Nightstand with Painted Stripes

Posted by on Oct 30, 2012 in chalk paint, painted furniture, thrift store | 20 comments

My heart goes out to all of those involved in the hurricane.  I feel terrible that I complained about the cold weather here today.  I should be ashamed!

I spent a lot of the day painting.  Once again, I have several projects going at one time.  I feel certain that I have some form of crafter’s ADD.  I can’t seem to finish one project before I am starting another one.

Luckily, I did get one thing finished today.   This precious little nightstand.

I have 3 girls, so I have never had the privilege of decorating a little boy’s room.  So, as I painted this piece (and the 2 twin beds that I hope to show you tomorrow), I have been imagining what this room would look like.

I can see this nightstand situated between the 2 twin beds.  The beds are dressed in a beautiful rich plaid, reminiscent of a man’s shirt.  The walls are a deep khaki color.  There is a giant map on the wall behind the beds.  A chalkboard globe sits on this nightstand. . .

Here is where this piece started.  A nice thrift store find.

I covered the whole piece with Old Ochre. . .

“eye-balled” where stripes should go and taped them off. . .

and, ended up with this.

I do love Frog Tape!

(And, no I am not getting paid to say that. . .  I wish!)

I distressed the whole piece with sandpaper.  Then, I used a combination of dark and clear wax.

There is not enough room in the store for this nightstand and set of beds.  They are going to be looking for a good home.  Let me know if you are interested!  I am also going to see what I come up with telling about it on Facebook and Craigslist.  I have never tried that before?

I hope to have the beds finished by tomorrow.  They just need to be distressed and waxed.

I only have 1 Halloween party to go to tomorrow.  I remember the days that I had 3 and spent my entire day at school!  There is a part of me that misses those days.  And, a part of me that is glad that I will have a chance to get a little painting done tomorrow!

Both of the twin beds are sitting on my front porch for tonight.  I better get them finished by tomorrow, or my trick-or-treaters won’t be able to get to my front door!

Life to the full,


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Imparting Grace

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Freckled Laundry

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From My Front Porch to Yours

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French Country Cottage

Tatertots and Jello

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Stuff and Nonsense

Craft Junkie Too

Common Ground

The Shabby Nest

Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust

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Fingerprints on the Fridge

Liz Marie

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  1. I think it would look great in Maddox’s baseball room that I am in the process of redoing! How much???

  2. Very cute! I just might have to copy you in my son’s room 🙂

  3. I just love this. My boys are all grown, but I wish I had room for it.

  4. Very pretty, Melissa! I like Old Ochre myself and your stripes turned out great. You sound like me “just eyeballing” it for the stripes! : )

  5. LOVE this!! You just ‘whip up’ the cutest stuff! 🙂

  6. That looks awesome especially with the wax! I love the end result!
    I would love if you stopped by my party happening now to link it up!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  7. This is lovely. I adore it.

  8. This is just darling…I can’t wait to find a good piece to paint, JUST LIKE YOURS. 🙂
    Over from Stuff….

  9. I just love what you did with this. The red stripes are the perfect addition. I’m thinking this would look good in my home, so I might have to make my own! Thanks for sharing!

  10. LOVE LOVE LOVE this piece. I may have to get some Emperors Silk. That is one color I do not have yet. Thanx for sharing.

  11. This is beautiful! Great job!

  12. Oh love this too goes perfect with the beds.
    Thanks for sharing.

  13. Great job! I love the sporty stripes mixed with the shabby-

  14. Looks so good!!! I love the stripe and the books accent it well!
    We just got our link party up and running and would love if you came and joined in on the fun. Each week we are giving away free ad space for one week to one random party goer. Our main site gets thousands of hits per day and The Better Half gets thousands per week. Hope to see you there!

  15. I love your color choice. The stripe looks great and I love how you distressed it. Great project. I would love it if you would come visit my blog at

  16. OMG! I totally have this nightstand! Mine was originally an olive greenish color. Love what you did with it!

  17. more fun stripes! I love the glazing color on this one.


  18. I just painted a night stand exactly the shape of this one in a boring onyx. Now you have inspired me to get this unsold from my booth and repaint it like this. It would be great as a night stand in a boys bedroom I am doing with touches of red for a sports theme! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  19. I love the nightstand! Pinned it! Saw you featured at Beyond The Picket Fence.

  20. I absolutely LOVE this night stand. It’s so cute! I’d love for you to share this at my link party Submarine Sunday. It’s open until Friday @ 11:59pm. I hope you’ll stop by!



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