New Painted Nightstand

January 5, 2012

Well I’m up to my old tricks again, repainting pieces I find at thrift stores. I found a sweet little carved nightstand a few weeks ago and just had to have it.  Turns out, it’s absolutely perfect for my stepdaughter’s bedroom. She’s in college now, and back to university this week, but even though she’s away many months, we keep the room for her for when she returns home.  (Empty nesters: this is where you give me all your best advice on how to cope…) 

We also use this space as a guest room when friends and family come to visit.  The old particle board side table that used to be there was a little too big and didn’t offer any storage, so I replaced it with this new painted nightstand. I love it!

chalk paint night stand in girls room


It all started with a skinny little nightstand I spied at a local second hand store, I fell in love with the carved detail on the front but it was a little beat up.  Nothing a little wood filler and paint won’t fix!

night stand before and after

For this quick makeover, I used my quart of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White ~ it’s quick and easy, once you’ve made your repairs with wood filler, apply two coats of chalk paint (no need to prime) and allow it to dry then one coat of soft wax ~ you’ll have a beautiful refinished piece in just two days.


chalk paint and soft wax

I’ve used other waxes as a protective coat, but this is my first time using the AS Soft Wax and it’s really nice. I love the hand rubbed matte finish of waxes, especially with the more traditional, distressed, or European style pieces. To highlight the detail in the ridges I applied with some gray acrylic paint with an inexpensive artist’s brush.

hand painted detail


I’ve had these blue blingy knobs for over a year… spied them in a clearance bin… can’t recall where but I’ve been waiting for the right piece to use them on.

blue knobs in plastic



blue sparkly knob


This painted nightstand is a great little addition to this bright feminine space…

chalk paint night stand cg


And hello tulips!  I couldn’t believe it when I saw them at local grocery store the other day, it feels like cheating winter, not that there’s anything wrong with that.  I usually don’t see tulips until February, but hey, I’ll take a hint of spring wherever I can get it.

cg silver leaf lamp

The lamp was a fun DIY project, you can follow these directions for how to silver leaf a lamp, and that little retro chrome clock was a $10 find at Tar-jay, sweet! 

Sparkly blue knobs and tulips…it’s the little things in life that make me happy.

BTW it’s that lens I mentioned in this post that takes these amazingly bright and beautiful close ups…  Speaking of photography, hop on over to visit with Miss Mustard Seed as she shares her tips on photography and styling in the continuing ‘Growing Your Blog’ series. 



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112 Responses to “New Painted Nightstand”

  1. Beautiful nightstand! Love the silver detailing and blue knobs.

  2. Love those little knobs! So pretty.

  3. I picked up the same little chrome clock for my guest room a couple of weeks ago. It’s adorable! Love the nightstand… looks amazing!

  4. Lynne says:

    Lovely . . . keeping your daughters space ready for her for when she is home is “lovely” too!

  5. Amy Wolff says:

    LOVE IT.. like EVERY project you do!

    Why do you apply wax? is that for protection? how do you apply the wax?

  6. laxsupermom says:

    Beautiful transformation! I love the way you’ve highlighted the carving detail! Love the knobs, too! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Gina in S FL says:

    So serene! I bought he same retro clock from Target the day after Christmas- 50% off!!! Only $5 because it’s part of their Christmas gift section! Love when that happens!

  8. Kelsey says:

    love this! beautiful

  9. Dee says:

    Wonderful transformation! The glass knobs really rock the nightstand. :-)

    Your sweet stepdaughter will love her new nightstand.


  10. Wow, it looks amazing – great job! Love the blue details.

  11. Doris Davis says:

    Pretty little night stand… beautiful transformation!

  12. Just a little detail like the carving but such a great difference! You inspire amateurs like me. sighhhhhhhhhhhhh.

  13. Your nightstand turned out so nice! It looks so feminine in the bedroom, I luv it!

  14. Linda says:

    I love the nightstand, and I’m dying to try the AS Chalk paint. Question: do you add the detail paint before or after the wax?

  15. Kelly says:

    Your table is so cute! I love the ASCP….Will have to try it soon, thinking about using it in my guest bedroom.

    Thanks for sharing!

  16. Anna says:

    Beautiful! What a nice job you did, Love the whole corner design, and your photography is wonderful…

  17. Felechia says:

    Love it! I am completely inspired by you! There’s going to be a lot of painting in my furniture. I have several things I was going to give away, but now I am seeing how much fun they could be. Thanks so much.

  18. I’d love to find a clone of that nightstand for our guest room to replace the refurbished but far too basic one that’s there now. I love the knob you used – what a score!

  19. It looks like it was made for that space. Perfection. I love that little clock too! Nice find.

  20. Kathleen says:

    SO very cute! I’m sure your daughter loved it. It’s the little details that show you care ;)

  21. Deb Owen says:

    What a fresh and pretty nightstand. Love the silver acceents and those knobs are the bomb!

