Weekends Were Made for DIY | Nightstand Makeover


This morning when I went to turn off my alarm clock, my attention was immediately drawn to all of the scratches and imperfections on my nightstands. Granted these nightstands were found on the lovely streets of Los Angeles, being the type A person that I am, I could not stand to leave them like this another day . I decided they needed  a bit of a facelift  and headed over to my go-to craft store Joann Fabric, with a pit stop at Lowe’s Home Improvement. 


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LA Street Find 

For under $30 (with the help of some Joann Fabric Coupons) I upgraded my worn and paint chipped nightstands with the help of some chalk paint and metallic spray paint. I think chalk paint is the easiest way to give new life to piece of furniture without all of the hassle of heavy sanding and stripping. You can literally paint right over the existing finish. Below you will find the list of materials I used and the steps I took to achieve the final look.


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1. 3M Sanding Sponge ( Medium ) – Lowe’s Home Improvement

2. PLAID Folkart Home Decor Chalk Brush – Joann Fabric

3. PLAID Folkart Home Decor Chalk Paint in Grotto – Joann Fabric

4. Krylon Metallic Spray Paint in Metallic Brass – Joann Fabric

5. Phillips Head Screw Driver

The Process:

1. With a clean cloth, wipe off an existing dust and loose dirt.

2. To smooth out any dents or imperfections lightly sand the surface with your sanding sponge.

3. Remove the drawers and unscrew the handles with a Phillips head screw driver.

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4. Apply first coat of chalk paint, with your chalk paint brush. A little goes a long way.

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5. Let the piece dry for 15-20 minutes and then apply a second coat.

6. After the 2nd coat dries, you can decided whether or not you want to apply a third coat.

7. Apply a chalk paint finishing wax, to seal the paint. (I skipped this step for now because I’m contemplating adding a third coat)

8. Now for the handles. Place the handles on a piece of newspaper, hold the can 10-12 inches from the handles, and lightly spray the paint in a back and forth motion until they are covered.

9. After the handles have dried, screw them back on to the drawers and you’re done!

** Final look can be seen on the next post**


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