2.24.2014

Vote: Nightstand Remix

If you looked really closely at the photos of our master bedroom, you may have noticed a difference between the two nightstands.

Exhibit A on the husband's side features one of our $5 thrifted nightstands in its original form. I was drawn to the texture of the rattan/bamboo piece and liked how the double decker design would give us more usable bedside storage. I'm the type to accumulate many books and cups of water beside my bed, plus my phone charger, Nook charger, all that good stuff. Storage is key!


Exhibit B on my side features the same nighstand with some black inserts (made of poster board)!


I felt like the back part of the nightstand was a little busy with the crisscross pattern, so I tried to modernize it by adding the deep black solid inserts to the bottom shelf and back side. It's just a piece of chalky black (not glossy at all) poster board from the craft store, so it is very cost effective and easy to change out.

I also thought the black would tie in with the sconces and help the unusual mix of rattan, leather and brushed nickle make more sense together. (I have eclectic taste, what can I say?) Plus, let's be honest– I can't resist a $5 nightstand. I spend more than that at Starbucks!



I stopped after I finished the first nightstand because I wanted some feedback before I spent any more time on the project. I figured I would put it on the blog and see if you like it before or after the poster board makeover.

What do you think? Should I keep them in their original bamboo glory or make them a bit more moody and modern with the black?

Let me know in the comments below. As always, thank you for reading and weighing in. The best part about having a blog is chatting with like-minded people!


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16 comments:

  1. I like it with the black too. I'm not a big fan of rattan, so I'd probably paint them entirely black. Would look great next to the walls with those sconces.

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  2. I liked the rattan without the black before you mentioned the sconces. Then...I liked the black better - does tie in with the sconces. Maybe my old eyes need verbal cues to pick up the details!

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    1. Haha Deb! I'm glad I could point your "old eyes" in the right direction. :)

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  3. LOVE the black inserts- They modernize your nightstand and take it to the next level. Exhibit B looks like something you'd see in House Beautiful. Go for it on the other side!

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  4. I like the black, it's a great contrast. How well is poster board going to last with water cups and such? may be thin mdf or something along the lines would hold up better if you decide you like it long term.

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    1. Good point! So far the poster board is holding up well, but I'll have to see how it goes over a longer time period.

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  5. love the black, it ties in the sconces and finishes the look. so beautiful!

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  6. I'm not a huge fan of the black, it doesn't fit the piece. You could darken the rattan with a dark stain, espresso or dark weathered grey, to balance the dark lamp shades and contrast with the color of the bed.

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    1. Good ideas, Laura! Thanks for the input.

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  7. Have you tried a different color? Maybe white? I like the idea but don't love the black....I'm a sucker for rattan though:) I also like the idea of darkening the stain....

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    1. I haven't tried white, but that's another good option. I was worried it would get dirty and dusty too easily, but maybe it would hold up better than I think.

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  8. I lurrrve the black! If that is a drawer under the bottom level (can't tell from photos), I would probably put a little piece of the poster board behind that, too. I think the tiny bit of contrast that peers through those pieces would make the rattan pop while tying it in with the inserts that you have in place now. Plus, who really wants to see things in drawers? (And if it's not a drawer, it should be! ha) :)

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    1. That bottom thing is like a faux drawer. You can open it up like a flap, but it doesn't pull out. That's an interesting idea about adding the insert– I'll have to try that!

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  9. I like the black better. It cozies up the space and ties in with the sconces. You could also use an ebony stain. I like rattan stained or spray-painted. I don't think the light has enough contrast.

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