One Room Challenge: Nightstands + Chairs

By Kate Riley April 26, 2017

I’m still halfway around the world and today I’m taking a train from Norway to Sweden. It’s pretty crazy that I scheduled a trip in the middle of the One Room Challenge, but feeling good that most of the products are in place for the final photo shoot when I get back. Today I’m popping in for the Week Four update!

One of my goals with this challenge was to get matching nightstands for both sides of my bed. It’s true nightstands don’t have to match in any bedroom and there are ways to mismatch your nightstands, but for this space I thought why not go with a set, one that adds a little extra storage to the room and I decided a chest of drawers worked best.

I had a tough time finding just the right set. I knew I wanted wood and white and they had to be just the right size to fit on both sides of the bed. I like my nightstands to be a little higher than the mattress with sufficient room for a lamp, book, candle, jewelry dish, etc.

Eventually I chose a pair of the Cosmo three drawer dressers for their size and shape. However for the space they felt like too much dark wood since I already have new stained oak floors, and the two dark walnut dressers are staying in the space. So what’s a girl to do? Lighten them up, of course!





I wanted a wood and white combination so that’s what I did just like with this chest and this dresser. Sure I’m repeating myself but the look never gets old.

I tweaked these small chests by painting the draws a warm white and changing the finish of the super cool knobs from shiny chrome to a matte brass. Meet one of my two new nightstands.



My original idea was to make the drawer fronts textured with paintable grasscloth wallpaper. But when I looked at it up close it felt like an unwinnable texture war going on between the oak and wallpaper so I scrapped that idea and went with just paint to give the dresser its two tone look.




I primed and painted the drawers an off white color (first Zinsser primer then Ben Moore’s ‘Monterey White’). I also spray painted the unique pulls a gold color to mimic matte brass, both of these spray paints will give you the look.


Here’s the final result!



Two more additions to the space are a set of club chairs to sit under the big window. I chose the tailored tufted Loft chair in Azure and I’ll be adding a faux fur throw too, both from All Modern.




Catch up on my fellow participants and their progress in Week Four below!

Chris Loves Julia | Christine Dovey | Dwell With Dignity | The English Room

Glitter Guide | House of Brinson | House Updated | J+J Design Group | Lark & Linen | Abby Manchesky

Nesting Place | Old Brand New | Old Home Love | The Pink Pagoda | Rambling Renovators

Erica Reitman | Sketch 42 | Suburban B’s | Erin Williamson Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by CIH




More details on my bedroom space next week and all the Big Reveals are coming on May 10th!



  1. I hope you enjoy your trip, sounds amazing. I love the nightstands that you chose, especially after you painted them. It not only lightened them up but gave them a bit more of a modern flair.

  2. I have the same nightstands in my daughter’s room. I think I’ll give hers a make-over too. Yours look fabulous. Have fun on your trip! Sweden is one of my very favorite places to visit–from Lund, to Gothenburg, to Jonkoping to Stockholm. Enjoy!

  3. Nice job on the nightstand! Holy smokes! Quick question: did you use the Krylon Short Cuts on the gold spraypainted knobs / drawer handles as well? I am just starting to experiment with gold spray paint and am finding that it’s trickier to deal with than flat colors. For example, a clear coat over gold often dulls the finish. Also, gold without a finish can “tarnish” if you touch it or handle it incorrectly. Have you ever had that experience with any of your gold spray paint projects?

    Can’t wait to see the final room!

    • I haven’t had a problem with Krylon’s finish and I’ve used it for years. :)

  4. Have you used paintable wallpaper before? I just papered a wall with it and not happy at all with the application or the wear of it after 6 months. I don’t think I’ll ever use it again!

    • No I’ve never used it Laura, thank you for sharing your experience!

  5. I love the two-tone look of the nightstands! This definitely gives them an updated look. I’m moving into a condo soon that has old wooden kitchen cabinets and I need ideas for lighting them up and updating them. Do you have any ideas, any articles in your archives that you can send to me at [email protected]? I would greatly appreciate it!

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