Hi SI family, thanks for joining me today! I hope you’re doing well and staying safe and healthy. Today I’m sharing this $15 nightstand set that has been given a facelift with some French Floral decoupage paper. Redesign with Prima has come out with gorgeous decoupage decor tissue papers that seal and adhere with poly topcoats.
What an easy way to add patterns, graphics, and character to your painted furniture! I’m also sharing a quick tip on how to blend your decoupage paper onto ANY color makeover.
I started with these Thrift Store night tables that I picked up for $15 apiece. They were dated but really nice solid-sturdy pieces.
Once I started cleaning and sanding, I reached out on Facebook because I wasn’t sure what to do with the doors. ON or OFF? A BIG thank you to all of you who chimed in! Over 95 comments later “OFF” won the vote. I have to admit, the pine slats on the back do add some charm!
What do you think of this French Country ‘after’… aren’t they sweet!?!
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- Thrift Nightstands – SALVAGED
- Mini Angle Paint Brush
- Sandpaper | Shop Towels
- BIN Shellac Primer
- Husky Paint Gun/Sprayer
- WoodUbend Applique
- Manatee Gray
- Gravel Road
- Decoupage Paper “Zoey”
- Black Magic Gel Stain
- Black + Copper Gilding Wax
- Satin Clear Coat
NIGHTSTAND [SET] MAKEOVER::
I started by giving this piece a good cleaning and then removed the shiny topcoat using an orbital sander and 120 grit.
Once everything was sanded, I added this WoodUBend Rope trim.
I added this trim because I love having the decoupage decor paper look like it’s inset into the drawer. It really makes all the difference and adds such a nice detail. It’s like a framed work of art!
A little off-topic but if you’ve never tried WoodUbend, it’s an amazing product. It’s 90 ‘something’ percent wood and acts just like wood ie sands, stains, paints, and drills but it BENDS once heated. Here I am using it for the very first time getting a little too excited. hehe
I followed up using BIN Shellac Primer to kill the bleedthrough. In my experience (and I’ve used and tested a TON of stain-blocking primers!!!) BIN Shellac Primer is the ONLY primer that I see an ACTUAL VISUAL once all the bleedthrough covered. Then I can paint and topcoat and be 100% confident no bleedthrough or stain is going to creep through my finish.
If you missed last week’s video on how to apply BIN to prime these nightstands, you can check it out on my Youtube Channel here.
After I primed and sanded, I painted the body of this dresser in this soft gray using my spray gun. Every time I spray a piece of furniture I always get asked what sprayer I use. I’ve been using this Husky Spray Gun since Home Depot sent it to me back in 2013. It still works amazingly.
I left the paint to dry overnight and the next day I decoupaged.
HOW TO APPLY DECOUPAGE PAPER::
If you have any issues viewing the video below – you can watch it here on my Youtube Channel
Redesign with Prima has come out with these Decoupage Decor Tissue Papers in over 20 gorgeous designs.
“Zoey” came in this plastic tube with two 19″ by 30″ sheets. It was enough to cover both drawers and the four feet although the back feet I had to patchwork together.
It’s called tissue paper but it’s much heavier and more textured. It feels more like a dryer sheet or those no-sew-hem tapes. It’s textured more like fabric than paper.
It’s easy to apply and can be adhered by using ModPodge, Wallpaper Glue, Watered down Elmers or PVA glue. You can also use a poly topcoat. For these night tables, I used Dixie Belles Clear Coat in Satin.
Trim paper to size and brush the clear coat onto the painted drawer where you want the decor paper to adhere. You can also brush the poly right onto the back of the tissue too… it works just as well.
Place the decoupage paper down on the wet poly moving it into place.
Smooth out all the bubbled and wrinkles.
Brushed on a layer of clear coat over top the decor paper and let dry.
Once the clear coat/poly dries, it fuses the paper onto the furniture. All the overhang is easily removed with a sanding pad. I gently rub the sandpaper along the edges and it cuts it perfectly.
