How I Upcycled A 30 + Year Old Night Stand

Night Table

From the Desk of Clearissa Coward’s Command Center

How I Upcycled A 30 + Year Old Night Stand

Upcycling a piece of furniture makes it new again. I have proven that over-and-over again. And this time I have taken a piece, night stand, that I have owned for over 30 years and upcycled it into something that I am once again proud to display in my home. That’s right, over 30 years.

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The night table was purchased for my daughter when she was a little girl around the age of 5. It was part of her bedroom set which included canopy bunk beds, a dresser and a chest of drawers. The furniture was/is wood and not pressed wood and although roughed up with water stains and such, it was/is in good shape except for the finish. So, what do you do…why paint of course.

The inside of the night table is almost like new. However; the finish can use updating. Updating is what happened.


Night Stand

As usual, I like to give you a step-by-step process so that you can replicate the process if you need to and I will also include a supply list. Furthermore, there will be a video up this week that will actually show you how this process progressed.


Night Stand

Night Stand

Regular Rubbing Alcohol              

Soft Rag (dish towel or old tee shirt)

Paint (for this project I used 2 different colors) – Dixie Belle Paint              

                Stormy Seas

                Bunker Hill Blue

Paint Brush – Round for paint and chip brush for satin finish and Polyacrylic

Satin Finish – Dixie Belle Paint

Polyacrylic (optional)


Night Stand

                Remove hardware.

Clean the piece with alcohol. Alcohol will remove all dirt and grime from the piece and dries almost immediately.

                Begin painting. Because I am using chalk paint, I did not prime.

                Paint the first coat of the Bunker Hill Blue on the top and sides of the night table.

                                Allow to dry (approximately 30 minutes)

                Paint the drawers of the night table the secondary color – Stormy Seas.

               Put aside to dry (approximately 30 minutes)

Night Stand

                Paint the second coat of the Bunker Hill Blue on the top and sides of the night table.

                                Allow to dry (approximately 30 minutes)

                While the piece is drying…

                Paint the second coat on the drawers

                                Allow to dry (approximately 30 minutes)

                Check all of the painted pieces and touch-up where necessary

                                Allow to dry completely (approximately 2 hours)

  Add the Satin top coat to protect the piece.

                                Allow to dry completely (approximately 2 hours)

                Because this is a piece that will get heavy use, I also sealed with Polyacrylic (optional)

…And this is how the bedside table turned out. The colors make it a bit masculine to me. But that is what my husband wanted. And the piece is for him. I think I hit the mark. What do you think? Of course, I can fem it up with accessories, but for the use, we have in mind…it is perfect.

Night Stand

Night Stand

Night Stand


Do you have any questions about the process? Would you have done something differently?  What about the paint colors? Do you think they work well together? I love hearing from you guys.

We are all loving the same style but we realize there are so many different ways to get there. 

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18 thoughts on “How I Upcycled A 30 + Year Old Night Stand

  1. Clearissa Coward says:

    It is such a blessing when someone says that because of you, they are thinking of a project they can do. Thank you for that. And enjoy your project. I would love to see it when you’re done.

  2. Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond says:

    Oh it looks beautiful Clearissa! You have done a wonderful job of making something old, new again. I love the colours too. Thanks for sharing your DIY at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty and I might even try it myself following your instructions.

  3. Pat says:

    This turned out to be a wonderful accent piece! I admired it on your Instagram page this morning. Nice job!

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