Rustic Nightstand Makeover

Our empty nest means we have an empty room to fill. (WooHoo!) If it seems like I am happy about the empty nest, you would be right.  That may sound cruel, but he moved right next door. LOL!  Anyway, I digress.  I knew I wanted to keep things on a budget, so I started shopping at some local thrift stores.  They are a gold mine when it comes to vintage pieces on a budget!

Here is what I found at Rescued Treasures for $15 a piece!

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I removed the hardware and washed everything inside and out.  I then lightly sanded the pieces just to remove the shininess.  I am using chalk paint and gel stain so it didn’t have to be perfect.  After all, I am after a rustic finish.

Here are the products I am using:

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I used three coats of the walnut gel stain on the top and the base and two coats of the sheepskin chalk paint on the body and drawers.  Once that all dried, I used a rag and applied the antique wax over the chalk paint until I was happy with my rustic finish.  I was going to spray paint the hardware, but I really liked the original patina with the newly painted pieces.

Here is the finished product:

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