint it dark grey with a teal accent. I did a few good coats of dark gray paint, allowed it to thoroughly dry (B), and then using painters tape, created a guideline for painting the teal accent (C).
I happened to have a few drawer knobs on hand, so I spray painted them a flat gold to give the piece a little extra glitz, but you can also purchase any knobs that best compliment your color scheme.
Once dry, I brushed on two coats of polyurethane to give the table a little shine and to ensure durability.
To counter the small stature of the dresser, I brought in a large picture frame to add some height (D). For this quick update to the stark white frame and mat, I added gold dots to the mat using paint and the eraser end of a new pencil. The eraser provides the perfect circular stamp and ensures consistency throughout.
Lastly, I added trim to the lampshade using ribbon and hot glue. Since the lamp has detail in the base, I wanted to keep the accent rather simple. I decided on a ribbon that is the same color as the shade with delicate navy blue stitching, just to add a little interest to the shade. This small accent also brings an additional layer of dimension to the bedside vignette.