The white laminate nightstand pictured above was another one of my Value Village finds - and cost me a whopping $9.99 + tax.
At first glance it didn't look too shabby - but a closer look revealed stains, warped spots, and ingrained dirt. Also - I didn't get the oversized knob. I'm sure its supposed to be whimsical/child like, but...
After cleaning and sanding a couple rough spots on the top, I primed the nightstand with Zinsser Cover Stain. I let the primer dry, then lightly sanded to remove brush strokes and drips before applying two coats of RustOleum American Accents paint in wild flower blue. Note: Its important to prime laminate before painting, otherwise your paint will eventually bubble. On a positive note - you don't need to sand before priming.
A crystal knob, purchased at Anthropologie on sale for $2.95, added a lovely finishing touch.
It'll look perfect in one of the guest rooms in our Montana cabin (between two twin beds). Purchasing a similar night stand brand-new could have cost me as much as $145.00.