Before and After: Painted White Nightstand


How about another makeover?

This pretty cherry finish nightstand used to be in the beachy guestroom, until I found that neat round table from TJ Maxx that I painted the top black and put in there. I picked this piece up somewhere at an antiques store and can’t even remember exactly where I found it in Atlanta, but it has served me well in a guestroom over the years. But, now it’s time to change it. I had a spot in mind in the master bathroom that I just knew it would look great and replace another little piece that was in there.


So, this one got a new coat of paint. All I did to prepare it was wipe it down with some of my liquid sander. Deglosses the wood and gets it ready to paint. Sprayed with white spray paint and did several light coats.

I actually used some yardsale paint that I picked up for about 50 cents for 2 cans. Just enough for this project. It was by Krylon, Living Color in Ivory and was just perfect for what I needed. I’ve also used Porcelain by Valspar brand and it’s a good one too, as well as Heirloom White which is used all across blogland. It was a little too perfect, so I decided to shabby it up just a bit. (this carpet is not pink, it just photographs really strange every time. It’s a beigy color)


Got out some sandpaper and hit the edges and the detailed molding to take off the paint and get down to the bare wood in a few spots.


Then I got out some Cherry stain and hit those spots with a Q-tip, just to darken and age it slightly. Wiped off excess stain right away.


And here’s where it will go, replacing this wicker and iron stand that I’ve had for ages.


Cute, huh? I really like how it looks in here against the blue walls.


That basket was found at Homegoods and matches my bedroom paisley fabric. Perfect for holding the hair dryer and flatiron, headbands, clips, brushes. Wish I had another plug in here, but it is what it is, so I keep it plugged in all the time.


So, instead of getting rid of this piece, I just moved it up and gave it a facelift. And it’s just perfect for me now! I put my wash cloths in the drawer and I can stack a couple of towels underneath.


Do you have anything that needs a facelift?


In just a couple of hours, it can be done and you’ll be enjoying a whole new look.

- Rhoda


  1. Anonymous says:

    Great paint job! What is that "liquid sander" that you used?
    I could get more projects started with a product like that!

    ~ Jan

  2. Brighton says:

    I love liquid sander! So much easier to do that way. Let's see…I'm sure I have some bits of furniture that I could make over : )

  3. Love your re-do ! I need to replace some tables in my house too and always looking….
    Fabulous thrifty re-do !
    Hugs ~ Kammy

  4. That turned out cute & it's in the perfect spot.

  5. do i have anything that needs a facelift? hah! ME!

    that looks great, the extra added detailed touches make a world of difference, don't they?

    blessings –

  6. Tammy518 says:

    I love your nightstand redo. Please tell us more about this liquid sander. We've got a couple of pieces to paint, and are always looking for great tips like this.

  7. Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality says:

    Hi, girls, I talked about Liquid sanders here:

    It's just a product that you can find at Home Depot or Lowes, a liquid that you wipe on furniture, let it sit till dry to the touch & then it's ready to paint (usually about 10 min.). There are different brands, so just get one of those, they should all do the same thing. The bottle will say liquid sander OR deglosser. There's a pic of one in that post I linked.

  8. Room Service ~ Decorating 101 says:

    I was looking at the fresh white paint and thinking I would take some of that off…lol You never get it wrong…5*

  9. Vanilla Lavender says:

    Wow! Rhoda, you have a done a great painting job! That inspires me… soon I'll be painting my nightstands white. I love the distressed technique you used too. So beautiful!!

  10. I ran out yesterday and got some of the Ivory spray paint but still need to go get some of the Heirloom White…I love that color.

    The nightstand looks great in your bathroom. I'm going to take a look at my mom's old nightstand I was telling you about and see about repurposing it.

    I enjoyed our outing last Friday (as always) and have been super busy since I got home. I hope we can get together again before Christmas (ha ha)!

    Love ya,

  11. Lovely Little Nest says:

    That table is too cute! It fits perfeclty in your bathroom 🙂

  12. I love how you are always changing little things in your home. I am guilty of leaving things the same for years. I'm working on it, though!

  13. Rhoda, you did a beautiful finish job on that piece. I must confess that I thought it was beautiful in its original condition, but I know how we all get tired of things. It really is gorgeous and improved! You certainly do have a professional technique going on there. Good job! Linda

  14. Rhoda, so glad I found you over at Confessions of a Plate Addict (I think!). You have a great blog with many ideas! I'm going to do a post soon on favorite bloggers who are Fantastic at finding bargains. That would be you! May I mention your blog and post the picture of this table?
    joy c. at grannymountain

  15. Frugal Jen says:

    That looks great!

