Friday, March 4, 2011

Gray Nightstand

Just after Christmas, I posted this gray dresser that was later purchased by a lovely family for their adorable teenage daughter, Hannah.

They wanted a nightstand to go with it, so I tracked down this little cutie from the same gentleman I had purchased the Pale Blue Dresser from.

Since the weather has cruelly turned cold again, I was forced to return my spray gun to its' case and had to roll and brush on the paint and primer...ah shucks!!! :)

After priming with Kilz Clean Start, I gave it a light sanding with 220 grit paper, and wiped it down with tack cloth.

I rolled and brushed on several coats of the same gray I used on the gray dresser.  It was a little concoction I mixed up in my kitchen. :)

BTW, if you don't have a liner for you paint tray, aluminum foil works great! Honestly, it's what I use all the time. 

I lightly distressed the edges with 60 grit paper.

Next I ran very fine #0000 steel wool in the direction of the wood grain all over the dresser.  It leaves a very faint glazing effect.

I used my black Ralph Lauren glaze next. 
This is what it looks like when I first brush on the glaze.  It's not pretty!

Always be sure to get it really well in the little nooks and crannies!
I think you just have to kind of play around with glaze and figure out your own way of applying it.  I don't even glaze all my pieces the same way. 

This is what I did on the nightstand.  After haphazardly brushing on the glaze (above), I used a wet cloth and wiped the glaze along the wood grain to spread it out fairly evenly.  It was usually too dark at first, so I simply rinsed out my cloth and continued doing the same thing until it had the effect I wanted.  It's nice to have a dry cloth on hand as well to lightly wisk away areas that are a little too heavily glazed.

The following day I finished it off with two coats of wipe-on poly~

These sweet little knobs were used for the top of the gray dresser, so I thought it would be cute to replace the original knobs of the nightstand with a knob to match~
I brushed the gray paint all over the knob and then wiped it off with a cloth, leaving just a bit here and there to give it an aged look.

Using the same fabric that was used to line the drawers of the dresser, I also lined the nightstand drawer.

Here we go...Before~

and AFTER~











Have a great weekend! :)

47 comments:

Nikki said...

Kim! I love this little treasure...and you know what...I've never used steel wool before, so I must try it out :) Thanks for sharing, and the tip :)

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

I love everything about it! ... Do you mod podge the fabric in the drawer? ... I just finished a very similar coffee table!

Katie said...

I love this!! Pieces like this are the ones that make me want to throw out all my crazy colors and have a more calm color palette! Wanted to let you know I'm doing a little giveaway too! I'd love for you to enter!! ;)

lauren@WESTFURNITUREREVIVAL said...

great job.. it turned out beautiful. love the color

laxsupermom said...

It looks terrific! Love the paper liner, too!

I always use plastic grocery bags to line my paint trays. I basically put the bag inside out on the tray so that the tray is inside and the printing is on the inside. Then when I'm done, I can pull the bag off right side out, so the paint mess is on the inside. Presto clean tray, no muss no fuss.

I bet the customers were ecstatic! Both the dresser and the stand are just so pretty! And look like they were always together.

Cathy @ The Far Fifty said...

This is so pretty, Kim! I'd love to see this little girl's bedroom is must be gorgeous! Great job and thanks for the tips :)

Tiffany Steers, Sylacauga, AL said...

Kim...what an awesome piece. You aged it to perfection...I love that look...I know the new owners will love it! Thanx for sharing the step-by-step directions. I would love for you to visit me at my blog. thecrankyqueen.blogspot.com
I am a fairly new blogger, but have junked, crafted and decorated for years. Please leave a comment or advice and sign up to follow. I will have a drawing of all followers when I reach 100!
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Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

that came out beautifully!!!! i love the glazing you gave it- it loosk perfect with that color!

Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack said...

I want one, too :) Just beautiful, Kim! I'll have to remember the tin foil trick. Never would have thought of that but great idea!

Have a nice weekend! xx

Fiona said...

It's really beautiful. I just love the shape of it also. well done.

Marilyn said...

Nice to see your work. It is gorgeous. ♥♫

Anna See said...

Super sweet!

Hilary @ Sweet as June said...

beautiful job!!!!

A Vintage Vine said...

I really like it...love the way you put your glazes on...they always look like the perfect thickness. Not too light and not too heavy!

Meg said...

I love this! Why do you use steel wool? I'm really curious---I love the look of your pieces but never can achieve the same effect. You do such a wonderful job!

Holly Austin said...

Gorgeous! This piece has great lines, and you highlighted them perfectly!

Sincerely said...

I'll sign up for one too! The glaze looks perfect! I'm sure this looks perfect in little girl's room.

Best,
Ashleigh

Tyla said...

I love it as much as I loved the dresser! What a lucky little girl to get such beautiful pieces for her room!

