I have a pair of these bedside cabinets - they are drab and dark and were crying out for a lighten up!
They are solid pine, and the sides were built out of tongue and groove panels, which gave me the idea to go a bit different with the colours. Firstly I sanded, cleaned and primed them, and painted them white (plain, untinted white). Then I had some fun adding stripes to the sides in some of my favourite colours. I also did each drawer and knob a different colour, before distressing and waxing with liming wax.
I am still working on the second one, but here are photos I took of the first one
Looking at them in their before state just made me feel depressed...but now they make me smile :)
I think they bring a touch of summer to the middle of winter...not that it gets very cold here at all!
I think they go pretty nicely with my cushions!
I love this side by side comparison pic....ahhh the wonders of paint!