Adventures in Chalk Paint: Nightstand


I’d been looking for a cute little bedside table for a year. It needed clean lines but a feminine nature. I wanted it leggy but solid. And it had, had, had to have a drawer for my current read!!

I finally found this adorable little nightstand at Red Hound Antiques and it fit the bill perfectly! I’m not going to try to wax poetic about furniture, but gosh this little table makes me want to!

They only thing about this table NOT making me compose flowery couplets in my head was the tepid yellowish stain she was dressed in. Ick. So of course, chalk paint to the rescue!

If you’ve never used chalk paint you have to give it a whirl. It’s great for the impatient among us (hand raised) because you don’t have to sand off a preexisting stain, and because it dries super fast. It is a bit expensive and you have to buy finishing wax, too, but a little goes a loooong way. And it’s so hard to mess up that you’re practically guaranteed to love the finished product!

This before & after took one day of on-and-off work. I used two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Grey and a very crummy dollar store paint brush. I’d invest in a nicer one if I were you. :) After the two coats were completely dry I sanded the table with 220 grit sandpaper to remove some of the brush marks and then worked the corners and creases a bit for a worn look. The directions suggest waxing before distressing then waxing a second time, but I’ve had great result without this extra step. Plus, like I said before, I’m a little on the impatient side. :)

So I applied one coat of Annie Sloan Clear Wax after distressing, then popped on some new jewelry-like drawer pulls I found a Hobby Lobby.

And voila! the transformation is complete!

(A note about clean-up: another beautiful thing about chalk paint is that it is so wash-outable that if you forget to clean your brush when wet, you can actually still wash the paint out once it’s dried to the brush. Do the miracles of this stuff ever end??)

What have you given new life to? Show me a pic!




About Lora Kathryn

Hi! I'm Lora- painter, nutrition coach, songwriter, hiker, Jesus-follower, art journaler, home restorer, singer, and natural food experimentalist. I delight in being married to my high school sweetheart and parenting our two rescue pups, Wally and Posie. We live in a Civil War era farmhouse in rural Georgia where we enjoy forging a simple, holistic lifestyle.


  1. Emily Morton

    it looks great! I may have to try this!

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