French Provincial Nightstand Refab Part 2

Yesterday I left you with the top of the French Provincial nightstand stained and coated with polyurethane.   If you missed that post please read French Provincial Nightstand Refab post here.   But first let’s bring you back to the very beginning with my $10 find at a yard sale.

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And here it is with the top stained in Vermont Maple and sealed with Minwax’s polyurethane.


I taped off the newly refinished top and then I sprayed the bottom of the nightstand with Antique White by Dutch Boy.   I truly love how Dutch Boy paint works in my air paint sprayer.   It is a thinner paint than the Behr I normally buy and it doesn’t need any thinning and sprays perfect every time.

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Next I spent probably 45 minutes hand sanding the edges to give it a distressed look.   I love Antique White paint with the wood tones coming through.

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Then I washed the handles really good and threw them back on…

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Then I stood back…disappointed.   I didn’t like it.   What was wrong with it?   Was the top too dark?   Did it need more distressing?   Should I put some glaze on it?   I read through Shaunna’s new Creating Your Masterpiece E-book for some answers.   I finally just called Shaunna and she said “it is the hardware, the gold peeking through is throwing it off.”   AHA!

So I took the hardware off and spray painted it Metallic Oil Rubbed Bronze by Krylon and then added some Spanish Copper Rub n’ Buff in order to get a depth of color.

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That was the ticket!   Thanks Shaunna!

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I love it now.   I think the darker pulls stand out more and match the wood grain top.   It also looks great with the lamp base in my bedroom.

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Buy now the lamp isn’t working for me.   I like the shape of the base but I am not digging the shade.   I am going to find a new shade and possibly paint the lamp an aqua color to pick up on the bed.   We shall see.   My mind changes in a moment.

What do you think?   Do you like my two tone beauty?

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