Two-Tone Nightstand Makeover

A few weekends back, Janimal and I visited a local yard sale. That’s when we came across this bad boy.

Nightstand Before
It was sitting out amongst a pile of discarded furniture, and this poor piece looked very sad and lonely. I gave the nightstand a good once-over…pulled out the drawer (smoothly slid right out), looked for any significant damage (nope, nothing too bad)…and decided it was potentially worth bringing home.
$2 score
It wasn’t until I found out the price ($2! Say what?!) that I knew this little guy was all mine! It didn’t matter that I didn’t actually have a need for a nightstand, or even a home for the nightstand. Nope, those were insignificant details when it came time to purchase.

I brought the little wooden nightstand home and quickly came up with a gameplan for this makeover.

Two-Tone Inspiration

For the past few months, I’ve been salivating over two-tone combos. Bright white paired with deep wood tones…the perfect match in my playbook. I was inspired by the above looks here and here

 
Luckily, I had everything I needed on hand (my DIY arsenal is building) and I got to work immediately.

Sanding wooden nightstand
First up, sanding this beauty down. I used my favorite palm sander to give the entire piece a good once over. Once it was smooth, I washed away the dust, dirt, and grime with a soap and water combo and let the entire piece dry overnight.

Zinsser Primer
Next, I got to priming. I used a small roller and my favorite Zinsser Bullseye primer to give the entire piece a nice light coat. I used a brush to cover all of the small cracks and details.

Minwax wood finish stain
While that dried, I got to staining the drawer front. For this I used a Minwax stain and a soft cloth. I simply dipped the cloth in some stain, and gently rubbed it onto the front. After a few staining mishaps, this is now my go-to method. I can control the color better and there is never a sticky residue left on the surface of the wood. 

Homeright paint sprayer and white nightstand
After staining, it was back to the painting. To ensure a nice, even smooth finish I decided to use my fine finish sprayer (the one I used in my mailbox makeover.) 

I poured in this white paint (leftover from my entertainment center makeover) and got going.  3 light coats later and the bones of the nightstand were complete!

Minwax wipe on poly
The only thing left to do was to seal my stained drawer front with Minwax wipe-on poly. This protects the wood and keeps it looking shiny and fabulous.

Cloth wiping on poly

I applied 3 coats with a soft cloth, and used steel wool to sand it down in between coats.

Before and after nightstand makeover
Boom. My two-tone dresser was done over the course of a weekend.
Two-tone nightstand
White and wood nightstand
Here’s my new two-tone nightstand all dressed up and ready to go.

vintage wire basket
Now all I had left to do was find a home for her

two tone nightstand

I think it fits in our new Chicago apartment perfectly!

Casey DIY Playbook

 

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  • This is beautiful! I love the two-tone look!

    p.s. Just found your blog through ND Women Connect’s newsletter. Excited to be following along!

    • Kate, thank you so much for the kind words. So happy to have a fellow domer reading along.

      Go Irish!
      Casey

  • This is beautiful! I love the two-tone look!

    p.s. Just found your blog through ND Women Connect’s newsletter. Excited to be following along!

  • Kate, thank you so much for the kind words. So happy to have a fellow domer reading along.

    Go Irish!
    Casey

  • Clare @ Fitting It All In

    My God you have an eye, Casey! I have no clue how you see those things and envision such beauty! Style my future apartments please.

    • You are way too kind Clare! And I would looove to someday style your future apartments.

      Happy Belated Birthday too! 🙂

  • Clare @ Fitting It All In

    My God you have an eye, Casey! I have no clue how you see those things and envision such beauty! Style my future apartments please.

  • You are way too kind Clare! And I would looove to someday style your future apartments.

    Happy Belated Birthday too! 🙂

  • Katie

    This turned out great! I love the two tone look as well and the style of the nightstand. Lucky find $2 find!

    • Katie you are so sweet! A pretty easy $2 to spend right?

      Thanks girl!

      xoxo,
      Casey

  • Katie

    This turned out great! I love the two tone look as well and the style of the nightstand. Lucky find $2 find!

  • Katie you are so sweet! A pretty easy $2 to spend right?

    Thanks girl!

    xoxo,
    Casey

  • Love it!!!

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  • Alyssa McShane

    Love love love it!!