I hope you all are enjoying a little taste of Spring! I have some unknown plants starting to breakthrough the mulch and I’m excited to see what they will be..
First let me admit to you that I wasn’t planning on refinishing this, but I couldn’t sell it as is (trust me I tried)… I guess no one but me would be
stupid crazy enough to tackle this mess! Let me show you what I mean…
So the piece doesn’t look too bad in this picture right? Nice nightstand, good lines, what’s not to like?
OK, so the top is a little roughed up, why is that so scary? Can you see all of the craters divots?
This is what it looked like under the paint. I used my orbital sander, with 60 grit paper, to remove the super thick paint and this is what it revealed… clearly someone had removed the veneer from the top of this nightstand and really hacked away at it (it was not my Hubby I promise)! The white areas are holes that they filled (and not well) with something…
Seriously! Why would you go through the trouble of filling the holes but not fill the holes all the way?! This is why the top looked so bad! They must have just gotten fed up with it…
I filled all of the gouges with my favorite product for hardcore filling and repairs. It’s a two part product, Minwax High Performance Wood Filler, and let me tell you it is fabulous to work with… it’s a little stinky and you DON”T want to get it on your hands, but with it I can fill deep holes easily and it also helps rebuild missing parts like “magic”!
After I filled the holes I sanded the top down starting with 100 grit and finishing with 150. I only finish to 150 when I am painting a piece, had I been staining this I would have finished with 220 but obviously staining wasn’t an option. I also added this little wood piece to the back where the original piece was missing… nothing fancy but it gets the job done.
I primed the top with a white primer then painted the entire nightstand in Provence Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I also lightly distressed, waxed and buffed the piece. The drawer front was in good enough shape to stain so I stained it dark walnut, waxed it with clear wax and buffed it…
Here it is now in it’s new home!
Just look at how nicely the drawer front turned out!
You can’t see any indentions or problems with the top at all…
I’m glad now that no one wanted this because I needed another nightstand for my daughter’s room and this worked out perfectly!
Thanks for stopping by… hope you come back again soon!
Until next time…
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Miss Mustard Seed, Redoux Interiors
Great transformation! I know what you mean, some pieces take a lot of work just to get ready to paint. Painting is the fun part!
So glad I was able to find your comment list, I had to hunt for it : ) too early for me. ha!
Have a great day,
Thanks Deb! That comment section is hard to find, I should take some time to figure out how to improve it’s visibility!
Adorable, Love the color! Doesn’t look beat up at all!
Thanks so much Bridget! You’re right you can’t tell at all now!
What a beautiful makeover Susan! Have you got your business started back up and running now?
Thanks so much Deb! No, I haven’t started anything yet, I’m still working on the house and pieces I need painted that I have put off due to putting other projects first I’m sure you know what I mean.
What an amazing job your did and I love the color. I don’t understand why someone would do that either. If you are going to tackle a project do it right. The top looked horrible and now I see why .
Oh, it was an embarrassing mess! I bought it off an online auction, I couldn’t see the extent of the damage in the picture. Learned a lesson there 😉
Lovely transformation. Who would have thought it could turn into such a beauty? The wood on the drawer is just beautiful. Thanks for the info on the wood filler. I have never heard of it and will keep that in mind next time I have holes to fill.
Thanks Cindy! It also great for rebuilding and shaping, just FYI!
Beautiful! I love paint. 🙂
I know, paint is pretty awesome!
Wow, hardly looks like the same piece – just beautiful!
Thanks Sharon, I was lucky!