i had been hoarding these two little side tables that were $35 less (i.e. free) than the above. thank you, per usual, to my in-laws, kathy & don.
and i’m glad i hoarded because there have been a number of different ways i considered putting these guys to use over the past year. at first i thought i’d paint them white and put them in our bedroom to store my [extremely unorganized] craft supplies. i later considered using them as side tables in the new bedroom we are adding to our basement. but now that we have upgraded the 2nd bedroom in brewster with a new queen bed and are trying to make it a more appointed space, the final call is that these tables are going
80 60 miles to brewster.
but first, they needed a makeover. i decided to channel this version of the rast hack which is extremely unoriginal, but extremely awesome.
so i sanded them down, stained the shell (leftover expresso by minwax) and painted the drawer faces white (left-over dove white by benjamin moore).
just one coat of stain on the outside plus a quick spray of polyurethane (rust-oleum spray can)
and for the drawers, one coat of primer and two coats of dove white.
because the wood already had a varnish, the result of my staining was.. “interesting”. the more heavily sanded parts absorbed more stain than the less sanded parts.. but i like it. i call it character.
you need to order these rad pull rings from this place called lee valley. they come from canada , but i ordered on a saturday and got them the following thursday. not bad. and you can’t get anything like this from lowes or the depot. i tried.
the only issue i encountered was that the screws that came with the hardware were too short for my drawers. this always happens when i replace hardware! so once again i found myself in lowes asking the kind man in the apron to find a longer version of the ring pull screws.
here are my side tables in their new home.