Gray nightstand for the guest room

A while back (like a LONG while back) I picked up this little nightstand or side table for $6 at a yard sale.  I just couldn’t pass it up for $6!  I never did find a place for it in our last home and so it sat in the garage.  When we moved I *almost* sold this instead of moving it but I really did love this little table and hoped I could find someplace to use it in our new home.  And I’m so glad I kept it!

$6 gray nightstand for the guest room

Because this is how it looks now!  I needed a small nightstand for this side of the bed in the guest room to just pull the bed out a little bit from the wall and give a place for a lamp and this table was perfect!

$6 gray nightstand for the guest room

The top and front was a bit rough so I sanded all that smooth. 

$6 gray nightstand for the guest room

That’s a question I get a lot is do I sand before I paint especially when I am using chalk paint.  The only parts I sand are damaged areas – knicks, scratches, dents, paint drips, and just general yuckiness.  You have to start with a smooth surface but you don’t have to sand all the paint off or go down to the raw wood – you are just wanting to smooth anything rough. 

Then I applied 2 coats of Rustoleum Country Gray Chalked paint (affiliate link).  I love this color and the way paint covers and goes on so well. 

$6 gray nightstand for the guest room

$6 gray nightstand for the guest room

I also gave the handle a quick coat of Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint (affiliate link).  I may eventually switch this handle out with something more fun but it looks so much better just cleaned up!

$6 gray nightstand for the guest room

The guest room is looking so much better!  I have one or two more projects I want to complete in here and then phase 1 of this room will be done! 

$6 gray nightstand for the guest room

So glad I found and kept this little table – it finally found a perfect spot in my guest room.

$6 yard sale nightstand makeover with Rustoleum Chalked Paint


  1. Omg, I have the exact table in my guest room painted black! I love the idea to put a basket on the shelf! I bought my table at a consignment shop for around $40!

    • Christina says:

      wow! yes, I really need to paint a piece of furniture black. I keep saying that and seeing pictures I love but haven’t done it yet.

  2. I’m glad you didn’t sell the little table because now you have found the perfect spot for it! How would you compare this chalk type paint with others that you have used? Your table looks great!

    • Christina says:

      me too! I have really only used DecoArt chalky finish paint and Rustoleum Chalked paint. I have never used any of the higher end chalky type paint. Between those two I like them both. I have used both on furniture too. They both work well.

  3. Do you put a wax coat on top of this paint? I love painting with chalk paint, but not so much covering it with the wax 😉

    • Christina says:

      they sell a clear sealer – sort of like a poly but meant to be used over chalk paint. I agree – not a huge fan of wax!

  4. I bought that exact paint a couple of weeks ago. Your table looks great. Now I really can’t wait to get started. I’m going to paint an old bookcase for our guest room.

  5. In all of your DIY’s, have you found one method of applying paint (for furniture) better than another? I recently overhauled a table and it was an awful experience. I took it to a “professional” and he agreed it was trying. I have better luck with staining but like a painted finish better.
    Thank you!

    • Christina says:

      Not necessarily. I have done it all – used regular latex paint, used chalk paint, used a roller, a foam roller, and a brush. I do think with latex paint if you use a brush vs a roller you see a lot more brush strokes so I tend to use a roller. With chalk paint I have almost always used a brush and there is virutally not brush marks. My preference is probably chalk paint and brush 🙂

  6. So sweet Christina! I can’t wait to see the rest of the room!!

  7. Love it! And such a good price too! At my local thrift store it would be at least $10 to $15!
    Love the grey paint.

  8. So cute!! Good save!! Thank you for sharing!

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