After two coats of primer, I spent more time on the internet and learned I should have bought an "adhesive" primer for the shiny laminate on the estate-sale TV stand and my light sanding was not going to give me a finish that would not chip off. No matter -- instead of an improved piece going to a thrift shop, I now had a total throwaway and didn't have to try to fix the misaligned screws and other flaws. Here's what the too-short TV stand looks like trying to play the role of Bedside Table in my bedroom. It is painted in the lightest version of the wall color on the paint-chip strip.
To give it a fair chance, I covered my quilt with an old comforter, plain off-white side up, and added colored pillows and a small wall quilt folded at the bottom of the bed -- that one is too small, but it helps my vignette look more "decorated." With the off-white comforter and nearly-white TV stand, we felt we had to take the linen shades off the sconces. We thought the results were not bad, but started to think about other finish colors - a somewhat more intense version of what's on the wall? Or perhaps gray?? So I grabbed our Marcus Thomas goldfinches print with its gray frame and placed it in the scene. We did like how the frame color echos the metal finish of the sconce.