Girly Nightstand Makeover with Chalk Paint

By on March 13, 2014
Nightstand Makeover

I recently have become a hoarder…at least that’s what my husband tells me.

In my city, we have this local Facebook yard sale page where people sell items right there on FB. It has led to me spend hours just watching the feed like a hawk. It has also led me down the path of a hoarder. My husband said it’s time for an intervention.

Okay okay okay honey, I get your point, but seriously, this site is amazing! I have gotten some incredible deals on furniture and it makes it so easy to see what everyone has…maybe a little too easy.


One of my most recent purchases with this cute little night stand. This type of nightstand comes up on the page almost every day and ranges in price from $5 to $20 depending on the quality and what the material is.

I’ve been looking for some nightstands to makeover for 3 little girls that we lovingly all refer to as the “three amigos”. My baby monster is of course one of the amigos. The other two belong to good friends that we’ve known for years. I wanted to create cute girly nightstands for each of them and this is the first of those nightstands.


First things first…I removed the hardware and gave the nightstand a quick once over with a damp cloth to make sure no residue was left on it and to clear away some of the left over cobwebs in it. The hardware ended up getting a quick coat of silver spray paint to make them sparkle and shine.

Chalk Paint Supplies

With this project I used Annie Sloan chalk paint as well as the Annie Sloan wax. I’ve never used chalk paint before this project, I’ve always just stuck to latex but I have to admit, I think I’ve found a new love.

Painted Pink Chalk Paint

To give my girly nightstand a good base color to work with, I started off painting a base coat of Scandinavian Pink all over the nightstand including the drawer fronts and the side pieces. I do want to point out something about working with chalk paint…this stuff dries fast. No joke, by the time I was done with the first coat, it was already dry and ready for a second coat had I chosen to do one…but I didn’t.


Next, I did another single coat this time with Old White. I absolutely love this color. It’s white, but it’s not bright white. It’s a very soft pretty white. I painted the outside of the nightstand plus the draw fronts. I left the drawer sides pink however, I’ll get to why, a bit later.

Wooster Brush

After the white coat was finished it was time to wax. I thought about trying the dark wax on this piece, but in the end decided I didn’t want any dark spots in this particular piece, even though typically I love that look to antique furniture. I wanted to keep this young, vibrant and girly and just decided to go with the Annie Sloan clear wax to seal this baby up. I applied the wax in a very thin layer using circular motions and it went on smooth and easy.

How about that brush? Okay here comes the cheapskate in me. I did decide to splurge and use the more expensive Annie Sloan paint brush for painting with chalk paint (which I loved by the way), however, when it came to waxing…I decided to go cheap and buy a less expensive brush. I’ve heard it’s better to use the more expensive brushes or you will get little hairs that come out onto your paint. Here’s the thing…yes I had a few on my piece after the initial wax application, however, after you apply the wax, you buff it out with a rag. As soon as I used my rag to buff the wax, they immediately came off with the buffing. I didn’t have to pick any bristle pieces out and it was just fine. I’m not recommending you don’t get the nice one, in fact I do plan to one day get one myself, I’m just saying, if you don’t want to drop the extra money on a Annie Sloan wax brush, you don’t have to. I used a fairly inexpensive brush for waxing I got from Amazon and I thought it worked great.


After I was finished waxing, I brought out my sanding sponge and starting sanding all over the areas on the nightstand that I wanted the pink to show through. Mostly I stuck to the edges of the nightstand and the edges on the drawer fonts. Although I did sand a couple of areas very lightly on top. I didn’t want it distressed heavily, just enough to let the pink show through to make it feel girly.

Now, I know most of the tutorials out there say to use a fine grit sandpaper on chalk paint, and originally I tried that, but it just wasn’t cutting through it like I wanted. So I switched it up with this more course grit sanding sponge and it did exactly what I wanted!

At this point, I could have called it quits and started using the nightstand. However, there was two things I wanted to do to finish this old girl off with.


First, remember I left the sides of the drawers pink? I thought I would add a little girly cuteness by adding an adorable stencil in the white paint to the sides of the drawers. It added just a tiny bit of “pretty” to it and was really super easy to apply. Just lay the stencil down where you want it, tape it down so it doesn’t move and paint right over it.

You can get the stencils in a lot of places, including Hobby Lobby but I got mine from Amazon…because that’s just where I shop. I picked up the Martha Stewart stencils and when I was done, I cleaned them off with a little soap and water so I can use them again.

Lastly, to add one final girly touch…and really just to give it a cleaner look, I added this adorable black and white print floral self sticking drawer liner to the insides of both drawers.


I absolutely loved the way it turned out and I know amigo #1 will love it!

What I loved about using chalk paint

I’ve never used chalk paint aside from painting mason jars. This was my first actual furniture project using it and there are definitely some advantages to using it. But the 3 things that I really love about chalk paint:

  • Dries extremely fast which means I don’t have to wait until tomorrow to finish it.
  • Absolutely no sanding and no priming needed.
  • Distresses like nobodies business.

Have you used chalk paint? Do you love it or hate it?

About Misty Spears

I absolutely love all things DIY, especially when it comes to decorating my own home. I’m a thrift store junkie and my head just explodes with ideas to repurpose old junk into something practical and beautiful when I come across that perfect treasure. I’m a wood furniture rebel and try to paint every surface I can to bring color into my life. My life revolves around my family and enjoying every moment that life serves up to me. You can connect with me on Twitter @diyhomeinterior, Instagram @mistyspears and see my pins on Pinterest for a sneak peak into all the DIY projects I am working on and crazy life happenings.


  1. Jen

    March 13, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    I LOVE this!!! What you did with the sides is such a nice touch. The colors are gorgeous too. I’ve never worked with chalk paint because I’ve always thought of it as expensive, but I recently read an article about how far a can goes and I think that combined with your review here might be enough to get me to take the leap.

    • Misty Spears

      March 14, 2014 at 1:58 am

      it really does go a long way. I bought a quart of the old white and even after this nightstand, when I open it you can’t even tell I’ve dipped into it. The level is almost to the top still. I am trying a homemade chalk paint recipe this weekend though so I will let you know how it goes.

  2. Marilyn Thompson

    March 13, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    The nightstand is gorgeous! Those little amigos are pretty lucky.

    • Misty Spears

      March 14, 2014 at 1:59 am

      Thank you Marilyn! They are very lucky. My baby monster and their baby monsters are just 4 months apart but they just added another baby monster in January…so now we’re at 3. It will be fun watching them grow up together…and I’m sure I will be providing all the painting for their rooms. Go Pink!

  3. Kathy Hadley

    March 13, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    You did a very good job on that. I could hardly recognize it as the same piece.

    Very well done.


    Visiting from UBC

    • Misty Spears

      March 14, 2014 at 1:59 am

      Thank you Kathy! I love turning ugly finds into beautiful pieces. And this was such a fun little project.

  4. Cynthia Dixon

    March 20, 2014 at 12:18 am


    I think you’re on to something! This is a great way to change the look of your furniture. And with you doing these projects, I can see how you’re getting caught up in hoarding. LOL You just see potential in everything you look at.

    I think you could easily redo some items and then resell. Never know what someone’s willing to pay for when it’s already done for them.

    Keep up the great work!

    • Misty Spears

      March 20, 2014 at 12:51 pm

      My husband said the same thing, but I dunno…I’m too greedy with my pieces. I fall in love with them after I paint them and I don’t want to let them go. Yes…I think I truly am a hoarder lol

  5. Nona Aikins

    March 24, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Nice! I’d like to try this style of painting. Is the sanding after the waxing the final step ? Thanks

    • Misty Spears

      March 25, 2014 at 3:56 pm

      Yes it was. I sanded it lightly after waxing, and then just wiped it down to get all the dust off of it. No other finish after.

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