Modern Farmhouse Chic Nighstand

Earlier this week in my table project post, I promised to show you a furniture makeover that one of my daughters had been working on. Miss E. has never had her time in the spotlight as that is not usually her style anyway. However, I felt the need to share this project for a couple of different reasons. I’d like to show you how she gave this outdated chest nightstand a modern farmhouse chic look. Plus, inspire you to do more.

Mid Century Nightstand Before | Prodigal Pieces |

My awesome parents are always on the lookout for project piece for me or my kids. They know that each time I get a free piece that I pass it along to one of them. You can imagine how excited they get when a new one comes along. To see their past work, you can check out these posts.

When my mom told me she had a small chest to work on, I decided it would be Miss E’s turn. She has done piece before, like this one she sold in my shop.

Rustic Farmhouse Country Blue Side Table by Prodigal Pieces |

She has artistic talent and loves to get creative. So you know we have fun together. This time around was no different. We started this project in early fall (hence the barefoot weather) with the intent for her to sell it. Nothing like a kid earning a savings and learning a lesson or two along the way.

To get started, Miss E. knew that we had to check the drawers for any repairs needed. The only fix she found was a few of the drawer supports had come loose. Nothing that a little wood glue couldn’t fix.

Adding Glue to Repair Vintage Nighstand Drawers | Prodigal Pieces |

After that, she decided she didn’t like those extra pulls on the sides, so she took them out and filled the holes with wood filler.

Applying Wood Filler to Vintage Nightstand | Prodigal Pieces |

Once everything was dried, she used my sander to lightly give the surfaces some tooth to accept paint. Her choice in color was this gorgeous charcoal that I have used in many instances, like our bathroom vanity, this recent sewing table, and my son’s buffet makeover.

You can see she has the envy of the next little girl waiting for her turn to work on a project with mama.

Girl Painting Nightstand | Prodigal Pieces |

While the nightstand was curing, we went outside to spray paint the pulls with this Antique Nickel spray paint by RustOleum. This color would give the nightstand that modern farmhouse chic look we were after.

Antique Nickel Spray Paint for Nightstand Pulls | Prodigal Pieces |

After all is dry and put back together, I think she did an awesome job giving this tired piece a new look.

Modern Farmhouse Chic Nightstand Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

Top of Modern Farmhouse Chic Nightstand | Prodigal Pieces |

Isn’t it gorgeous? I am so impressed with her attention to brush strokes and I love the pop that those pulls now give the piece.

Corner View of Nightstand Makeover | Prodigal Pieces |

Now, I may already be a proud mama, but the next thing that happened is the most important part. One of my good friends, Mandy, has a heart for the those who are going through a tough time. She does anything and everything she can to offer free items to those in need. After the hurricane, Matthew, hit in North Carolina, she mentioned she had a family that was moving to our area that had lost everything.

I gathered together what I could that would fit the family in clothing needs and added a few extras. Miss E. decided to give the family this nightstand instead of selling it in my shop to add to her savings. sniff…that’s what it’s all about.

This little girl is full of nothing but goodness. She loves books, animals, babies, never walks, but dances through life – literally. And…she’s always wearing a smile. I was often asked by my friends while growing up…do you ever walk? …you are always smiling! Why walk when you can dance?

So, I guess I’m sharing not only what can become of an outdated piece of furniture by giving it a modern farmhouse chic flair, but also how the little things to us can mean big things to others. ♥ What is one thing you can do today to lighten the load of someone else?

Miss E. and I would love it if you would pin and share to inspire in decor, but also in giving if even in the smallest gesture as a smile.

A Modern Farmhouse Chic Makeover by One Little Girl with A BIG Heart | Prodigal Pieces |

Up next is a fun trashure project using these frames and a funky door I found in the trash. Head HERE to see.

Thrifted Frames Before Makeover | Prodigal Pieces |
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  • Debrashoppeno5

    Miss E did a lovely job on the chest nightstand. She has an eye for what a piece of furniture needs. And a wonderful, caring heart.

    December 29, 2016 at 6:11 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Debra. I was so taken by how much she already knew by just watching. I know the glean immensely that way, but it never ceases to amaze me.