  22. I love it! I recently “rescued” a stand from a neighbor’s trash, and turned it into a bathroom cabinet. I will have to post it tomorrow now that I have seen yours!

  23. Sarah says:

    What a cute little table! I love what you did with it, super pretty :)

  24. I love my 50 1.4 – LOVE! Another great post. You know, it was your post on this bedroom that I first saw featured on another blog that brought me here. So glad it did! Happy New Year!

  25. Beth says:

    Love this look ! I have so many pieces that I just know would look amazing painted but I can not commit to getting rid of their fabulous wood charm. Sigh, maybe one day. Till then I will swoon over your stuff !

  26. I LOVE this nightstand! When you painted the stand with the chalk paint, did it show a of brush strokes. One of my issues is figuring out how to paint with seeing the brush strokes. Do you have any tips?

  27. Amanda says:

    That night stand reminds me of a little night stand my Mom had beside her bed when I was little. I hadn’t thought about it in years. I’m sure she still has it somewhere.

    I made over a little table for my daughter’s bedroom too. You can check it out at

  28. Karena says:

    Kate this is just darling. A perfect job with the white and blue trim/ knobs!


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  29. Nora Mair says:

    Throw a penny in the bottom of the tulips and they’ll stand right up. Love the night stand!

  30. Amanda Mae says:

    Love the nightstand!

  31. Rasonda says:

    Love it!!! And those glass knobs are to DIE for. I am working on some night stands and well and it must be something in the air because this is like the third post I have seen on nightstand makeovers. With the New Year everyone is ready for soemthing fresh in their rooms I guess.

  32. So pretty! I’m taking over my sons space, he finished college last year…He had the whole upstairs…I’m going to save the bedroom-only-for him :)

  33. What a wonderful transformation! The knobs look expensive so it is really great that you scored them in a clearance bin – don’t ya just love that? Thanks for sharing this project, you did a great job!

  34. Yet another fab makeover, Kate! You make me so excited to DIY the hell out of my new condo :)

  35. Lisa P. says:

    Beautiful! Perfect fit for that bedroom!!

  36. annie says:

    Omigosh! Who wouldn’t just totally love that little night stand. I’ve never used a wax finish. Will have to try that. About empty nesting. Our daughter, at 27, just moved out. We immediately changed her room into a woman cave. She laughed at me and we are both very happy. LOL

  37. Sophisticated Stationery says:

    I love the soft colors! This nightstand is beautiful!

  38. Kate! So excited because I have that table! It’s in *my* daughter’s room waiting for a facelift. And that clock from Target (I snagged a couple at 70% off!) I wish I had the tulips. LOVE.

  39. O Mom says:

    so cute! Love the size.

  40. Cara says:

    Magnifique! Pretty little knobs.

  41. I think that might be the cutest nightstand I’ve ever seen! The colour and knobs are just perfect.

  42. Lori says:

    Oh Kate! This is lovely and so inspiring. I have a nightstand in my garage that has been sitting there for about 5 months. Love the gray detail. It is perfect!

  43. It’s lovely…your guests must feel so special to stay in such a pretty room!

  44. Absolutely beautiful!! And thank you so much for the Growing Your Blog series. Such a wonderful idea!!

  45. Krista says:

    Where do you buy Annie Sloan chalkboard paint?

    • CentsationalGirl says:

      Hi Krista, you have to find a local stockist or order it online… if you go to her website there are links to all the companies or stores that carry it !

  46. Tonya says:

    I also love the headboard! Did you make that as well?

  47. Tonya says:

    I also love the headboard! Did you make that as well?

    • CentsationalGirl says:

      Yes Tonya I did…. if you follow the bedroom link up top, you’ll find the tufted headboard DIY tutorial is there!

  48. Danielle says:

    So fresh and pretty! Love the detailing you did with the trim and adore those knobs! And the tulips…swoon. Love it all!

  49. Emily says:

    Love the bling! And the tulips – glad to know I’m not the only one forcing spring in the first month of January!

  50. Teresa T. says:

    It came out to be beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

  51. Blondie says:

    Love it, absolutely beautiful. Always enjoy your posts with pix.

  52. jennifurla says:

    It really is gorgeous.

  53. Haven says:

    Perfect colors for a perfect piece!

  54. laurie says:

    Great transformation! Goes so well with the room

  55. Gorgeous!!! I love the detail you did with the blue paint. The whole setup is so pretty. Thanks for sharing!!! :)

  56. Gorgeous! And that lens is fab…looking for my canon! Too bad I didn’t get a Nikon when I didn’t know any better!

  57. Terry Moore says:

    Really nicely done, but that’s easy with ASCP don’t you think. I like your highlights and they way you did it.

