Wednesday, June 27, 2012

How to Finish DIY Furniture with Paint

How to finish a modern nightstand with paint.

diy mod nightstand with painted finish

The complete how-to finish the mod nightstand with paint.

diy mod nightstand with painted finish

I used one coat of Zinsser cover stain primer.
Two coats Minwax clear satin polycrylic.

zinsser cover stain primer and benjamin moore paintbenjamin moore summer shower 

minwax clear satin polycryclic

diy mod nightstand with paint

build a mod nightstand using plywood

Step 1: Sand all surfaces, vacuum and wipe with damp cloth:

vacuum unfinished wood furniture

Step 2: Protect any portion you DO NOT want painted with painters tape:

painters tape to block areas

painters tape to block areas

Step 3: Begin with primer, Zinsser cover stain is oil based = hard to clean up but so worth it for the coverage and smooth soft surface it provides.
After primer dries, sand.

primer applied to wood nightstand

Step 4: Vacuum again.

vaccum primed furniture

Step 5: Using a 2" angled Purdy brush apply Benjamin Moore summer shower paint to all corners and crevices where roller cannot reach:

cutting in with paint in crevices

Step 6: Then use roller on larger surface areas:
Sand and vacuum again then apply second coat.

painting large areas with roller

Step 7: Apply protective polycrylic in clear satin finish.
Use a small foam brush in corners and crevices then a roller on larger surface areas.
Apply two coats.

seal paint with polycrylic

Step 8: Mark drawer fronts at center for hardware pull.
Predrill hole with proper sized bit:

predrill holes for hardware pulls

martha stewart medallion knobs

Attach knobs and insert drawers into nightstand:

martha stewart medallion knobs on painted nightstand

Here you can see the nice soft, protective satin sheen from the poly:

painted mod nightstand

This completes the bedroom makeover for my girl #1:

girls bedroom before picture

girls bedroom after picture


  1. This looks great! I was wondering how you finished the plywood edge - did you just sand and paint, fill, sand, paint, use edgebanding?


  2. It's fantastic! Just the right size and shade for that adorable room!

  3. Wow! Ana White is awesome and you totally ROCKED this out!

    It's absolutely amazing!

    Thanks so much for partying with us at The Bloggy Olympics Paint Event! I'm so glad I got to see this nightstand!

  4. I have been searching everywhere for nightstands! I wish I has the tools to be able to make one this awesome!! Super great job :)

  5. I just saw this on remodelaholic. It looks great! I just refinished a dresser and two nightstands for my daughters room and now I wish I would've sanded in between coats! What grit did you use for after the primer and first coat?