The 3 Drawer Nightstand

While out waddling pregnant on another furniture hunting trip I came across a nice nightstand.  It was solid and tall with three nice drawers but didn’t really grab me.  I thought that I needed some smaller pieces to work on so I would take it.  There was a dark scratched finish that I was sure I could do something with.

Here is the before:

3137 crop


I definitely looks better in this picture than it did in real life.  The finish was dull and scratched and the hardware was worn and funky.

So I set to work thinking about what I am going to do to it.   It only then occurs to me that I cannot strip it since I’m pregnant.  And unlike the midcentury dresser which had flat surfaces, this one has a lot of little grooves that would require A LOT of hand sanding.  Anyone who has been here before knows I don’t like hand sanding.  That means I am definitely not restaining. And since there is a pretty glossy coat on it now I would at least have to sand it to scratch it up a bit even if I wanted to paint it.  Wonderful.  Of course none of this occurred to me when I bought it because the baby had turned my brain to mush.

So I went over to the wall of paint I have in the shop and realized that the best way to go would be chalk/clay paint.  I had a sample of CeCe Caldwell’s spring green that I thought might do nicely.  It doesn’t require any sanding or priming and I have a thing for green.  I mean I really could paint everything in green.  All my after shots are taken in my living room, the one with the green walls.

But let me stop here for a moment.  I am not a huge fan of the distressed look.  I like when things look authentically chippy or worn.  What I don’t like is the artificial distressing on some part of the piece that would never see wear and tear for real.  It’s just a pet peeve that reminds me of the fake brick panels everyone had in their kitchens when I was a kid.  Like, you’re not fooling anyone.  Hate me if you want.  And by all means tell me to screw off and go distress to your hearts content.  I am merely explaining why I have a tough relationship with this paint.  It has a mind of it’s own.  I put on a coat and don’t expect to see full coverage but then I put another coat on and instead of adding more coverage, I brush some off in another spot. Somewhere there is always a spot not covered.

That’s what happened here. I would go over an area and feel like I was screwing up the next one.  Since I only had a sample size I was starting to get very nervous.  At one point I went down to the shop to look at it and it looked like it should be in The Hulk movie.  I had basically thought I ruined it.

After a few touchups and some waxing, all worked out in the end.  I learned to embrace the kind of layered look the wax/paint combo gives it along with the spots that are distressed.  There is almost always a stage where I think I have ruined a piece but it was only until the very end that I was happy with this one.  Maybe it’s just that this paint has a mind of it’s own and I like to have a bit more control. (I’m sure TB would have some comment on that.)

If you love it as much as I do pop over to my shop where it is for sale.

Here is the after:

KSD 3 Drawer Nstand 1


And here is an up close shot of the cool layered / distressed look of the wax:

KSD 3 Drawer Nstand 4


Linking up at:

Miss Mustard Seeds

Redoux Interiors

My Repurposed Life


  1. Maxine

    Love it!

  2. Erica

    Super cute! I love the color.


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *