While I was painting the filing cabinet, I used my "put some paint on it" method to beautify another piece of furniture: one of our nightstands. It's a black malm nightstand from IKEA, pretty functional but also quite dark.
As mentioned, I've trying to inject some color into the bedroom. So I slapped some of the robin's egg blue paint on the nightstand at the same time as I was painting the filing cabinet. I rubbed on some Minwax Wipe-on Poly as well, to protect the finish and give it a bit of a shine.
Much better, in my opinion. But it was still missing a little pizazz, so I decided to add some pulls to it. First, I seriously considered ring pulls, like this nightstand that just also happens to be a malm makeover:
(courtesy of fabric paper glue, absolutely adorable)
But as I visualized it, I just felt like they were a little too dainty and would get lost against the bold color. So I decided to go with something a little more striking that I found on Etsy for -- get this -- $4.80. With shipping, still just $8.
(the shop is called ShabbyChicnanigans; those of you who know me well know I'm a sucker for a good portmanteau)
They came as a set of three, but I only needed two. So I'm sure you'll see the third one show up in some project or another down the road. I just measured to find the middle of each drawer, drilled a hole through, and attached my new pulls.
I think they're cute, and I'm quite pleased. Since I was using leftover paint, this whole project cost me just $8!