Vintage nightstands are not easy pieces to locate for me. Vintage vanities, however, are never in short supply! So when I find myself in need of a pair ofnightstands, I often go searching for a vanity to split apart to make my own set of custom nightstands!
Such was the case with these two lovely vintage waterfall nightstands.
They came from a vintage vanity that was offered to me by a sweet woman who took a workshop with me at Morgantown Market. She was at an auction and no one was bidding on a poor neglected vintage vanity. If no one bought it, the auction house was going to discarded the piece entirely, so she rescued it for $1.00.
Once I picked the vanity up from her beautiful home, I split it apart and saved the two sides. They required a good deal of patching up with wood putty and some serious sanding.
Once the prep work was completed, I gave them two coats of Coastal Blue Milk Paint by General Finishes.
This dreamy navy looks so good up against their rich and dark Java Gel Stain.
I sealed the drawers with 2 coats of High Performance Satin and then the body with 2 coats of High Performance Flat.
This dynamic duo of color and stain looks incredible on these two pieces. Considering the fact they were a 60’s shade of orange wood stain when I got them, they’re looking quite fabulous now. While the waterfall style still has vintage aspects, like the bottom feet, the new milk paint and gel stain make it feel a bit more modern.
I carried the Java Gel Stain around the top lip of the drawer and on the sides, but I stopped by the dovetail joints.
One of the drawers was the home of a mouse in the past, and he (or she) had a field day in there. I tried to clean the drawer out the best I could, but I had to get the help of a local carpenter to replace the bottom drawer. It was too damaged and I could not get the mouse smell out of the drawer. So, a new board was placed in the bottom and the nightstand smells great!
To compliment the new color scheme, these oil rubbed bronze pulls were installed. They replaced a set of mid-century modern pulls that simply wouldn’t have worked with the new makeover. Have no fear though, I didn’t throw them away! I actually sent them to my friend Annie in California.
These nightstands were completed for the same friend who bought this navy dresser from me.
All 3 pieces are going in her master bedroom, so I can’t wait to see everything all set up in her space!
The next time you’re in the market for a set of nightstands, try looking for a vanity instead.