I searched for bedside tables for quite some time. I wanted something substantial, and I wanted them similar, but not matching. I found one at a garage sale for $7.00 and the other at a rummage sale for $20.00.
Here's what they looked like before I started painting.
The original plan was to paint the bottom yellow and stain the top. I actually like the way they turned out, but the yellow was really pale, almost white. It looked so bad against our white walls. I knew I would have to redo them if I wanted to keep them in our bedroom.
Every time I look at this table, all I see is a smiley face.
They sat in my room for a couple weeks before I could figure out what to do. I ended up deciding on purple. Not something I would usually consider, but it was that or gray, and I really wanted some color in our room. When I told my husband, he didn't even consider it. He said no and walked away. Obviously he ended up giving in, because now I have purple bedside tables.
So, an unusual color choice for sure, but I love them. I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Emile.