Tuesday, March 23, 2010

If you remember from my post about inspiration boards, we want to have dark furniture in the bedroom.

We have that dresser, are planning to get that headboard and we had some nightstands that were scavenged from Byron's parents' attic at some point. They looked like this:

Not particularly interesting, but they are solid with clean lines and fit nicely in the space available in our bedroom.

Also an option were the nightstands that match the headboard we plan to get. They are from the Avington Collection at www.target.com.

However, being a cheapskate, I refuse to spend $149 a piece on those suckers!

That's where Minwax Polyshades comes in.

For about $12 (I think), I was able to get a quart of this stuff in "Bombay Mahogany". I used about 1/3 of the quart for two coats on two nightstands. The nice thing about this product is that it seals and stains in one step. It's not a fine furniture finish, but it does the job with much less hassle than the traditional stain + poly route. One cheap paintbrush, two brushed nickel knobs, and a few hours later, this is what resulted:

Not bad for about $16, huh? By my calculations, that's a savings of $234. Take it to the bank!

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