Double Take: The Tale of a Gray Nightstand (Before & After)

The weather has been on a consistent cold front lately so I’ve been forced to work inside more. That means more hand painting instead of the ease and quickness of spray painting. I bought a pair of nightstands for $25 a piece a few months ago and I hastily painted them white. However, I’ve been on an all things gray kick lately and I decided that they need to be gray.

It actually stayed white for a few months, but I just wasn’t feeling it anymore and the hardware could use an update too. I spent a day stripping the white paint from the nightstand with Klean-strip Varnish and Paint remover and it went well for the most part.

The top is laminate so the white came off really easy. I wiped it down with Klean-strip after wash to remove any stripping residue. I left the nightstands to dry overnight and prepared to paint it the next morning. I painted it in my new favorite shade of gray Valspar Wet Pavement in Satin Finish.

Much better right? Look at those legs! And look at that new spiffy hardware. Simply gorgeous. I ordered the hardware on Esty or maybe it was Ebay..either way it makes a world of difference. I wasn’t really feeling the “always-on-every-piece-of-thrifted-furniture-hardware” anyway. I love the warm feeling the gray gives the nightstand compared to the stark white. With my room being small and all, gray is the better subtle choice.

I decided to distress the edges a little bit to highlight the detail. Added some rub n buff to polish up the new handles and there we have it folks. So what do you think? White or Gray? Not like I’ll go back and paint it white because Milla would kill me. I’m so indecisive, it’s ridiculous. I still need to work on not wanting to change everything after seeing something painted on another lovely blog. I’m pretty confident that these will be staying gray.

I was able to get one more picture before Breeze intervened. If you look closely in the first after picture you can see his tail in the bottom right corner.

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Posted on by Kahli Posted in Before & After Projects, DIY, Painting Projects

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Kahli was born one minute after Milla. She is a pinterest addict and will dedicate numerous hours to cataloging inspiration.

17 Responses to Double Take: The Tale of a Gray Nightstand (Before & After)

  1. cassie

    simple and cute! the color is awesome!

    • Milla

      Geez your super fast Cassie! I don’t think this post has been up long but Kah did link it on your party I think.

  2. Katie

    wow this is awesome! I’m dieing to work on a furniture revamp!

  3. Vicky

    You can never go wrong with gray! It’s too bad that it’s gray outside :( Very nice restyle.

  4. kristin

    It is so pretty! Thanks for linking!

  5. Suzy

    Such a pretty shape and color!

    • Milla

      Thanks a lot Suzy. The shape is very cute isn’t it?

  6. Carol

    Great transformation and I love the color!

  7. Sarah

    Love this. I just bought a rough chest of drawers that I am going to have completely redo so reading about your project was inspiring.

    • Kahli

      I hope it goes well for you and you’re not as indecisive as I am :)

  8. debbie

    Today I hosted a magazine copy cat challenge not the newbie party. See you next week instead.

    • Kahli

      OH my I commented on it and didn’t even read to make sure it said that :(! I’m so sorry!

  9. Redlilocks {Swoon Worthy}

    Jealous! Been looking for a pair of ‘interesting’ nightstands for AGES with the idea of painting them grey myself 😉

    These came out gorgeous and totally good choice in repainting them! xx

  10. gail

    your nightstands are great! I second guess myself all the time too when I see something on a blog. :)

  11. Sherry

    Turned out really cute! Thank you for linking it to Home Sweet Home!

  12. Michelle at Faith, Trust, & Pixie Dust

    Beautiful job. They were so lackluster before & now . . . WOW! Thanks so much for linking up to Fabulous Friday!

    Warmly, Michelle

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