We don't have night stands. The last place we used bookshelves, and were fortunate to have sconces built in. Now we don't. However, I do have an old occasional table (from Target clearance, where else?) It was dark and dinged up, so I decided to spray paint it and lighten the look.
Here it is in our previous house.
It took several coats. I used a primer, then gray paint, then a gloss top coat for extra durability. Over the course of about a week (I had my work schedule and rain to contend with) we had a new night stand!
Its a light gray, and in person its more of a blue-gray.
It's functional and only cost me a few dollars for spray paint.
What do you think?