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


Claudia, our designer at Colorantic, loves to give furniture a second life. They inherited some of her husband’s grandmother’s furniture, including this beautiful little nightstand, perfect for an evening project.

To give this find a contemporary edge while retaining a vintage feel, Claudia chose the color Boule de Coton, which will complement any room in the house. To give the piece of furniture a little something extra, she inserted wallpaper.

front cabinet
cabinet with patina

Cleaning, sanding and preparing furniture

  • Remove the drawer.
  • Remove the handle.
  • Spray varnish cleaner and make-up remover on all surfaces, spread with a paper towel and leave for 10 minutes.
  • Rinse well twice to remove all residues.
  • Sand lightly using the sanding block and dust well.
  • Use the roller to apply two coats of oil-based primer.
  • Allow to dry for approximately 30 minutes between each coat of oil primer.


Now it’s time to have fun and start painting!


The paint

  • Using a #6 oval brush, paint all areas not accessible with the foam roller. (corners, moldings, tabs, drawer interior, drawer) with the color of your choice (Boule de Coton for this project).
  • Then use the foam roller to paint the entire cabinet. The foam roller gives a more even finish on large surfaces.
  • Repeat until the coverage is to your liking. Three layers were required for this project.



  • Once the paint is completely dry, it’s time to apply the varnish using the Colorantic foam roller and brush.
  • We used two coats of varnish. Each layer is left to dry for about 30 minutes.


Wallpaper insert

  • Measure the bottom of the cabinet and the sides of the drawers, then cut out the correct measurements on the wallpaper.
  • Peel off a single section of wallpaper, placing it in a straight position, then stick it down completely.
cabinet with patina

So there you have it, a beautiful transformation in one evening. For this small bedside table, our designer ulilized a 16 oz conton ball and handle.

She took only the bottom of the oil primer she already had and also of her cleaner. So a nice transformation for about $35.
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Claudia Vigneault

Blogger / Consultant / Designer


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