A tale of two tables…

One of the best ways to add interest to your decor is to think outside the box when it comes to furniture function. Need a side table? How about a tree stump? Looking for a new coffee table? What about an oversized drum?

For our new master bedroom, I really wanted to be creative with nightstands. I didn’t want them to match, and I loved the idea of using something unexpected. So, I hit the bricks…er, the antique store…in search of something interesting that would be a good height next to a platform bed. For those of you who live in Nashville, one of my favorite spots is 8th Avenue Antiques.

On my hunt, I found two things that fit the bill! First, this bar cart.
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It looks nicer in this picture than it actually was. The shelves are thing particle board with a layer of wood grain paper on top, and the “wooden” arms were actually stick on…yikes. Just recently I visited Graceland…the home of 1970s decor (and Elvis Presley), and this bar cart would have fit right into that tacky 70s shrine. But I saw sparkle in its future.
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Did you know you can buy mirror pieces at Lowes or Home Depot and they will cut them for you in store? I found a mirror for $12 that was the exact length and exactly twice the width that I needed to replace the “wood” particle board, so I had them cut it in half in store, took it home, and stuck the pieces on the cart. Then I scraped off the “wood” sticker arms, and voila. Done. Easiest transformation ever! No tools and no paint, and I ended up with a fantastic nightstand alternative for less than $50.

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The box that says “Antiques” is what I use to store what I would normally put in a nightstand drawer, and on top a couple of picture frames, books, and a lamp from home Goods finish out the simple styling.
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For Jeremy’s nightstand, I found a mid-century side table that was a little scratched and dated, but I knew some paint would spruce it up, and the size and scale were perfect. It sits across from a mid-century dresser, so I like the combination.
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I just painted three coats of Glidden Gripper Primer (for more on painting laminate furniture, see this post) and two coats of plain white semi-gloss paint. It doesn’t look perfect, but as The Nester would say, it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.
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So think outside the box when it comes to accent furniture. You never know what you might find!

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