One of our goals before we moved to Salt Lake was to refurnish the bed set that Todd's grandparents handed down to us as a wedding gift, (yes it has taken 1 year and 7 months to get to this project. Can you believe we have been married for that long!) It was a lot of fun, seeing how it was our first time ever doing this. We decided to do a cream paint, sanded on the edges with a brown stain on the top, which you wipe off before it drys so it just makes it look a little off white and old. Todd was my sanding man and repair man. He is fixing the gashes in the wood in this picture with wood putty (I never knew it existed.) Here is what it looked like originally:
BEFOREThe first time I painted it, I did the white and then used a mahogany stain over the top. The ladies at the paint store didn't remind me that mahogany comes from very red wood, which meant that when the white paint mixed with the hint of red in the stain, it turned out a beautiful baby pink! So cute... if we had a little girl. But Todd wasn't exactly thrilled with having a pink bed set so I had to start over. In the end, it turned out beautiful! For the most part, it was a lot of fun spending days and nights in the garage painting together. (Minus the few arguments that come with marital bliss, like when Todd kicked over my last can of paint...sigh). My vision is to have this furniture in a room with darker walls some day because in our current room it is a little washed out, but oh well. We also painted our bed board and night stand but I didn't take a pictures of them, but it looks really good all together.
So a quick word of advice, NEVER throw out old furniture. Older furniture is made so sturdy and is such high quality furniture, it will last forever and there is always a way to modernize it and make it more you. And besides that, it is cheaper and there is just something so satisifying about fixing up something and making it good as new!