Night stand Duo Makeover

before and after picI found the ugliest pair of night stands that had the prettiest details screaming for a makeover.  The dark, 80’s stain left little to be desired, but they were both incredibly solid pieces needing no repairs, just paint.  With the little flower embellishments and the gorgeous lines, a little roughed up and these pieces would be perfection.  I knew immediately they would go in Princess’ new room and that they would need an Annie Sloan finish.

nightstand before watermarkI always choose Annie Sloan with pieces like this that have a dark stain for a couple of reasons.  One, I don’t have to sand and two, I love a roughed up finish with the dark bleeding through the light.supplies watermark

With Annie Sloan, it’s super easy.  You slap on the paint as thick as you want, then sand it down to perfection.  Some people prefer to sand after waxing, but all my sanding is done prior to wiping on the wax.  I use medium to fine sandpaper, and  I switch up between using a brush or a foam brush depending on the look I want.  With this set, I used a foam brush and medium grit paper.

nightstand closeup  in progress watermarkI love the contrast with light and dark pieces and the original drawer pulls were so beautiful.  I decided to spray them with flat black paint to give them an extra pop against the white.

knobs watermarkOnce I sanded down each line to perfection, I wiped on the wax and waited for it to dry before adding the hardware back on.nightstand after watermark nightstand closeup2 watermark

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