The Nightstands – His and Hers
The room is slowly transforming as I paint the furniture with a French Influence in mind – inspired by Betty Lou Phillips’ books. I shared with you earlier the initial transformation of the dresser and then of the bed in Part I and Part II.
I used the Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in French Enamel as the base color to each night stand and decided to have a slight difference in the two – to distingquish his from hers.
His nightstand is on the left and mine is on the right next to the Lady’s Dressing table I painted a few years back.
Dearests was the first nightstand I painted – I added stencilling on the drawers using ivory, gold and blue colors. Each of the tables were treated with the Antiquing Wax.
My nightstand received a different treatment on the drawer faces and on the decorative trim on the bottom. I painted the drawer faces with the homemade chalk paint that I used on the bed. Then I sprayed Looking Glass Paint onto the drawers wishing to almost have a mirrored effect, but received a lovely silvered effect. I then stencilled over this using ivory, silver and blue paint. I also sprayed the drawer handles.
The transformation didn’t stop there. I had a lamp that was a painted porcelain lamp with a pink shade. It worked well before, but for this transformation I wanted something – more French. I called my dear friend Maria at Rooms U Love. I have shared her house before – I described a lamp I saw in Betty Lou Phillips’ book. She didn’t have anything like it, so I decided to take the book to her to show her and to see if she had anything comparable.
As I was showing Maria the pictures – there are several in the book just like this one, I noticed behind her this sweet lamp with glass and a brass cherub on a marble pedestal. That was it! Perfectly feminine and perfectly French.
I took some of the Antiquing Wax to tone down the brass on the base and on the cherub.
To the left of the lamp I placed treasures I have kept on my nightstand – gifts from Dearest.
Before the lamp I arranged my pill box collection – love their Victorian sweetness.
The room is coming together and developing sort of a domino effect. The transformation of the nightstands led to a new lamp. The color of the nightstands and the decorative parts of the dresser will lead me to sew new window coverings for a side window and the one leading to Dearest’s office. and so on.
I am not sure how many ‘Parts’ this transformation is going to involve – I should probably combine a couple from this point on .
I am sharing this post with these Delightsome blog parties:
Metamorphosis Monday@ Between Naps on the Porch
Seasonal Sunday at The Tablescaper
Sunny Simple Sunday at Sunny Simple Life