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One Day Furniture Makeover

Sometimes you just want to refinish a piece of furniture and get it over with quickly, I get it. That's how I felt with this piece below. Check out this multi-technique finish that only took one day to create on this furniture makeover.


One beautiful Saturday morning I woke up determined to finish one project... start to finish in one day! This is the piece that I decided to work on:

Nightstand Before Photo
Nightstand - Before Photo

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I decided I would work on this end table. It was small enough to move around easily by myself, and it did not need any repairs. I thought I could easily finish it in one day, so I got to work....

I found this piece and matching dressers at a local thrift store. This set had two other pieces to it, a small sized dresser, or chest, and a long dresser. My mom will be claiming the long dresser, so you will have to stay tuned for that makeover!


When buying second hand furniture, it is very important to me to clean my pieces. There is even a little vacuum that can be kept in the vehicle that can be used to remove anyone trying to catch a ride to your home, ex. spiders.


Products Used for this Nightstand:

I used Good Bones Paint Products for this piece. You can find links above for your convenience. You can also use my coupon code to save 15% off your entire order!

My coupon code is “KHICK

Good Bones Paint has incredible products that I thoroughly enjoy working with. Find the product list for this project below and create your own cool piece!


Step One - Prep


I cleaned this piece with Prepper Spray from Good Bones Paint. Prepper Spray is a new multi-cleaner degreaser. It will remove the stickiest of residues! I just recently used it to clean up stripper residue. I was very surprised how well it cleaned it off.

Prepper Spray smells like oranges and comes in a reusable brown glass bottle.


After cleaning and allowing to dry - I scuff sanded. For this piece I used 120 grit sand paper on my sander following the grain. Scuff sanding is done to dull any shine from the original finish so that the paint has something to cling to. It allows for a better grip / a better bond between your piece and the paint.

Step Two - Painting

The awesome thing about chalk paint is that it doesn’t always require primer. This piece did not have any funky smells, and I am going to be using a dark color.


Check out my post about primer to help decide if it’s something you may need or not: Click Here


For my first layer on this piece I used the color Noir. It is one of the best black paints I have ever used. It’s well pigmented - meaning the coverage is top notch!

I always stir my paint very well before every use. I want everything to mixed so my finish is fabulous, like it’s suppose to be.

Creating Texture

Stucco Dust is a white powder paint additive that can be added to paint to create unique textured finishes. It comes in a bag like this, and you will want to zip it tight every time you have extra to save.

To create texture I added Stucco Dust to my Noir Paint in a separate container.

It will be lumpy like this:

I dab this mixture everywhere I want texture. For this piece, that meant the whole piece.

Dab, dab, dab....