I found this nightstand and loved the shape, but especially the pulls! It obviously needed painting and the bottom drawer needed its stop reinstalled but other than that it was in good shape… but strangely heavy for its size!
I hadn’t quite decided what I wanted to do with it yet, but I wanted to see if the top and drawer fronts were viable for stain… so I removed the old finish with 220 grit sandpaper, most of the original finish was already gone so this was a quick and easy process…
The top drawer has been sanded, the bottom drawer front stained in Dark Walnut Watco Oil.
Now onto the top… this is what it looked like before… not good right? Look closely at those two stains I’ve circled, they will come back to haunt me!
Look how beautiful it looks after sanding! It looks perfect doesn’t it? Can you still see those two stains, now in the top middle of the picture? They wouldn’t come out and darkened when I tried to stain the top. I’m pretty sure these are cigarette burns, but the piece doesn’t smell like smoke… any ideas?
So I had to move to option 2, paint the top, of course I should have primed it because even after 2 coats those stains kept showing through.. ARGH! So I had to sand down those little areas and apply a couple of coats of Kilz and then repaint to even up the finish… VERY frustrating!
Even though I was frustrated I love the end results! It is painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Provence…
I used some gold Rub-N-Buff on the highlights…
I just cleaned up the hardware and used it as is… beautiful!
I waxed the entire piece with Annie Sloan Clear wax, buffed it with 0000 steel wool and then shined it up with a soft cloth!
I’m keeping this one and using it in my eldest daughter’s “new” room! I just love walking by her room and seeing it everyday!
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