Night Stand Makeover for a Good Cause

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Who's ready for a three-day weekend?!?  Before we part ways for the Labor Day Holiday, I wanted to share a little furniture makeover I just finished up.  

A few weeks ago I got a call from Cynthia at  the Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga  (HBAC).  The HBAC is putting on a remodeling show in September and she contacted me because they are including a charity auction to benefit Special Spaces Chattanooga.  What is Special Spaces?  They're a non-profit organization that helps children facing terminal illnesses by creating and implementing beautiful bedrooms for them. For such a worthy cause, I jumped at the chance to participate.  They even provided the furniture for me to re-create, which will be auctioned off for Special Spaces.  

Now this is where I hang my head in embarrassment a little.  I forgot to take the expected "before" photo.  Problem is, when I decide to tackle a new project it's usually while I have 3 other things going on at the time - like dinner, laundry, social media maintenance, and - oh yeah- I need to start that night stand project.

Here's the point at which I remembered to take a photo.

You guys are visual people, so I know you can imagine this piece in its original golden brown glory.

I honestly didn't know what I was going to do.  Just painting in a pretty color didn't seem like enough, and even though this piece is for charity, I wanted to do something with it that reflected my aesthetic, which is a little more embellished.

I started with a coat of gray paint (Benjamin Moore Gray Wisp) and taped off a big stripe down the middle.  I also painted the polished nickel hardware with gold leaf paint.


Better, but I'm a "more is more" kind of person.  Inspiration hit me in the aisle of Big Lots when I spotted these
Of course!  I was going to incorporate the sunburst design that's in my logo.  
More Gold Leaf paint was used.  I painted up a bunch of those bamboo skewers, set aside my fears and started gluing.  (Elmer's Wood Glue, if you're taking notes)

And here's the finished piece...


A big thank you to Cynthia and the Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga and also to Special Spaces Chattanooga for giving me the opportunity to participate.

If you'd like to learn more about the HBAGC Home & Remodeling Expo Sept 14-15, click here.  I'll also have a booth at the Home & Remodeling Expo that weekend, so bring me those paint and fabric swatches you've been obsessing over for months.

Have a relaxing, happy Labor day weekend!

The Green Room Interiors provides Interior Decorating and Design Services to happy homeowners in Chattanooga, TN.  If you'd like to experience the joy of living in a well designed home, contact Kim Lemmon at 423.653.3186 or email thegreenroominteriors@gmail.com



24 comments:

Bethany [at] Powell Brower Home said...

kim - this is absolutely phenomenal. i love the sunburst detail you did!!!!!!

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

That is fabulous! Love what you did!
The Sunburst is pure GENUS!!!!
A natural for you and your Logo, which a adore!

sharon smith said...

You're just the BEST! I love your style and creativity. Who ever purchases that dresser is not only helping a fantastic cause, but they're getting a very cool dresser.
Have a great, and well deserved weekend!
Sharon
@novaraway

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Oh my gosh Kim, I love that sunburst affect!! You are so clever! And how wonderful to be part of something for the greater good.

Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

That is really awesome, Kim!

Fletcher @ High Cotton Style said...

Loving this! I think I may have to be a copycat

Heather (love your space) said...

SO FUN and super creative. I've been feeling so over DIY,but this may have re-inspired me!

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

How good is that?! You are such a smart cookie. I love it!

My Interior Life said...

What a genius idea!! Love it and so great that it's going for a good cause. Win-win!!

pam {simple details} said...

That looks so high end! I'm totally looking around my house to see if I have anything I could use your awesome idea on!

Town and Country Gals said...

Kim,
what a clever girl you are! Using the skewers to make a sunburst, who would've thought!! Your dresser is fabulous! What a great cause you're helping.
Rebecca

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

Kim, this is fantastic. I agree, more is more. Well done.

Claire Davis said...

Wow, your starburst idea is fantastic! What a great cause to help out those in need!!

-Claire

Kimber McGallagher said...

Killer! You are so totally cool.

julie at Monkeygrasshill.blogspot.com said...

I didn't know where you were going with the first skewer picture, but wow I love the finished detail. You are good!

Donna Benedetto said...

Ingenious...that should be on my Frumpy to Fabulous Series...
thebeneblog.com

Kim said...

Reminds me of the commercial with the kids ... "we want more, we want more!" Applause!! Looks fantastic and what a stroke of creative genius! xo

Leslie Price said...

I LOVE it! You are so talented!!!!!

Melissa @ Rooms said...

Just perfect.

Ashley said...

Awesome work, Kim. Whoever walks away with this nightstand is a lucky, lucky person who gets not only a great piece from you but also a warm and fuzzy feeling supporting a great cause!

Taylor Greenwalt said...

It looks wonderful...you did a great job!

Junell said...

Love this! I am def "it ain't done til it's over done" kinda' gal!"
You done good!

Nicole said...

Love it. Design genius.

Vel Criste said...

Genius!!!!! You are certified genius! Love the skewers you added!