Serendipity Chic Design said...

You are good Kim! What a perfect match!

Take care,
Lisa

Terry said...

Normally I wouldn't pick this color. Ask me if I like it? In this case, YES, I love it. Fantastic.

Darcy said...

It is so beautiful! Thanks for giving us such a great How-To!
Glaze scares me, but after this post, it only scares me a little bit. :)

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Hey Kim...I found you at Sunday Showcase. What a great job on these pieces. After reading your explanation I think even I could tackle this sort of project! My biggest problem is a space to work...I don't have a big garage or basement. Maybe when the weather gets nicer I can try something like this. I'm following you now and I'm putting you on my blog roll so I don't miss a post! Have a great Sunday ~ Ann

Carmie of the Single Nester said...

This looks terrific. I would never have thought to paint furniture gray but I am thinking about it now after your post.

Sarah at Finishing Touch Interiors said...

thanks for sharing your expertease I love your blog. Im just about to try out my first furniture revival of this kind so this is very helpfull. Blogging really has opened up a lot of fantastic ideas for me

thatsmyjob said...

You are so talented! It is hard to leave your blog. Newest follower! Love, Me
www.youaretalkingtoomuch.com

Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

Beautiful as always, Kim!

Jaime said...

Kim as soon as I saw this I knew it had to be yours. So beautiful and lucky to be able to find the match and then recreate the finish to boot - nearly impossible. Gorgeous work.

Betsy said...

This is great! Grey is one of my favorite colors!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a great metamorphosis! Well done.

I am having a hilarious Linky party with prizes this Wednesday. Details are on my blog today.
I hope you'll join in on the fun.

Erin said...

This nightstand is beautiful! I found your blog at the DIY Showoff. You have such great ideas and I'm your newest follower! I'd love it if you'd follow me back: http://stillwaterstory.blogspot.com/

Again, you did a fantastic job!! :-)

Barb@curlywillowdiy said...

Hi!
I'm new here. I found you through the parties. Your makeover is really great. I paint a lot of furniture but always do a straight forward one coat treatment. Thanks for sharing your technique. I'm your latest follower!
Barb

Suzanne said...

The story behind these two pieces of furniture is truly remarkable. I, too, would love to see these two pieces of furniture in this little girl's room. I wonder if you could get a picture of the finished products in their home? Just a thought... I know, all you need is another thing to do!!! I'll just use my imagination. Love your work, Kimberly.

Doubletake Decor said...

You are a master glaze artist! All you projects look amazing! I LOVE the colors you chose and the liner in the drawer is the perfect finish!

Miranda said...

Beautiful! I love the glazing you did. The color is just the right gray. Nice job!

Jodie said...

Hi Kim, So glad I found your blog. I looked through your painted furniture and they all look great. I love the new nightstand and the big red desk. I've been tackling a few furniture redos. Thanks for all the how to ifo on your finishes. I'm your latest follower.

The Hopeless Romantic said...

Visiting from Transformation Thurs. Love the nightstand and the dresser. U are so talented. this looks like something i might like to try. Thanks for the how-to............Bonnie

Good Time Charlie said...

This turned out fantastic! I love all the details on "how to" you gave too!

Pine Tree Home said...

I love the lines of this piece. I too use aluminum foil all the time. Such a great trick.

Great job on bringing the piece into our modern day style.

Kelli said...

You have truly inspired me!! I've had this old sewing machine cabinet that was my grandmothers forever. It's really cute but I didnt know what to do with it till I came across your blog. I've already started it and have already decided what my next projects will be when I'm done.

I just have one question (more may follow): When you say "several coats" of paint, exactly how many coats is that? I've got three on now, do I need to do more? I'd really appreciate any help you can give me.

Thanks,

Kelli

Rachel said...

turned out awesome. i'm super impressed. AH! i need to learn how to do this stuff...and get my own house to put this stuff in. goals in life: check.

Nicole@ Black Cab Designs said...

I love the grey!! I am just starting to try glazing and it definitely takes practice to get it right. Love your work!

CountryBelle said...

Love the fabric in the drawer! I'll be back looking for some points and ideas. Lovely blog! Thanks for stopping by, have a great week!

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

Beautiful! And the glaze totally makes it. I love the color, too! Great job. :)

Trisha @ The Sweet Survival said...

Gorgeous! I love the black fabric it looks great with the glaze.

craftynan said...

hiya i came here via homemaker on a dime and i will be back i love what you have done with this piece x i am following you now maybe you will do the same x http://emilysnan.blogspot.com/
xmaggiex

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

very pretty! I love the color and the lining!
gail

Zane Wooder said...

It most of been nice to take a dresser make it more beautiful then sell it and know that a teenager enjoyed it.

zane

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