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French Blue Paint Nightstand Makeover

Looking for a quick nightstand makeover with paint? See how I transformed a plain nightstand into an elegant statement piece!

Have you been living with your current bedroom furniture and want a new look? Why not paint your nightstands?

Since I’ve never had the budget available to replace my bedroom furniture, instead I’ve transformed them with paint.

Learn how you can take a stained nightstand and make it look completely different with just a little paint!

Nightstand Makeover with Paint

My bedroom furniture is literally 20 years old! It’s hard to believe that as I type it.

With a little paint I’ve been able to give them a completely new life! The nightstand’s original finish was a deep cherry stain, but I wanted a lighter look.

Update #1 was to paint them a pretty off-white color called Light Raffia, from Valspar.

Nightstands Painted Before and After_Porch Daydreamer

This nightstand makeover was my first time using a paint sprayer and boy did I love it!

One thing that is critical to note when painting over a stained finish it requires NO SANDING! 

The full tutorial of nightstand makeover #1 can be found here:  paint sprayer made a dreaded project easy. 

So I’ve lived with the nightstands painted a simple solid color for a couple of years, but really wanted to give them some personality during my recent Master Bedroom Mini-Makeover.

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Finding Painted Furniture Inspiration

Luckily, I have an entire Pinterest Board filled with painted furniture inspiration.

It’s filled with gorgeous options and it was the first place I started to find some ideas for painting my nightstands.

French Blue and green are my favorite types of paint colors for furniture because they are neutral and soft.


Then, I landed on this beauty and knew this was the type of look I wanted to recreate.

It seemed like the perfect fit, with the exposed off-white so I didn’t have to re-paint the large armoire in the room. That was a project I didn’t want to tackle 🙂

The antiquing was a little heavier than what I typically like, but I LOVED the darker hardware.

Because it’s just about impossible to find new hardware for a Bombay styled chest, spray paint is the cheapest and easiest alternative to modify the finish. 


Rust-Oleum Forged Hammered Burnished Amber

I found the perfect match to the canopy bed in the room and decided to add gold accents on the hardware with Rub ‘n Buff in Gold Leaf.

After testing a bunch of gold options, this fit the decor in the room the best.


The most important decision? Finding the perfect blue gray to paint my nightstands.

Here are some of the paint options I found that are the most beautiful colors for furniture in general.

My suggestion is to ALWAYS paint a sample board, before committing to a paint color!

The Best Way to Test a Paint Color Before Painting Furniture


Which one did I choose? After living with the samples for a few days, I chose Polished Silver!

You can see how blue versus gray it looks in my bedroom.

That’s why a physical sample is so critical to selection because the paint will look so different in your home reflecting the items in the room and changing with the light.


Off to re-create the inspiration paint finish and teach you exactly how I did it!

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Wanted to paint a flea market find or a stained piece? READ THIS FIRST! When Bonding Primer is a Must Before Painting

Painted Nightstand Makeover Tutorial


How-To Makeover a Nightstand with Paint

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Active Time: 2 hours
Additional Time: 16 hours
Total Time: 18 hours 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $35

Easily transform an existing piece of stained or painted bedroom furniture with a new paint finish. Learn how to re-create this elegant French Blue nightstand.


  • Valspar Cabinet Enamel / Available at Lowe's
  • Valspar Bonding Primer / Available at Lowe's
  • Rustoleum Spray Paint Hammered Burnish Amber
  • Gold Leaf Rub n' Buff
  • Antique and Clear Glaze


  • Foam paint roller
  • Nylon/Polyester paint brush
  • Frog Tape
  • Lintless rag like an old t-shirt
  • Q-Tips


Step 1:

  1. If furniture is stained, prime with bonding primer and two coats of Valspar Cabinet Enamel Light Raffia 3008-10B.nightstand with sanded hardware I chose to spray over the hardware, but it can be removed if needed. For the final finish, I removed the hardware prior to painting.
  2. Step 2:

  1. Using Frog Tape, tape off areas that you don't want painted the darker color. You can use my pattern or one that suits the furniture you have. My drawers are not remove-able, so I just pulled them out slightly to apply the tape and to paint.

