Black Dog Salvage Furniture Paint – Bow Front Nightstands – Before and After

Project:  Bow Front Nightstands

Painted by:  Jackie, Newbac Designs | Facebook | Instagram

Color:   Black Dog Salvage Furniture Paint Dog Bone

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From Jackie:

I love a good bow front anything and was so excited to acquire this pair. The only real obstacle? One of the tops is laminate. I’m not sure if it was a fix at some point or if the pair was made in different years and it was purposefully done that way. Regardless, the rest of both pieces is solid wood and beautifully made.

As always, they got a good cleaning before I started working on them. Then all of the screws were tightened (ALL of the screws were loose) and I checked for any repairs that needed to be done. The old finish was blistered and peeling on the sides, top and drawers of one nightstand so I stripped it all off and cleaned it up. There were only a few dings around the feet and a small scratch on the wood top that got some wood filler and both got a good sanding.  Because the top of one nightstand is laminate, I used primer to ensure good adhesion of the paint.

I never used to distress pieces and I have to blame a couple of my clients for my new found love of a distressed piece. But I’m very intentional when I distress so it’s more of a design aspect rather than random.

This is a little trick my friend Courtney at Twig & Thyme Design showed me. You distress a piece after painting and the last thing you want to happen is to scratch your beautiful paint job. If you tape above and below the line that will be distressed, it protects the paint from being scratched by the sand paper and saves you from a lot of crying and cussing!!

The hardware for the nightstands cleaned up beautifully.  There are many different methods of cleaning hardware but what I usually do is this:
-boil in plain water for 30-ish minutes
-scrub with liquid Bar Keepers Friend (I prefer the liquid to the powder because it’s easier to rinse and you don’t have white residue in the details)
-rinse well and dry thoroughly
-apply two coats of lacquer to prevent tarnish
For scrubbing, I use a sponge with a green scrubby, a stiff brush, a brass wire brush and a small, stiff bottle brush. It takes a LOT of elbow grease but the results are always stunning!!


Black Dog Salvage Furniture Paint is a water-based, low VOC, matte finish paint originally developed for our custom design shop. Our goal was to create a safe and easy-to-use paint that is customizable for our, and now your, furniture projects. Made in small batches in the USA, our paint line includes 16 pre-mixed colors, including a true black and white, affording you the ability to mix custom tints and shades. There is no limit to the colors you can create. Black Dog Furniture Paint dries to a velvety, matte finish and can be used on a multitude of surfaces, including glass, metal, wood, and ceramics. Black Dog Salvage Furniture Paint can be applied over paint, varnish, lacquer, or poly. Apply the paint to a clean surface using either the brush of your choice or a paint sprayer. Easily create distressed effects, washes, or bright, bold, contemporary finishes with our expandable palette.

When your project is completed, don’t forget to protect it with one of our topcoats. Guard Dog and Show Dog are water-based, interior Poly/Acrylic topcoats designed as durable final finishes for Black Dog Salvage Furniture Paint. Both topcoats can be applied by brush or sprayer, build quickly, and are self-leveling. We recommend Show Dog for use over white and pastel and colors as it will not amber. Both Guard Dog and Show Dog are available in matte and satin sheens.

Established in 1999, Black Dog Salvage is a prominent architectural salvage company based in Roanoke, Virginia, and is the home of the DIY Network television show, Salvage Dawgs. Specializing in saving valuable architectural pieces of history from the landfill, the main retail showroom and nearby receiving warehouse are filled with architectural antiques, home furnishings, regional art, and custom designs. Extensions of the Black Dog Brand include Black Dog Salvage Furniture Paint, The Stone House at Black Dog Salvage, and The Dog Bowl at Black Dog Salvage.

Salvage Dawgs chronicles the adventures and creativity of Black Dog Architectural Salvage, a Roanoke, Virginia-based architectural salvage business established in 1999. Praised for the humorous, family-friendly banter amongst the team, a suspenseful approach to presenting the salvage process and useful information about how to reuse the items they find, Salvage Dawgs has proven to be an engaging and entertaining television show that the whole family can enjoy.  Owned by Discovery Inc., all eleven seasons and 143 episodes are available via streaming and on demand.
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