This past week I decided to practice painting another piece of furniture that we had around the house. I actually painted this nightstand before with white paint and coated it with a dark stain. It really isn’t my personal taste. I like distressing and making furniture look like a piece of art. I feel like the way it turned out made it look dirty. Some people like the look I achieved (which is great!), but again, it’s not my personal choice. At the end of the day, it is in my home and I have to live with it.
I started this small project by wiping off the nightstand with a little dish soap and water.
Since the nightstand was previously painted, I felt that it did not need to be primed (because I was going to be using latex paint on this). I decided to use paint that I had around the house. I had left over latex paint from my dining room, which is called “Gatherings” from Magnolia Market. It is a light warm grey that is the perfect neutral for almost any space. I brushed on two coats of Gatherings and 3 coats of Bauhaus Buff (white neutral) chalk paint from Amy Howard.
I let this dry a full 24 hours before light distressing. You don’t need to wait this long. I’ve heard of many people distressing as soon as it’s dry to the touch. I used a sanding block this time and wasn’t a huge fan. For my last project I used sheets of sandpaper and I felt that let me get into the crevices much easier. After distressing, I added a white dry brush technique to the nightstand. I love adding a little bit of white for dimension and character.
I applied a thin coat of poly for some protection. I would recommend more thin coats if you are going to sell a piece.
I spray painted the handles black to get a classic farmhouse look.