These circa 1960's bedroom pieces were a part of our guest room when we lived in Seattle, but since moving back to Colorado, they were relegated to the basement. We were happy to see them put to good use again and I was grateful to have the additional room in my newly claimed sewing/design area.
Their IKEA headboard/baseboard is a white stained oak, so I decided to shoot for white with a touch of grey for the accent pieces. Here's the BEFORE/AFTER .................................
|Nightstand - After|
|Dresser - Before|
|Dresser - After|
After I sanded like crazy, I took the hammer to it. This was actually kind of fun! I banged it up pretty good creating the dents and dings to distress it appropriately.Then I used some leftover interior white paint I already had and brushed it all over the pieces. I let a bit of the original color show through. When I had finished that, I then added a touch of grey. I actually watered it down a bit so that it went on super light. I chose to finish these with a satin spray finish (thank you Dear!), especially since they are going to get daily use.
Finally, I felt the pieces needed pulls...both from a practical standpoint and for the aesthetics. I decided to use a different type for each of the four drawers on the dresser and went with just one style for the nightstand. Don't they look cute!