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Nightstand Revamp

July 18, 2012 Sarah Coggins

I inherited a few pieces of furniture from my maternal grandmother. Growing up, I had the full bedroom set in my room. Today, only the dresser, mirror and nightstand. I love these pieces. They are sentimental and well made, solid wood. Both pluses. The only dislike – the cream/gold finish and how aged they have become. For quite a while I’ve debated painting them but something else was always taking priority. Now that we’re staging our home for sale, I decided to bite the bullet and attempt the nightstand. Better to test on the smaller piece and have a little experience (plus a sure fire plan) before playing with the dresser and mirror.

A partial “before” photo of the nightstand and corner of the room:

Nightstand Before

I searched online for ideas and tips about spray painting it. I came across this detailed post on the Tip Junkie and referenced it throughout.

I used Valspar primer & paint (color: Indigo Streamer). Then sealed it with Minwax Polycrylic spray. The nightstand had a gritty feel to it after it had dried. On a whim, I took an old washcloth and gently buffed it in a circular motion. It smoothed it out nicely.

I originally planned to replace the hardware, but not finding any I liked and wanting to save money, I followed a suggestion from Scrap Me Baby blog and simply spray painted the existing handles. I used a silver, hammered finish spray paint by Rustoleum that we already owned.

Nightstand Hardware: Before & After

The end result …

Nightstand After

I am thrilled with the way it turned out. Like a brand new piece. My only regret is not doing this sooner! I will be refinishing the dresser & mirror to match but, for now, am waiting until we move. I have a lot of packing still to do and that needs to take priority!

  • Benita July 18, 2012 at 9:42 am
    Wow, what an awesome change! Love the way it turned out & your lamp shade matches with it perfectly! Great job :) BTW, where are you moving to?
  • ter@waaoms July 18, 2012 at 10:12 am
    good job when/where are you moving??
  • Julie S. July 18, 2012 at 3:48 pm
    That turned out gorgeous! I love it!
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