Give any nightstand a quick, cottage-style facelift with a fresh coat of paint and distressed finish.
- solid wood nightstand
- pint water-based primer
- pint latex paint, in the color of your choice
- 2" wide paintbrush
- sanding block
- painters' tape
- 80- and 100-grit sandpaper
Remove Hardware, Drawers and Doors
Remove all drawer and door hardware using the appropriate screwdriver. If the hardware isn't removable, cover it with painters' tape. Tip: Keep all screws and knobs in a safe place so they can be reattached later. Remove drawers and/or doors. They will get painted too, but it's easier to paint them separately.
Sand Then Prime Surface
If the nightstand has a glossy finish, use a sanding block covered with 100-grit sandpaper to lightly scuff up the surface before applying primer. Using a 2-inch brush, coat the entire nightstand, including the drawer and/or door fronts, with water-based primer. Allow it to thoroughly dry before moving on to the next step.
Next, coat all primed areas with latex paint. To create an extra-smooth painted finish, use long, consistent strokes when applying paint. Paint tends to build up along the edges and in corners, so always be on the lookout for runaway drips.
Distress Painted Edges
Use a sanding block wrapped in 80-grit sandpaper to remove paint and primer from areas of the nightstand that would have seen the most wear over time, such as around the hardware and along the edges and corners of the piece.
Reattach Doors, Drawer Knobs and Pulls
Allow nightstand to dry for a minimum of 48 hours, then reattach and reinsert doors and/or drawers. Tip: If the hardware has seen better days, replace it. To ensure a proper fit, bring the old hardware along when shopping for new hardware and use it as a guide.