  16. At first I was thinking "oh no! she's going to paint that beautiful piece" but it turned out great! Love the way you roughed it up a bit.

  17. Great job, the table looks terrific! You are something else.
    Thanks for sharing some great tips!
    Blessings today and always,
    Matthew 21:22

  18. I have a whole housefull of furniture that needs to be painted!
    Thanks for the liquid sander tip.
    I've been dreading having to sand everything! Your table looks great! Love the wall color too!

  19. Magic Brush says:

    Yes…."I" need a facelift. Botox, chemical peel, etc. hahahaha

    Your table looks wonderful!!! Love the idea of the stain on a qtip!

  20. BeautifulWreck says:

    That looks fantastic! I am getting so many great ideas from this blog!

  21. Matt and Sarah says:

    I love how your table turned out!

    May I ask where you got the roman shade in your bathroom? I've been looking for something similar.


  22. Jeanneoli says:

    Love how it turned out and the stain idea is great!

  23. Robin @ Be Still and Know says:

    Does anything around here need a fa elift, talk about a loaded question.

    The night stand make over is amazing. I am a frequent Goodwill shopper and I am always on the look-out for things I can re purpose like that. I have two bar stools as well as a bakers rack that I found and cleaned up/painted and am now using in my kitchen.


  24. Great timing on this post for me! I finally bought my first bottle of liquid sander and my first project will be my sewing cabinet. It is old and the stain on the wood is quite worn. My plan is to strip it and paint it an off-white, but no distressing as this is a more contemporary looking piece and I have a very modern chair that I use. Hope this goes well because I have plans to redo our kitchen table and then bathroom cabinets! You have inspired me for quite some time and I'm finally going to take the plunge into repainting!!

  25. love this makeover. I have an old desk of the same style that would probably look so much better with a fresh coat of paint

  26. Morning T says:

    Very nice work Rhoda! I've been on a major paint-distressing and antiquing kick for the past few months and will have to try your tips about the liquid sander and staining afterwards.


  27. Thanks so much for the quick reply! I'll send you a link when I post the story…
    joy c. at grannymountain

  28. Lisa ~ A Cottage to Me says:

    Wow, my husband would absolutely freak out if I were to paint "cherrywood"! Looks good white though in your home!

  29. That looks amazing! I absolutely love it!

  30. I love it…great job and great suggestion

  31. Looks great – I wish my house was a bit bigger and I could get the opportunity to remake items like you – I really get inspired. Thanks

  32. Rhoda,
    It turned out so well! I want to try something like this in the worst way, but am so nervous about it. Everything I touch turns out awful! I have a few things to practice on, so I think I'll get up the nerve to do that. Is the Heirloom white color by Valspar, too?


  33. prof en retraite says:

    Wow, Rhoda! That looks really great! I love the way you distressed it. Thanks for the tips. I've got a few "too perfect" white pieces I'd like to soften some. I never thought about gel stain…so much easier to control! Thanks…Debbie

  34. Farmgirl Paints says:

    Thank you for that tutorial. I will definitely use it as a reference in the future. The distressing part is always the part that "stresses" me:)

    Have a great day.

  35. Ashley@AshleysBusy says:

    I need to get me some of this liquid sander. I've rad about it several times, and well, I'm just plain tired of sand paper. Your little table looks cute in the bathroom 🙂

  36. Chaos Cottage says:

    Rhoda, Does the liquid sander have a strong odor to it? Can you use it indoors?


  37. What a great piece. It looks perfect painted white. Such a lovely piece in the bathroom. Love it. Hugs, Marty

  38. The Pottery Shed: Thrifty finds at beautiful prices. says:

    That looks great! It's amazing what you can do with paint.

  39. Feedsack Fantasy says:

    Suck my breath away … awesome renewing of a gorgeous table. Love it! TTFN ~Marydon

  40. grannyann says:

    I love what you did with the night stand!! Thanks for the step by step technique you used. Different people do things differently and it is fun to see how each one does theirs.

  41. Funky Junk Interiors says:

    Lovely piece Rhoda!

    Now, I'm going to offer you a heads up on something that happened to me. I had an old blowdryer that was seeing it's last days. I too kept it plugged in all the time. One day I was just in my bathroom and something caught my eye. My blowdryer was GLOWING on it's own! Not turned on! Then it started smoking. Oh my gosh… I quickly unplugged it. That was a fire in the making and very scary. I'm sure glad I happened to be home at the time AND in the same room!

    So what did I do? Bought a new one and keep it plugged in because the plug is hard to reach! Thanks for the reminder. I'm going to unplug it today after I use it. LOL


  42. Looks so fresh and kinda beachy. Perfect for your blue bathroom!

  43. Kim@Seasons of My Heart says:

    Girl…you are SO talented…and you SO inspire me!

