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Friday, October 30, 2009

DIY Friday: Bedside Table Makeover

Last week I posted about my recent excursion to Ruff & Ready, a furniture store on 14th Street in Washington, DC where you never quite know what's lurking around the next corner. I was on a mission to find a bedside table, something I'd been after for quite a while.

In an ideal world, I would have called it a day once I found the Bungalow 5 Isabella table- the navy color is perfect for my bedroom, I love the grasscloth finish, and the curvy details around the drawers are playful without being over the top. As with most of my decor crushes the only problem was in the pricetag.

ISA-30-12

So plan B brought me to Ruff & Ready to look for a deal that I could then customize as I saw fit. I scored this solid wood table in the clearance basement for $43- here it is after I gave it a light sanding. Sure it didn't have drawers, but it fit nicely with my size restrictions and I like the open bookshelf look.




Upon the suggestion of the helpful employees at Ace Hardware in Tenleytown, first I primed...



Then I painted...and got awfully concerned that my table was turning out more "Sesame Street" than Bungalow 5! It looked awfully "little boy" blue!



However, after a few more coats I was relieved to find that the color darkened up to a nice deep navy. But even after the paint, it was just missing something...



Enter my new favorite obsession- nailhead trim! I still had a bunch leftover from my headboard project and this table was just calling out for it. It had the perfect crannies on the legs for it, and the perfect 1" border on the outside of the top surface.

Nailhead Trim

With this kit, the "nailheads" come in a continuous strip, and every 5 nails or so there is a nail with a hole in it for you to put one actual nailhead in to secure the strip. It's pure genius. No, this is not what you'd find on a chair from Hickory Chair, but for my DIY purposes it works just fine.

A closeup of the trim- you can see the hole on the left side, and then a few nails down, one nailhead that need to be nailed down.




Rather than just end at every corner, I wrapped it around the whole top of the table (the flash makes the color look much brighter than it really is, I promise!).



I was thrilled with the finished product- the trim really elevated an otherwise-ho hum table. I might get a piece of glass cut add an extra level of polish.






Before and after!



Hope everyone has a lovely weekend and a happy Halloween- I cannot believe it's Friday already! I am extra-excited because I get to visit my co-blogger MoS Charlotte this weekend, which is an all-to-rare occurrence. Hopefully we'll hit some shops and dream up some fun new posts for next week. Enjoy some candy and see you Monday!

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

It looks so so so good!!! And you are right- the nailhead trim adds so much!

Francoise said...

Looks awesome! I'm on the market for a deep navy blue - what paint color did you use? The nailhead trim makes it!

goheels83 said...

A, it looks fantastic!!! I love the navy color.

Excited to see you this weekend :) :)

Anonymous said...

Instead of a clear glass top...do a piece of mirror! Yum! It looks great!

Sharon said...

Love it. The colour is great and the nailhead trim makes it so custom.

Anonymous said...

OMG...great post...love the rich navy color...

inthetweeds said...

(a) LOVE the inspiration piece - lovelovelove! (b) your DIY turned out SO WELL! - the nailhead trim was the perfect touch!

Alaina @ Live Creating Yourself said...

That's amazing! Wish I could do work like that. Well, have to start somewhere... next up, my boyfriend's cheap ikea desk.

Starfish and Sundresses said...

This looks fantastic! I really need to get to this store, I didn't make it last weekend!

Michelle (Three Men and a Lady) said...

Great color. Thanks for the tip about the nailhead trim...I just might try it.

Julie said...

I love it! You did such a great job. It looks so elegant and fun. Sorry to miss you this weekend!

TWA said...

Great call on the nail head detail this table is divine! Nice Job, love the headboard too! Happy Halloween

Anonymous said...

Awesome end result! Great color. Really pops that color in your linens. Amazing how the color "changed" with the additional coat. Keep up these great posts!

My Notting Hill said...

Looks terrific! Love the nailheads and the idea for the glass too.

Caitlin said...

great minds must think alike because I'm in the process of doing the same thing to an ikea Lack table.

It turned out amazing.

I love the lines on it.

Kathleen Fisher said...

Wow ... that nailhead trim is amazing. It turns a plain piece into something really special!

Jacci said...

Looks great :) Had fun reading through some of your posts tonight. Came across your blog in a Google search for Martha Stewart porches.

Jacci

Buffalo Gal said...

strange...your my sister from another life time...i'm pretty sure i like everything you like ;} i just stumbled across your blog today! i luv it.

CAM Creations said...

What a great transformation. Looks brill. The trim is lovely.

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