Sooo it’s getting pretty darn cold out there. What’s up with that? Even though our garage is insulated, it’s so cold in there that we can’t work on any furniture projects. Both for the actual furniture finishes and our fingers. So, my kitchen currently looks like this.
Anybody else’s? Bueller? Bueller? This may be the only time I ever say it… but I love that linoleum right now. So easy to wipe any paint drips off of. Please don’t shun our blog because of that bold statement. I only partially meant it.
On the bright side, we were able to get quite a bit accomplished (although some projects are Christmas gifts so we can’t share those until January) including our nightstand makeover! When we bought it it had some scratches and stains and looked generally old and on the cheaper side. Here’s the grand before and after : )
This was one of those projects that started out one way, and ended a completely other. Since we don’t have a specific primer that we’re in love with yet, we’ve started experimenting and using a different primer on each piece. This one received Zinssers Bulls Eye 1-2-3 in a can initially.
So off and away we sprayed. The coverage was better than I expected from a spray can, but we didn’t really end up getting to test the durability of it with latex paint because…
I finally went and bought some Annie Sloan chalk paint!
And clearly when you get new toys you want to play with them, no matter how old you are. So, instead of the cute little red stenciled nightstand I was originally envisioning, it got a few coats of Napoleonic Blue! We have a really cute boutique in Royal Oak that sells the paint and items that have been painted with the different colors which makes it so fun to pick a color. I went in wanting one color, and walked out with another. I’m sensing a theme here.
I applied it with a small brush and after it dried put one coat of wax all over the piece using a cloth, and then followed up with a second wax coat on the top and lower shelf for extra durability.
Very simple! I love how the chalk paint leaves a different dimension than standard paint, and the wax is much easier to apply than I thought.
I ended up keeping the original hardware (which also looks like it would serve as a bedside bottle opener if you’re into that sort of thing am-i-right), but as you can see, it was in not-so-good shape. I gave it a few sprays of Rustoleums Champagne Mist and she was as good as new.
To add a little more interest to the piece, I took some thicker wrapping paper (I may or may not have binge bought tons of types already in prep for the holidays. They’re all just so pretty!) and cut it to the dimensions of the drawer.
Put it together and what have you got?…
A cute nightstand : )
I’m officially in love with the chalk paint and am already onto my next project! This blue color is too pretty to keep in a can : ) What do you think?