Asked on Dec 4, 2012

what would you do ?

JulieMarcia PotterDiana Deiley


My daughter painted her night stand, I know disaster...(she is 22 and no painter lol) Her room is pink, black and silver with wall stencil chandelier and paris theme decor if this helps.. hope to get lots of ideals of how we should paint it. Solid or print???? Come on Hometalk friends help us out ...
her side view
front view, notice her knobs she loves these so they stay
29 answers
  • Leslie D
    on Dec 4, 2012

    I think I would paint it black, and then stencil a design on top, like this

  • Trent-Tonya Sharp
    on Dec 4, 2012

    good ideal like it

  • Trent-Tonya Sharp
    on Dec 5, 2012

    need some more advice painting it this weekend

  • Jamala W
    on Dec 5, 2012

    paint it black...and then use some pink flowers or ornaments to sit on top

  • 3po3
    on Dec 5, 2012

    Maybe a dumb question, but does she like it? It's her room, so ...

  • Kel C
    on Dec 5, 2012

    What about painting the side with spots with chalkboard paint, or paint black zebra stripes over the pink.

  • Jenna
    on Dec 5, 2012

    I'm 24 and I would paint (or stencil) either a chevron print or just thick stripes in a black and white and then paint the trim silver. You can also find cool contact paper in different designs instead of having to paint. I would use some type of crystal knobs. Maybe even paint the trim or drawer pink (if that isn't too much pink). Hope this helps :)

  • Tammy
    on Dec 5, 2012

    I'm assuming your daughter likes the color pink. If so, I would pull out the design on the knobs that she wants to keep and tape around the edges with the checkerboard design, using tape to help keep the lines straight. Make sure the tape lines are pressed all the way down and don't go really heavy on paint. On the top you can actually do a checkerboard. The sides and front the checkerboard small around the edges. Another idea is to go to the craft store and find paper to match, ie: scrapbook paper and decapouge it.

  • Tammy@Deja Vue Designs
    on Dec 5, 2012

    Something that might work well, leave the top...pant the sides black, and then sand it back here and there to "age it. Letting the pink show in places, and some wood in places. You could even do the top this way also if you choose....then wax the whole piece. Here's an example of a table I did with gray and then waxed with dark wax...but there is clear wax also. . I personally think Parisian is old and time worn....saying..."I've been here a long time". Good Luck, and be sure and post pics for us!

  • Trent-Tonya Sharp
    on Dec 5, 2012

    thanks everyone and Steve G she said "no she doesnt like it she wanted it painted and she is no painter" but I am going to show her just how easy it is with stencils and all the other things you need that really makes it easy. I plan on helping her along the way of her painting it..

  • Ellen H
    on Dec 5, 2012

    @Petticoat Junktion had a post recently about metallic silver nightstand, here!/702506/pair-of-metallic-silver-nightstands

  • I would paint it pink and since the top is what she will see all the time..I would stencil a design (if your not good at free hand) on the top. Or paint it pink and the drawer black to really make those knobs 'pop'. Or even a zebra striped drawer!!

  • Nancy @ ArtsyChicksRule
    on Dec 5, 2012

    Solid pink or black with stencils in the opposing color! I love the zebra stripe idea....maybe black all over with pink/black zebra stencil. Or pink all over with black/white zebra stencil.

  • Hi Tonya, here is the post Ellen mentioned just click on the link or go to my profile to find the post. I would like to see pictures of the whole room before suggesting a color. Silver might be nice or black would be nice with the knobs.!/702506/pair-of-metallic-silver-nightstands

  • Trent-Tonya Sharp
    on Dec 6, 2012

    i will post more pictures in the morning thanks a million for the help she just started redoing her room so she said it is a work in progress lol

  • Sharron W
    on Dec 6, 2012

    I think silver with Black drawers woud be awesome!

  • Dee @
    on Dec 7, 2012

    I would paint stripes in varying widths down the sides & across the top. To mix it up I'd play with the drawer either in a solid or small dot this. :)

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  • Trent-Tonya Sharp
    on Dec 8, 2012

    to all that have some advice we posted more pictures of the bedroom Hannah said please help she just moved back home and needs to redo everything she went from a twin bed to a full so she is having to buy more sheets and is keeping the bed cover that is on the bed but adding a bigger one to it to use on bed and then lay the one that is on it now at the foot of bed we hope you check out the post love hometalk advice

  • Tina Wegner
    on Jan 25, 2015

    Decopage for us non painters is always an option. Pic a print that matches the room then Decopage the drawer and inside of the shelf and paint the rest of the piece in a color pulled from the print.

  • Country Design Home
    on Jan 25, 2015

    Hi! Since the cute knobs are staying, I would paint the outside of the piece white, but paint pink on the inside. Then, on the top I would do a Paris stencil (like I did in this hamper I just repainted: You can get them at Michaels for $6.99- they are made by Americana Décor- there is a whole line of Paris inspired designs. Good luck!

  • Sharon de Vries
    on Jul 19, 2015

    silver or black and do the pop of pink inside the drawer for a nice surprise…

  • Cynthia H
    on Jul 19, 2015

    Actually, I like the bold pink, but, would get rid of the black. I like a small tray on top of nightstands like this, so things don't fall off. My daughters had so many colors in their rooms over the years. The only thing I told them NEVER to do again, was decorating with craft puff paint (that stuff had to be scraped off). We've had blue, green, yellow, pink, mauve, off white, turquoise, dark purple (which I really liked) that I can remember. I think that freedom helped develop their taste, as the older two, who are married, have tasteful. nicely decorated homes. Youngest, who lives in an apartment while in graduate school has an eclectic flair (she was the purple and now turquoise room) that is fun. So tell her there are no "mistakes" with paint, just learning experiences. But, stay away from puff paint!

  • Alice Vick
    on Jul 28, 2015

    if it is her room and she likes it, why change it? If she doesn't like it, pint the sides solid black and leave the inside/front pink. nice contrast.

    • Sandra
      on Mar 2, 2016

      I like the idea of painting the sides black. And I think the top should be black too. A gloss would be a terrific idea. If she is unhappy with it, and maybe she isn't, then you could talk to her and ask her to brainstorm with you about how to fix it. If she likes it, stay out of it. She is an adult and it's her room. Leave it alone.

  • Ruth wallace
    on Jul 29, 2015

    I like the pink it makes the knobs stand out.Repaint the pink and use stencils to put on Paris themes.

  • Dee
    on Aug 10, 2015

    I like the pink also. the problem is the black looks a little too freehand/toddler. Just get something for a template and fill in complete black circles with clean edges, maybe a few shadow overlaps of pink either darkened w/black or lightened w/white to give a bubble effect.

  • Wanda Arganbright
    on Aug 10, 2015

    I would paint the whole thing with primer and start over. Involve your daughter in the redesign and repainting. If you do this, she will be happy with the results and be less likely to "that" to it again. Let her have a say in color choice and maybe stencil a design with her help.

  • Diana Deiley
    on Feb 24, 2016

    A quick fix would be to paint just the top a gloss black. The pink base is great. I like your daughter's creative mind. I hope she sticks with it. Someday she will be famous.

  • Marcia Potter
    on Oct 16, 2016

    Why not prime it and paint it with chrome paint. That would really make the knobs the focal point. Maybe paint the inside and/or top a shiny black.

  • Julie
    on Oct 17, 2016

    Light Grey

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