Yellow Furniture

Jan 31st, 2010

I found these night stands at the local D.I. (Utah’s version of Goodwill), and my husband was NOT thrilled because I have to admit, I sometimes go overboard and buy things that just clutter up the garage. Lets be honest. I. am. addicted. to. decorating. He’s the one that keeps me in check, and he actually liked them once he saw them in person. :) I have to admit, this part always cracks me up. He thinks I’m coo coo, and I love it. I love a challenge, and when he doesn’t believe in the “vision of Brooke” it just makes me work that much harder to make it something that is sooooo sweeeeeet that he can’t deny its awesomeness.

I love the chunky beauty of the pieces, and the hardware on each drawer was so intricate and vintage looking (EXACTLY my style). I was ecstatic at the find, but I had honestly bought them to sell.

I inspected each item thoroughly before I bought them to make sure that they were in good shape. These bad boys are made from solid wood, and they were in pristine shape. They needed a good wash since they were covered in dust, but other than that, all the hardware and drawers were in good working order.

It took me a few weeks to decide what color to paint these beauties. I contemplated red, cream, and finally decided to paint them yellow. Yellow is in!

Step 1: Wash off all the dust.
Step 2: Prime them with KILZ primer. I use the spray paint version because it is much easier to get the paint into all the small crevices.
Step 3: After the primer dried completely, I sprayed them with Krylon Bauhaus Gold.
I painted a few coats of the yellow being careful to let them dry completely before each coat.
I loved the result of the yellow. The color is deep and mustard, just the color I wanted.
Step 4: Glaze them using the technique I explained in previous posts HERE and HERE! This step is the most important step in the process. The glaze makes the details POP right out.
Step 5: I also sprayed the hardware with a textured oil rubbed bronze color.
The end result. I’m. in. love.
I think I’ve even convinced the hubsters to let me keep them! Woot Woot!
These will be going into my master bedroom. If you missed the post about the inspiration behind my master bedroom, you can find it HERE. Stay tuned for that reveal soon.

I’m linking this post to:
Thrifty Decor Chick Before and After Party
Make your Monday
Made it Mondays


  1. I can't believe the difference! They look amazing!!

  2. I love the update! Very cool.

  3. These are awesome! I, too, have a hubby that doesn't understand my visions for things. But it's always fun to see them "get it" once the project is done.


  5. great vision and greater job! Kudos to you.

  6. that mustard is fantastic! i just grabbed a mustard handbag for the spring. perfect amount of POP!

  7. i have that exact paint color on hold for something yet to be seen. thanks for the inspiration. so what DI did you find them at? a little birdie told me that west jordan is the best. i don't know i love centerville.

  8. LOVE IT! I've been trying to come up with a colour for a dresser….I love the yellow….and my husband will agree with me after he sees your post. Thanks!

  9. Awesome! I love the color. Your before and afters are amazing. Quick question. I'm contemplating painting an old metal bed. Have you ever seen torquoise spray paint in the stores? I'm not having any luck finding any. You seem to be the painting queen so you might know.

  10. I NEVER would have picked a mustard color. But, WOW! How fantastic!!

  11. Never knew yellow could be so fab! nice!!

  12. this post literally just sent me to the goodwill here — no luck on finding a bedside table – but i am going to keep looking! i love the yellow!

  13. These are so beautiful! I vote you keep them :D

  14. Whoever would have thought a can of paint would make the dated furniture look so high end?!!! Nice job…I like the color! Lisa

  15. Holy crap those are fabulous! If you change your mind I will pay top dollar. The Richfield DI has nothing like those!!! EVER!

  16. Enchanted Rose Studio says:

    Great color! Love the results. Thanks for the tutorial!


  17. I may or may not be drooling with absolute love for those two pieces. What a transformation!

    By the way i just love the name of your blog :) you're a gal after my own heart!

    ~ Emily N. from "too Blessed to Stress"

  18. I just picked up the ugliest little beauty of a table at our DI, and you KNOW I'm gonna have a hard time not doing it yellow now!

  19. pk @ Room Remix says:

    The yellow is really a fun color. Good job!

  20. Those are cool. Waiting to see how they look in the big reveal!
    Cindy at Lakewood

  21. Oh my gosh, they're gorgeous!!!! Great job, love the color.

  22. The Ramirez Family says:

    I LOVE them and I vote you sell them to ME!!!! YOu are keeping way too many of you projects ;) You did an amazing job.

