Mid Century Modern Nightstands

Being able to refinish a piece for one of my best friends is so special to me. When Tori asked me to keep an eye out for a set of nightstands and these ones came up on Facebook marketplace, I knew I could make them beautiful.

Click here for a list of basic supplies you’ll need for your chalk paint project and here for the typical steps.

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  • Annie Sloan chalk paint (Chicago Grey)
  • Annie Sloan clear wax
  • General Finishes gel stain in Nutmeg
  • General Finishes gel satin Topcoat

How I refinished this piece:

I started by removing the drawers and using my Dewalt 5″ orbital sander, sanded the fronts to bare wood.

I just LOVE when the finish comes off like that. Truly amazes me every time.

Using a foam brush (I get mine at the Dollar store), I applied General Finishes Gel Stain in Nutmeg.

Coat #1

That grain is so much more apparent now!!

Coat #2

Once the stain has cured, I applied General Finishes Gel Topcoat.

In the meantime, I began work on the frame and legs. Does anyone else turn the piece upside down to paint the legs first? I find it so much easier this way!

For this piece, Tori chose Annie Sloan’s Chicago Grey.

Once the paint dried, I applied Annie Sloan’s clear wax to seal the paint.

The final pieces turned out better than I could have imagined – and more importantly, Tori is so happy with them. That’s the best part of this hobby for me.

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