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A Modern Take on a Mid Century Nightstand: Navy and Gold

Finally finishing up some painted pieces this week! I've been wanting to play more with gold paint since the French Provincial dresser I 'dipped' in gold a while back. 

The nightstand is a Dixie, a well known furniture maker with a great deal of mid century pieces. For being on the petite side, it's a solid, sturdy piece of furniture, which is always what I try to purchase whenever possible.

This mid century nightstand would have been great to keep in its original state, but there were bits of veneer damage all over it, and I basically would have had to strip all the veneers off and start all over. [too much work and $$ for Jo!!]

 I decided to give it a second life with paint. I opted for a combination of navy and gold, to give it a bit of a modern take. 

I also find the two toned effect helps play up the unique features of this piece. The light gold legs feel like they're floating, taking away from the heaviness of the dark navy. 

I painted the top in my own special mix of navy chalk paint [but if you're wanting to get a similar color, I'd go with Annie Sloan's Napoleonic Blue]. I'd originally planned to keep the blue on the lighter side, just using clear wax to coat it, but I felt like it needed to have a richer feel to go along with the gold, so I opted to seal it with dark wax first. 

Dark wax does a phenomenal job of deepening navy blue [or graphite and red, just to name a couple other colors!], and immediately makes any piece more sophisticated. 

I'm putting this one up for sale later today in my shop and on Craigslist, but this would make the PERFECT side table [it would look gorgeous with one of my oversized vintage lamps!], or just as nicely in any bedroom. I'd love to see it in a guest room flanked by a pair of twin sized beds. No matter how it's placed, I'm certain it will bring a bit of stylish, mid century modern flare wherever it goes! If you want to see more of my work or keep up to date with what pieces I'm currently working on, follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!