That's actually not what it looked like when I found it. (And that was a long time ago.) Instead of hauling it up to my apartment, I dropped it in my parents' garage with the intent of sanding it there before painting. It was that blue color you see on it. Because I have a nice dad, he sanded it up for me before I could get a "before picture." I was super excited it about this, not just because of the free-ness, but because of the legs. Mid century tapered legs make me swoon for some reason. When, I see something sitting on those little legs, I always want to bring it home. Oh, and I also found this thing alongside the little leg drawers:
|Some kind of circus themed wall art. Almost looks like wood puzzle pieces stuck on a board.|
I love the hidden secrets you sometimes find in secondhand items. Like the papers and pictures that fall out of used books. Inside this drawer, is the scrawled writing of a boy teen girl (I assume.) Check it out:
|I take bad pictures, sue me.|
The date is 8-21-86. That's my birthday! OMG, cool! Perhaps it was fate that brought me to this discarded little bedside table. I'm kidding, it's not. Nothing happens for a reason!
I picked up some of my usual light seafoam greenish paint from a craft store and once I got it home, I pretty much started slapping it on this table. That's how I operate; impulsively. I'm relatively sure that primer should've been involved, but I reasoned with myself that a roadside find should look shabby. Once I had a few coats on it, I screwed in the new knobs that I got at Hobby Lobby's knob section. Here's what I ended up with:
Oh, for chrissake, I've got to take better pictures...anyway, those particular state puzzle pieces were chosen for their orange color. I also considered buttons, ampersand stickers, poker chips, and Scrabble tiles as something to possibly glue onto the wooden knobs. I chose the poker chips for their old timey, '60s look. I slapped some orange-y red paint on before using the glue gun to attach chips to knob.
I actually liked the way I tacky-ly hacked those knobs. So, why stop there? I had two rolls of washi tape that I had never used. Perhaps that would look cool.
I love that "faux-bois" look, but this washi tape doesn't look as "faux" as I thought it would. I wanted it to look it wasn't trying to be real wood. I tried the other tape.
As much as I liked the way it looked, from a distance, it kinda made the piece look like it was for a kid. I left one wood tape stripe on top, and a flower stripe in the middle. It's easily peeled washi tape, so I don't have to commit.
So, what I've learned it the best way to take pictures is with natural light and I seem to run out since the daylight saving time change. I tried to flood the room with artificial light and ended up with some lousy looking pictures. My bad.