Monday, May 24, 2010

Finally, some progress!

Hey friends!
Hope you guys had a fantastic weekend! I know we did. I feel like we finally made some progress on another room.
About two months ago, we began working on our bedroom. We pulled up the carpet and laid some new flooring. We painted and added some trim work around the room. While there still is a ton more to do - I feel like its starting to come together! **YAY**

I mentioned last week that I was working on some nightstands... well we finally finished them. I don't think I could be happier with the way they turned out!
Remember these things? You can probably still find them in fraternity boys' college houses and in dingy basements... Circa 1970 - these ugly, six-sided monstrosities - can also be found in Goodwill locations across the country. We bought this one for a mere $11.00. At first glance, you might have thought we overpaid for it :)

But after modifying the size, (the hubs literally took a saw and cut 1/3 away), some cleaning, sanding, painting, adding legs and lots of polycrylic - I am happy to say this is one of my favorite pieces of furniture in my house.

These pics really don't do justice! The color looks a little off in these pics... but yes, that's a medium gray with black hardware. Its amazing what a can of black spray paint can do to hardware.

Okay - so that was the "feminine one." It's located on my side of the bed.

The next one, the "masculine one," we found at another Goodwill on the same day for $16.00
U-G-L-Y! You aint got no alibi... you ugly, yeah! yeah! you ugly! (Family Matters with Steve Urkle?? Anybody else remember this?? Anybody??)

Okay, so we did the same process on this one. We modified the size, sanded it down, painted it, added legs, and slathered it with polycrylic. We took the hardware and treated them with black spray paint and voila! Instant masculine version of my nightstand!

Total Investment:
Feminine Nightstand: $11
Masculine Nightstand: $16
Paint: Free (had on hand)
Legs: $22 (both sets)
Total: $49 :)
In that last picture you can kind of see the headboard we upholstered too! As soon as we get new bedding and the platform bed built - I will be posting more pics of the room.
As always, comments are welcome. If you have any ideas or suggestions for me, please, please post them.
And if you have any before and afters you are working on, please send them to me at
Talk Soon, friends!
Brandi Nell

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

WOW! Holy before and after!

Hi Friends!

Happy Tuesday (hint of sarcasm?)!

As I mentioned in my last post - this has been a crazy few weeks for me. I haven't been able to work on any projects lately... not that I haven't wanted to. Right now, I have two unfinished nightstands sitting in my "one-day office." I am hoping to finish them this weekend! Cross your fingers for me.

BUT! I do have an awesome before and after for you today! My friend and classmate from college, Shaheen decided to do a little furniture rehabbing of his own after seeing some before/after pics I had done. I have to admit, I was a bit flattered (well, still am).

Shaheen emailed his before and after to me this afternoon - and I am so excited to share them with you!

Shaheen bought the dresser at a local yard sale from a carpenter for only $3.00!! What a steal!?! The 70 year old dresser required some work, but once you see the finished product - you will agree that it was well worth the hassle!

The piece needed some work, so Shaheen scrapped off the flaking paint, sanded it down, selected an earth chocolate brown paint, added some new brush nickel hardware, and legs.

WOW! WOW! WOW! The entire thing only cost Shaheen and his wife, Renee $25.00!!

Good job, Shaheen! Can't wait to see your next project!

If you have a project you want to share, please email me at

Talk soon friends! Hopefully I will be able to complete a project of my own soon! :)


Brandi Nell

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Pure Craziness...

Hey friends -

I am sorry its been over a week since I have posted on here... Between weddings and graduations - I have barely had time to breathe.

I am working on some refurbished nightstands when I have a moment of spare time...

...please don't give up on me.

I will post again soon!
Gotta RUN!

Brandi Nell