So this is my first project post on craftster. Love this site! Heh. My mother bought a nightstand at a garage sale and it sat in the garage forever not being used because it was ugly and stinky. So finally I decided to fix it up.http://www.philospud.com/crafting/starrynight/starrynight_drawers.jpg
As you can see by the drawers, there was a lot of weird paint on it. i first guessed that there were three layers of paint (yellow on the wood, ugly teal blue, and the final dark brown "wood" colored paint") but when I began to strip it using paint stripper, there was a layer of green between the yellow and teal. I found that the chemical stripper was very very very VERY useful. The wood was pretty tough to begin with, so I wasn't worried about damaging it. Also thought that since it's only a small storage nightstand, it wouldn't be doing anything heavy duty anyways. http://www.philospud.com/crafting/starrynight/starrynight_stripfront.jpg
More of it being stripped...
A few minor chemical burns later, I finally have an unfinished nightstand!! This photo was taken with a flash, so it might be a little bit too washed out. http://www.philospud.com/crafting/starrynight/Starrynight_stripped.jpg
I primed it up and noticed the stink was gone (another plus) and began to paint. The main dresser I began to paint as white, thinking i'd do inverted stencils (have the star shapes over the white and paint the rest blue), but it didn't work according to plan. The blue is from the Disney line at Home Depot under the name "Galactic Sky". Really really pretty. I also added a little bit of black colorwash over the blue to give it more definition. Then I stenclied the stars over the blue/black. http://www.philospud.com/crafting/starrynight/starrynight_complete.jpg
For a while I was thinking of a design for the stars, but I ended up just making it as I went along. I like it, though. I replaced the drawer handles because of all the paint layers on the old ones.
detail of the tophttp://www.philospud.com/crafting/starrynight/starrynight_topdetail.jpg
I normally wouldn't paint the inside of the nightstand, but I think that the smoothness of the semigloss paint helps out for storing and opening/closing drawers. http://www.philospud.com/crafting/starrynight/starrynight_draweropen.jpg
The only drawback is that after it was finished and I brought it inside, the stink came back. I got some helpful suggestionshttp://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=46041.0 and so hopefully it can go back into my room.