She went ahead and gave me one of her pillow cases and we toyed around with different color options. Because she had a teal colored accent wall we decided to keep them neutral and went with a creamy white, Vanilla Frosting by Country Chic Paint (middle sample).
Since the nighstands were very dark and shiny I did a little extra in my prep. I sanded the pieces with 180 and then 220 grit sandpaper and then cleaned well. I also used oil based white primer to make sure there was no bleed through. Even with those steps I still experienced a little bleed through after painting and had to go back and repeat the primer and paint again. I expect this with these dark pieces. After painting I went ahead and sealed with polyeurethane. I also filled hardware holes and updated to some fun new knobs.
Can you believe the difference a lighter paint color and some updated hardware made on these pieces?