How to Make Over Ugly Free Nightstands With Paint!
I got these two nightstands from my neighbor for free. He posted them in our neighborhood Facebook group. What was I supposed to do, not take free nightstands? Besides, I was craving a new painting project…
One has the drawer on the top and one on the bottom. They are also slightly different sizes. So I decided not to paint them to match. Instead, I’m taking this opportunity to work with a little color, which is something I don’t usually do with paint projects for my house.
So for one I decided to do a slick black with a bright teal on the inset area. The other is an off-white with a bright purple in the inset area. I’m working with DecoArt paints today, as always, and although I regularly work for them, this project is not sponsored. 🙂
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- DecoArt Americana Decor Satin Enamels Classic Black
- DecoArt Americana Decor Satin Enamels True Teal
- DecoArt Americana Decor Satin Enamels Soft Linen
- DecoArt Americana Decor Indoor/Outdoor in Pansy
- Wooster angled brush and small paint roller
First, as with every painted furniture project, I removed the drawers and hardware. Then I wiped down everything with a wet rag and let it dry.
For the first nightstand, I put two coats of Classic Black on everything but the inset area. I always use a mixture of a brush and small roller for different parts of the process. Also, sometimes a roller is just faster and easier on bigger spaces like table tops and the sides of nightstands or shelving units.
Once the black was completely dry, I taped off the areas that bumped up against the unpainted parts and put two coats of True Teal on the inset. I added a simple new drawer pull to give the piece a more updated look, and that’s it!
For the other one…
As always, it’s amazing how much of a difference a few coats of paint can make! Now to find homes for these bad boys.