Hello, sweet friends! Hope you are enjoying your summer so far. It’s already hot hot hot here in AZ so I took advantage and did a little project indoors. In my bedroom haha. Let me tell you, it was NERVE WRACKING!! I was worried I would get paint on my carpet but alas, everything worked out perfect and my not so new night stands now have a fresh pretty coat of paint. All is right again in the world! So, before we get onto the night stands let me tell you a little story.
Last month I was doing one of my favorite relaxing activities…scrolling Instagram looking at all the gorgeous pictures y’all are always posting. I happened to get a message from Amy Howard Home. Ummmmm, exciting right?!?! While I read through the message I was so excited. They said that they love my Instagram and wanted to know if I would have any interest in being an affiliate blogger. Well, of course I would! It’s Amy Howard! I would be crazy to turn down such an amazing opportunity! So they sent me some products and I got to work. Here’s the thing…they gave me the products for free but I would never tell you guys something that isn’t true so all the opinions here are all my honest feelings. I’ve also included a link that you can use to go and purchase some of these yummy goodies for yourself. I do get a little bit of money from any purchases made through the link but you DO NOT get charged any more than you would if you just typed Amy Howard into your search bar. Now that we have gotten that fun story out of the way we can get started with what you’re here for…a good furniture makeover!
So, I have been married for 13 years. We got these night stands from Target right after we got married. They’ve lived in one apartment and five houses in three different states and let me tell you, it showed! They’ve been very well abused. In all honesty, I will probably get rid of them someday just because I want something wider and taller. They are just to small but they will do for now. Here is the embarrassing before.
Do you need a closer look?
Sad, right? My favorite part is a tie between the chunk missing in the corner or the missing handle.
So, to get started I had to fill those dang holes. To do that I grabbed some trusty Dap Plastic Wood. It’s awesome you guys. It goes on pink and changes color when it dries.
They were kind enough to send some to me and don’t tell anyone, but you guys will be getting the chance to win some along with a bunch of other great prizes coming soon! But, let’s get back on track!
To fill the holes I first put some masking tape on the inside of the drawer covering the holes. Once that was done I used my finger and an old credit card to fill the hole and scrape away most of the excess.
While the drawers dried I got started on the night stands. So the amazing thing about the One Step Paint is you don’t have to sand down your furniture. You just need to clean it down really well using some Simple Green. Once it’s all wiped down with the Simple Green I took a damp rag and went back over it to get the cleaner off. Now it’s time to paint. So here is where I think I went a little wrong. I don’t think I used the correct brush. I used a round brush instead of a flat brush. Next time I’m going to use the flat brush and see if there is a difference. With that being said, I’m not unhappy with the finish at all. I actually kind of like it but it’s not baby butt smooth. If you really want a smooth finish you can always purchase the Amy Howard paint sprayer. Spraying paint always produces a much smoother finish than brushing it on does. So after the first coat I was pretty happy with it.
Mostly! On the inside it wasn’t covering well. I got a little bit nervous but I decided to just let it dry and than continue on with a second coat.
Scary right? My guess is I didn’t rinse the cleaner off right there well enough. But that’s just a guess. The good news is with the second coat it looked MUCH better! I ended up doing two coats on the whole thing but 3 coats on the inside sides. Remember, this is One Step paint. Not one coat. Let your paint dry for about 30 minutes between coats and do not sand between the coats. After 2 coats you can be done! This paint does NOT need to be sealed but I chose to for two reasons. I was wanting to achieve a really dark blue and I loved how the Dark Antique Wax helped me achieve exactly the color I was hoping for. Also, I bring drinks into bed with me at night and I wanted to make sure the paint was protected from any moisture that might come off of my glass. So, to wax your piece you will wait until it’s dry which will take about 30 minutes. Once it’s dry you will use a round brush to apply the wax. Rub the brush in the wax and offload it onto a piece of cardboard. All that means is to brush it onto a piece of cardboard so you only have a light even coat of wax on your brush. Brush it on the whole piece and wait about 30 more minutes and then buff it with a lint free rag. And waalaa! You’re all done. Put them back where they go and decorate them!
Here is a close up. Like I said, I’m pretty sure the brush I used wasn’t the correct one but I kind of think the paint brush marks are kind of cool because I went one way and then the other way. It sort of looks intentional.
I love how fresh they look compared to the sad state they were in before!
If they were just a little beefier they would be perfect! I still haven’t decided if I’m going to put new handles on them. For now I’m happy with them!
So, here is a breakdown of the products I used to achieve these beauties. These are affiliate links but they won’t cost you any extra!
- One Step Paint-Lady Singing The Blues
- Dark Antique Wax
- 2″ Round Brush
- 2.5″ Flat Brush <—-This is the brush I’m going to try on my next project.
- Simple Green
- DAP Plastic Wood
I’m so excited to show you the other projects I have lined up including one using Amy Howard’s beautiful Pallet Wall In A Box! Check back soon to see some of the great projects I have lined up! In the mean time, what are you working on? I would love to see it! Use the #SimplyLovelyShare on Instagram! Thanks for stopping by!