  58. I love the blue blingy knobs! An impressive job Kate….again! :-)

  59. Shirley S. says:

    I viewed your paint tutorial several times…Extremely informative. Cannot wait to begin my painting project..You definitely inspire me!

  60. HouseTalkN says:

    Oh, how I covet Annie Sloan chalk paint! Your nightstand is razzle dazzle!
    Happy New Year!
    Kerry at HouseTalkN

  61. Brittany says:

    I saw this post from Pinterest and love the bedding! Where did you get it and do you, by chance, remember the name of it?!

    • CentsationalGirl says:

      Hey Brittany it’s a pattern by Style & Co that I link to in the bedroom link up top, but as far as I know, it’s discontinued… several people have asked about it!

  62. Barbara N says:

    Lovely as always.

  63. Priscilla says:

    Rockin’ the paint jobs again Kate. Gorgeous!

  64. Serretta Barlow says:

    I am in love with that nightstand! Those knobs rock!!!! Fun to see another paint project!

  65. DeeAnna says:

    Oh geese I really want to visit the Goodwill store but I need to finish what I have started. You are so inspiring! I just love this nightstand.

  66. I love the night stand! Something else that caught my eye is the lampshade. Can you remember where you found it? I have a few I need to replace & that style would be perfect in my own bedroom. Thanks!!

    • CentsationalGirl says:

      Hey Kathryn, the lampshade was from Target, but I found it there almost two years ago….not sure if they still carry it!

  67. Sarah says:

    Love, love, love this transformation!!!!!

  68. Super cute… Love the white and gray!

  69. SheilaG says:

    Love the nightstand, and the whole room! One tip for you part time empty nester- you gotta’ stop making the room so beautiful and inviting if you want to be a real empty nester! :)

  70. Terry Pitzer says:


  71. Erika says:

    Great work! I love the whole look, the table, the silvered lamp (want!), the tulips and the clock. In fact, I just bought that same clock at Tar-Jay for $3!

  72. Jane Lee says:

    The entire room is beautiful. Everything just pulls together so nicely. One little funny note, the bottom drawer outline looks like a little lady to me with her little chin, little curl in her hair and the blue knob is her nose. LOL


  73. Lisa says:

    Totally random question/request: What is with your profile picture on Pinterest? For me it shows up as a weird text box that says “Picture of Centsational Girl” and it kind of messes up the text of the whole pin. And it makes my page look messy!

    I realize this is an over-the-top anal comment, but you seem like a pretty detail-oriented person, so I thought you might like to know. It’s been this way for a long time so maybe it’s just not showing up the same on my browser (I use Firefox).

    • CentsationalGirl says:

      Ha Lisa I had no idea! I login through Twitter so I have no idea why it looks so wonky, I’ll see what I can find out!

  74. Kari-Ucreate says:

    Absolutely beautiful. I’ve been meaning to try chalk paint and this is the motivation I needed…THANK YOU!

  75. michele says:

    beautiful! I love this post. I just bought my first can of AS chalk paint. I also love the silver lamp base. thanks for the tips

  76. Lovely. Isn’t it amazing what a little paint can do (well combined with a talent like you)!

  77. Allie says:

    Love your transformed nightstand! I just painted a console table using AS chalk paint for the first time….I’m in love! I can hardly wait to work on my next project. I find myself scouring the local thrift stores for more pieces to paint….HELP me….I don’t need any more furniture! You should really put a warning on your blog…”Caution, reading this blog may lead to obsessive-compulsive behaviors”! ;)

  78. Sharmin says:

    You are the awesomest – what a cool transformation! I LOVE what you did with that nightstand!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  79. Leanne says:

    This is SO pretty, and I love all the details on top of the nightstand too! How nice it must be for your step daughter to come home to such a nice room!

    Leanne @ because (i think) i can

  80. Just love it! I’m dying to paint some furniture … and soon!

  81. Paula Pierce says:

    You are reminding me of all the furniture tune-ups on my list. Thanks for the great photos and details. I’m going to have to try that wax.

  82. berta says:

    Love this! So cute and perfect for the space!

  83. Peggy says:

    Isn’t it hard when the kids go back to college? But then again, isn’t it wonderful that they are going back to college? I just love having my boys home and the pandemonium that goes along with it. The house always seems so quiet and lifeless when they leave, but after a couple of days I get back into my groove and start to do the things I can’t do while they are here: clean, sew, create, clean, cook vegetables, clean, not go to the grocery store every day, etc! Now, I was all set to repaint my youngest son’s red room but after reading some of the comments above I am rethinking that plan. It drives me crazy every time I have to go into it because it’s like a cave (why do boys like dark rooms?) but maybe instead of painting it I will just change up a few things. Yep, that’s what I will do. Thanks for listening.

