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Update a Night Stand at a Low Cost | Refaire une table de nuit à peu de frais


Claudia, an Interior Designer, loves giving furniture a second life. She and her partner inherited some furniture from his grandmother. Among these pieces of furniture was a beautiful little nightstand that needed a refresh to match their current decor. It was a perfect weekend project.

In order to give a contemporary touch while retaining the vintage side of this small piece of furniture, Claudia chose a beautiful pure white, Cotton Ball, which will harmonize with all the rooms in the house.

Claudia had a great idea to add wallpaper, as it brings a charming, unique touch to this pretty little nightstand.

front cabinet
cabinet with patina


Remove the drawer and handle.

Spray the cleaner and varnish remover on all surfaces and leave for 30 minutes. When the rest time is up, it is important to rinse very well – twice – using a warm damp cloth, in order to remove all residue.

Lightly sand the surfaces using the sanding block and wipe off any dust. This is to allow the paint to better adhere.

Using the roller, apply a coat of oil primer to all surfaces.

Once the preparation is complete, now the fun part begins!



Using the #6 oval brush, paint all areas not accessible to the roller.

Next, use the foam roller to paint the entire piece of furniture. The foam roller gives an even finish on large surfaces.

Repeat these steps until you are satisfied with the result. Since Colorantic chalk paint is very opaque and creamy, two coats of paint should be sufficient.



For her project, Claudia chose to apply varnish.

She let the paint dry for about 5 hours before applying the Colorantic Matte Top Coat Varnish.

Two coats of varnish were necessary for a very neat appearance.

For an excellent result, we recommend waiting approximately 1 hour between each coat of varnish.


Wallpaper Application

Claudia chose self-adhesive wallpaper.

Measure the areas to be covered and cut the correct size from the wallpaper.

Peel off only one part of the wallpaper, making sure it is straight, you can then peel off the film completely.


Claudia gave a very beautiful look to her small piece of furniture with the addition of a beautiful Colorantic knob, “OWL”.

A simple bedside table has become a versatile piece of furniture to wonderfully decorate any space in the house.

I was pleasantly satisfied with this transformation, Claudia will surely find other original ideas to upcycle Grandma’s furniture!

Please visit our website to find more inspiration!


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