Natalie from A Ray of Sunlight used her creative mind and some Liquorice paint to repurpose a vanity in desperate need of a makeover into two beautiful nightstands!

Vanity Turned Matching Nightstands #DIY #furniturepaint #paintedfurniture #chalkpaint #black #nightstands #vanity #repurpose #upcycle #homedecor #bedroom #chalkpaint - blog.countrychicpaint.com

Do you have a small bedroom with hardly any room for nightstands beside your bed? If so, you’re not alone! Most vintage nightstands are short and wide, taking up too much space for those tight bedrooms, and then they end up being shorter than the bed! Thankfully there is another solution!

Vanity Turned Matching Nightstands #DIY #furniturepaint #paintedfurniture #chalkpaint #black #nightstands #vanity #repurpose #upcycle #homedecor #bedroom #chalkpaint - blog.countrychicpaint.com

These nightstands started out as a vanity, but man was that vanity in rough shape. The top needed some veneer work, and the mirror and mirror frame were loose and wobbly. I just couldn’t imagine the time and headache it would take to fix those problems.

With a screwdriver I was able to remove the mirror, top and the front brace. The back brace wasn’t quite as easy, but with 2 quick cuts with the jigsaw (each right against the sides), I ended up with two separate pieces.

Vanity Turned Matching Nightstands #DIY #furniturepaint #paintedfurniture #chalkpaint #black #nightstands #vanity #repurpose #upcycle #homedecor #bedroom #chalkpaint - blog.countrychicpaint.com

Vanity Turned Matching Nightstands #DIY #furniturepaint #paintedfurniture #chalkpaint #black #nightstands #vanity #repurpose #upcycle #homedecor #bedroom #chalkpaint - blog.countrychicpaint.com

I cut and routered out new tops with fresh wood and filled in any holes left from the little demolition. Then I hand sanded and cleaned each piece thoroughly before I started to paint.

Using the most amazing paint brush ever, the Painting Sponge, I painted multiple coats of Liquorice until there was even coverage – about 3-4 coats. Then I lightly distressed the edges with a old damp rag, and sealed the paint with multiple coats of top coat.

I love the painting sponge because it doesn’t leave brush marks like regular paint brushes! And it’s even more amazing when applying a perfect top coat with no streaks!

The tops were stained in special walnut and given multiple coats of Polyurethane for protection.

Vanity Turned Matching Nightstands #DIY #furniturepaint #paintedfurniture #chalkpaint #black #nightstands #vanity #repurpose #upcycle #homedecor #bedroom #chalkpaint - blog.countrychicpaint.com

Vanity Turned Matching Nightstands #DIY #furniturepaint #paintedfurniture #chalkpaint #black #nightstands #vanity #repurpose #upcycle #homedecor #bedroom #chalkpaint - blog.countrychicpaint.com

Once everything was dry, I attached the new tops using the same screw holes and screws that held the original top on, along with a few wood blocks (also from the original top) glued to the sides and some metal L braces on the inside back.

This once worn out vanity is now the perfect solution to small space problems and are tall enough for modern beds!

Vanity Turned Matching Nightstands #DIY #furniturepaint #paintedfurniture #chalkpaint #black #nightstands #vanity #repurpose #upcycle #homedecor #bedroom #chalkpaint - blog.countrychicpaint.com




Natalie {A Ray of Sunlight}

Hello! My name is Natalie, and I am the owner and creative mind behind A Ray of Sunlight. I have always loved anything to do with crafts, so it only seemed right when I started my career in painting and refinishing furniture. Growing up my parents taught me many things including how to re-purpose and reuse what we already had. They taught me how to create, imagine the possibilities and transform things with a bit of work and paint (or no paint for my natural wood loving dad). I wanted a career that would enable me stay home with my baby girl, and furniture does just that. I hope to inspire those who are looking for fresh decor, but don’t want to pay a pretty penny for the cheaply made furniture at stores. Thank you for following along on my adventures of up-cycling and bringing light back to old outdated pieces.

Make sure to follow Natalie on her blog, A Ray of Sunlight. You can also find her on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest!