Welcome our first Themed Furniture Makeover Day of 2016! You might remember that back in November we were asked to join an extremely talented group of furniture painters where each month we each paint a piece of furniture following a specific theme. This month’s theme is “shades of white”, and we decided to create this pretty Black and White French nightstand.
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We started with this cute little French nightstand that we picked up at the thrift store. Don’t let her cuteness fool you though. Girlfriend is built like a linebacker. Solid wood and heavy.
There were quite a few deep gouges around the top edge of the piece. I simply filled them in with wood filler then sanded it smooth. (THIS is our favorite wood filler, and THIS is our favorite sander). While I had the sander out I decided to scuff up the whole piece because it had a high gloss finish and I wanted to make sure it took the paint nicely.
I painted the entire piece with several coats of Annie Sloan’s “Old White” chalk paint, then I decided to decoupage the drawer fronts.
We had this really cool Tim Holtz tissue paper in our stash. One of the neat things about it is that it’s stronger than regular tissue paper. I was able to manipulate it a lot more than regular tissue paper and it didn’t rip (which was a good thing because the drawer front was wavy and really hard to decoupage). It also comes packaged just like a roll of aluminum foil, so you can roll out and cut however much you need.
Here’s the plain painted drawer front.
Not sure if you can see it in the pictures, but the center portion of the drawer front is raised. I only wanted to decoupage the raised portion, so I cut the tissue paper just slightly larger than the raised area, then used mod podge to adhere it to the drawer. I made sure to mod podge exactly to the edge of the raised portion so I could easily remove the excess paper.
Once the mod podge was dry, I used a sander to gently go around the edges of the raised area. This basically cut the paper right at the edge so I could pull the extra off. And since I was planning to distress the table, I wasn’t worried if the edge of the paper wasn’t perfectly straight. Any little imperfections on the edges of the paper end up looking intentional when you distress.
I used my sander to distress the rest of the table, then spray painted the original hardware using Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint. I also picked up this spray sealer and gave the hardware a couple coats to protect them. This is the first time I’ve used this sealer, but so far I think I like it for quickly giving painted hardware a layer of protection.
I used General Finishes top coat to seal the rest of the piece.
Ready to see what the rest of the DIY Furniture Girls came up with for their “Shades Of White” makeovers? Check out the pictures below, and if you want to see the full tutorial for any project just click on the picture.
Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the rest of your week!