French Gray Nightstand Makeover

Happy Humpday everybody!  We made it to the midpoint of the week, I am finally getting around to posting this little project I just finished.  I am literally in the middle of 10 different projects in the house right now, including painting the kitchen, finishing up the tile backsplash, patching and painting a few spots on the cabinets, building a new kingsize bed, and decorating for Christmas.  Not to mention the daily stuff – you know, work, groceries, cooking, laundry.  Aaah life is crazy sometimes; it’s fun though.

This was a fun little project to do, too.  I love painting furniture, because for a very small investment of time and effort, you can totally transform something that will really make a statement in your home.  Right now, I am in the process of preparing our junk room spare room as a guest room for my parents, who are coming out for 2 weeks at Christmas.

From shab to fab!  See how I turned these shabby yard sale nightstands into gorgeous french gray pieces with open storage - at TheDomesticHeart.com

That basically entails clearing out the junk and adding a bed and 2 nightstands, etc.  We are going to be putting our queen bed (remember the Pottery Barn-inspired DIY headboard?) in the guest bedroom, and we are upgrading to a king size bed – finally!  So I just needed a pair of nightstands, which I snagged on a Facebook yard sale for $40 for the pair.  But boy were they ugly.

From shab to fab!  See how I turned these shabby yard sale nightstands into gorgeous french gray pieces with open storage - at TheDomesticHeart.com

Nothing a little chalk paint can’t fix though!  I removed the doors, hinges, and clasps from the nightstand first.  I decided I wanted the bottom open for cute storage and display options, plus I really don’t like the doors on this piece.  I also removed the knob on the drawer, and then I wiped down the whole thing with a damp cloth.

Once it was clean I got to painting.  I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen, which I had leftover from painting the kitchen island.  I just used a regular 2 inch paint brush and slapped the paint on.  I made sure I didn’t have any drips or areas with deep lines or brush marks; you want to go for long brush strokes.  The next day I did a 2nd coat the same way and the piece looked great once it was dry!  I did one coat of Annie’s Clear Wax and once that was dry I went back and distressed the piece lightly.  Last I added a cute coral ceramic knob from World Market.  What do you think?

From shab to fab!  See how I turned these shabby yard sale nightstands into gorgeous french gray pieces with open storage - at TheDomesticHeart.com From shab to fab!  See how I turned these shabby yard sale nightstands into gorgeous french gray pieces with open storage - at TheDomesticHeart.comFrom shab to fab!  See how I turned these shabby yard sale nightstands into gorgeous french gray pieces with open storage - at TheDomesticHeart.com0297

I love the way it turned out, and the grey is the perfect compliment to the coral pink I am going to use in the room.  The Chalk Paint is so easy to use, I highly recommend it for your next furniture project.  If you’d like more information on chalk paint, you can read my post on Chalk Paint vs. Latex Paint, or you can check out one of Annie Sloan’s books on chalk paint.  I also have lots of helpful pins on my Pinterest board “Painting”

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Thanks for reading today!  Let me know what you think in the comment section below!

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