Monday, January 21, 2013

before & after: ice box nightstand

I wanted to share another great thrift store find for our guest room.  For our guest bedroom, we opted to buy two twin beds instead of a queen bed.  We thought it gave us more sleeping arrangement options when we have multiple guests {as I discussed here}.  The beds are especially great when we have "non-couple" guests or my husband's friends stay at the house (guys tend to not want to share beds).

Buying the twin beds was one of our smarter furniture buying decisions.  However, it created a small problem in that the space between the beds was a little narrow for the traditional size nightstand.  When I came across this old ice box at the local Goodwill, I could not pass it up, especially for $20!  When I was at the store, I honestly did not even know it was an ice box.  I just liked the size and thought it was cool that it opened at the top and in the front.  It was not until I got home and "googled" the nameplate that I figured it out.  

Here is what the ice box looked like before.  



After removing the hardware, I sanded down the ice box and then applied a couple coats of Minwax Dark Walnut wood stain.  Once dry, I added a coat of polyurethane to protect the piece.  

To brighten up the hardware, I polished all the pieces with Brasso polish.  Our guest room has a nautical theme to it so I thought the hardware fit in nicely.  You can check out the nautical theme chair I reupholstered for this room {here}.



Here is a picture of the ice box in between the two beds.  As you can see, the ice box is the perfect size and even adds a little bit of extra storage space.  Later, I saw a few of these same ice boxes on eBay and Etsy from about $100 to $450 depending on how old they were.  Pretty crazy!  

This room is still a work in progress.  I promise to share more pictures once it is all ready!  

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