  23. Wow, those are happy little pieces!

  24. I'm freaking out, I love those so much. I love it when you get the pieces that have all that detail that just blends in until you do the rustic technique, and make it "POP"! Love, love, LOVE!!

  25. Gorgeous!

  26. You didn't have to sand them?

  27. Brett And Tiffani says:

    Super Cute!!!! Love the color

  28. I think my parents had tables like these when we were little. Now I wish they still had them! BEAUTIFUL!

  29. What an awesome job you did! Thanks for the tutorial. I am new at painting furniture and didn't know there was a spray can primer. Thanks so much! :-)

    Happy MM (a little late!)


  30. I totally love them! I'm loving this blog so much. I love all of your ideas, but I'm having a hard time figuring out where to put them in my house (like the big stencil art on the wall. LOVE it!). Maybe next time you're in central Utah… Seriously, I would love a little direction. Oh, and I think the yellow is fantastic!

  31. Paint is the best thing ever, isn't it?

  32. gina @ TheTicklePinkThrift and BMB says:

    omg! I love love love these! so cute! can't wait to try some of my own!

  33. Love, love, love, love, love it!!! Wow, and your husband even let you keep them that color? I think mine would just hide that can of yellow spray paint. Did you use just one can?

  34. I love them! You do amazing work . . . I am so clueless when it comes to painting and redoing furniture . . . I would never have thought of yellow but they are sweet!

  35. wow!!!
    what a wonderful makeover!
    it is so nice to meet you!

  36. I never would have thought to paint them yellow! But they make quite a statement this way. Good on ye for convincing your husband to let them stay. Have fun with them.

  37. Have to say I love the yellow…That would so brighten a room! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing with Made it Monday! Jules

  38. Wow that is impressive!!! I would have wanted hubbs to let me keep them too!

  39. I love the yellow! What a fun makeover. I'll be linking to this.

  40. I would have agreed with your husband. They looked hideous, but now they look amazing. I love the color and how you made the hardware pop.

  41. Wow, they are so cool! I'm amazed that you could take their outdated look and turn them into something so wonderful. I seldom use yellow, you may have inspired me to paint something yellow!

  42. Hey, stopping by via Life as Lori. I am beginning to get into bright yellow furniture, this is another example. The originals were just chunky and ugly, but the bright colour and the contrasty blue flower shape in the middle make them really cool. What an attractive piece. Nice!

  43. those are absolutely beautiful!

  44. I LOVE yellow! What a fun project!

  45. If you're coo coo then I'm coo coo too! These are great pieces. My style completely! Great finds…

  46. wow

  47. Oh my goodness, those are AMAZING!!! Great job :)

  48. i find myself coveting these end tables more than i have coveted any piece of furniture i've encountered on the internets. you. are. AMAZING. your eye for GOOD design and color is impeccable. i am totally going to steal your glazing technique, because it is just so badass.
    and way to follow your decorating addiction/instincts, don't listen to that husband of yours. ;)

  49. Those are gorgeous! I love the yellow and the way the glaze makes those details pop!

  50. You're right… the glaze REALLY makes it pop. Thanks for sharing this at the Power of Paint Party.

  51. Nice Job!! They are gorgeous!! I would have never been creative enough to think about painting them gold.

  52. Those look amazing and I love how you added the glaze to that beautiful yellow paint! Congrats on convincing your hubby that these are "keepers!"

    Kat :)

  53. I love, love, love them. I painted a cabinet mustard and it's my favorite piece in the house.

  54. beautifully done! I have been craving a piece of yellow furniture and this doesn't help!

  55. Wow! So unique, I never would have had that vision! They turned out great! The glaze adds such detail.

  56. awesome! :)

  57. These are amazing. On to my favs list again.

    I have added your button to my side bar and would love to have you do the same. How do I get featured on your blog?


  58. Love the color! Flipping awesome!

  59. I love, love, love these!!!!! I wish I was brave enough to paint something yellow in my house. Where are you putting these? I am gonna dig around on your blog… I am loving what I see!

  60. I've always loved "mustard color" and you just proved me right…. great job!

  61. These are so beautiful! I love the pop of color and I love the detail. You are totally right about the need for glaze… I need to look into that. I am loving that look but have yet to commit.

    Thanks so much for joining the party, please come by again this week!

  62. Wow! You took some butt-ugly side tables and made them hip adn very chic. I think taking something that's dated and painting it a bold color is the best thing you can do. Great work, ladies!

