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Friday, January 8, 2010

Nightstand Before & After

So I have refinished some furniture before, and I am starting to play around with different paints, priming methods, and antiquing techniques.  I bought a set of 2 of these nightstands of the local online classifieds for $15 each.   Time to get started.

 We went the spray paint route. Spray primer and spray paint.  We used around 4 cans of primer and 4 cans of paint. Part of that was used painting the insides as well. I wanted to seal over the other people's business and feel like these were fresh and new for me.

After we got them a good coat of paint we proceeded to antique.  We went with the glaze method, and deal of all deals, we found a can of mistint glaze on clearance at the home store for $2.50, instead of the list price of $18. It was like a peachy pastel color, so  I asked the guy at the paint counter if he could darken it up.

Following other people's tutorials, we spread the glaze over the entire thing, working with one side at a time.  Then we used a barely damp rag to wipe the glaze off, leaving it in the nooks and crannies. Easy as that. We let it dry and re-assembled the whole thing. 

What do you think?


*for a details on the furniture painting process, check out this post at All Things Thrifty and this one at Blue Cricket Design.  The both include great details, tips, and tricks.

And for glaze specific tutorials, check out All Things Thrifty again, and  Karla's Cottage.


  1. They turned out great, are they going in your bedroom?

  2. Very nice Andrea, and congratulations on the feature on Better After! You're famous.

  3. Hi, I love the way this piece turned out; but I have one question. I am trying to learn all about the glazing method.....I love the white with the brownish tint/glaze so do you just need to get a brown glaze and apply over the white for this effect????


  4. Love it! I could see it with some cute ball feet.