Girly Nightstand Makeover with Chalk Paint

Chalk Paint Nightstand Makeover

I recently have become a hoarder…at least that’s what my husband tells me.

In my city, we have this local Facebook yard sale page where people sell items right there on FB. It has led to me spend hours just watching the feed like a hawk. It has also led me down the path of a hoarder. My husband said it’s time for an intervention.

Okay okay okay honey, I get your point, but seriously, this site is amazing! I have gotten some incredible deals on furniture and it makes it so easy to see what everyone has…maybe a little too easy.

Nightstand Before

One of my most recent purchases with this cute little night stand. This type of nightstand comes up on the page almost every day and ranges in price from $5 to $20 depending on the quality and what the material is.

I’ve been looking for some nightstands to makeover for 3 little girls that we lovingly all refer to as the “three amigos”. My baby monster is of course one of the amigos. The other two belong to good friends that we’ve known for years. I wanted to create cute girly nightstands for each of them and this is the first of those nightstands.

Hardware Removed

First things first…I removed the hardware and gave the nightstand a quick once over with a damp cloth to make sure no residue was left on it and to clear away some of the left over cobwebs in it. The hardware ended up getting a quick coat of silver spray paint to make them sparkle and shine.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

With this project I used Annie Sloan chalk paint as well as the Annie Sloan wax. I’ve never used chalk paint before this project, I’ve always just stuck to latex but I have to admit, I think I’ve found a new love.

Pink Base Coat

To give my girly nightstand a good base color to work with, I started off painting a base coat of Scandinavian Pink all over the nightstand including the drawer fronts and the side pieces. I do want to point out something about working with chalk paint…this stuff dries fast. No joke, by the time I was done with the first coat, it was already dry and ready for a second coat had I chosen to do one…but I didn’t.

White Coat of Chalk Painta

Next, I did another single coat this time with Old White. I absolutely love this color. It’s white, but it’s not bright white. It’s a very soft pretty white. I painted the outside of the nightstand plus the draw fronts. I left the drawer sides pink however, I’ll get to why, a bit later.

Waxing Chalk Paint Furniture

After the white coat was finished it was time to wax. I thought about trying the dark wax on this piece, but in the end decided I didn’t want any dark spots in this particular piece, even though typically I love that look to antique furniture. I wanted to keep this young, vibrant and girly and just decided to go with the Annie Sloan clear wax to seal this baby up. I applied the wax in a very thin layer using circular motions and it went on smooth and easy.

How about that brush? Okay here comes the cheapskate in me. I did decide to splurge and use the more expensive Annie Sloan paint brush for painting with chalk paint (which I loved by the way), however, when it came to waxing…I decided to go cheap and buy a less expensive brush. I’ve heard it’s better to use the more expensive brushes or you will get little hairs that come out onto your paint. Here’s the thing…yes I had a few on my piece after the initial wax application, however, after you apply the wax, you buff it out with a rag. As soon as I used my rag to buff the wax, they immediately came off with the buffing. I didn’t have to pick any bristle pieces out and it was just fine. I’m not recommending you don’t get the nice one, in fact I do plan to one day get one myself, I’m just saying, if you don’t want to drop the extra money on a Annie Sloan wax brush, you don’t have to. I used a fairly inexpensive brush for waxing I got from Amazon and I thought it worked great.

Sanding the Nightstand

After I was finished waxing, I brought out my sanding sponge and starting sanding all over the areas on the nightstand that I wanted the pink to show through. Mostly I stuck to the edges of the nightstand and the edges on the drawer fonts. Although I did sand a couple of areas very lightly on top. I didn’t want it distressed heavily, just enough to let the pink show through to make it feel girly.

Now, I know most of the tutorials out there say to use a fine grit sandpaper on chalk paint, and originally I tried that, but it just wasn’t cutting through it like I wanted. So I switched it up with this more course grit sanding sponge and it did exactly what I wanted!

At this point, I could have called it quits and started using the nightstand. However, there was two things I wanted to do to finish this old girl off with.


First, remember I left the sides of the drawers pink? I thought I would add a little girly cuteness by adding an adorable stencil in the white paint to the sides of the drawers. It added just a tiny bit of “pretty” to it and was really super easy to apply. Just lay the stencil down where you want it, tape it down so it doesn’t move and paint right over it.

You can get the stencils in a lot of places, including Hobby Lobby but I got mine from Amazon…because that’s just where I shop. I picked up the Martha Stewart stencils and when I was done, I cleaned them off with a little soap and water so I can use them again.

Lastly, to add one final girly touch…and really just to give it a cleaner look, I added this adorable black and white print floral self sticking drawer liner to the insides of both drawers.

Inside of Nightstand

I absolutely loved the way it turned out and I know amigo #1 will love it!

What I loved about using chalk paint

I’ve never used chalk paint aside from painting mason jars. This was my first actual furniture project using it and there are definitely some advantages to using it. But the 3 things that I really love about chalk paint:

  • Dries extremely fast which means I don’t have to wait until tomorrow to finish it.
  • Absolutely no sanding and no priming needed.
  • Distresses like nobodies business.

Have you used chalk paint? Do you love it or hate it?

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