Loblolly Manor: Guest Bedroom Nightstands

With our deadline to finish my childhood home, Loblolly Manor, fast approaching my Mom and I set out estate sale shopping in late April to find a long list of items including a set of guest bedroom nightstands.

This estate sale in particular is SUPER competitive, but it was our last chance at finding quality pieces of furniture for decent prices. I don’t know if you guys have been looking for furniture at charity shops lately but wow, there’s just nothing out there anymore, right?

Anyway, we elbowed our way through the crowd to find this fabulous nightstand for $30. The nightstand was in great shape for the price and while we were super excited to find it, we were also torn about buying it given there was only one guest bedroom nightstand and we needed two.

In the end, we decided the price was too good to pass up and loaded the nightstand up in the car along with several other fabulous finds, grateful we at least had a good start.

Well, wouldn’t you know, the VERY next store we found this nightstand. It wasn’t an exact match, but it was close enough to work. Even though it was slightly smaller, we happily carried the nightstand to the register to find out it was on sale for $7.50. I know, totally crazy!

Now just to be fair, the nightstand we found for $7.50 was not in the same shape as the nightstand we found for $30. In fact, the top had a lot of water damage on it.

But because we knew our signature color palette in advance, we also knew both guest bedroom nightstands would be painted in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint French Linen and Pure White.

I started by sanding down the tops of the nightstands with 80-grit sandpaper, graduating to 120-grit sandpaper then finishing with 220-grit sandpaper. Here’s a visual of how different the quality of one piece is over the other, even though they look like they could have come from the same furniture collection.

Next, I used a metal brush to help raise the woodgrain,

then added several coats of a French Linen wash (chalk paint + water = wash) to the tops of each guest bedroom nightstand,

followed by a few coats of a Pure White wash that I allowed to settle into all the nooks and crannies.

You’ll want to make sure each coat of wash is completely dry before layering one coat on top of another.

While the coats of wash were drying on the tops of the guest bedroom nightstands, I painted the bottoms in Pure White.

Once the entire piece was dry, I brushed dark furniture paste wax onto the top of each nightstand and clear furniture paste wax to the bottoms.

The hardware which was previously a goldish brass color

was spray painted a matte black so all the hardware at Loblolly would have a similar finish.

We delivered both guest room nightstands a few weeks later and they’re working out so well!

The top of one of the nightstands has a slight European Oak appearance,

while the other has more of a layered gray French Farmhouse vibe.

It works out nice because they complement each other without being too matchy-matchy given they’re in the same room.

I know I say this after every furniture makeover, but I’m always amazed at the power of paint! These guest bedroom nightstands were easily finished in a day and helped to add a bit of cottage charm to the space without having to spend a lot of money.

We still need to find a rug and a chandelier for this guest bedroom but for the most part we’re excited about the way everything has come together so far.

I’ll share the rest of the room as soon as those pieces are in place. Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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  1. Beautiful work! Thanks for sharing the process with us. Well done!

  2. Oh my word – y’all are the best at sourcing furniture! AND that they paired so well together is amazing! In our area of the world it is getting near to impossible to find furniture at a good price anymore. Each of those nightstands would have been about $75 – no joke! Looking for a new source every week!. Beautiful job on the new finish – they look fabulous!

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