These beautiful, black apothecary nightstands were created by Natalie from A Ray of Sunlight with Liquorice!

We found these vintage nightstands with amazing drawer fronts that resemble the ever so popular apothecary or card catalog style. We knew that we had to have them just because of that! But they came with one downside, they were pretty short! Bummer. With some help from the circular saw, some new legs and of course, Country Chic Paint, we were able to transform these old nightstands into an amazing one of a kind set!

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We started out by cutting the bottom portion of the trim to get rid of the curves. We wanted a straight clean look, plus, the way we wanted to add legs wouldn’t work with the curved trim. We measured, double checked, and grabbed our circular saw to cut away the bottom trim. We also used a straight piece of wood with some clamps to make sure we got a straight cut.

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We needed something to attach our new legs to, so once we had fresh new straight trim, we added 3/4″ plywood to the bottom of each nightstand. We attached the plywood with our nail gun, making sure the wood was flush with each side of the nightstand. This also helped give us back some of the height that we took off in the first step.

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We attached leg plates to the plywood on all four corners, and then simply screwed the legs into those. A really good option is to paint the legs before attaching them to the furniture. It makes it so much easier to paint all the sides of the legs. Since we wanted to update the hardware, we filled in all of the old hardware holes and let them dry before proceeding.

Now for the fun part! We lightly hand sanded everything with 220 grit sandpaper then cleaned them by wiping everything down with a damp rag. Then we taped off the drawers to avoid over spray inside of them. We sprayed on two coats of the beautiful black Liquorice Furniture and Home Decor Paint for full coverage and then distressed the edges with 220 grit sandpaper. To seal the paint, and add extra durability, we sprayed on 3 coats of a poly topcoat, just like the Tough Coat! We also switched out the old hardware with new black label pulls to complete the apothecary look.

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The new legs completely changed up the style of the nightstands and the stunning Liquorice Chalk Based paint finished off the high end look we were going for.

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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!