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Want to see my new black nightstands?

I’m finally finished painting the two nightstands that I bought at Goodwill recently, so I thought I’d share pictures.

First, here’s what our old Ikea nightstands looked like. We had two, and this one was in the best shape. The other one came from an antique store (I know…what kind of antique store sells Ikea furniture??) and it was in far worse condition than this one.



Here’s what the Goodwill nightstands looked like when I got them.


And here’s one prepped for priming.


Ta-dah! No more Ikea nightstands! In fact, there’s no more Ikea furniture in my bedroom. I feel very grown-up now.



Ahhh, much better.

Here’s the method I used to paint the nightstands, complete with a list of supplies.


You can see a picture of the grain on the top in this post(it’s the last picture).

In case you’re interested, the two Ikea nightstands now reside in my son’s room, where they hold toys. The toys used to be held by a flimsier plastic three-drawer contraption, so this is a definite improvement. The Ikea nightstands are sturdy, and I couldn’t care less if the kids abuse them(which they will, of course).

The three drawer plastic unit is now in my crawlspace, where it’s being used to organize all my gift wrapping supplies. They used to all be mixed together in a cardboard box, and it was nigh onto impossible to find anything. Now everything is neat and accessible.

Thanks to all of this rearranging, nothing was thrown away except for a cardboard box (which was recycled, of course). However, I do still have the old hardware from the nightstands that I need to deal with…I’m going to offer them on Freecycle, and hopefully someone will want them so that I don’t have to throw them away.

So, I currently have no painting projects waiting for me, which is a nice feeling.

Actually, scratch that…I do plan to paint my son’s bed at some point. It’s wooden and I painted it white when he was small. Now that he’s going on ten, however, I think a black bed would be more appropriate. Plus a black bed would match his black dresser and his (new to him) black nightstands better. I’m sort of burnt out on painting for the moment, though, so I think that project will wait until late spring or early summer.


Update: I did paint his bed black, and I love how it turned out.   See before and afters here.

bed rails painted black

Update the Second: I redid Joshua’s room and painted a Craigslist loft bed black for him.   See before and afters here.

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Monday 11th of April 2016

How does the paint hold up now that it's been a while? Did you have to put a protective coat on the piece?


Monday 11th of April 2016

The paint is doing great! No problems and it's been years now since I painted these.

If your piece is going to get a lot of abuse, a coat of poly is a good idea, but for something like a nightstand, it hasn't been necessary (a kitchen table would be a whole different story).


Monday 11th of January 2016

I have started to repaint actually re finish my bedroom set by re staining it abd im having trouble i cant seem to get the night stand to dry ..if u csn further assist me it woukd be really appreciated..thank you sincerely Eleana


Monday 11th of January 2016

Hmm. Is the area where you're painting cold? Cold temperatures can keep paint from drying properly. Also, if you put a really thick coat of paint on, the paint won't dry properly. A bunch of very thin coats are the way to go!


Saturday 24th of October 2015

After hittin it with black ,do we hit it with a clear coat?,or after the black is it done?.


Saturday 24th of October 2015

That's totally up to you. For a heavy use item, a coat of poly would be wise. These nightstands don't get a lot of abuse, so they've been fine without a clear coat.

Chelsie Hart

Tuesday 6th of October 2015

Hello, I am new to painting! I noticed that the trim and seams on the nightstand were not sanded? Do you not hand sand those areas before painting?

Thank you!


Tuesday 6th of October 2015

Well, those areas are spots where I just sand by hand, so I don't get those down to bare wood, usually. I just do the best I can by hand.


Friday 3rd of October 2014

I see you now have done both white and black painted versions of dressers. I am faced right now with the dilemma of painting dressers either white or black. If you had to do it all over again would you still paint them white or black and why? Which ones held up better and you still like better? Thanks : )


Saturday 4th of October 2014

For my room, I definitely like the black, as my walls are a wine color. But for all of my girls, I really think white looks best with their lighter walls. It really all depends on the other colors in the room.

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