Thrifted Nightstand Makeover {With Chalk Paint}

Friday, April 27, 2012



Here's an end table/nightstand gotten at a garage sale. I've used it the way it is for awhile now, and it does have some character and quality. However, I have been trying to unify all of our furniture (which by the way is ALL from thrift stores and garage sales), so I decided to paint it.
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I used ASCP and it was my first time. I was a little nervous to try the paint, as it is really 
expensive and I didn't want to mess up.

Since chalk paint doesn't require sanding, I proceeded painting my first coat in Provence.
 The color was gorgeous and the coverage was amazing.


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I wanted to try out a Martha Stewart stencil I bough from Michaels last year and chose a trellis looking one. I have to tell you from the start that me and stenciling just don't get along really well. I have tried to be friends in the past, but it's really hard to build a relationship if there is no trust anymore. But, I digress.

I started the stencil with ASCP in old white and absolutelly hated it. The stencil bled, the color was too bright and in general it looked kinda goofy. I took my brush with the Provence 
color on it without adding anymore paint on it, and brushed it on top of the design.

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It kinda started to look better, so I decided I'd finish stenciling even if it didn't look perfect. I figured I was going for a distressed look, so with a lot of blue washing and sanding, it would end up nice.



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Here it is with a blue wash waiting to dry so I can sand off any excess and distress.



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I do all my paint involving projects on the porch and when I went back to sand, here's what I found.

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Perfect, just perfect. Luckily it came right off. I sanded and distressed. The paint just turns into dust and I like that you can do as much sanding you want, and it won't get scratched.

I waxed and then waited 48 hours before buffing. I also liked that I could buff it as much as
 I wanted depending on the amount of sheen I was going for.

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This will be on my husband's side of the bed and so I will probably put a 
basket underneath for his magazines and such.

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 What do you think? Next up is the nightstand/vanity on my side of the bed.

Again, here's a Before and After

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Iuliana
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24 comments:

  1. This is super cute! Awesome job!

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    1. Thank you Tori. It is my first experience with chalk paint, so hopefully in the future they will be a bit more successful.

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  2. You did a great job saving this one! I love the blue and you did a great stencil job too:)
    I would be super excited if you linked up over at my Anything Goes Link Party going on from 6 MST Friday till midnight Monday.
    http://too-much-time.com/2012/04/get-schooled-saturday-20.html
    xxx, Kim

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    1. Done. Thank you for checking out my blog. Your is sooo cute.

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  3. That is beautiful! Love the color and the pattern!!!
    I would love if you came by my party happening now to link it up!
    Stacey Of Embracing Change
    http://staceyembracingchange.blogspot.com/2012/04/creative-inspirations-linky-party-11.html

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  4. I love the color and the stencil you used. Great job!!

    Cynthia

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  5. I am loving this. Bythewayjenngray.blogspot.com

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  6. I think your table is gorgeous! That's too funny about the little gift the bird left you! It's good that it came right off. :)

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  7. What a beautiful transformation. Well done!

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  8. So cute! I have been wondering about that chalk paint.

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  9. This looks so great! I love it! Love the stencil look and color!

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  10. this looks great! love the color!

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  11. I just love how this project turned out!
    Beautiful!
    Thanks for linking up this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  12. Amazing job, looks like a completely different table. I am definately going to try stencils.

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  13. aaah, so much better! love the new colors and design!

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  14. This is absolutely FANTASTIC!!! I love, love, love the stencil and the color!

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  15. The bird poop is so funny.
    Great looking project. Now I'm really curious to use that kind of paint on something.

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    1. I wanted to make my own chalk paint, but since I had never used any before and didn't know what it's supposed to be like, I bought the ridiculously expensive chalk paint. Now I will make my own and will know what consistency I need to make it to achieve the same results.

      About the bird poop...it wasn't funny at the time, but now I guess it is. I sooo want you to come visit!!!!!

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  16. Love this,

    Thank you for sharing.

    Looking forward to seeing your projects from this week @ craft create and inspire

    Claire x

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  17. This came out so pretty! I am glad you mentioned that you don't need to sand with chalk paint, because I was wondering about that. For me, it would be worth the higher price to be able skip that step!

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  18. Cute! I like what you did with the blue wash over the stencil.

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  19. Love it! and the distressed stencil is perfect :) btw, what is ASCP?

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    1. Thank you for stopping by. ASCP stands for Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

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  20. You really softened it up. Nice design.

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