    I'm going to bookmark this I have a reference for when I find the perfect table/side table that I've been looking for.

    I SO love what you did. 🙂

  44. NicNacManiac says:

    Love it….gotta get me some of that liquid sander!!
    Nerina 🙂

  45. Susie from Bienvenue says:

    Hi Miss Rhoda! Looking good in her white distressed shabbyness! Are those words?….Anyway I need to get myself some of that liquid sander and redo some chairs. Oh the lazy days of summer.~

  46. paintergal says:

    All right! Another fab project that got the Rhoda touch.
    It looks great.
    I am concerned about you leaving those appliances plugged in all the time, though.
    Things can overheat so easily and start a fire. Just want you safe, Rhoda!

  47. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says:

    That table turned out great! I can't believe you did it with spray paint. Looks good in that spot too!

  48. This looks great! I love the rope detail on it and this little table was meant to be painted white!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  49. Really nice makeover!
    I am currently on the hunt for 2 small mismatched nightstands that I can paint
    Maybe this weekend I will get lucky!

  50. The table looks perfect in your bathroom! Great transformation!

  51. Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria says:

    Another great job my friend…I always love coming by here and getting me some great ideas…thanks for sharing,,,may you have a great day…hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  52. Tales From My Empty Nest says:

    After reading your blog, I never look at an old piece of furniture the same way any more. It just amazes me how you transform each piece that you do. That white nightstand is beautiful!!! I told my walking partner about your blog and she did her old coffee table and it looks amazing! She painted the top black and the legs off white and distressed the edges, etc. and it looks awesome! She is so excited with it. Thanks for the inspiration. Love & blessings from NC!

  53. It looks great! I think I will try that liquid sander stuff when I paint my living room tables.

  54. Very cute! Good use of "recycling". Thanks for the tip about liquid sander. I had forgotten I meant to buy some, but will be going to Lowe's this weekend anyway. Enjoy your new piece. It looks great where you have it.
    Mary Lou

  55. Rhoda,
    what a difference that made!!
    I love it!
    Have a couple of pieces at the store i would like to do.

    Anyone know where i can get more time? =0)

    barbara jean

  56. me again. I've never heard of 'liquid sander'. will have to give that a try.

    what about priming??
    I've heard horror stories about not priming and paint comes off.

    I do suspect you are an ecperienced painter, and i sure would not mind 'no priming!"


  57. KMfamily ;-) says:

    you know , I was going to say that I wished you had left just the top and that braided piece that goes across the front in its natural wood…kida block them out 7 then go to yuor painting…but seeing it in its environment I think it looks superb!!!
    Youve got a great eye!!

  58. Great makeover. It really pops against those blue walls, which I love too.

  59. Facelift? Me-ha, ha!! The table looks so fresh and clean. Love, love, love it!!!

  60. Completely and utterly stunning 🙂

  61. Olive Rue says:

    It looks like a different table now, Rhoda. You gotta love the liquid sand too. That stuff works great and it has saved my but so many times.

    I don't where I saw that idea for using stain in the crevices of furniture, but I did that to a chalkboard back in March and it really turned out old looking. I didn't think to use a q-tip though. I was using a small brush.

  62. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    Lovely!! 🙂 I really like how you used the stain to age the details.

  63. seedsofnutrition says:

    Stunning! It was gorgeous in cherry, just as beautiful painted. And, I like how you shabbied it up a bit…gave it a lot of character. I'm not one for white at all, but what you did to that little table is beautiful.

  64. Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful says:

    Yep…got a whole garage full of projects waiting to be spruced up and given new life. Now if only those kiddos would give me back some of my time, i could actually get some of them done!

    Love what you did with that cute table. The color is perfect and so is the distressed touch you gave it.


  65. Simply Susan says:

    Love the color up against the blue walls. You did a fabulous job with it ;o)

  66. Chiki Cottage says:

    You did an awesome job. It looks awesome. It looks so shabby, just like I love.

  67. looks great.. i really love that basket too.

  68. Great job Rhoda! I like your tip about using a q-tip to apply the stain. I'll do that next time. I just painted my bed and dresser in white and love it. I'm still debating whether to distress it as well.
    Have a nice day!

  69. Everytime I read one of your "redo" posts, I bookmark it! Your ideas are wonderful! I have some old (from grandma) mahogany end tables that actually have antique brass look metal lions heads on the corners! Would I paint right over them or cover them if I was giving them a face lift? I haven't seen anyone else with this type of ornament on furniture from about 1920.

  70. SoBella Creations says:

    Love it White! It is amazing how spray paint can transform a piece of furniture.