      December 29, 2016 at 7:07 am Reply
  • Jamie K

    Miss E did a beautiful job! What a! Filling nail holes and sanding….my oh my! Way to go! Giving is much better than receiving! I know you are grateful she has such a sweet heart.

    December 29, 2016 at 6:41 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I couldn’t agree more, Jamie. Thank you for showing her love.

      December 29, 2016 at 7:08 am Reply
  • Patty Soriano

    Larissa, when I see a child do something like this, I know it is the parent who gets the credit. I applaud you for “raising her right.” These days you rarely see kids without some sort of technology in their hands…. it’s awesome that she’s got a paint brush in hers! Would you email me, Larissa ? I would like to ask permission to do something for Miss E. Thank you !

    December 29, 2016 at 8:51 am Reply
  • Joyce @ QN

    what a big heart she has! She will be such a treasure in the Kingdom in her years ahead and the Lord will use her mightily I’m sure. Blessed mama! 🙂 (And bless Miss E to have you for her mama!)

    December 29, 2016 at 9:35 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Joyce! Such sweet words are a blessing.

      December 30, 2016 at 5:56 am Reply
  • Jolinda

    What beautiful work and heart. She has the perfect example all the way around to guide her.

    December 29, 2016 at 9:37 am Reply
    • Larissa

      We have so much to be thankful for, Jolinda. You have made her day!

      December 30, 2016 at 5:56 am Reply
  • Linda

    Great job Miss E ? It’s beautiful!
    Is there a protective coating (poly) over it? Or just a couple coats of good paint?
    It’s so professional looking, I’m impressed!

    December 29, 2016 at 9:44 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! She only used a semi-gloss, so no protective coat needed. 😉

      December 30, 2016 at 5:57 am Reply
  • [email protected] of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

    She did such a great job on this piece, but what she did with it after melted my heart! I know that family was so grateful! Wishing you and your “creative team” a year full of blessings, my friend! XOXO

    December 29, 2016 at 11:02 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, sweet Christy. I wish you and your family the same. 😀

      December 30, 2016 at 5:58 am Reply
  • Kari

    Wow talented n a big heart so nice to see! Love seeing your kids projects!!

    December 29, 2016 at 11:05 am Reply
    • Larissa

      We have a blast! Thank you, Kari.

      December 30, 2016 at 5:59 am Reply
  • Mary-the boondocks blog

    Larissa you should be very proud of Miss E! She did a fantastic job. I was surprised by the choice of color but it is perfect!!

    December 29, 2016 at 6:01 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I am so very proud in more ways than one. Thank you for sending her praise, Mary. 🙂

      December 30, 2016 at 5:55 am Reply
  • Bonnie Cullen

    Little Miss E, you have great talent. I think you’re taking after your mama! I really, really, really love your small chest of drawers make-over!

    December 29, 2016 at 9:12 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Aww…thank you so much, Bonnie. She says “Thank you!”

      December 30, 2016 at 5:54 am Reply
  • Marie from The Interior Frugalista

    Miss E sounds like she is following in her Mama’s footsteps. You should be very proud Miss E of the beautiful job your hands did on this nightstand and the beautiful job your heart did for this family in need.
    wishing you all a Very Happy New Year! Can’t wait to hear your big news, Larissa and to see what you have in store for us in 2017.

    December 31, 2016 at 7:58 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      And the best Happy New Year to you too, Marie! All of our children bring a different mix to our family and I love it! I’m so glad they like to help me out too. Hugs, dear friend.

      January 2, 2017 at 10:48 am Reply
  • kim

    She did a beautiful job. And she has a heart of gold. I am impressed.

    January 1, 2017 at 10:03 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much, Kim. She truly is a blessing to us all.

      January 2, 2017 at 10:46 am Reply
  • Kathy Huffman

    Miss E did a beautiful job, I was expecting a bright colorful finish since she looks to be pretty young. The color she chose is perfect tho & it looks like she did a wonderful job on it. You must be so proud of her for her decision to gift it to a family in need. Melted my heart! She has such a great example in you tho so it isn’t a surprise your children would be givers too. Good job mama & Miss E!

    February 19, 2018 at 1:01 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      She knew it needed to be darker to sell, so I’m glad she liked it and went with that. So fun to watch her bloom and grow. Thank you!

      February 19, 2018 at 9:09 pm Reply

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