TIP ~ To blend the decoupage paper seamlessly onto ANY color of painted furniture- apply a paint wash in a matching color. As you can see “Zoey” has a white background. I used a Gravel Road mixed with water to create a paint wash. I applied the wash to the paper and the painted nightstands (making sure to dab and remove any extra water with a paper towel and then let dry) to create a cohesive blended look.
You’d never know it was white, right!?!
For the finishing touches on these nightstands, I stained the top with this Black Magic gel stain added black and copper Gilding Wax to highlight the trim and then protected the piece by spraying 2 coats of this Satin Clear Coat.
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THESE DECOUPAGED NIGHTSTANDS… OR FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU!
I’ll be back this Thursday with my talented Furniture Fixer Upper crew. I’m going to be giving this curb-shopped radio cabinet a makeover. See you then. 🙂
Thanks for reading. 🙂
Wishing you a beautiful day filled with inspiration and Happy Painting friends!
How To Decoupage with Napkins
How To Apply B-I-N Shellac Primer [Video]
How To Apply WoodUBend [Video]
Stop Bleed Through When Painting
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Judith Laurence says
GREAT transformation.? Can;t wait to try WoodUBend – just love the entire look. Where did you source these baskets with the “braided “trim? They are perfect..
Thanks Judith! And the baskets either came from Hobby Lobby or Homesense… I can’t remember which one.
These are adorable. I love what you did with them. 🖌🎨💜
Thanks Lynn! x
From top to bottom 😍😍
Thank you, Zora!
I showed my daughter these tables and she said, “You wish you were that good!” I smiled and shook my head yes.
What an outstanding transformation! The wired baskets are the perfect touch. You certainly are a talented artist.
LOL… kids, right?!😂 I’m glad you and your daughter like the nightstands and thanks for the laugh! XO
These are amazing! I did not vote on doors but I would have also voted off! Just love these and your talent! Stay safe and healthy and keep inspiring us all! Many thanks! 👏😊
Thanks Susan! And ya, I was really stumped on whether or not to keep the doors but I’m really happy with them off too! x
Cheryl Atkinson says
Hi Denise! Another amazing transformation. I am going to try this technique with the wash. You are such an inspiration to so many people. I always look forward to your posts because i learn something from each one. Stay safe and stay isolated. Thank goodness i have plenty to paint.
Thank you for sharing.
Hi Cheryl! Ya, seeing as so many of us are staying in and self-isolating, it’s the perfect time to get creative and take on some projects we’ve been putting off. Have fun painting and stay safe and healthy. XO
Tricia Bartolucci says
Although these can go well with the modern ranch or rustic decor, I think they are elegant enough to fit in with transitional too. Really a versatile finish. I’ve been starting to reimagine several of the oak pieces here so I love seeing such an innovative , artistic way to change their look. I’ve been wanting to try wood U Bend too so this gives me several great ideas. Thanks girl!
These oak pieces are abundant, aren’t they! And I agree, I think these are pretty versatile decor-wise. My sister was even saying they are masculine and feminine at the same time. Hope you try the WoodUBend… you’ll love it. 🙂
Oh WOW!!!! Gorgeous transformation. I just keep going back to stare at the pieces. Furniture transformation is truly your calling.
Aww, thanks Joanne! Very sweet. XOXO
I love those night stands.!! I love your work!!
Thanks Vickie! x
Beautiful! What about taking those doors and doing the same thing with them. Add some more knobs and hang them on the wall behind. They would be pretty and useful.
Hi Peg! I really like your idea! x
Denise, if I could have a makeover on ME turn out as nice as your makeovers on furniture, I’d be a happy camper, indeed.!! You have a magic wand, Girl! Keep up the beautiful transformations!! Thank you for continuing to share the magic!
