After some color inspiration from my friend Christina of Phoenix Restoration I settle on the bold option of Klein Blue. Christina and I did a paint swap with some General Finishes milk paint colors we had and I swapped for this blue. It's definitely bold, but I also think the color screams mid century. It also matched my shoes which I found quite amusing.
So after all the prep work I had done to stain these puppies, painting them was a breeze :) They were sanded down to raw wood so the paint went on so well and they have a super smooth finish! It took 3 coats to get full coverage, and once the paint cured for a few days I sealed them with General Finishes poly in satin. 2 coats was enough for an even and durable finish (love their poly, you should try it!). One a side note, while I was applying the first coat of poly (at 12:30am, I'm a late night worker, what can I say!), our dog started getting sick after eating some non-pet safe slug bait, so my mom and I had a fun late night emergency trip to the vet which resulted in staying up until 4am! That's what I think of, when I think of these nightstands! ha!
I kept the original hardware on these because it's awesome, fits the style of the pieces and would be incredibly hard to change. I painted the handles the same blue and shined up the previously gold-ish chipping finish so now it's a nickel color. Like I do with campaign hardware, I used Bar Keeper's Friend and the scrubby side of a sponge to shine these up metal parts of the hardware. It took a while and my hands were cramping up, but it was worth it! If they didn't clean up well I would have painted them, but I think this is a better option that painting. The color appears incredibly bright blue in these photos, but I assure you, it's not this bright in person, but a deeper blue :)