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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Chic Linen Grey Nightstands

These nightstands don't have much redeeming value as is, pretty ugly color if you ask me.
But of course I see them as much more than this, and see what they could become. Watch and see the transformation!

The nice thing about chalk paint is that you do not have to prime first. And when you are dealing with a piece that is faux wood and you can't sand it chalk paint it a wonderful thing!
I used Annie Sloan chalk paint here, French linen and old white. I mixed the two together to get a lighter grey and Used old white in the trim and edges. The Top I will use straight French Linen.

It took a very steady hand and a good paint brush to paint the grey over the white. On previous projects I have painted the grey first and white last and let me tell this way was much easier. I actually sand lightly in between coats, because I am going for a smooth finish in the end on this one.

Already looking better

 More work to come. Sanding and painting another coat is the next step, But it is fun to see what it is going to look like.

A little clear wax and they are done! Aren't they cute! 
I think painting the hardware white really softens the whole look.


  1. They look beautiful and you've inspired me to try the same look on some of my old bedroom set. Can I ask you what the paint brand and colour are that you chose? Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. I used Annie Sloan chalk paint. I used mixtures of French Linen and Old white. I think it is 2 parts French Linen to 1 part Old white, or it could be the opposite, but I am having a hard time remembering. Usually I post it right away so I won't forget what I did, but I guess I didn't here. I always say it is in shades of French linen. At least you know the two colors I used. Hope that helps!

  2. What was the prep for the two nightstands? did you have to do anything special because of the laminate? I found an old t.v. cabinet in a house we bought and I have been wanting to make a t.v. stand for my flat screen on the top and some kind of a drawer where there is something missing, but I have been terrified of trying to refinish the laminate. Any advice?

    1. Usually I do a good job posting step by step instructions but I guess I didn't this time. I used Annie Sloan chalk paint and the nice thing is that you do not need to prime. You do have to wax it in the end to protect the paint, plus it cures in the paint and makes it stronger. I use Annie Sloan because it is was is closest to were I live, but you really can use any chalk or milk paint. As long as you let the first coat fully dry before you do the second coat you will be fine. There is a lot of ugly faux wood furniture out there that could use a touch of chalk paint!
      There are a lot of awesome tutorial out there on the web, so do some more research, but you will find it is easier than you think! Good luck!

    2. Did you use the clear wax or a mix of clear and dark? how did you get the white to stay in the dentils without the grey entering

    3. I just did Annie Sloan clear wax. I used a small brush to paint in the white detail after I painted the grey. It took a steady hand to keep everything where I wanted it.