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« on: March 10, 2010 08:51:04 PM »

This nightstand comes from my before marriage life. It doesn't really fit into my decorating style, which is has a lot to do with antiques and shabby chic/french country. It's a bit too modern for me. Anyone have any ideas what I can do with it? Or should I just chuck it?

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« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2010 09:04:52 PM »

you could paint the stand with some of the crackle paint or put some nails in a sock and distress the stand by hitting the stand.  there are so many choices.   


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« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2010 09:08:38 PM »

You can always go to michaels and get nice paper, or even fabric and decoupage it.  You can get paper that looks kinda antique. You might replace the wheels with something else more to your taste.
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« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2010 09:24:36 PM »

You could put a little curtain across the front after painting and distressing it.  Or you could get strips of balsa molding (you can find it in the woodworking area of the craft store), frame out the shelves and then paint it.  I do like the idea the other person had about the crackle paint, that does create a really neat effect.
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2010 11:18:56 PM »

The wheels can easily be replaced with other feet by visiting the wood section of your local big box hardware store, and you could possibly put a curtain on the front for an easy fix.  You could even get some antique white crackle paint for an easy update to the maple finish.
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2010 12:38:54 AM »

Wallpaper: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/la/inspiration/hilarys-diy-wallpaper-nightstand-project-101058

Painting: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/chicago/jan-jumpstart-2008-midwest/midwest-14-the-upholstered-nightstand-project-041590

Adding mirror: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/la/tables-side-table/diy-the-affordable-bedside-table-makeover-066785

Fabric: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/la/diy/adding-fabric-to-a-bookcase-058619

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« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2010 06:35:37 AM »

You could sew a slipcover to cover the entire thing.  Just leave the front panel so you can either remove it with velcro or roll it up so you can access the inner shelf.  Here's one idea: http://www.bhg.com/decorating/file-cabinet-cover-ups/

ETA:  I'm quite sure the One Yard Wonders book has a file cabinet slipcover pattern.  If you could get your hands on the book, I'm sure it'd be easy enough to modify to fit over this cabinet, if the instructions from the Better Homes and Gardens site don't make sense.
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« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2010 08:53:50 PM »

I was looking at that and thinking it would be nice if you could put a pale, diffuse light in it, and then put rice paper panels in the open areas and it could be a lit stand, with very soft ambient lighting too.  There are some gorgeous patterned papers, or fabrics you could use, and paint the stand to comliment if you wish.

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« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2010 06:36:46 PM »

I probably would paint it to match the rest of your decor with some kind of antique-y finish then put baskets on each shelf that are also painted either white or a coordinating color. For the baskets I'd probably use regular spray paint.

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« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2010 06:04:52 PM »

I would make it into a bar cart
Something similar to this shelf turned bar cart
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