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Sonia’s Side Table Makeover: before, during, and after

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Earlier this summer, I poked around Facebook Marketplace to find a small table for Sonia.

There was an old black dresser there (from Mr. FG’s bachelor days!) and she wanted something smaller and more beautiful to replace it.

old black Ikea dresser

So, I found this table.

Facebook Marketplace secondhand side table

It wasn’t bad as-is, but the finish was kind of worn. And it didn’t match the rest of Sonia’s furniture at all.

For all of you that hate to see old furniture painted, rest assured that this was just a mass-produced piece.

No dovetails!

small table drawer

The nightstand sat in her room for a while, untouched, because

  • July was consistently too hot for painting
  • August was consistently too wet and humid for painting

Finally at the end of August, the weather broke enough for me to tackle this project.

I sanded it, using my trusty Bosch orbital sander.

sanded nightstand

Since I was painting, not staining, I just removed the majority of the finish. I didn’t have to get down to bare wood.

sanded table drawer

Then I rolled/brushed on a coat of Zinnser 1-2-3 primer.

primed side table

You can see that the primer coat always looks a bit blotchy; that’s totally fine. Primer isn’t for coverage; primer is for helping the finish stick.

primed side table

primed side table drawer

Once that dried, I applied two coats of Benjamin Moore Advance paint in Cloud White (sheen is satin).

Sonia's painted nightstand

I’ve used this paint on:

Benjamin Moore Advance paint is easy to apply, cleans up with water, and dries to a hard, durable finish. Major thumbs up!

microfiber roller

(not sponsored; I just like this paint.)

It is fairly expensive, but I only needed a single gallon to do my entire kitchen full of cabinets.

oak kitchen cabinets painted in Benjamin Moore Advance paint

And this second gallon has done two beds, a big dresser, and two nightstands. I’ve only used about half a gallon even after all that furniture painting.

Sonia's white bed


rubbed bronze drawer pull

I considered just painting the original wooden handle, but instead, I went to Home Depot and bought a knob that matched the finished on Sonia’s dresser drawer pulls.


Goodwill dresser painted white

And while I was at it, I switched out the brushed nickel pulls on her desk for bronzed pulls.

Sonia's desk and dresser

Now all the furniture in her room has matching pulls, and it all looks so much more coordinated!

Sonia keeps her sunglasses, wallets,keys, mask, and inhaler in the drawer; all the things she needs to leave the house.

nightstand drawer with sunglasses inside

Her record player fits perfectly on the shelf.

teal record player on white shelf

And on the top she has an oil lamp (from an antique store), a vintage container with buttons (from my aunt) and a vintage radio (from 605 Mod).

vintage button container

white painted nightstand with vintage accessories

The Facebook Marketplace seller had asked to see photos of the table when it was done, so I messaged her a few “after” photos, and she was delighted.

So. The seller is happy, and so is Sonia.

Happiness all around!

side table before and after painting

If you have any questions about furniture painting, let me know in the comments.

P.S. Click here to see all of the posts I’ve ever done about painting.

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