For the 5th and final blog post in this week long series showcasing furniture makeovers I’ve done, I’m going to show you the little nightstand I did for my oldest daughter. I was looking for a small one for her room because she doesn’t have a lot of space and needed several other pieces of furniture including a large bed since this is the room we have to use for guests when they come. I found just what I was looking for at a little thrift shop but when I got it home I realized it smelled terribly of cigarette smoke. I hoped I could get rid of that smell or I knew I’d be getting rid of this piece pretty quickly and would have just wasted my money! Not something I take too kindly to!
So this is what it looked like before. Plain, dainty, cute lines but a bit worse for wear. And did I mention smelly??? I gave it a really good couple of washes to make sure all the dirt and cigarette smoke was off it at least, inside and out. Then I coated the entire thing, inside and out, with 2 coats of Kilz Max Stain and Odor Blocking Primer/Sealer. I let it air out really well and dry in the sun too.
Next I taped off the body of the nightstand covering it with newspaper and just leaving the entire top exposed.
I spray painted the top with Rustoleum semi-gloss black. I did several light coats and let it dry really well before I took off all the newspaper covering the rest of the nightstand. For the rest of the outside of the nightstand I painted it with 2 coats of a medium to dark gray chalk paint. The inside of the drawer I painted in a cream semi-gloss I had left over from painting some trim in my home. The inside of the open bottom of the nightstand I painted with Waverly chalk paint in “Pool”.
My favorite wax to finish off pieces like this is Varathane Paste Finishing Wax. It goes on beautifully with a soft cloth and provides a wonderful finish. As always I used my favorite Zibra paintbrushes!
You may have guessed by now the overall theme of this room! I will show you the entire room one day soon when I finish it. I’m still working on a couple pieces of furniture for in here. This was a very simple little project that took very little time to complete and if you know how to use a paintbrush, you can do something like this. No fancy finishes or techniques on this one. I resisted the urge! 🙂
Here is a peek at part of the room. There is a desk currently being worked on for under those canvases.
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