The Bear spent the winter building a nightstand for the GB. He drew up the plans himself and he did very well (he wrote about it too). The drawer glides smoothly, the cabinet door fits snugly in its frame. He likes to build furniture and he's getting better the more he builds; I've put in an order for an expandable kitchen table (I'm patient).
We tried milk paint for the nightstand, J.E Moser's Genuine Old-Fashioned Milk Paint in Cream, which we bought from a local woodworking supplier. It's tough to work with but we like the finish. It looks old-fashioned, smooth, flat and a little transparent. He used Danish oil finish for a topcoat. The drawer and cabinet pulls are antique green glass, from a collection handed down to the Bear by his late grandfather, another great woodworker. I had a hard time choosing; I almost went with the red enameled porcelain ones but I love how the green glass catches the light.
She was overjoyed when we put the nightstand in her room. She carefully chose the items on top of the nightstand: her Maggie Rabbit, a three-piece wooden matryoshka we gave her, her tissues in a box like a birdhouse and her Lego Friends calendar that she assembles (slightly incorrectly) by herself every month. In the drawer, she placed her four lip balms - two flavored Bonnie Bell Lipsmackers and two plain Chapsticks given to her by the dentist. These are the things she wants near her bed right now, at six years and six months old.
He inscribed the bottom:
Made with love by [P.H.]
For his daughter [E.H.]
He makes my heart so full.