This past Christmas my niece Saniya was surprised with Glam Bedroom Makeover from her parents, grandparents, and a tiny bit of help from me.
My contribution was to redo her nightstand by making it cute, glam, and super girly! Her room colors from the room makeover are now black and white with pops of hot pink and turquoise. The room is very glam with an added chandelier night stand lamp and sequined cover lamp shades.
Here's the night stand before...brown, broken and missing door and all! Not exactly something for a 9 year old girls room.
This was my first time painting furniture, and there are alot of things I learned along the way and will use for my next furniture painting project. (I'll share those at the end) The dresser is far from perfect but I think it turned out great for a first-timer!
Getting this nightstand completed was truly the group effort of my family, Ellen, Shelley, Baby girl Rhyan and Friend, Pierre. So THANKS to everyone who helped!!
If you want to recreate this nightstand here's what you'll need:
1. Paint Color of Choice
2. Paint Kit (Roller, Brush, Pan)
3. Drop Cloth
4. Sandpaper and/or Sander
5. Phillips Head Screw Driver
6. Silver Spray Paint
7. Patterned Wall Paper8. Furniture Cleaner
9. Measuring tape
11. Tub of shallow water
Here's what we started with...
Very nice piece of furniture that had it's share of wear and tear....note the missing door!
Here's what to do:
1. Give furniture a good clean using furniture cleaner (honestly, we used water and soap, but I'm sure there is a proper cleaner out there somewhere)
2. Remove Hardware using Phillips Head Screwdriver
3. Sand Furniture - Ok, important step here, If you don't sand the paint won't stick! Choose the best sanding technique (hand or machine) that fits the furniture you are sanding. Some furniture will already have a rough finish that might not require as much sanding... some furniture, like this piece, requires alot of sanding... this is one of the things I learned while doing this project!
I started off here..hand sandings
and ended up here...machine sanding
4. Give furniture a good dusting and wipe down to remove all sanding debris.
5. Apply paint to furniture. I painted in the direction of the wood. I used 1 qt of Behr Ultra Pure White Primer and Paint in a semi-gloss finish.
even Babygirl got in on some of the paint action
6. As first coat of paint is drying measure the inside of the nightstand and cut off matching sized wallpaper to add to dresser
(Remember me saying watch out for this print in my Home Office Sneak Peek post?? Yes, the print is going everywhere!)
the next few steps I didn't get any pictures of but I will do my best to explain
7. Take the cut out wallpaper and place in tub of shallow water in a sweeping motion to dampened the paper.
8. With paper dampened fold together, but dont let the sides touch and bring to the furniture
9. Apply wallpaper to the inside of the nightstand, gently smoothing out any air bubbles
10. Add second coat of paint
(ok, we were a little excited and started adding accessories right away! lol!)
11. As second coat of paint is drying spray paint hardward in a silver spray paint
12. After paint is dry on both furniture and hardware reattached hardware
13. Stand back and enjoy your pretty creation!
Hindsight is 20/20 right?? So here's what I'll do next time...
- Make sure to check the amount of sanding needed BEFORE you start the project. Furniture that needs alot of sanding can take forever to sand by hand so check that out first.. or end up like me back at home depot buying a electric sanding.
- Lay furniture on it's back when painting.. With it standing straight up it was ALOT of drips
- Sand furniture lightly between each coat.... This is wear down any drips
- Add the wall paper to the inside of the dresser BEFORE painting... It was a little difficult trying to maneuver around the wet paint while adding the wallpaper.
- Use some type of sealer at the end to sustain the paint.. I'll work on finding out more about this on my next paint project.
- Lastly, take a little more time to get the details right, we were a little rushed on doing this since it was for a Christmas surprise and we only had limited time when my niece was not at the house.
The total cost of this project was about $30.00 for the paint, paint tools, and hand sander.
The wallpaper was from an old project of my aunt and the spray paint was from an old project I did.
I'll consider the Sander, a sunk cost...it was more so an investment, in this instance, rather than the materials needed for the project.
What do you guys think of this project? Leave some feedback to let me know! Give it a try and let me know how it turns out!
See ya Soon!
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