Today I'm sharing the finished pair of nightstands that I posted a preview of a few weeks ago. The nightstands were not initially a set, but both have a similar scale, so I applied a similar finish to coordinate them as a pair of shabby chic nightstands.
Before & During
|Vintage nightstands before|
|Difference between the first and second coat of paint|
|Use sandpaper to create a distressed finish|
Federal Style NightstandThe single drawer nightstand is a vintage Federal style circa 1960's. It has classical straight lines with a Hepplewhite drawer pull. Here's a photo collage of the single drawer nightstand:
|Federal style nightstand with Hepplewhite drawer pull in shabby chic finish|
It's the perfect size for an alarm clock and a book (16" wide x 13" deep x 27" high). The single drawer provides hidden storage to help keep the room neat and tidy.
|Dovetailed drawer joinery|
Duncan Phyfe Style NightstandNext is the Duncan Phyfe style nightstand circa 1940's. It has elegant curves and a slight flare to the tapered legs. Below is a photo a collage:
|Shabby chic Duncan Phyfe style nightstand with two drawers and bail pulls.|
The Duncan Phyfe nightstand features curvy elegant lines which is a beautiful contrast to the Federal style nightstand.
|Bowed drawer fronts with bail pulls|
It has bowed drawer fronts and also features dovetail joinery. This nightstand is about twice as deep as the other which gives plenty of space for storing items.
Both drawers provide lots of storage
I mentioned earlier the broken trim pieces. The side view below is a close up of the broken trim along the edge, but the paint and distressing somewhat camouflage and minimize the damage.
|Paint and distressing minimize broken trim|
|Shabby chic nightstands: before and after|
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I hope today's post gave you some inspiration for a project!
- Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan Old White paint and Soft Clear Wax. Click on the link to find where you can by her products from local stockists. Some stockists also ship via online orders.
- Paint brush
- Flexible sanding pad These come in a box of 20, but I cut them in half so I get 40! One box will last for a very long time. The pads also come in a superfine finish for even smoother results.
- Sandpaper (220-grit)
- Tack cloth (for removing sanding dust)
- Lint free rags for wiping off excess wax (you can use t-shirts, but since I sell my furniture I don't like to use old clothes on my projects). These can also be used to buff the wax.