How-to: Botanical Print Nightstand

The DIY experts at HGTV Magazine recreated this flea market find. Here’s how you can, too.
By: Jessica Dodell-Feder and Anthony Santelli


Photo by: Lara Robby/Studio D

Lara Robby/Studio D

Materials Needed:

  • screwdriver
  • cloth
  • wood cleaner, such as Murphy Oil Soap
  • removable vinyl decals
  • painter's tape
  • straight edge (like an old credit card)
  • utility knife
  • medium-grit sandpaper
  • paintbrush
  • latex paint
  • water-based sealer

Step 1

Unscrew any drawer pulls or knobs and set aside. Wipe down the stand with the cloth and cleaner.

Step 2

Position the removable decal on the front; secure with a piece of painter’s tape at the top. We used Affordable Vinyl Graphics flower embellishment (from $4 each, Apply the decal according to the instructions, running a straight edge over it to eliminate air bubbles. Use a utility knife to slice through any of the decal that spans across more than one drawer.

Step 3

Lightly sand all the wood around the decal, then wipe it down with a cloth. If you want the stand’s legs to remain unpainted, like ours, tape them off.

Step 4

Paint the table and let dry. Warm Gold by Glidden was used here.

Step 5

Using your fingernail, pick at one edge of the decal until you can get a good grip. Slowly peel it off the wood. If you taped the legs, remove the tape.

Step 6

Coat the entire nightstand with the sealer and let dry. Reattach drawer pulls or knobs.

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