It all started when I decided that my daughter, Finnley’s Room needed something a little different. I loved the rustic/metallic/restoration hardware type look, but didn’t want to spend a fortune. I gave up on buying the nightstand I envisioned and finally just experimented until I had the finish I was looking for. I LOVE how this little project turned out! I hope you enjoy my do-it-yourself instructions. You can use this finish for any wooden surface (I think a coffee table would be adorbs!) Good luck!
TIME: approx 45 minutes.
– Nightstand (I found mine on Craig’s List) for $15.00
– Knobs (Lowes)
– Gold Metallic Spray Paint (Lowes) you could go with silver/brass color if you prefer.
– Flat White Paint (Lowes) you could go with a different accent color if you prefer.
– Sandpaper / Sandpaper Block / / I used a Black and Decker Mouse Sander with an Ultra Fine Pad (Lowes)
– Minwax Water-Based Polycrylic
– Coarse Paint Brush
1. Wipe down the nightstand to ensure it’s dust free, then unscrew the original knobs.
2. Lightly spray paint the nightstand with your metallic. Don’t worry about making it perfectly even because it won’t be the only layer of paint.
3. After your metallic has dried, use your coarse brush to apply a thin layer of white paint, with all the strokes going in the same direction on each side. Make sure you apply it very lightly so you get that nice distressed finish.
4. After your white layer has dried, use your sand paper/sanding mouse. Each pass should be going in the same direction as the previous. Make sure you don’t over sand it, you want to make it look weathered, but don’t sand past your metallic layer.
5. Screw in your new hardware, cover with Poly topcoat (follow instructions on can) and wallah! It’s finished!