Many of you have seen my nightstand in several posts around the blog but I’ve never divulged into the story behind it.
My apartment building has a wonderful server where you can buy and sell things from other residents. An exclusive craigslist to our complex, if you will. I used to have the grey Ikea Raskog cart as my nightstand but wanted to eventually replace it with something more traditional. I noticed a listing last year on the server about a bunch of side tables and pottery barn furniture. I contacted the seller and went to go take a peek at her items for sale. She was selling two side tables as a set but I didn’t really have a need for two and was looking for something a bit different. While browsing around, she casually mentioned that she had another piece that she would sell if I wanted, but warned that it had a bit of damage.
Enter: my wonderful nightstand! At the time, it was being used as storage in the bedroom rather than a nightstand but the damage was pretty obvious. An accidental spill of nail polish remover lead to a big spot of stripped paint on the main surface of the nightstand. Minus that, the piece was in excellent condition otherwise and only a year old. Originally retailed for $250 at pottery barn, she sold it to me for $100. I was slightly unsure how I was going to fix or hide the eyesore, but I knew it was a great deal so I had to jump on it.
My first instinct was just to cover the spot with an accessory and live with it.
Then I heard about Ace Hardware having a promotion last summer for a free quart of paint. I took one of the knobs off the nightstand and had Ace match the color for free and got a free quart of paint. I spent about $5 on a couple brush options and walked out.
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m really not a huge DIY-er and would rather tackle small, easy projects. I was hesitant about painting the spot, but figured I had nothing to lose. A couple coats later, the spot was barely noticeable and I managed to blend in the color-matched paint with the nightstand almost seamlessly!
So for $105, I now have a sturdy, stylish, quality-made nightstand that retailed for $250 at Pottery Barn. It remains one of my favorite pieces in the entire apartment and I’m so glad I jumped at the random chance to purchase it.