I love trolling thrift stores for mid-century modern pieces. More than a fat kid loves cake. If you can find a Goodwill near a retirement community, you've hit the jackpot. I love it even more when I score these gems from friends. Such was the case of these night stands. Classic shape. Tapered legs. Free!
I didn't take great before pictures, per usual, but they were dirty and had laminate tops. Now, some people on Pinterest will tell you that laminate can be primed and painted. Those people are jerks.
I started by ripping off the backs. They came off easily. You can see already how that brightened it up.
I sanded and stained them to what was probably their original color. Then I painted the drawer white because why not? I used craft paint I already had and saved $.88!
Nice, huh? Now see them in their natural habitat.
Instead of refinishing the laminate tops, I just covered them. I had
glass cut at about $10 a piece. And I painted the underside of it with
white craft paint. The same stuff I used on the drawer. It has a nice
greenish tint, but it's clean, smooth, white and modern.
One the difficulty scale, this was maybe a 3 out of 10. Sanding takes some patience. So does laying thin coats of paint on glass. Thick coats streak. Thin coats don't cover. But if you screw it up, you can razor-blade the paint off and start over. Or throw them in the dumpster and never tell anyone you ever tried.
And just because I like a good before and after.