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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Painting Has Begun

The painting has begun.  I have been itching to start painting furniture pieces for quite some time and the process has finally started.  How exciting!!!

This is my first completed cabinet.

Last fall, my hubby was driving down the road when he spotted this nightstand.  Screech!  I could hear him hitting the brakes from here (just kidding!).  The nightstand was free on the side of the road and he thought it was an antique so he stopped to pick it up.  Unfortunately, it turned out that it wasn't old at all but it was cute all the same.  This would be a future project.  

This is how it looked when it followed him home.

I have to be honest, I'm not sure if I even remember seeing it although he insists I did.  I was recently looking for a starter project to make sure I felt confident in painting the bigger, more important pieces of furniture.  He suggested I paint the nightstand in the garage.  What nightstand?  I'm sure he thought I was nuts.  It's not like me to forget about furniture of any kind.  These photos were taken just before I began my sanding.

I painted it an off white and it looked extremely plain.   I hadn't reattached the knobs yet but it looked boring and needed a little pizzazz.  I wish I had taken a photo at that stage of the process.  I decided to distress it a bit.  I've had experience in distressing on wooden snowmen, etc. that I made many years ago but never on furniture.  You work hard to get that perfect finish then turn around and destroy it.  My hubby was scared for me.  I told him I was a bit scared myself.  But at that moment I decided to live dangerously ha ha.

I used the palm sander prior to painting but decided to hand sand when I began distressing it.  I figured it would allow me to control how much paint was removed and to do it slowly until I obtained the look I was trying to achieve.  The palm sander would have worked fine too but I wanted to make sure the original stain remained.

I love how the stain shows through.

I'm pleased with how it came out.  My hubby really liked the distressing once it was completed.  Now I just need to figure out where to put it.  That falls into the category of redecorating which we're currently working on.

More furniture is being worked on and I'm hoping I'll finish a dresser this weekend.  Since time is not on our side right now, we have decided to work as a team.  My hubby will sand and I will paint.  That way we can both be working on something at the same time.

Thanks for stopping by to see what I'm up to.  I hope this inspires you to go and paint or create something yourself although most of you are already way ahead of me.  I'm always in awe of all the creativity out there in Blogland.

~ Kelly ~


  1. It looks wonderful....very cottage 😊

  2. You did a fantastic job Kelly!! I love the minimal distressing, it came out perfect. This will look great in so many different areas of your house ;)

  3. You did good! It looks really pretty! I've always wanted to do something like that, but never can get started. If I can just get around to painting my tiny bathroom, I will be happy. :)

  4. I love to see furniture pieces repurposed, refinishing is a bonus. Nice job, the distressing adds character. I know many gals love the shabby chic look but I think it's my personality type that finds this style unappealing. I'm even out there every spring touching up my black iron pots because I can't stand to see any rust. Others are sanding theirs to create rusty spots and ecstatic with the results. lol
    Have fun painting your next project!

  5. Great job Kelly, love your redo. It looks like a well made sturdy piece, you both scored! :)

  6. Your distressing story cracked me up, Kelly! I've never refinished furniture so I'l have to live vicariously through you. Hee!

  7. I love the distressed look in furniture, I have been wanting to redo our dresser but haven't gotten to it yet, may have to give that a try soon. I have one of my end tables I found at a sale for $25 that had been redone just like yours and I love it. How fun that you two work together to find the furniture and redo them!! You are doing a great job!

  8. What a wonderful chest/night stand.. It looks antique to me.. I love /love the distressing you did..Great job.. Can't wait to see what you and hubby are doing.
    Have fun..proud hubby is helping you.

  9. That looks really great! It is truly amazing what a little paint can do. I have a close friend that has painted just about every type of thing you can imagine. Sometimes I think that if I were to stand still too long, she'd paint me!
    I myself have a few dressers I'd like to transform this summer. Hopefully they turn out as nicely as yours did.

    Have a great weekend,

  10. I love it Kelly! What a fun little night stand to have as your first painting and distressing project! You did such a nice job and it will look great no matter where you choose to display it ☺

  11. Love your little nightstand dressed in all that lovely paint. What a difference a lick or two of paint looks. Love all the distressing too.

  12. You did an awesome job for your first painted piece. Bob paints lots of furniture for our store. Its the latest trend over here. Janice

  13. GREAT JOB!! I LOVE it!! Love the distressed, primitive look. :) Thanks for sharing!

  14. It is always fun to find something along side the road (for free) and take it home with you and refinish it and make it perfect for your home. Recycling at its best. Great job with the paint and distressing.

  15. Wow Kelly! I love how you took the white dresser to amazing by just doing some hand distressing! It really is an art and a talent, not for the faint of heart! I think it is awesome that you and your husband are working together on these projects, that is wonderful! You will find just the perfect place for it... maybe to hold scraps of fabric in your craft room? Hugs to you today dear friend!

  16. This is a darling piece of furniture. You did a great job. Our little neighbor girl who is 6, is trying to talk her mom into painting her bedroom furniture pink!