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Painted Nightstands – French Blue

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So excited to share my painted nightstands in French blue.

Lets just say that this pair of nightstands have been around the block a couple of times. I first purchased them in North Carolina in anticipation of our move to Atlanta, GA. 14 years later when we moved to our vacation home, the nightstands moved to Jenn’s house. They remained in her bedroom until they were moved to her she shed. Now that Jenn is readying her home for Baby Bee in December, she is transforming and editing her home decor. So, a few weeks ago the nightstands came back to me. Check out my painted nightstands – French blue.

The formal and ornate cherry furniture doesn’t suit either of our tastes anymore. It’s just too red and shiny. After more than 18 years the nightstands had a bit of wear and tear. At one time they were part of a set in our master bedroom. A few years ago I chalk painted the armoire in Aubusson Blue for our current master bedroom. To be clear, this is not precious or true cherry furniture. Therefore, I didn’t have any doubts about painting it. In my opinion I’m saving myself money by keeping it.

Start with color

My local Ace Hardware sells Amy Howard’s One Step Paint. Previously I used this same paint and color on the end tables in the family room. Loving this soft color, I forged ahead with the makeover.

Depending on light and time of day, the paint looks gray or even white.


Full disclosure – when I paint furniture for my own home, I rarely paint it with primer first. As a rule, pine and cherry furniture should be primed before painting. Since I was impatient and on a time-crunch I did not prime these nightstands. So far there is no bleed-through. I will keep you posted.

Everything Can’t be Easy

About 4 minutes into painting, I remembered how difficult it was to paint around these swirly, ornate columns. With a bit of patience, I kept dabbing my paintbrush behind the column and then added fresh paint strokes to the front and visible areas.

I added two coats of chalk paint to each nightstand. 

After letting the paint dry for 24 hours, I added clear paste wax with a lint-free rag.

The paste wax adds a hard barrier of protection from scratches.

Next week I will be sharing the full guest room makeover with a fall twist. Stay tuned!

For a full comprehensive painting tutorial, please read How to Chalk Paint Furniture – Our Best Tips.

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  1. Rebecca Payne says:

    Great job. I love the blue color.

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