Give Plain Nightstands Rustic Charm With Milk Paint

Give a thrifted vintage bedside table or nightstand the shabby chic look of a French antique with inexpensive milk paint and a few easy faux-finishing tricks.

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Apply Wax Finish and Buff

First, wipe painted surface with a cloth to remove all dust created when distressing then apply a thin coat of soft furniture wax with a wax brush, bushy paintbrush or cotton cloth (Image 1). Work wax into the painted finish like you would a lotion into your skin. If the nightstand's top was stained, apply wax to the top as well. Allow wax to dry for the appropriate amount of time according to manufacturer's instructions, then buff with a soft cloth (Image 2). For additional shine, apply a second coat of wax and buff again.

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