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Campaign Nightstands: Done!

May 31, 2011
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by thenestinggame


They are painted! The hardware is polished! They’re even styled!

And they’re in the dining room.

We need a weekend to clear out the flat file in the office/boys room, where they are slated to go. But I was too excited to wait to show you. So, without further ado, let’s recap, shall we?

Here’s where we started: $30 thrift store nightstands

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And the hopes of doing something kinda (exactly) like this:

I did the whole sanding, priming and painting thing. They ended up needing four super thin coats of paint and, for good measure, I put on three coats of Polycrylic coating.

As for the hardware, a little elbow grease and a lot of Bar Keeper’s Friend took the pulls and trim pieces from here:

To here:

Not perfect, but I like a little bit of the tarnish hanging around to make it more authentic and less bad 90s brass.

One more thing I did was another tip I learned from my Dad. The drawers were sticking a bit—partly the new paint, partly the old, not exactly top quality construction—so I took a tealight candle and rubbed the rails and the grooves of the drawer with wax. I wouldn’t exactly say it’s running like ball bearings or anything, but it definitely helped.

And voila.

They are green, but I love ‘em! Almost too much to put a Playstation on…

I did a little Craigslist shopping on Friday evening for my next project… what could it be???


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  1. Mandy "Corkern" Vezina permalink
    May 31, 2011 11:13 pm

    I love them!!!! I have dreams of doing projects like that!!!!! The green it great.

  2. Jaime permalink
    May 31, 2011 11:20 pm

    Wow, Molly, the transformation is amazing! Great job!

  3. Meghan permalink
    May 31, 2011 11:26 pm

    I LOVE them, Molly! You inspire me.

  4. melissa permalink
    May 31, 2011 11:33 pm

    oh, molly! i love your blog! those nightstands are amazing!

  5. Elaine permalink
    May 31, 2011 11:34 pm

    Terrific! Love the fun green.
    Have you seen Million Dollar Decorators?

    • June 1, 2011 9:44 am

      How have I missed this show? Maybe because my budget is slightly smaller? I’ll have to look it up. I’ve been addicted to Sarah’s Summer House and Secrets of a Stylist, lately.

  6. June 1, 2011 2:59 am

    I love them! What a great project!

  7. June 1, 2011 3:09 am

    Brillaint! I love the green.

  8. Jackie permalink
    June 1, 2011 8:28 am

    Wowza! Excellent work!

  9. lucyglib permalink
    June 1, 2011 9:03 am

    These look amazing! So super shiny, and I like them just where they are (you may have to do another set for the boys) :-)

    • June 1, 2011 9:46 am

      Thanks! I would leave them there, but they are completely blocking a doorway.

  10. martha permalink
    June 1, 2011 9:34 am

    Wow, these look great! They make me feel as if I could muster up enough patience to go dig around somewhere besides Kudzu. Gorgeous. Good seeing you the other day :)

    • June 1, 2011 9:46 am

      Thanks, Martha! Great to see you guys too and meet little Hank.

  11. June 1, 2011 6:49 pm

    Fabulous! Beyond fabulous! Love the color, and a big thanks for guest posting today at the House of Fifty blog! Fun post! Janell

    • June 1, 2011 7:04 pm

      Thanks, Janell! It was fun being a “House” guest!

  12. June 7, 2011 12:47 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE! These look amazing—just like your inspiration pic! Fabulous job :)

  13. June 7, 2011 1:15 pm

    This looks amazing!!! Now I want to find something to paint green….

  14. June 8, 2011 5:03 pm

    Oh my god, these are fabulous! What an amazing job you did, so impressive – now on the hunt for some capaign nightstands…

  15. July 15, 2011 10:45 pm

    I love these!! The hardware and paint color you picked is great! I was wondering if you wouldn’t mind sharing the name of the thrift store you got them at? I would love to see what else they have!

    • July 15, 2011 11:05 pm

      Thanks, Traci! I found them at the flea market on the NE corner of Buford Hwy. and Clairmont Road. I don’t know the name, but they always have tons of furniture out in the parking lot. It’s definitely a “diamond in the rough” kind of place. Good luck!

      • July 16, 2011 7:37 pm

        Thanks Molly for pointing me in the right direction! I went by today and grabbed an awesome luggage stand I am going to fixup!

      • July 19, 2011 10:31 am


  16. January 18, 2012 3:15 am

    i love this project! the results are fab and great choice of bright green paint! love! totally pinned it!

  17. February 7, 2012 3:16 pm

    visiting from yhl. i want your family room, but most of all your green campaign dresser! LOVE it.

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      February 7, 2012 5:46 pm

      Thank you ma’am! Sometimes i just go into the room where it is and stare at it. :)

  18. February 22, 2012 10:19 pm

    I just came across this blog post. I had the exact green campaign desk and trundle bed to match your dressers when I was a kid. (Yup. I am old now.) In fact, they are still at my mom’s house in their original condition! Maybe I should give them another look :)

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      February 24, 2012 10:27 am

      You should!

  19. February 23, 2012 11:35 pm

    I love them! Super rad!!! That color is sweet! Good job!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      February 24, 2012 10:25 am

      Thanks, Melissa!

  20. February 25, 2012 1:17 pm

    This is such a great idea! I love the vibrant green you used! I featured this today!

  21. February 25, 2012 1:20 pm

    Gorgeous! Beautiful makeover.

  22. May 24, 2012 2:13 am

    LOVE THIS REDO! i am a big fan of campaign furniture and i would love to feature it. if that would be ok with you please let me know.

  23. Alexis permalink
    March 26, 2013 8:06 am

    I know this is a totally late post, and by the way; AMAZING WORK, BRAVO!!

    Silly question, you happen to know where the “zombie” print came from? I’m not a huge fan, but my sig would LOVE LOVE it, thus making me a fan! Great way to meet in the middle for his and hers! I’m thinking bedroom. Fun!

  24. March 27, 2013 2:21 pm

    These look fabulous! Great job!

  25. Lindsey permalink
    August 13, 2013 12:01 pm

    LOVE your finish product! Would you mind sharing the green you chose?

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      August 14, 2013 5:04 pm

      Thank you! I used Behr’s Barnyard Grass in high gloss.

  26. TikiPostIt permalink
    November 9, 2013 4:33 pm

    I JUST bought a nightstand off craigslist with those exact pulls and was researching how to take the rust off! Your nightstands are in better shape (I think someone made this one and added the pulls. Also has a missing bottom drawer unfortunately). Anyway, finding this post is like a dream come true!

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