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Paint is one of the quickest, easiest and most effective way to make changes in your home. Whether it be on your walls or on furniture, paint can make a world of difference!
When I bought that set of furniture for $40 at a yard sale for my master bedroom makeover this nightstand was one of the pieces that was included. I have already refinished the tall chest and shared how to repair veneer here, and then I refinished the long dresser and mirror. Since the top of both of those was in good condition, I stripped and stained it and then painted the bottom portion. The nightstand was too small and too short to use in my master bedroom but was a perfect fit for a small space I had in my guest room for a nightstand.
But first it needed a bit of help. There was a small portion near the bottom leg on the side that I had to fill and sand to repair the veneer (you can see how to do that in this post). But otherwise, I just gave it a light sanding to smooth out as many scratches and nicks as possible.
Since this has a mahogany finish on it, I had to use a stain blocker like I learned with the first dresser to prevent the mahogany stain from bleeding through the white paint. Then the process was easy – just 2 coats of Behr Premium Plus Paint + Primer in One in Ultra Pure White in semi-gloss applied with a small roller. I gave the hardware a light coat of oil rubbed bronze spray paint and then lightly distressed the edges of the nightstand with sandpaper.
And here’s the after!
I have very little space on this side of the bed in my guest room but wanted to have something in there to hold a lamp, clock, and for people to put their phone/glasses at night. This nightstand is PERFECT for this space.
And with its fresh coat of white paint, it looks like it belongs too!
I LOVE the open cubby at the bottom. Perfect for a basket to hold magazines or snacks or whatever I wish for my guests.
Since white painted furniture can tend to get a bit of nicks and scratches over time, distressing it lightly from the beginning helps hide some of that. Plus I just like how distressing brings out some of the character and lines of the piece. You can distress as much or as little or not distress at all – completely up to you!
Before this cubby space sort of got lost. Now that it is bright white – it looks a lot bigger and the basket really pops with color and texture.
It goes perfect in this room!
I can’t wait to show you the rest of this room. I have showed you the $20 yard sale metal nightstand, the yard sale mirror that got a second makeover, and the $1 wicker stool and $2 metal decor piece that all got paint makeovers for this room. I have a long dresser (actually my childhood dresser) that still needs a makeover and then a tall armoire that needs to be repainted too. Then I can share complete before/after pictures. I love the new Behr color on the walls too (Gateway Gray by Behr Marquee).
So grab a can of paint and makeover something in your home! It can be something as small as a nightstand or piece of furniture or an entire room. But it can make a huge difference.