Today’s project is a makeover carried out by my friend Christelle. According to Christelle, this makeover is easy and takes very little time. The result was nevertheless amazing.
Here is how the nightstand looked when it reached Christelle’s workshop. The piece was originally painted in blue. Traces of white paint can also be seen. It has been randomly sanded but it seems the previous owner gave up on the project.
The lower shelf was missing (you can see the ground from this inside of the nightstand).
Table of Contents
Sanding and Cleaning the Nightstand
First, Christelle gave the nightstand a good clean and sanded it until she got a smooth finish. She then removed all the sanding dust. The nightstand was almost ready for painting. She explained prepping time was about half a hour.
Cutting New Shelf for the Nightstand
Before painting the nightstand, she cut a new lower shelf.
Painting the Curved Legs Nightstand
The nightstand was entirely painted with black paint, including the drawer and the inside of the piece. It took two coats of paint to achieve an even finish.
Painting job was done during a sunny day so Christelle chose to paint outside. Painting your furniture outside may sound like good idea. In the event you do not have a dedicated space for DIY projects, it may be a good idea. However, you must be extra careful. Fresh paint job may be ruined very easily. Don’t paint on a windy day as wind may carry dust and dried leaves that will stick to your freshly repainted furniture. In the same way, watch closely for animals (including birds) which might come near your project.
Paint was sealed using a clear wax.
Last step, Christelle added a new drawer knob since the previous one was missing. She chose an antique style faux key knob. The golden color of the knob creates an attractive contrast to the plain black color of the nightstand.
Here is the nightstand painted black. I think the black color highlights the curvy legs of the piece.
- 220-grit Sandpaper
- Paint brush
- Black paint. Our favorite black paints for furniture include Dixie Belle Caviar black Paint (chalk paint) and Rust-Oleum, Eclipse color (milk paint).
- Clear Paste Wax
- Drawer knob: the round one or the faux key knob.
The black painted nightstand found its place in our furniture painter’s bedroom.
I hope you like this makeover as much as I do. Feel free to share you own DIY or ask any questions you may have.
Save this project for later!