I’ve been on a roll ever since Elise and I talked chalk paint now, well, way too long ago. Since catching this bug, I’ve had my eye on this nightstand I bought as a two’fer deal. I was originally looking for French Provisional furniture for my office and got this with a matching dresser. Since there isn’t room or need for it in my office, and I’ve been using a TV tray for a nightstand, I figured this would be a perfect project.
The picture on the right doesn’t quite capture the stains and discoloration of the nightstand quite like it did in parson. Scrubbing didn’t improve it. Because it has a lacquer type finish I was dreading sanding and painting or staining it. It’s old enough that I feared it might splinter and crack, so really, chalk paint was the perfect solution!
For this project I used:
- The nightstand
- Americana Decore in white and black
- Americana finishing wax
- Painters tape
- New hardware
- Drop cloths
- 2 2″ paint brushes
- A fine tipped paint brush
I taped everything.
Because the surface is curved and shaped, I worked with very small strips of tape that I fit to the form of the wood. I also decided to accent the original design, but in my own colors.
This wound up being something of a paint-by-numbers project, but if it ain’t broke–don’t fix it! But really, the lines and work on the nightstand were beautiful, so I wanted to preserve that, even as I updated it a bit.
I decided to start out in black paint on the drawers just to get my feel of the paint and surface down before I moved on to the nightstand structure. On the right you can see the results of just one coat. After my dismal experience with the homemade chalk paint, I was thrilled with the evenness and coverage of the store-bought paint.
The first night I worked on this, I tackled everything I intended to paint black. I figured with three coats on, the coverage was about as good as I was going to get it, and then I could do more detail work in white and with a finer brush. I’m inserting the images as a gallery. Click on them for a larger view.
I picked up the next day painting in white. I started with a larger, 2″ brush and switched to a small, fine tip one to tackle the detail work and spot checks.
I really should have taken more pictures of this part, but what else could I show you?
Look! I painted a white leg!
Of the white surfaces, I was most worried about the top, which was a hard, plastic type surface. But, the chalk paint held on wonderfully. It’s been maybe a month or more since I completed this project and it works awesome.
Apply the wax! The finishing wax seals the chalk paint and gives it a slight shine. I’ve found it to also have a smoother, more water resistant surface. I highly recommend using the wax.
Once the wax dries, you’re done! Apply your hardware and stage your furniture. 🙂