There are days where maybe we feel a little like we need a refresh. I know that when spring rolls around after a long, dark winter, I sure enjoy sprucing up my home by decluttering and deep cleaning. With that, many will hand off items to second-hand stores, which is a blessing to many. However, maybe you have something that no longer pulls at your heart strings, but you can’t let it go. Well, I’m hoping to inspire you today with this vintage chest nightstand makeover.
At first glance, you can see that this piece is lacking pep, don’t you agree? It’s missing a knob, has wear to the top, but it also has plenty of storage and oodles of potential.
Not only that, but it is also built solid, unlike many modern pieces today. It even comes with a promise – a penny that reminds me that God will provide in any situation, all the time.
For today’s DIY intents, I’ve got a hankering to enliven it with a new look and style. That way, when you have that tired old piece, you can hang onto it and make it your own.
First, let’s start with the top. It showcases a lovely wood grain that is begging to be revealed by using my sander to gently love off the original finish.
Here’s my little sidekick, Loula, inspecting my work. I do think she approves, don’t you?
As soon as I have the top revealed, I apply two coats of a matte poly to protect it and leave the wood in natural state with no stain.
Then, for the base of the chest nightstand, I choose a soft green paint.
Afterward, as soon as the two coats of paint have cured, I draw out the details with a bit of accent painting in the details.
Last, but not least, I pull out this favorite paper of mine by Laura Ashley. I found it at a thrift store many years ago and have used it often. This time around, it suits my vision perfectly as well.
WHY, HELLO THERE
Above all, after all is said and done, here is my vintage chest nightstand set up in my bedroom looking sweet and refreshed as can be. Yay!
Not only is it a wonderfully soft green, now, but also those details that kinda fell into the background are now at the forefront and getting much deserved notice.
Additionally, inside there is the top drawer with new (yet old from my stash) brass knob, with a new bin pull for the bottom bin.
As always, my goal is inspiring you to create your own home story by recreating what you already own or what you find second-hand. Did this do the trick? Leave me some comment love below. In addition, you can find this and much more available in my online store.
Likewise, while you’re at it, take a minute to pin and share this chest nightstand to inspire others as well.
What is more, I’ll have a sweet new makeover for you coming up next with this kid’s rocking chair seen HERE.
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Sherri Maher says
I love this makeover Larissa! It must be so hard to let something like this go. As always, so pretty! Thanks for the continued inspiration!
The journey of finding the piece, plus making it new and then sharing it with you makes it all worthwhile. Thank you, Sherri.
Rebecca - NC says
Wow!! That turned into such a pretty and unique piece!!! And what a gorgeous bedside option. You’ve knocked another one out of the park!! And I totally understand being enthralled with pets…. My two cats rule the roost!!! Animals are so amusing…. and funny!! And they make for good cuddles when you need a hug!!! 🥰😂🥰
I was happy to have found it as it suited what I was looking for to work on. Yes, pets really are a healing balm in many ways…that is until she brings you your brand new shoe she just chewed up. grrr… haha.
What a very unique and lovely night stand. Love what you done with it and like that soft color as well.
Enjoyed seeing your cute furry family members as well.
Thanks! It felt good to give this a new life and purpose. Those furballs drive me crazy, but yet are a blessing. 😉
Sheryl Danner says
What a great project! This cute piece has been reborn and is better than ever❤️
I had such a blast with this as I am still bugging out from cabin fever. haha. I get out and run or walk every day, plus take the dog out, but the biting winds and gray days are messing with my head. This was fun! 😀 Thank you, Sheryl.
Stephanie Harris says
Lovely As usual.
You too. 🙂
What a unique shape! The soft green with natural wood top is refreshing. I always like a fun surprise, and the Laura Ashley paper does exactly that. Much thanks for the smile from your adorable fur babies. I needed that.
I thought so too…I’ve not seen another like it. You’re welcome. They are such funny critters.
You do such great work. Love the bare wood top and the color. Green is one of my favorite colors. I look forward to reading your blog and seeing the new makeovers that you do.
aww…that just made my day, Susan. You’re so sweet. Thank you for the kind words.
This is now such a sweet piece 🙂 It now will surely have many more miles to go.
I really like this soft green, and highlighting the details makes it wonderful.
The paper added inside is a perfect fit. You have a great eye for sure.
And… those special critters do add smiles. 🙂
Thanks for sharing !
This kinda things is such fun for me to not only find but share how to make it look completely new. And yes…my furballs are a hoot! 😀 Thank you.
Joanne H. says
The night stand is so pretty. Very unique shape. The soft green and natural wood top look lovely on this piece. Well done, you!
By the way, I have been meaning to tell you how cute your hair cut is. And amazed how you did that yourself. But, hey, when you have the skills, utilize them, right?!
Thank you so much, Joanne. I’m so excited that it’s headed to NY to a new home today. Yay!
You are so very sweet to leave such love. I am LOVING my hair so much…I literally pull it out of my buff in the morning and don’t touch it, except for days I refresh when I want to. YES!! (to your comment – I love to do it and has nothing to do with spending money, but rather no one listening to me alllll those years).