One nightstand

Sometimes I get these creative idea spurts and I'm not gonna lie, they're occasionally wine-induced. Then when I actually carry out the project, it sometimes doesn't quite live up to my brilliant vision. If you only knew how many of my projects aren't blog-worthy and never get posted!

For example, I really love the curvy lines of my nightstand but it was a bit too rustic for our bedroom. So I took it upon myself to transform it from this..............

{BEFORE}



to THIS (pardon the nighttime shot)....................

I could have stopped at just spray painting it a glossy black, but in between glass of wine #1 and glass of wine #2, I thought the piece needed to be vamped up a notch.
So after rummaging through some old supplies, I came across these little felt filligree embellishments (with adhesive backings) from a long-ago short-lived attempt at scrapbooking (I'm far too impatient for such a hobby). After some snipping, 2 coats of leftover silver spraypaint (from a pathetic attempt at canvas art--you don't want to know), a few dabs of wood glue to ensure that these suckers weren't moving, an $8 glass knob from Anthropologie, and hello little darling.

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Well......... crap, now that my awesome buzz has dissipated, I'm rethinking those silver embellishments. Still digging their whimsy but now I'm wondering if they take away from the overall piece? I'm not going to pretend like I'm some sort of sanctimonious design expert when I'm clearly not, so.............did I just fail miserably?

Is this one of those transformations where the 'before' was actually better than the 'after'? Eeek!!
What do you think, dear readers?

30 comments:

  1. I love it black - it seems more FC, you know, because I know you like the back of my hand and all.

    I just think the embellishments distract a little bit from the fabulousness of the Anthro knob. Not necessarily a bad thing, unless that's a bad thing to you.

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  2. I totally agree with Emily (been lurking for a while.) Like the black, love the knob but think the embellisments distract from how beautiful the knob is.

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  3. I totally agree with both the above comments. Love the black. Love the knob. And I'll just leave it at that....

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  4. I'm with the previous commenters. I love the black and I love love love that knob. But I would just leave it there...no embellishment.

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  5. I agree with everyone else - the knob is gorgeous and the black is great but the silver doesn't quite go with the knob.

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  6. Those wine buzzes are the best... hehe....I love the black and love the knob, not too crazy about the embellishments.

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  7. I'm following the crowd here on this one! Those silver embellishments draw too much attention and therefore i guess the nightstand should remain just simple black with only that gorgeous Anthropologie knob.

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  8. I hate to be a lemming but yes I think the stickers take away from the overall feel. perhaps if they weren't the same size and shape of the knob they would have a different effect. Peel those suckers off and feel good about your HGTV (wine buzz) ispired table!

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  9. i like the black much better- could you just remove the knob and respray the drawer (in the event that those little swirly things are stuck in place)?

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  10. If you were going for a modern look, then yes, the silver things are a bit much. I think a nice glossy black paint would look fantastic on your nightstand. Then, the focal points would be that fantastic Anthro knob and your lamp.

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  11. Good idea in theory for sure! Especially if you didnt have such a beautiful knob. You could try sticking one in the center of the small shelf? Or stop listening to me since I'm the clutter queen and you are the minimalist!

    I do love it in black..and the knob is dreamy with the lamp you have!

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  12. I honestly loved it before, but I'm definitely a fan of black furniture, so either way! I'm with everyone else on the embellishments too! :)

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  13. Sorry - I'm with the others, I love, love, love the nightstand in black but I am not crazy about the embelishments.

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  14. I'm with everyone else here... black and the knob make the perfect nightstand!!

    I think someone mentioned before, anyway you can just spray paint over the 'stickers??'

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  15. I Love the black and the knob...maybe the silver takes away...paint them black and then they will add texture but not "steal the show" from that lovely knob!

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  16. Wow...I'm going to be the ONLY one to say this, but I like the silver better. I have SO many black pieces of furniture...so the silvery seems dreamy to me! But definitely lose the embelishments and keep the beautiful glass knob!

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  17. Another vote for black without the embellishments!

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  18. I can't believe that you did this while drinking. I would have probably ended up with an embellished husband and more paint on my shirt than on the piece! Love love love the knob.

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  19. I too love the table in black and the knob.

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  20. In the end though all that matters is what you are happy with, of course. :) But since you asked, I'm with the majority... the black paint + the knob is perfect and does seem to fit your style. I do agree that the embellishments detract a bit from the lovely simplicity of the knob. Good luck in deciding what to do; I'd love to hear how it turns out!

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  21. Ok, love the black and the knob, but I'm not diggin' the silver stuff either.

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  22. Like it black, with the knob, no embellishments. The after is a nice look.

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  23. Im the queen of failed projects so I feel your pain. Its an aweful feeling isn't it.

    Sorry but I really liked it before. I generally don't like faux finishes but this one appealed to me. But now that is history, I think you could tone it down by removing the embelishments and it would look fine.

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  24. Okay so I'll round out the comment section with a Love the piece black and the knob. I could take or leave the embellishment.

    You always come up with great stuff so I will be interested to see what you end up doing!

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  25. How can I argue w/ such an overwhelming majority? =] You all are absolutely right. So I removed those embellishments, sanded down the drawer front and gave it another coat of paint. Much better now.

    MrsL~ I agree that in the pic, the old finish wasn't so bad but in real life it was in pretty bad shape, so anything would have been an improvement.

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  26. haha... I LIKED the embellishments! But it's cute either way. I love the lines of the piece... also, your title made me giggle. :)

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  27. i like the black too. however, i would suggest taking off the silver things if possible (or paint over them). I also really like the original pull and the new Anthro one. I'm not sure if the ring would work better. Maybe spraypaint that silver and retry? Either way I'm sure it will look fab

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  28. I'm with the majority too. Nice work! It's so pretty that Mr. FC might want one too. (ha)

    jbhat

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  29. I like it better now. I'm neutral about the embellishments. I would've liked it fine without them, but if I were you I'd be too lazy to change it now!

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  30. You're too funny :) I think that it may look better without the silver embellishments - I think the pretty knob would be enough.

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