Thursday, May 7, 2015

Nighty-Night Stand

distressed painting, painting furniture, Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint
I have been in a fever of painting while we have low humidity and sun.

Remember the night stand I bought on the Low Country Crawl?

It turned out a winner!

Sad, dark brown thing - huddling in the corner of the thrift shop.

Being passed by.

Even the nice curvy details failed to attract any buyer.

I told the clerk I wanted it, and he showed me this feature.

It has a hidden compartment!

I said it would be a great place to hide your jewelry.

The clerk said it would be a great place to hide your gun.

Either way it was rather neat.

As you can tell from the pic above there is some gray gunk on the top which is probably the reason the night stand had been passed by.

I had to super sand the top.

The gray gunk was fragrant and at first I thought maybe an overturned candle was the culprit.

However it was not wax.

Someone suggested diffuser oil.

Any clues?

Well, it all came off.


Americana Decor Chalky Finish in Relic.

I do not get paid to say what I use.

A beautiful blue-gray you have seen me use countless times.

After one coat.

After a light sanding with a fine grit sanding sponge and a buffing with a cheap, rough paper towel.

That's all it needed for this shine.

Notice the before and after on the top.

Really there is NO wax or varnish on it.

Just buffing.

Note:  I used two coats of Americana Decor Ultra Matte Varnish for protection after buffing.

The original pull was broken so the knobs and a spare pull from Horror Monster, my beloved craft stash, were painted in Rust-Oleum black metallic.

Look at that secret grin.

You know he is hiding something.

He was front and center at my booth at Riverfront Antique Mall for a day before being put on lay-away.

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  1. Lovvvvve it Donna !! I would of definitely passed it by , but with that color you turned it into a beautiful piece.Not surprised it was snatched up so quickly :))) Enjoy the beautiful weather, TT

  2. That turned out great - love the color and that hidden compartment is awesome!

  3. Wow. What an amazing transformation! No wonder it didn't last long!

    I just recently purchased some of that brand of chalk paint. I can't wait to try it. Thanks for the tips!


  4. WOW Donna ... what a change. Love the color. I have an old cabinet that needs a paint job and this will be perfect. Hope I can find the paint here. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  5. Hmmmmm....fragrant grey gunk.... I have no idea.
    It really has lovely curves and design. I don't have a gun so maybe I could hide my pea shooter in the secret compartment.

  6. love the color and i haven't ever seen one like it cool xx

  7. That's a beautiful color and finish, Donna. I would have hidden my stash of chocolate bars in that secret compartment. Take the jewels, leave the chocolate!

  8. Your grinning night stand turned out great. I'm not surprised that it went quick. Love that secret drawer!

  9. You do good work, Donna! Looks like anything painted with chalk paint is a winner. Guest folks are tired of the same old wood tones. I remember spilling perfume on my dresser and it "ate" the finish. It didn't look like that but maybe it was some sort of old fragrant something or another. I know this sounds foolish, doesn't it?

  10. Love it Donna! Secretive grin and all. Congrats on selling it so quickly. I posted it on my facebook page :)

  11. Miss Donna;
    I do believe that you have outdone yourself this time!!!
    What a Stunning piece...I would Love to have such a piece complete with a hidden compartment......I could use that for sure!!!
    I am clueless about the grey gunk....I am so glad that you were able to remove it and to make this piece shine.
    This piece is a real showstopper. I would have bought it quickly, too!!!
    I hope that you and Chucks are doing well. Take Care :-)

  12. I wonder if that gray gunk is some kind of incense residue? Love the hidden compartment! And the grin. Although I do get nervous when the furniture starts smiling at me.

  13. Hi Donna,
    I believe you did put a smile on its face! Love the color you chose and it turned out so pretty. Great job!


  14. Oh I love it, no wonder it didn't last a day. Love the color. Great that you have an eye that can see past gunk, even fragrant gunk. Turned out fabulous. :)

  15. Wow, it turned out just beautiful Donna! Love the color you chose. I have no idea what the stuff on the top could be but I bet it made you feel a little better about it after you realized it smelled nice... would have been totally gross if it smelled nasty! lol!


  16. This is exquisite. I notice the details of the curves and design so much more. You did a terrific job on this one!

  17. Nice work, turned out great!

  18. I have to say the is amazing what a coat of paint will do! And a coat of paint in the right color! Looks great.

  19. The blue gray you chose is very soothing for a night stand, I think. I'm surprised that anyone would suggest to hide a gun in such a beautiful piece... I don't think the night stand would appreciate it!

  20. Donna, you certainly have the painters touch! Love the color and what a finish that buffing gave! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  21. Donna! It's perfection! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features at the Anything Blue Friday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to this week's party. Hope to see you again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse


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