From Trash to Treasure: Primitive Up-Cycled Night Stand Makeover
Last week my neighbor and I were taking our daily 3 mile power walk in the chilly below zero conditions, and I passed a home with a pile of furniture at the curb. There, old fashion wooden abyss of retro and antique furniture I spotted a solid wood night stand that could double as an end table.
It was so darn cold, and windy so I honestly left it there, and forgot about it until 9:30 pm that night. My husband and I had just settled in after an intense football game, and we were watching a movie. Then, that memory of the woodbine night stand popped into my head, and I asked him to go check if it was still there.
The look my husband gave me was enough to kill. He was soooo incredibly annoyed with me, but went to see if this dusty and old treasure was still there. Minutes later he was back with what he declared to be the ugliest piece of junk ever.
Oh, but I had grand ideas for this piece huge ideas. My 15 year old trade school self was eager to get to the home improvement store to pick up some primitive paint. I wanted this piece to look distressed, and beachy primitive. I knew very little work would be involved, and the project would be quick.
From experience, I decided to pick up some Americana Decor paint from the hardware store. This paint is a must for any of your primitive/country/rustic folk who love a matte, chalky, and distressed look. Plus, this little 8 ounce gem of a paint container goes a long way and requires virtually zero prep work–can you say my kind of product?
After dusting off my piece, and removing any surface grease, or debris, I set out my work space, and got to painting. I use a stiff chip brush because I knew it would give my piece a streaky finish–exactly want I wanted. It also provided just the right amount of coverage where the under tones of yellow from the night stand’s original paint could hint through.
One coat was all I needed, and that is all this pretty little super solid piece received. Once it was dry, I gave my Primitive Up-Cycled Night Stand a swift distressing with some 140 grit sandpaper to remove just enough paint to make it look older, and primitive. The sole knob was sanded, and I added a hint of flat black paint to the inner middle to give it the cherry on top charm I seeked.
My Primitive Up-Cycled Night Stand Makeover cost me exactly $10.12 including taxes and about 90 minutes max of my time. This was truly a trash to treasure up-cycled project. Now, I am going to keep my eyes peeled for my curbside treasures.
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