Classy Rustic Black Nightstand {guest post}

Carrie from Thirty Eighth Street transformed this beautiful nightstand with just a bit of Liquorice! Keep reading to find out how she did it.

Hi Friends! If you’ve never painted furniture before but want to give it a go, painting a nightstand is the perfect sized project for a beginner! I acquired this orangey-brown bedside table as part of a larger bedroom set at an estate sale. I paid $100 for the entire set. The nightstand was in decent shape with normal signs of normal wear and tear…. except for the top. THAT was a little bit of a mess!

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After a light sanding it was ready for some paint! For this project I used Country Chic Paint in Liquorice and an Oval Paint Brush. This is one of my very favorite paint brushes to use! I applied the first coat with uneven coverage so that the original wood grain would peak through. Then, after it was dry I applied a second coat to deepen the color and add contrast. Dry brushing in specific areas and painting heavier in other areas to create a weathered worn look. This is my very favorite way to distress a piece of furniture naturally.

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Once my second layer was dry, I took an old cut up T-shirt and dipped it into water and rubbed it lightly back and forth over the edges and raised details to remove some of the paint. Wet distressing is a quick and easy way to distress a piece without having the mess of sandpaper residue. Finally, I finished up the piece with a little bit of blending and sealed it with Tough Coat.

Here are a few before and after photos of this fun furniture project!

Classy Rustic Black Nightstand #DIY #furniturepaint #paintedfurniture #countrychicpaint #nightstand #bedroom #classic #black #chalkpaint #liquorice #distressed #rustic - blog.countrychicpaint.com

Classy Rustic Black Nightstand #DIY #furniturepaint #paintedfurniture #countrychicpaint #nightstand #bedroom #classic #black #chalkpaint #liquorice #distressed #rustic - blog.countrychicpaint.com

Classy Rustic Black Nightstand #DIY #furniturepaint #paintedfurniture #countrychicpaint #nightstand #bedroom #classic #black #chalkpaint #liquorice #distressed #rustic - blog.countrychicpaint.com

Classy Rustic Black Nightstand #DIY #furniturepaint #paintedfurniture #countrychicpaint #nightstand #bedroom #classic #black #chalkpaint #liquorice #distressed #rustic - blog.countrychicpaint.com



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Carrie {Thirty Eighth Street}

Hi! I’m Carrie from sunny Southern Arizona and blogger at Thirty Eighth Street. I live in a house full of rumble tumble boys and paint is my nail polish. I love the process of repurposing, reusing and recycling unloved furniture and turning them into show stopper pieces. I’m a firm believer that it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to decorate a home. My mission is to demonstrate this, one piece at a time!

Make sure to follow Carrie’s blog Thirty Eighth Street. You can also find her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest!


6 Comments Add yours

  1. For a complete and utter beginner what type of paint do you buy is it emulsion or eggshell or silk I just don’t know what to buy

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    1. Sarah says:

      Hi Barbara,

      If you’re working on a furniture painting project, it’s best to use a paint that’s specifically designed for use on furniture such as chalk-based paint like ours, or a milk paint. Most furniture paints have a matte finish but if you like adding a bit of sheen to the finish you can always use wax or a top coat to seal the paint. For more help getting started, make sure you check out some of our tutorials by clicking here.

      Have a wonderful day!

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  2. ElaIne Matthews says:

    Love your work. I have two oak dining room pieces I want to paint. What are your suggestions for painting oak so the grain of the wood looks nice?

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    1. Sarah says:

      Hi Elaine,
      Thanks for stopping by! I’m glad you enjoyed this project.
      For the pieces you’re looking to paint, are you hoping to keep the wood grain showing through in the finish? If so, something like white washing might be what you’re looking for.

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  3. ellejames8 says:

    Completely copying this project on an end table & it looks awesome but after wet distressing the charcoal chalk paint is a lighter color where i wet distressed… scared once I use toughcoat it will still look lighter & bad. What did you mean by blending ??

    Wish i could attach a picture.

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    1. Sarah says:

      Hi Elle,

      Would you be able to email pictures to us at hello@countrychicpaint.com so we can see the distressed areas? The lightening effect can sometimes happen if you’re using a course sandpaper, but it shouldn’t happen with wet distressing. If you can email us pictures we would be happy to take a look!

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