Wednesday, June 27, 2012

"N" is for Nightstand (the finish)

Paint: modern 2-drawer nightstand

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

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


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

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

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.

Step 4: Vacuum again.

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

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

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.

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

Attach knobs and insert drawers into nightstand:

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

This completes the bedroom makeover for my girl #1:


  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?