  84. Mary Anne says:

    I am obsessed with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint too! Since I learned about it severa months ago, I’ve painted more than a dozen pieces! I love the little end table you painted – it’s adorable. The Grow your Blog series was great too.

  85. Deebi27 says:

    Darling night stand and the knobs couldn’t be more perfect! Isn’t so coincidental when a random find, fits so perfectly some time later! You had the perfect ESP for those knobs!

  86. Kristen L. says:

    Have been itching to get the AS chalk paint, and your project might have finally pushed me to track it down. Lovely!

  87. Adorable. It is perfect for that little space.

  88. amykdee says:

    I LOVE this table and I just used ASCP for the first time. I had so much fun and it was so easy! I am posting about it today on my blog. I think the knob on your table is adorable!

  89. Tina Fleetwood says:

    I posted the giveaway link to my facebook!

  90. Nancy says:

    LOVE IT!!!

  91. Aw, it’s adorable!!! I love it, so classy!

  92. Marilyn says:

    Love the table. It matches the bedroom suite I inherited from my mom and dad. The suite must have been purchased back in the 30’s when they were first married. Mom told me that my oldest brother was born in that bed in 1939 (before it was common practice to go to a hospital in the rural south). I only have the bed and dresser left from the suite. I don’t remember mom and dad ever having a night stand, just a dresser, chest of drawers and bed. Now I will be keeping my eye out for the night stand. Thanks for the post.

  93. Andrea Hall says:

    Hi Kate,
    That is a great nightstand, suits the room so well. I have just finished making over my own nightstand from laminated chipboard, spraypainted white and covered each drawer front with fabric. It makes such a difference. Mainly the smile on my faceincreases when i look at it! Thanks for your tips on painting and spray painting. When you mentioned in a previous post that you had spraypainted laminate without priming or hassels, that gave me the confidence to give it a go. I really enjoy you blog, thanks for sharing your ideas.

  94. Kim C says:

    Love it!! You always continue to inspire me. Happy New Year!

  95. susan says:

    Oh, the college years are rough on parents-my twins left the same day (!) and we went from four to two for dinner…it was weird. Not in a bad way, just different all at once.

    Now, Son is back with us while he saves $$$ for grad school. He can still eat us out of house and home in a weekend, but I like the person he is, so he is no problem.

    My daughter is with us for a 6 week stay before she moves to San Diego after living in NY this past year and I am LOVING having her around too-she is my sewing/craft bud.

    Once they leave the nest, it’s just never the same. The trick is to have an exciting/interesting life outside of being MOM! I don’t know how people did this before smartphones, Skype, Facebook, blogs, and the Internet! EEEK!

  96. Delicia says:

    I absolutely love this! I remember the first piece of furniture I painted. Wow! thinking about it that was about 18 yrs ago :) It was a dresser that I painted black believe me it was ok but not as beautiful as your nightstand. I would purchase that from store if someone sold it. We definitely have something in common.

  97. This is Glam says:

    Another amazing and lovely DIY, I absolutely <3 your blog! True inspiration!

    This is Glam
    This is Glam’s Shop

  98. Lindsey says:

    I am wondering if you could tell me where you got the gray headboard for the bed? I am in LOVE with it!
    Love the nightstand too!!

  99. MaryHelen says:

    Kate, I have TWO of these (almost exact) nightstands just sitting in my garage waiting for me to purchase Annie Sloane’s paint. It is time. Thanks for the constant inspiration!

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  101. Betty says:

    Thank you. Ideas and helpful hints sure help.

  102. Annie says:

    Hi Kate. I adore that nightstand. If you ever get tired of it, I’m in Petaluma too and would gladly take it off your hands!

  103. Heather C says:

    Beautiful! What are the pros of chalk paint? I never knew it existed… and truth be told, I misread the entire article as Chalk Board paint! lol

    • CentsationalGirl says:

      Ha! I know Heather, a lot of folks get confused, but this is a special formula created by Annie Sloan and it’s really fantastic! I’ve used it on three pieces to date and have become a big fan!

  104. Giovanna says:

    Hello Kate,

    Can you please tell me what type of soft wax will you recommend for a hutch I just painted? I made my own chalk paint using Plaster of Paris and I was happy with the results until I used Minwax water-based Polycrylic in clear satin to protect it and even when I was careful not to apply too much to the hutch, it left streaks all over the hutch!
    Do you think a soft wax product will make it look better? or should I stick with the Polycrylic and try to add another layer? Please help!

    Thank you!

  105. CentsationalGirl says:

    Hi Giovanna, yes I would use a furniture wax instead, try either Minwax clear or SC Johnson or Briwax – they are readily available at home improvement and hardware stores.

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