Nightstand Makeover


Project:  Thrift Store Nightstand Makeover

Painted by:  Tracy Rogers, Black Dog Products, California

Signature Paint:  Baby I’m Amaized

Top Coat: Show Dog Matte

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From Tracy:

Updating a room doesn’t have to be expensive. After my son moved out of the house, I got busy with my plan to turn his old room into an extra guest room. I figured I could whip it into shape with a little imagination and few pieces of revamped furniture (plus, a room update is always good excuse for more projects – yay!)

First, I set out to find a nightstand. For pieces that I paint to sell, I work almost exclusively with vintage and antique furniture, but in this case, I just needed something functional – and cheap. I found one I thought would work at a thrift store for just $10.

As you can see from the “before” photo, it was truly nothing special. Just a plain, basic structure that had been spray-painted white. The doors had even fallen off during transport. The real head-scratcher for me, though, was that someone had painted it and at some point, either just stopped or ran out of paint – and seemed to be okay with it! They just left a large section of it unpainted (see photo). Now, I wish I could be that carefree, but my brain would not let me rest until I went and bought more paint and finished the job. I’m sure some at least some can relate!

While the nightstand was not that great at first glance, the price was right and it did have some potential. I liked the shelf space and overall roominess of it and thought the louvered sliding doors added some flair (ok, fake louvers, but still cute). It was also structurally sound and sturdy, so no repairs needed. I just had to figure out what color to paint it, and since I work with Black Dog Salvage Furniture Paint, I had lots of great options: 16 core colors, plus a full menu of mixable “paint recipes”.

In the end, I chose “Baby I’m Amaized,” one of my favorite pre-mixed colors from the line. Not too yellow, not too gold, this color is warmth personified and pairs well with so many other colors. It’s great as is straight out of the can, and as a go-to mixer for custom shades as well.

Because Black Dog Salvage Furniture Paint adheres to anything (including cheap finishes), I did not need to prep or prime before starting. I just cleaned it thoroughly with Simple Green and it was good to go. Luckily, this piece required no additional work (other than reattaching the doors), so the total makeover was super quick and easy.  I used the BDSFP round brush to cut in and then switched to my Whizz purple roller on the larger surface areas. After applying two coats of paint and three coats of Show Dog Topcoat in the Matte finish, the piece was “showroom” ready and good to go.

As you can see, a simple paint makeover made all the difference and this cast-off nightstand is now ready for its second life.

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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