HERE IS A SIMPLE WAY TO ADD SOME HERRINGBONE ‘WOOD’ DETAILING TO YOUR PAINTED FURNITURE! | $12.99 BEDSTAND MAKEOVERS
Hi sweet friends! I have an EASY way to dupe the popular Herringbone Detail Trend onto your furniture without the work or cost of using real wood. I can’t wait to share how this $12.99 bedstand set came together. You’re not going to believe how authentic and gorgeous this looks!
Here’s what I started with. I found these nightstands at my local thrift store for selling for $12.99 for the set.
Both were structurally sound. All the drawers worked great. However, they looked dark and dated. They were also scratched up. I was originally thinking they would look amazing sanded down to bare wood but these nightstands fought me every step of the way. These bedstands took me what felt like forevvvvver to finish… at least triple the time I had originally planned on spending on them.
Below I’m sharing all the ‘twists’ I ran into with this makeover. If you’ve ever been frustrated or felt like giving up on a project, you’re NOT ALONE! It happens. Even after years of painting furniture — things don’t always go smoothly and these nightstands a the perfect example.
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$12.99 Bed Stand Tables – SALVAGED
Sand Paper | Tack Cloth
BIN Shellac Base Primer
2″ Mini Brush
Endless Shore SILK Paint
Rustic Herringbone Transfer
Satin Clear Coat
This was one of those makeovers that took a few twists and turns before I got it right but I’m so glad I hung in there and finished them. Here’s how it came together…
PREP | CLEAN | SAND
I gave these stands a good cleaning with this White Lightening. I used a paint scraper tool to scrape off the crud on the top and also inside the drawers. The stripper I’m scraping off in the pic below was applied by ME.
Twist #1. When I brought this set home, I applied some Citristrip to see what the raw wood underneath looked like – but then I forgot about it. Then had a dried mess which took extra time to clean.
With the help of a sanding sponge, I started sanding the dated finish off the legs, sides, and tops. These soft sponge cushion sanding sponges are super helpful when sanding rounded and contoured edges. They attach to my orbital sander and then the sandpaper attaches on top of the sponge so a cushion is created.
I paid around $15 for a pack of two. It’s six months later and they still work really well. If you’re on a budget or just starting out, it’s a great alternative to some of the more expensive sanding systems out there.
After sanding I wasn’t woohoo about what I saw.
Twist #2. First off, I sanded through the veneer top on one of these night tables which I’ll share in this Saturday’s video.
Twist #3. Also, the wood on the two side panels didn’t match the wood feet or base. So rather than continue with my original plan (sanding the drawer fronts as well) I changed my design plan.
SKIMMING FOR A SMOOTH TOP
Because I had sanded the entire top (and sanded through the veneer) on one of these nightstands, I had wood grain grooves on one top but a smooth finish on the other.
To fix this and create a perfectly smooth top so they matched, I used Dixie Belle Mud to skim the entire top of the bedstand.
- I used a putty knife to apply a thin layer of mud/wood fill.
- I sped up the dry time with my heat gun.
- I sanded it down perfectly smooth.
- And then reprimed the top with BIN Shellac Base Primer.
PRIMING & PAINTING
After all the skimming was sanded smooth and dry, I went ahead and added two coats of BIN Shellac Base Primer to cover all the bleed-through sanding between each coat. Then using my 2″ Mini Brush, I applied two coats of Endless Shore SILK Paint.
Twist #4. After all of the above I STILL had some bleedthrough peeking through so I gave it a light sanding and applied a third coat.
After all that sanding and priming and painting, I was excited to create a faux herringbone wood design on the drawers using this transfer!
APPLYING THE TRANSFER
Here’s where I ran into a few more hiccups that also took a significant amount of time. This transfer was stored in a box on my basement floor. We’ve had some extremely cold weather and my studio floor “aka my basement” is cold.
Twist #5. While I was rubbing this transfer on, it kept cracking and tearing. Then when I removed the plastic, it took up a hunk of the design. To fix this, I had to keep matching designs from a leftover sheet and rub it on.
To tie these bedstand tables together I made a paint wash. I added a 1/4 cup of Endless Shore and a 1/4 cup of water to create this wash. I applied three coats to the Rustic Herringbone Transfer.
Twist #6. The first coat repels and beads up so some patience and time is required. I added three coats of wash waiting for each coat to dry between coats.
A paint wash is really easy to do and more cost-effective than using a stain. I did the exact same technique for the two raw wood side panels. The wood only took one coat of wash since it absorbed the color nicely.
I found these old wood knobs in my inventory and to match them up I gave them a paint wash and then a few coats of rub on poly for protection. They tie in with the theme really well!
And before I share the finished look, I’m often asked how much paint I used on a project. For these two nightstands, half of this 16oz container was used.
Whewwww… and here’s the finished look!
I LOVE the way they look and can’t wait to hear what YOU think!
Doesn’t the paint wash tie the herringbone pattern together really nicely?!
It looks even more authentic and beautiful than I thought it would.
Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on Youtube. If you have any problems viewing it below, feel free to watch it on my Youtube Channel HERE. Our #siyoutubefamily is already a community of 35K so don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t done so already! So exciting, thank YOU! 🙂
Here’s another look at this herringbone set before and after. I hope it’s inspired you and given you some new ideas for your projects. I also hope it has encouraged you to hang in there if a project is giving you a hard time. Feel free to PIN and SHARE so you can save it for later!
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS HERRINGBONE TRANSFER ON THESE NIGHTSTANDS. ALSO, 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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