    Buy the way, I'm grabbing your button.

  63. You've inspired me!
    ~Really Rainey~

  64. Those look soooo cool!! I love the yellow. I have been thinking of adding some color to my decor. Nice option. I can't wait to direct my mom to your blog. The DI is her favorite spot to visit when she goes to visit my grandparents. She has come home with some amazing "junk" that she has a "vision" for. :)

  65. I NEVER would have painted those yellow. I cannot believe how fabulous they look. GREAT JOB!!!!!

  66. WOW, that is beautiful. You make it sound so effortless. Nice job!

  67. Anonymous says:

    I just got introduced to your blog today–LOVE IT!! Your ideas are totally awesome and your instructions make eveything so easy. It makes a girl feel pretty inspired to do just about anything!

  68. Thoughts says:

    Are you a magician or what??? thank god i came across ur blog…its like creativity satisfied!! I cant wait to goto the nearest Goodwill store and do something creative with stuff!! Awe…thanks a ton!!!

  69. Midwest Cottage says:

    I stumbled across your blog today. OMG. These end tables are beautiful!!! Thanks so much for sharing. I can't wait to find my own like these at my next garage sale.

  70. It's the Little Things... says:

    I just bought an end table this weekend that looks pretty similar to the original ones you had and decided to try out the Krylon Bauhaus Gold on it but it turned out almost a neon orange – did this happen to you on your first coat of paint? Or did I put too much primer on? It really doesn't look mustard – it looks more orange. :S Please let me know if this happened to you – thanks!

  71. Brooke @ says:

    It's the little things,
    No, I didn't have that "orange" problem, but I wonder if you need a different can of spray paint. A few times when I have bought spray paint, the color has been inconsistent. I don't know if the spray paint was old, but I have experienced some color discrepancies. Good luck!

  72. these are amazing! I have been trying to talk my husband into a yellow/grey/black bedroom for almost 3 years and I showed him yours and now he wants those nightstands and has let me start the planning for the change!! TY!!!
    anyways…can you tell me what brand they are or were there any markings that I could use to search for them? or something similar? And how many cans of spray paint did that take??

    Thank you for sharing all your secrets!

  73. I am a new fan of your blog, and I have to say- that end table is gorgeous!!! I am loving some yellow lately and I just may have to try that Krylon color somewhere in our bedroom!!

  74. owenmdjc says:

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  75. The Owen Family says:

    I love your style and color choices…I am about to spray something that Bauhaus Yellow, however I did a test spray and it seems a little more orange then mustard…but your night stands look like the PERFECT color! Have you used Krylon sun yellow before? if so, how do they compare?
    I want it more yellow then orange!
    Thanks for your help…. I hope you had fun on Good Things Utah, I didn't get to watch since I don't live in Utah…

  76. I had the same issue with the Bauhaus Gold. I used Sun Yellow and it worked perfectly!

  77. Classy Clutter says:

    I featured these nightstands in a post today! LOVE them!

    Thanks for being so awesome!

    HAPPY FALL!! yay!

    xoxo, Mallory @ Classy Clutter

  78. I found you through Mallory and Savannah at Classy Clutter and have been oh-so-inspired by your creativity and craftiness!

    I am new to blogging and new to crafting (well sort of…always been a craft at heart!)

    I had my first refinishing adventure this weekend and just posted it on my blog! (and of course acknowledged that I learned from the best…YOU!)

    I'm still learning about how to make a gorgeous blog, but it's a start!

    Please check it out:

  79. Cowgirl Coley says:

    Oh. My. Gawd! Those are beautiful!!!

  80. Momma Bug Brittany says:

    Hello! I know I'm discovering this a bit late, but I was wondering if you did any kind of finish on this to protect the paint job. This is exactly the color I want for a buffet I'm refinishing and I want to make sure it's just as gorgeous as these : )

  81. I can't get over how gorgeous these are. Truly an inspiring transformation Brooke!

  82. I love the yellow.. Could you tell me what brand and name of paint color did your use? I want to use this exact color of yellow on my next project :)

  83. “Yellow Furniture” was a wonderful article. In case it owned even more images it would probably be even even better.
    Regards -Estela

  84. WoW! What a lovely job and excellent vision. I have a very similar piece which is hexagonal in shape and want to paint it the colour that is shown just before your painted them yellow some kind of a copper look( The second picture from the top). You inspire and motivate me a lot. This is going to be my first project.


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