Use Chalk Spray Paint for a Nightstand Makeover

Rebekah Dempsey
Written by Rebekah Dempsey
Updated August 30, 2016
chalky finish paint on nightstand
Chalky finish paint provides excellent coverage, and there’s no need to sand or prime before using. (Photo courtesy of Rebekah Dempsey/A Blissful Nest)

Painting furniture just got a lot easier.

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I’m a huge chalky paint fan. Most pieces only need two coats at the most, plus it looks super smooth once dried. And it just got even better, because now there’s chalky finish spray paint. You don’t need to worry about drip marks or cleaning paintbrushes; just point and spray your piece. It comes in so many colors too! Get ready for the easiest DIY project ever. I’m going to show a nightstand makeover, but start hunting garage sales and flea markets for your own unique furniture piece to paint. 

Here's the nightstand before its makeover. (Photo courtesy of Rebekah Dempsey/A Blissful Nest)

Materials needed:

  • Dropcloth

  • 120-grit sandpaper 

  • Primer (optional)

  • Krylon Chalky Finish spray paint 

  • Mercury knobs

Painting your nightstand

Step 1: Remove the hardware.

Step 2: Apply the first coat of spray paint lightly in a sweeping motion. This ensures no "buildup" areas. Let the first coat dry for at least 20 to 30 minutes. If you notice buildup, lightly sand those areas after the paint is dry.

Step 3: Apply a second and (if needed) third coat, letting it dry in between coats.

Step 4: This one is optional. Apply a light coat of wax. It helps with durability, but I skipped this step, because I loved the look of it with just the paint.

Step 5: Replace the hardware. It really is amazing how a little paint transforms a piece. 

painted nightstand in bedroom
For less than $30, I created a nightstand with the perfect look to go with my room decor. (Photo courtesy of Rebekah Dempsey/A Blissful Nest)

When selecting a piece to paint, think outside the box. New hardware, paint and some accessories can really change the whole look of a piece of furniture.

What awesome furniture makeovers have you done? Tell me about them in the comments section below.

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