Part of the fun of furniture restoration is the hunt for unique pieces! A move from dorm life to a small off campus New York apartment for youngest daughter, had all eyes open for small, multitasking dynamos! My local Habitat Restore just happened to be bursting with side tables, night stands and end tables at the perfect time. Although she passed on these matching vintage Broyhill Diamond Head Series night stands, I did not!
The Diamond Head series was beautiful and sculptural, featuring a unique cubist pattern. From Broyhill’s Original description of this line, “A romantic new furniture collection inspired by one of America’s most dramatic landmarks- Diamond Head in Hawaii. The exciting diamond head motif is reminiscent of the craggy slopes of Diamond Head as they capture the light-shelter the shadows.” Well, what a description! I would have been sold!
These nightstands were in great shape, but had some area of worn, eaten away finish. The drawer fronts, tops and sides are pecan, but the frame and cubist design are made of Futuron, according to Broyhill, a “wood synthetic miracle.” So Mid century and Futuristic, but impossible to refinish! They were the perfect candidates for paint, and I decided to veer away from white or gray and go blue. Coastal Blue by General Finishes was the perfect choice for these cuties! This was first time using this gorgeous color, but not my last. This rich, almost navy blue is an amazing choice for MCM pieces, but worked magic to showcase the sculptural cubist design, left unpainted.
These pieces were sealed with General Finishes High Performance Topcoat for a silky smooth modern look. The original hardware was cleaned up and shined with Bar Keepers Friend and is simply amazing!
A move out of my comfort zone over to the blue side was the right choice. These nightstands sold immediately with a long list of interested buyers. Let unique pieces be unique and think out of the box, if you think it will work for the your piece. Painting with color may shock your brushes, but is so much fun! Would you use navy in your home? I’d love to know what you think.