Nightstand Makeover
Posted By
Wendi Wachtel
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Materials Needed: 
  • Super Finish Max
  • Large Paint Shelter
  • Drop cloths
  • Painters tape for delicate surfaces
  • Sander with 60 and 150 grit sand paper
  • Chalky style paint
  • Pre-stain treatment
  • Stain
  • Clear furniture wax
  • Wax brush
  • Painters rags

Project Steps


Hi Friends! I'm Wendi with H2OBungalow and today, I'm sharing a nightstand makeover tutorial with you guys.  By using a stained top and painted base on two different style nightstands I made them complimentary by refinishing them alike.  They turned out so well and are the perfect finishing touch in this room! I chose to stain the top of these nightstands and paint the bases a custom gray color to go with the new DIY headboard I'd just built for our Vermont Guest House, the North House Lodge.  I used my Super Finish Max Paint Sprayer for both of these projects.   

Step 1

Sand the Furniture

Sand down the top and sides of each nightstand. Start with a high grit like 60 or 80 and finish with at least 120 or 150 grit. Remember to always go with the grain of the wood when sanding.

Step 2

Clean and Prepare

Prepare the nightstands to paint. Remove the hardware and put aside. Pull any drawers out. Wipe down all the surfaces to be painted with TSP or Simple Green cleaner. Next, grab some painter's tape for delicate surfaces and thin plastic or other material to mask off any area that won’t be painted.

Step 3

Prepare the Paint

I wanted to match the silvery grey tones in my aged wood headboard I’d just built so I mixed my own color of grey. You can see my DIY Rustic Headboard Out of Shiplap tutorial and how I used my Super Finish Max (there is also the classic Finish Max) to stain wood in this video tutorial.  To get the right tone of grey, I took light grey chalky type paint and mixed in some copper metallic paint for the base. I then added a little dark grey a few teaspoons at a time and mixed it until I achieved the tone I wanted. Last, I added water to thin the paint until I reached the consistency of latex paint.  

Step 4

Protect Your Surroundings

Prepare your paint work area by use a large drop cloth under the Paint Shelter. Make sure your extension cord is outdoor rated and long enough to reach around the item you’re painting. When possible, I like to use a table to mix my paint and fill my Super Finish Max. It's a lot more comfortable and I find easier to work at waist height.

Step 5

Paint Your Piece

Always do a spray test on a spare board to check for paint consistency and to be sure your Super Finish Max paint sprayer is set to the right flow. Paint your pieces. It’s best to use a slow back and forth movement beginning just before the piece and extending to just after the end. Allow the paint to dry and remove the masking and tape.

Step 6

Stain the Tops

Since I used a water based stain, I used a water based prestain treatment on the bare wood tops first. I followed this with a water based stain that I applied with a rag. Allow stain to dry and seal with a thin coat of poly sealer or two coats of clear furniture wax. I prefer the look and feel of clear wax but if your surface will take heavy use a poly sealer may be a better choice.

Step 7

Last Steps

Replace the hardware and drawers. Allow the nightstands to cure fully before placing anything on the top. I usually give my pieces at least two weeks to cure before using. That gives time for the surfaces to fully dry and harden.

Step 8

By giving two different style nightstands the same style of makeover, I created a coordinated look to my room without being matchy-matchy.    

Hi There! I'm Wendi with H2OBungalow and the North House. I share lots of projects in our waterside bungalow in Florida and in our mountain Vermont guest home that was built in 1835.  My job is to fix up project homes and inspire you along the way.  I believe in creating a style in your home that's true to you and that's what I teach others to do.  With over 450 tutorials in home improvement and home décor, many with HomeRight products, I can help you create a home you love without breaking the bank.  

See how Wendi from H2OBungalow used the Super Finish Max, chalky style paint and stain to give two dated nightstands a new coordinated and updated look.   

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