It’s Raining Nightstands!

OK… so maybe it’s not really raining nightstands, but I’ve recently picked up a lot of them and I have a few to share with you today!

This is one side of a vintage vanity that someone removed from the original piece… it is very old… and I think cool looking.


After filling in some holes & sanding it down I painted it in a coat of Aubusson, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I heavily distressed this piece, I think it really called for it, and sealed it with Annie Sloan clear wax.


vintage aubusson blue painted nightstand

I soaked the handles in ammonia and water overnight… this is how they turned out… I liked them this way so I didn’t paint them!

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This is a Pulaski piece, it has a great leggy look going for it and was in pretty good shape.


Here it is now! I painted it with CeCe Caldwell’s Pittsburgh Gray, a very beautiful pure gray that I cannot get with mixing the Annie Sloan paints… this will be my new go-to gray for sure!


Pulaski nightstand painted Pittsburg Gray CeCe Caldwell Paint

I sprayed the handles in Heirloom White, not sure if I’m 100% sold on them or not, but overall I love the piece! It fits PERFECTLY in my foyer beside the front door… it may just find a permanent home there Winking smile

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This is you typical “French” style nightstand, it is made by Dixie and is in very good shape… probably circa 1970ish… I thought this mirror was glued on but it was just stuck to the top with what I think was perfume… so strange!



This one just “said” Pure White to me, so that is what I painted it… I had to sand down quite a bit of it so I first sprayed it with a coat of Kilz primer before I painted it with the Pure White Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.


vintage Dixie French nightstand painted white

I very lightly distressed it, painted the handle gold and waxed the piece with Annie Sloan clear wax. Nice. Simple.Clean… sometimes that’s just the way to go!


Now this one was a pain in my backside! It doesn’t look that bad does it? Well it was COVERED in paint drips… and one cannot simply paint over paint drips! I wouldn’t ever want someone to think I had dripped and not fixed it… so one thing led to another and I was using my heat gun to remove the paint and well I just never could find a good stopping point! I pretty much stripped the whole darn thing! I think I spent 3 hours stripping… the heat gun was warm the garage was cold it wasn’t all bad…



I just LOOOVE it so much now! I think it has a nice masculine vibe to it… don’t you?



I removed all of the peeling veneer off of the top as well, and stained it Dark Walnut. The paint is Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Chateau Grey, which is not grey at all but more of an army green? My Super Awesome Hubby made a new backsplash from some vintage tiger oak we had leftover from another project… did you even notice the original was not symmetrical… I did and it was driving me crazy!

vintage nightstand painted green

The accent pieces are painted with a mix of chalk paints that I called “Bone” and the lions heads pulls are painted a brown metallic. The “original” knobs on this piece were acrylic… so don’t be concerned… I didn’t distress this piece at all and I am totally digging the look!

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This last nightstand is my favorite of this bunch… I’m not sure why exactly but I really do love it!

As always thanks for stopping by…

Until next time!

P.S. When my Hubby and I were discussing what pieces I should work on next he mentioned a few more nightstands we had, I said “no, we need to work on something else” to which he replied “good, otherwise you’d need to change your business name to ‘One Nightstand'”… Get it? Did I happen to mention that not only is he handy he is the king of corny jokes 🙂 boy do I love that man of mine!

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Elizabeth & Co., Savvy Southern Style, Domestically Speaking, From My Front Porch to Yours

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  1. I love every one of the little nite stands. The colors are great also. Would love to find nite stands like those. Kathy Nielsen


  2. Wow, one pretty piece after another! I wish it would rain furniture at my house! … And Susan, did you know that you are a noreply commentor? I always appreciate your comments and often reply, only to realize once I push send that my reply really doesn’t go anywhere!


  3. You find the best pieces to work on! i wonder if heavily distressed pieces will hold their appeal. I am noticing that I don’t care for them a much as I do for un-distressed pieces. please don’t tell Ce-Ce and Annie. They might just cut off my supply of chalk paint. LOL
    Why do you think your Aubusson looks green and mine looks blue? Something wrong with my monitor?
    I like the last nightstand best. Tres chic.


  4. Hi Susan. I recently spent 3 weekends sanding and stripping some very curvey and detailed pieces. What a pain! Can you share more info on the heat gun and technique?


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