THIS SALVAGED NIGHTSTAND SET GETS A BRAND-NEW LOOK. YOU WON’T EVEN RECOGNIZE THEM NOW!
Hello beautiful SI family! Today is the last Furniture Fixer Uppers share of the year… and the last post for me until 2024. Wow, this year has flown by and I can’t thank you enough for being here and sharing in all my projects! If you’re new here, FFU means I’m joining my talented furniture painting friends and we are all sharing our all-time favorite makeovers of the year! Be sure to click on the links at the bottom of today’s post to check out their furniture before and afters as well!
So today I’m sharing this 80’s nightstand set before and after. Not because it’s my favorite of the year, although I LOVE the way they turned out – but because it’s YOUR FAVORITE OF THE YEAR! This nightstand set went VIRAL on Facebook. For over 10 years I’ve been growing my Facebook page which had grown to around 38K followers. Then I posted THIS REEL and my Facebook page grew to over 105K followers within three months. Mind-blowing! 🤯 Thank you to everyone who follows me over on Facebook and all my other social channels!
So here’s the viral nightstand set makeover. I turned these dated stands into modern beauties using an all-new color, new feet, hardware, and some thrifted wallpaper. I’ll bet you won’t even recognize them now!
Here’s the 80’s set I started with. I found them selling at my local Restore for $20 each.
Both night tables were structurally sound but needed a little cosmetic TLC.
Once I brought them home, the first thing I wanted to do was remove the dated trim.
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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED
Nightstand Set – SALVAGED
White Lightning Cleaner
BIN Shellac Based Primer
Textured Wallpaper (similar)
Stick With Me Glue
Cobblestone Chalk Mineral Paint
Fine Mist Spray Bottle
Gator Hide Topcoat
COBBLESTONE NIGHTSTAND SET MAKEOVER
Here’s how I salvaged these nightstands into an ALL-NEW updated set.
CLEAN & MODIFY
I started by cleaning, removing the hardware, and then taking the trim off the front doors. I used my pry bar to pry them off making sure to place a wood shim underneath the pry bar so I wouldn’t damage the nightstand doors. I’ve made that mistake before and it creates extra work to fix it. This trim was held on by trim nails so once I got the hang of it, they were easy to remove.
The next step was to remove the base so I could add new feet. I unscrewed the screws holding it in place. Then I used an Oscillating Tool to cut through the boards. These multi-purpose oscillating tools are amazing for sanding, cutting, cutting wood, nails, plastic, plaster, and so much more!
I used two coats of BIN Shellac Primer on the body of these stands and left the top natural wood. Here’s what they looked like after removing the door trim and base; and primed with the first coat. It’s still in the ugly phase…lol.
PAINT WASH TOP
I really like the look of the natural wood top. To tie it into this NEW Cobblestone color, I created a 50/50 wash of paint and water, and paint washed the tops of these nightstands. I have a full tutorial on How To Paint Wash HERE.
PAINT WITH COBBLESTONE
Now for the fun part! Painting with this new color! Cobblestone is one of the six new colors in the Dixie Belle Cottage Collection. I would describe Cobblestone as a light brown stone color with warm undertones. A warm and cozy neutral. Something you’d see in an old English cobblestone cottage but as you’ll see, can still be used on a modern restyle. I’ll include an image below so you can see the other five new colors which are equally beautiful. I picked this warm neutral to update these nightstands because I’m positive it will be a quick seller once I list them online.
As with all DB chalk mineral paints, the paint glides on beautifully and they are highly pigmented for great coverage. I used my Small Oval Brush for a smooth brush finish.
To create a textured front panel on the doors I used this old wallpaper from Sears. It was selling at a thrift store for $4.29 and the original price tag said $16.99. I haven’t seen a roll of wallpaper this size selling for any less than $50 these days!
Here’s the step-by-step on how I applied the wallpaper to these nightstands.
- I measured the door front panels
- using a square ruler I measured the same on the wallpaper
- I cut it with a rotary tool and made sure they fit into the panels perfectly
- Using this GLUE I spread it onto the panel using a putty knife making sure to get into all the corners and edges
- Then laid down the wallpaper and secured it making sure there were no bubbles and let it dry
To complete the look, I added some long black statement handles I bought here.
Then I added new modern legs/feet I bought off Amazon here.
Here’s how these salvaged nightstands all came together. They look like a brand NEW set — unrecognizable from what they previously looked like!
And check out this texture. I’m so happy I found this wallpaper and remembered I had it in my inventory to use on this piece.
I’m sure this neutral color will be a quick seller as well! (Update – I haven’t listed them for sale I might use them in my bedroom.)
The Cobblestone wash shows off the wood grain on the top as well.
I can’t wait to hear what you think of this makeover!
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 42.3K so don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t done so already! So exciting, thank YOU! 🙂
6 NEW COTTAGE COLLECTION PAINT COLORS
Here’s a peek at the other colors in this Cottage Collection. I can’t wait to try them ALL!
Update – I’ve tried the English Ivy on this dresser HERE.
AND NOW FOR SOME FURNITURE FIXER-UPPER FUN!
You’re going to LOVE what my creative team of Furniture Fixer Uppers ladies do. Below are the BEFORE photos of MY favorites of the year. It’s really difficult for me to pick just one because ALL their makeovers are fabulous. Visit the links underneath to see the amazing AFTERS and learn how they did it and then be sure to click on THEIR FAVES BELOW!
3. SALVAGED INSPIRATIONS (HAPPY YOU’RE HERE!)
AND NOW VISIT MY FFU CREW’S FAVES!
Here’s another look at this 80’s nightstand set before and after. I hope this makeover has inspired you and given you some new ideas on how to paint your furniture.
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS COBBLESTONE COLOR AND THE NIGHTSTAND SET. FEEL FREE ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. IT MAKES MY DAY! 🙂
And because this is the last post of 2023, I hope you know how much you’re appreciated. I can’t thank you enough for joining in on my creative journey and being part of my #sifamily. I wouldn’t be doing this without YOU! A HUGE HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU AND YOURS! See you in 2024!
Happy furniture painting my friends!