My Nightstand: Dark and Gloomy No More.

Old White chalk paint.

The project I am sharing with you today is my nightstand. Although it's functional as-is, I thought it was dark and gloomy, so I lightened it up with Old White chalk paint.

Before:

Original nightstand before paint.

The finish on the nightstand is a shiny smooth "factory finish".

Slick factory finish on nightstand

When using Chalk Paint over a slick surface such as this I start out with a very light base coat of paint. I don't concern myself with getting full coverage or an even finish while applying the first coat.

Apply a light base coat of chalk paint over slick surfaces

Here it is with the first coat applied. I know it looks a horrible at this point, but trust me it gets better.

Light base coat applied.

Next I applied the second coat, using more paint than the first coat, and spread out the paint to get good coverage. Because there isn't much pigment to the white paint I went ahead and applied a light third coat. Most darker colors won't need a third coat of paint. I did a light sanding afterwards to smooth out the paint and added a little distressing.

Apply a full second coat of paint.

After:

Ah so much better now!

Nightstand painted in Old White.

Nightstand transformed with Chalk Paint.

I switched out the drawer knob with an antique knob. I think it adds a touch of elegance to the piece.

Antique drawer knob.


Top of nightstand.

I keep a jar with some silk peonies on the nightstand.

Bouquet of peonies.

Here's the nightstand in my bedroom. I think it looks lovely.

Freshly painted nightstand.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

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I used original Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan for this project. If you use a different type of paint, you might need to use primer as your base coat.

Comments

  1. It was nice to start with but it looks super cute now.

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  2. Shows what a can of paint can do to completely transform a piece of furniture. So pretty now!

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    1. Thank you Marie! I really like it so much better now.

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  3. This is totally, completely, without a doubt a gorgeous table

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    1. Thank you! I love seeing it at night when I go to bed and again in the morning when I wake up.

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