  71. Debbie @ says:

    KEEEUTE! I love it when a project looks simple and turns out beautiful. Great job. I love that wall color too!

  72. Primitiques 'n Poetry says:

    I absolutely used to hate painting wood. But, as you have shown us, sometimes, it can give new life to a piece. Love it! ~Mindy

  73. It came out very nice. Looks great in it's new home. Love to recycle like that. Nicely done.

  74. Anonymous says:

    I bet it'd look even better if you cleaned off your counter tops. 🙂

    And the fact that you leave your appliances plugged in AND put them in a basket with material really scares me. Plus you have to deal with ugly cords. Put them away! They distract from your beautiful decorations!

  75. abeachcottage says:

    it looks fab in there, love the basket too

    never heard of liquid sander, I am soooo googling it


  76. Cottage Rose says:

    Hello Rhoda; wow what a great redo, it looks so different love the color and how you aged it.. It looks so great in your bath. love your blue walls.


  77. Richella says:

    Way to go, Rhoda! I can just hear people saying, "You can't paint that; it's good wood!" Thank you for giving such a good example of how we need to listen to our own hearts rather than those voices.

  78. Devilish Southern Belle says:

    Just came over from Daisy Cottage – I'm a total thrift/antique/junk store addict, and can't wait to show off some of my finds every Monday 🙂

  79. I would just like to say how much I enjoy your blog. You are an inspiration. I love the way you tell each detail of how to do a project including each detail of what went wrong. I don't have a blog, but that just leaves more time to enjoy yours. 🙂

  80. Love it! Looks cute!

  81. Rhoda…I have a little table just like that that came out of my grandmother's home. I have been wanting to paint it black…never heard of liquid sander, will go pick some up. Great tips as always!

  82. Embellish-Vintage Home Embellishments says:

    It looks amazing!

  83. chanteusevca says:

    Beautiful table and beautiful paint job, Rhoda. I have a beautiful antique rocking chair with very similar finish as your table that I want to paint white and reupholster. But my husband refuses to agree to me doing it because "It's wood!" Grrrrrr! Where are the men who don't give a hoot about design and decor? This piece is from his family. But it's so ugly the way it is. I just want to make it beautiful and useful in our guest room. Say a prayer for me that he'll change his mind so I can make it as beautiful as you have your table.

    ~ Victoria in Texas

  84. Michelle@Fromhousetohome says:

    It looks great! It's always wonderful when you can reuse something you already have.

  85. Kelee Katillac says:

    looks great rhoda–the edge technique is sooo
    practical too!

  86. Stephanie says:

    Rhoda, Thank you for directing me to your how-to on the lampshade makeover. I will post photos of the finished product soon.
    I love the white nightstand. The extra finishing touches you did on it make it look all the better!

  87. 3LittleByrds says:

    Looks great in its new place. Your so talented. This liquid sandpaper can be used on cabinets? I'm wanting to paint mine in my laundry room but so hate sanding.

  88. Willoughby says:

    Another wonderful project, Rhoda! I wish I had used spray paint on the last project I did. I used latex paint and a brush and roller, instead. I'm not happy with the brush strokes that remain since the paint dried.

  89. French furniture says:

    You are a real professional! The result is so much better. It really looks beautiful!

  90. Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality says:

    Thank you ALL for stopping by this post! And for those of you who were concerned about my dryer staying plugged in…OK, I'm listening & will unplug it from now on! 🙂 I didn't realize it's a hazard, but don't want to take any chances. We do have those pop-up plugs in there though, that shut down if there is a surge.

  91. This looks fabulous! Do you think that liquid sander would work on mdf shelves? I've got a book case from Ikea that I'd like to paint.

  92. Nicely Done! I'm taking notes so I'll remember how to do this, too. The table turned out beautiful. I would have never thought of doing the edges like that, but I will now. Thanks for sharing!

  93. What a lovely little table–both before and after the makeover! The distressing was a nice touch!

  94. Jennifer says:

    love it's new look!

  95. Living With Lindsay says:

    Looks great, Rhoda! Oh, how I love distressing painted furniture. In fact, I can barely leave it simply painted – must distress…or I stress. 😀

  96. Amy Greis says:

    Hi Rhoda. I really enjoy following your blog and your fantastic ideas! I have a question about a project that my husband and I recently completed. We bought some used 1970’s era bedroom furniture that was done in the blonde color. We used liquid sandpaper on it, then brushed Heirloom white (satin) and spray paint (experimenting) and then topped it off with Minwax fast drying polyurethane semigloss. We think the polyurethane caused the heirloom white to turn a yellowish color. We did not poly the frame of the mirror, and it is the beautiful Heirloom white color. Do you have any idea why this happened? Thank you.

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