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Loblolly Manor: Guest Bedroom Nightstands

We’re sharing a simple guest bedroom nightstands makeover today!

With our deadline to finish Loblolly quickly approaching, my Mom and I have been shopping as many estate sales, antique malls, and charity shops as possible.

Several pieces of furniture including nightstands top our list!

There is one estate sale in our area that is SUPER competitive, like Black Friday shopping at the mall kind of competitive.

But after searching for several months, we knew it was also our last chance at finding budget-friendly pieces of furniture.

As we elbowed our way through the crowd, my Mom spotted this fabulous nightstand for $30.

The nightstand was in decent shape for the price.

And while we were super excited to find it, we were also torn about buying it given we needed three.

In the end, we decided the price was too good to pass up.

So, we loaded the nightstand up in the car grateful we at least had a good start.

Finding a Complementary Nightstand…

I’m not even playing when I tell you we found this nightstand at the very next store.

It wasn’t an exact match.

But it was close enough to work.

And even though it was slightly smaller, we happily carried the nightstand to the register and found out it was on sale for $7.50.

I know! That never happens anymore!

Guest Bedroom Nightstands: Choosing a Paint Color…

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 was slightly damaged.

But we both knew the guest bedroom nightstands would be painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen and Pure White.

So, the damage felt like something that could easily be fixed.

Guest Bedroom Nightstands Makeover: The Painting Process…

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.

Next, I used a metal brush to help raise the wood grain on the top of the guest bedroom nightstands.

Then I added several coats of a French Linen wash (chalk paint + water = wash) to the tops…

followed by a few coats of a wash in Pure White.

I allowed the wash to settle into all the nooks and crannies of the guest bedroom nightstands.

If you choose to try this technique, make sure each coat of wash is completely dry before layering one coat on top of another.

While the coats of paint 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.

Then added a coat of clear furniture paste wax to the body.

Spray Painting the Hardware…

The guest bedroom nightstands both had original hardware that was a brass color.

It wasn’t bad but it definitely needed to be updated.

So, we spray painted the hardware in Champagne Bronze by Rust-Oleum.

A few weeks later, we delivered both guest room nightstands and they’re working out so well!

They both have a French Farmhouse vibe my Mom loves.

And it was fun to style them with all the treasures we’ve been collecting.

Plus, it works out nicely 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!

It’s such a simple way to add a layer of farmhouse charm to any space without a lot of extra time and money.

Let us know what you’ve been painting this season!

Other Furniture Makeovers From Loblolly to Enjoy:

French Linen Painted Hutch and Buffet

French Linen Painted Buffet and Hutch-The Crowned Goat

How to Create a Restoration Inspired Hardware Tabletop

How to Create a Restoration Hardware Inspired Tabletop with Paint-The Crowned Goat

Americana Decor Chalk Finish Painted Bench in the Dining Room

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!

  3. These are beautiful! I’m amazed at how you and your mom can look at a piece of furniture and have a vision for what you want to do with it. Such great taste and ideas!

  4. I’m so excited that you and your mom are finding such great deals! Love the paint technique you used, makes them look brand new!! The spray paint color you found complements them so beautifully! Great job!

  5. CoCo- I can’t believe you found these night stands at separate stores! If you didn’t tell us they weren’t an exact match- I wouldn’t have noticed! Love the transformation! They look amazing!

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