Step 3:

  1. Using a brush and foam roller, apply 2 coats of Valspar Cabinet Enamel, I used Valspar Polished Silver, 4008-1B.nightstands-painted-with-two-coats-of-valspar-polished-silver-cabinet-paint Dry AT LEAST 8 hours between coats. The final coat needs to dry OVERNIGHT.

Step 4:

  1. If you would like to change the hardware color, update the hardware while the paint is drying. Rustoleum-Forged-Hammered-Burnished-Amber-Spray-Paint
  2. In a well ventilated area, spray paint hardware with two coats of paint. Allow 30 minutes dry time between coats.cabinet-hardware-spray-painted-with-rustoleum-forged-hammered-burnished-amber-spray-paint
  3. Let dry overnight before installing.close-up-cabinet-hardware-spray-painted-with-rustoleum-forged-hammered-burnished-amber-spray-paint

Step 5:

  1. Very gently, remove tape to expose areas not painted.final-painted-french-carved-nightstand-with-two-paint-colors-valspar-polished-silver-and-valspar-light-raffiaIt already looks like a brand new piece of furniture!

Step 6:

  1. If desired, create the antiquing glaze by mixing 60% clear glaze and 40% antiquing glaze. mix-of-60-clear-and-40-antiquing-glaze
  2. Stir until thoroughly blended.blended-antiquing-glaze-mix
  3. Step 7:

  1. Using a lint free rag like an old t-shirt, dip a small corner into the glaze mixture. Apply in random dots working in small sections.place-random-dots-of-antiquing-glaze-randomly-on-drawer-fronts-of-night-stands
  2. Make sure to push glaze into carved details.push-dots-of-antiquing-glaze-into-carved-areas-of-furniture
  3. For each section of glaze dots, using the same rag, begin rubbing and blending glaze into the surface of the paint.rub-in-antiquing-glaze-to-blend-into-the-paintIt's important to work in small sections so the glaze doesn't dry and can be manipulated.

Step 8:

  1. Let the glaze dry OVERNIGHT. Then reinstall newly painted hardware.nightstand-painted-in-valspar-polished-silver-antiqed-with-glaze-and-spray-painted-hardware

Step 9 (optional):

  1. Squeeze a small amount of Rub 'n Buff on a paper plate and swirl it with a Q-tip.thin-layer-of-gold-leaf-rub-n-buff-on-paper-plate-with-q-tip-as-applicator Apply directly to areas of the hardware you want highlighted in gold.apply-small-amount-of-rub-n-buff-with-q-tip-to-highlight-areas-of-cabinet-hardware
  2. Apply very little! Rub in with a dry paper towel to finish.use-a-clean-paper-towel-and-rub-in-rub-n-buff-to-cabinet-hardware
  3. Here is the hardware highlighted in gold making it look high end and elegant.cabinet-hardware-updated-with-rustoleum-bronzed-amber-spray-paint-and-gold-leaf-rub-n-buff
  4. Step 10:

  1. Enjoy your new nightstand!white-drapes-framing-blue-painted-nightstand

Did you make this project?

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Isn’t it amazing how paint created an entirely new look for these nightstands!

I love how the carved details pop with the paint treatment and antiquing glaze.

Plus what a nice change to the hardware making it look more defined on the nightstand and coordinating it with the new canopy bed.




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  1. What a great tutorial. I am in the process of painting my bedroom. The next project is painting my bedroom furniture. I have matching nightstands. Can I paint the nightstands two different colors?
    Thank you for your great tutorials and decorating tips! I enjoy your blog immensely.
    Have a great Thanksgiving with your family!

    1. Awww, thanks Debbie! I’m a symmetrical minded person, so I will always say to paint both of them the same color 🙂 You can do two different colors if you’d like 🙂 Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. This chest is so lovely! How do you know which Rub ‘n Buff gold to use? I didn’t realize there are so many choices! Your tutorial is so thorough and inspiring. Have a wonderful Turkey day with your family.

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