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To paint or not to paint...

I have two white nightstands that I need to sell. My daughter has outgrown them and they are taking up valuable real estate in the garage. They are lovely pieces, but were damaged during our move and need some repair. Basically, the lower trim on the side of one piece is broken off, they received some bad dents and scratches, and the drawer fronts need to be re-secured. The mirrors and knobs were not damaged. Hubby thinks I should just fix the damage and put them on Craigslist as-is, but I'm thinking about repainting them. Maybe I'm just looking for a new project... Good or bad idea? What would be a good color choice for these nightstands?

White nightstand with mirrored drawer front and glass knobs.
6 comments
  • Sherry Fram
    Sherry Fram Charleston, AR
    on May 6, 2015

    Paint them! If you can repair the trim. These are too nice to get rid off.

    • Ronda Dykes
      Ronda Dykes Olathe, KS
      on May 6, 2015

      @Sherry Fram - Thanks! That's what I'm afraid will happen. I'll repair them and not want to get rid of them, but don't really have room for them in the house.

  • Scott @ sawsonskates.com
    Scott @ sawsonskates.com Albany, NY
    on May 6, 2015

    The issue with most craigslist buyers is they are looking for a bargain! What are similar pieces selling for on craigslist in your area? Another way to look at it is, what do you think you could get for them as-is vs. what do you think you could get for them repainted? Will the difference cover the cost of your supplies and time?

    • Ronda Dykes
      Ronda Dykes Olathe, KS
      on May 6, 2015

      @Scott @ sawsonskates.com - Thanks! Great questions and something to really think about.

  • Sherrie
    Sherrie Nixa, MO
    on May 6, 2015

    Paint! Craig's list in my area furniture sells pretty high.

    • Sherrie
      Sherrie Nixa, MO
      on May 6, 2015

      Also garage sales online in your area. I have also have really good luck with that also.

  • Paula Driesell
    Paula Driesell Mount Pleasant, SC
    on May 6, 2015

    Paint them! Use an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint so you don't have to prep or sand. You can get pretty knobs at hobby lobby or most hardware stores for cheap. You'll have new little end tables in no time!

    • Ronda Dykes
      Ronda Dykes Olathe, KS
      on May 6, 2015

      @Paula Driesell - Thank you! I was thinking of chalk paint for them. I'm afraid they will turn out so nicely that I won't want to get rid of them. :)

  • Debra Grieve
    Debra Grieve Mchenry, IL
    on May 6, 2015

    Too nice to sell, but take the legs off of one, attach it to the top of the other. Repair and paint the piece. You now have a jewelry/lingerie chest, or a place to keep accessories for outfits, stockings, scarves, etc. Just a thought....

    • Ronda Dykes
      Ronda Dykes Olathe, KS
      on May 6, 2015

      @Debra Grieve -- That's an excellent idea that I hadn't thought of. I can use a jewelry/lingerie chest, just not sure where I would put it. Thank you!

  • Debra Grieve
    Debra Grieve Mchenry, IL
    on May 14, 2015

    If you decide to do something with them, post pics please. I'd love to see what you come up with! You're welcome and thank you!

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