So, here’s the thing. About a month ago, I took a workshop on how to use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (and wax!) at my local stockiest, Laissez Faire. I took it because painting furniture is intriguing to me, but lots of sanding and stripping just isn’t. So instead of buckling down and learning how to strip furniture so I could paint with latex, I jumped on the chalk paint wagon and I’m never looking back.
For my first project, I really tested the boundaries of the no prep claims. We went to Goodwill, where I picked up this debacle of a nightstand for $5.
Yeah. So apparently the finish was so damaged that the previous owner felt covering it with wood grain contact paper was an improvement. And then that got too damaged….. so they did it again. I think Craig thought I was vaguely daft when I picked this one. But it was only $5 and I was pretty sure the contact paper would come off.
For the record? I was right. The first thing I did when we got this thing home was rid it of contact paper. Then I was left with this.
So right… that’s pretty bad. But it doesn’t really matter because I’m just painting over it anyway. I did sand just the tiniest bit to make sure all the sticky goo was off. And I puttied a particularly nasty gouge on one side and a hole at the bottom of one of the legs.
Then I painted. I did a two color technique on these with Primer Red as the bottom color and Arles as the top. Two coats of each made this nightstand perfect for our guest room. (Did I not mention that? I bought this $5 monstrosity for our guest room. I figured it was either going to go horribly right or horribly wrong. I was right… it was one of those, I think.)
Oh… so you want to see it? Yeah, I suppose we could do that. After I was all done painting, distressing, and waxing, my little $5 nightstand looked like this.
Please note, I did not realize until I was editing that image that I’d put the drawer pull back on upside down. I have decided that perhaps it looks evil (horns!) in the before picture and like a softer, gentler drawer pull in the after. Just go with me on this one.
Now, our guest room has a long way to go, but the nightstand is in there now sitting happily next to the bed and taking it one baby step forward towards being a finished room.