$12 NIGHTSTANDS GET A CHIC BOHO LOOK WITH A NEW PAINT FINISH AND UPDATED BASE!
Happy New Year! I hope you and your loved ones had a wonderful holiday season. The downtime did me a world of good but I’m SUPER HAPPY to be back! More on why at the end of today’s post… but first, I was going to start 2022 off with a 2021 countdown (your favs!) but I decided to share these DIY Boho Nightstands. I’ll be back this Thursday with the countdown so you can see if your top pick made the list!
So, NEW year NEW project! I picked up these nightstands from my local Thrift Store for $12! It’s such a cute little set. But as you can see in the pic below, the finish, hardware, and scalloped bottom were really dating these bedside tables.
A new paint finish and modified bottom and voila — here’s the NEW Boho look! What do you think?
I’m super proud of myself. It was the first time I used a jigsaw on a project of this size and I can’t believe how it updated this salvaged set!
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Nightstand Set – SALVAGED
Sandpaper | Tack Cloth
Gorilla Epoxy Stick
B-I-N Shellac Base Primer
Sawmill Gravy Chalk Mineral Paint
Dried Sage Chalk Mineral Paint
Satin Clear Coat
DIY BOHO NIGHTSTANDS
To update these nightstands I painted them in a custom color and trimmed off the scalloped bottom to change the profile of these pieces. There are a number of ways you can cut furniture trim, but I opted to try using a jigsaw.
Here’s the step-by-step…
PREP | CLEAN
I started by removing the dated hardware.
And then giving these nightstands a good cleaning with this TSP substitute. I made sure to lay them on their backs and clean the entire inside as well.
FILL HARDWARE HOLES
I filled the hardware holes with this Gorilla Epoxy Stick. This product is quick and easy for small jobs. If you only have a few small holes to fill, it can be faster than mixing up Bondo and much stronger than using wood filler products. All you do is rip off a small piece, knead it until the two colors blend, and then push it into the holes. It dries fairly fast and sands down nicely.
MODIFY (CUT) BOTTOM
- To remove the bottom plate I unscrewed it from behind and used a hammer to tap it off. The one nightstand came off with the trim and the other didn’t but I just went with it.
- I used this framing square to measure and pencil in the new straight-edge profile of the bottom. I created ‘new’ feet and removed the scalloped edge.
- These nightstands are made from particleboard, so I used a very tight blade in my jigsaw (more teeth per inch) to cut along my guides. **Just be aware of the wood or material you work with so you use the correct blade.
- I sanded the edges smoothly with 120 grit.
- Then I reattached the bottom plate with glue and screws.
I sanded the top and drawers of these nightstands with my favorite orbital sander starting with 80 grit and working my way up to 220 grit. The body of these pieces was scuff sanded with my orbital sander using 120 grit. Here’s what they look like in the buff and scuff sanded.
PRIME AND PAINT
I used painter’s tape to tape off the raw wood areas and primed with two coats of this BIN Shellac Based Primer to prevent bleedthrough. I have a full tutorial on how to use BIN Primer here. Once the primer was dry, I brushed on two coats of this gorgeous gray/green custom ‘boho color’ I created using this Dried Sage and Sawmill Gravy in a 50/50 mix.
To protect and topcoat, I sprayed three coats of this Satin Clear Coat. For the first two coats, I added a touch of my custom paint to tint it. This lightened the natural wood and tied the piece together really nicely.
NEW BRASS HARDWARE
I bought these gorgeous brass knobs from Amazon and installed them in the same holes I previously filled. Yup. This happens a lot…lol. When I fill the holes I often end up re-using them — but when I don’t fill the holes – I wish I had! Now I’m in the habit of filling hardware holes 100% of the time so I’m not limited to the hardware I can use.
Changing the bottom profile of a piece can totally update the look. Now that I’ve tried it, I won’t hesitate to do this again. And as I always say, if I can do it – YOU can do it! I hope this encourages you to give it a try!
Here’s another look at this before and after. I hope it’s inspired you and given you some new ideas for your projects.
And on a personal note, the numbers for the new variant here in Ontario climbed over the holidays. 🙁 Because of this, a number of things are going into lockdown. No indoor dining or entertainment. Only fifty percent capacity in stores. Gyms, theaters, indoor venues, and museums are closing again. Ugggh. All I can say is it’s amazing to be back painting and sharing with you as it’s keeping me sane through these crazy times.
Wherever you are in the world, I hope you and your loved ones are safe and well, and here’s to a better 2022!
Happy New Year!
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS REDO. FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. IT MAKES MY DAY! 🙂
Happy furniture painting friends!
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