It's not always easy to find matching pairs of nightstands. But sometimes not everything has to match! I found two nightstands that were of a similar size, but had differing styles.
The simplest way to create a cohesive look is with paint!
I went with my favorite shade of charcoal gray, Annie Sloan's Graphite Chalk Paint.
Since one of the nightstands had a unique texture [it's not everyday you see an alligator nightstand!], I knew that a dark color would help the two pieces work well together, since the texture differences are quite significant.
The details really pop against this color and by painting over and sanding the drawer pulls, the brass shines through and allows the two nightstands' hardware to look very similar.
The more traditional nightstand works just as well with the charcoal gray paint. I decided not to distress these, since I thought they looked really polished as is. Then I went with clear wax to give it a soft finish with a subtle shine.