You’re too sweet Susan! And sometimes I feel the same way! LOL
Angela Howarth says
Wowza, you are so talented! I am so loving your colour choices. Thank you for posting.
Thanks so much Angela! x
Wow! I was not expecting how cool that would turn out. Amazing transformation.
thank you Lizzy! 🙂
WOW! These are amazing! I really,, really love them.
Thanks Toni! 🙂
Love, love, love these nightstands!
Thanks Rhonda! 🙂
Very nice update ! Beautiful use of color and blending. 😉
The rope trim completely updates the design from all the usual yellow oak furniture.
(sadly -I have a few pieces of it I need to update)
Sadly, I just can’t seem to like all the gaudy ‘stickers’ currently being slathered all over everything.
Your design however is subtle and artistically done !
As always, I love your use of color and detailing.
Thanks so much for sharing.
Thanks! I really like the trim too. It really changes the look of the piece… and I think we ALL still have a few of these oak pieces hanging around… or know of someone who does! hehe
Suzy B says
Hey girl! One of my faves of your furniture recreations! Two Q’s for you: am I correct that you made a couple of those nifty resin appliqués to cover the old hardware holes? If yes, which mold did you use? Also, love love love the new drawer hardware! Did you find those drawer pulls at Hobby Lobby or ????? Thanks for another truly stunning display of your endless imagination!
Hi Suzy! The keyhole appliques you can find here (I didn’t cast them this time) and the cup handles are a 50% off Hobby Lobby find. You know me well Suzy. 😉
Cecilia from Georgia says
Denise, these were so dated and plain before your magic touched them. I do have a question:) Did you apply the gray wash before or after the topcoat? The handles and lock plate match beautifully! Blessings to you and your family during these critical times.
Hi Cecilia… and thank you! The poly was used to apply the decor decoupage paper. Once that dried I applied the paint wash. Once that dried, I added 2 coats of spray finish poly on top. So both. 🙂 They are poly’d on there really good. lol
Beautiful transformation!!! I do so look forward to your posts now more then ever. Thank you so much for being here for us in these crazy times. Bless you and stay safe.
Thanks so much, Linda. And I feel the same way. I’m so blessed that my work keeps me busy and my mind off all that is going on. And of course, the best part is I still get to share with you. xo
Jose Estrada says
I am in awe of your work. Truly inspired. Thanks
Thank you Jose! 🙂
Gayle Judd says
By the way, love the nightstands!! Just beautiful (-;. Love all your work!!
thank you Gayle! XO
Gayle Judd says
I just finished a sweet little table/nightstand and used the decoupage paper. It is beautiful!! However, I had a tough time getting it to stick. I used Dixie Belle primer in satin exactly as you said but it just wouldn’t stick. I had to use Tight Bond to get it to stick. Also, any extra I had to cut with scissors as it would not tear without ruining it. Any idea why this happened?. I was applying it to a painted drawer. I also applied it to the sides of the drawers that were raw wood with no problem.
Hi Gayle! What type of paint were you sticking it on? I’ve only tried applying this decoupage decor paper on chalk/mineral paint which is porous/matte but maybe it doesn’t stick as well (using poly) on latex or other paints? And ya, because these have a ‘material’ type quality, you can’t tear them without causing a mess. I suggest using a razor blade, craft knife, scissors or the sand paper along the edge to get a nice crisp clean edge. 🙂
Sher Kelly says
This is one of the classiest repurposed furniture pieces I’ve ever seen! Just perfect.
Awwww, thank you Sher! x
Absolutely stunning makeover, Denise! I didn’t know Prima had these decoupage papers available and I can’t wait to give them a try. That’s quite the before and after transformation on these tables! Love how you decoupaged the feet too.
Thanks Marie! Someone mentioned (on FB) that the feet looked really dated so I thought this would spruce them up. 🙂
I love how these turned out Denise! Did you paint the inside of the drawers?
THanks Mary. No. The inside of the drawers are super clean so I left the wood as-is.:)
Michelle Wooten says
Can you tell us how to find the pulls and the little embellishments? These are amazing! Thank you for the details.
The pulls/cup handles are from Hobby Lobby and the trim and lock ornament are WoodUBend products which you can find here.
Wow what a transformation! They are stunning and I love the rope trim. Guess I will be doing some online shopping today….
Thanks Laura and ya, online shopping can be dangerous when we’re stuck at home… have fun! 😉
Cheryl Wypyski says
Beautiful! Did you clear coat the tissue before the wash or after?
Hi Cheryl! I clear coated the decoupage paper before AND after the wash. Poly was used to adhere the decor paper. Then when it was all dry, I added the wash. After that was all dry, I spray coated with 2 coats of poly for finished protection. 🙂
Your night stands are beautiful. You make it look so easy. Would you tell me the steps, for the body. I love your makeovers. Thank you
Hi Linda. Here’s a project I did with a similar wash finish. (video included) Hope this helps.
These came out absolutely beautiful! You are true inspirational !!!!!
I do have a question. Those key holes , are they from a mold? I love them. !!!!
Hi Nancy and thank you. They key holes are a WoodUBend product which you can get here. 🙂
Those are incredible transformations!
You make me want to try something like this today! Thank you for such a great inspiration.
Thanks, Shelley! And if you decide to give it a try, have fun. 🙂
These nightstands have a totally different look! I am so impressed! Now I want to try out more products! 😫 Keep up the makeovers- it gives me something to look forward to these days! 😊
Sharing these makeovers gives me something to look forward to too. Thanks Toia!
Shelby Cole says
I just can’t believe what beautiful things you make out of ” nothing ‘ !!!!!!! You always amaze me . We are getting ready to paint our ‘orange ‘ kitchen cabinets . We have the home right sprayer but in trying to use it we have had a hard time getting a good spray . Have you had really good results with the Hefty sprayer ?
Thanks for any advise you can share .
Stay safe !!
Hi Shelby! 🙂 I tried a similar Wagner home sprayer and could never get the hang of it. It was messy and disappointing. I’ve been using this HUSKY Paint Gun since 2013 and love it. Sorry I’m not much help with those other sprayers. 🙁 That said, what a GREAT project. I’d love to do my kitchen cabinets.
Hi Denise. You turned these sturdy (kind of blah) nightstands into beautiful show stoppers. I love the decoupaged drawers and legs and those cup handles are the icing on the cake! It’s amazing what paint, imagination, and true artistic talent can do! On a serious note, I hope you and your loved ones are keeping safe. Take care and thank you for bringing some sunshine and inspiration to me (and your readers) via the internet:)
Aw, thanks so much, Monique! You always bring a big smile to my face. I hope you and your loved ones are keeping safe and healthy too. XOXO
Do Dodson says
Gorgeous makeover as always. I can’t wait to see what you do with the radio cabinet. 🙂 xo
Thanks Do! x
Susan Severino says
Omg omg I LOVE THEM!!! You are so good at picking out just the right hardware too. Thank you so much.now I know what I am doing with a bold stand I have. I have similar hardware. I cant wait to get started your the BEST ! Susan
Thanks and have fun with yours, Susan!!! 🙂
OMG! Just gorgeous. I can’t believe the transformation. You are incredibly talented and I love seeing your creativity!
Thanks so much Dianne! 🙂
Absolutely stunning, once again! You never cease to amaze. Question…what did you paint and embellish the rope with?
Hi Jeannie! The WoodUBend rope trim was painted out with the same colors as the nightstands and then I applied this gilding wax – first in Black and then in Copper. Using the two gave the trim more dimension. 🙂
Beautiful! You are so talented! Thank you so much for sharing.
Thanks Ranell! x
These are so beautiful. You said you spray painted with a light gray paint, but how did you get the textured finish?
Fabulous as always. X
Thanks Annie! XOXO