Antique Night Stand Re-do

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A couple of years ago I gave our daughter, Jillian, a night stand that had been a family heirloom from my husband Mark’s aunt, Aunt Emily.

She had painted it white, but wasn’t happy with the results.

I had a 2 1/2 week stay in Virginia with Jillian where we spent a week decorating her living room/dining room at her new place. This is one of the pieces we hauled out of her basement to try to salvage.


before night stand

Newly married, in school, and on a tight budget, this had to be another “use what you have to save money but it’s gotta look good” project – right up my alley!

Spray paint is an easy and cheap fix.

The dark stain shows right through and the paint peeled right off where it had bubbled. We honestly didn’t know if we could fix it, but refused to give up!

Step 1

We went to Walmart and bought a medium grit sanding sponge.

They are inexpensive and easy to grasp – good for getting in the nooks and crannies, around the edges, legs and scalloped wood.

Jillian sanded it after we peeled off as much of the old paint as we could.

Since she was going for the Old World look, it didn’t hurt to have a little bit of texture to the night stand. I suggested the spray paint by Rustoleum that had a texture with different colors of brown flecks – Rust-Oleum Multi-Color Textured Spray, Autumn Brown.

Step 2

She first sprayed it using a tan spray paint to give it a base so she wouldn’t have to use as much of the more expensive textured spray paint to cover it well. We used just regular spray paint, but you could use primer. (And probably should!)iv>

Step 3

While she painted, I worked on applying fabric to the drawer to give it an old world look that I got at JoAnns. I only needed enough to cover the outside front panel of the drawer, so it only cost about $2.50 since it was on sale for 40% off.

I painted the outside of the drawer with Mod Podge where I was adding the fabric using a foam brush.

Step 4

I laid the fabric on the drawer and smoothed the fabric until I was sure it laid flat without any creases. I had cut the fabric about an inch and a half around the drawer to give myself enough to wrap around to the back of the drawer.Β 

Step 5

I painted more Mod Podge on the sides and underside where I would wrap the fabric around to secure it out of sight. Basically, you are just gluing the fabric onto the drawer using the Mod Podge.


Step 6

After it was secured, I painted the Mod Podge right onto the fabric to give it a nice finish.

This will protect the fabric from fingerprints and add to the texture.

Step 7

The drawer already had a nice drawer pull, so I just added it by using my scissors to poke holes in the Mod Podged fabric through the holes that were already there. This was a very easy project, though I had never Mod Podged with fabric before.

Here is the drawer after I added the original hardware. I was amazed at how nice it looked.

Notice how I applied the fabric at a slant so the artwork wasn’t perfectly straight. Perfection is not always our friend!


There is no reason we can’t re-do our old furniture to look like the more expensive pieces we see in stores. It just takes a little money, ingenuity, and creativity. Now Jillian has an heirloom from her Great Aunt Emily that fits into her decor.

Now, tell me again why I gave that to her?

Click here to see some of the other pieces we worked on and then here to see the “before and after” of her front room after our week of DIY projects.

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Do you have any old dusty family heirlooms you need to revive?

I would be interested in what you have done with them. Let’s use what we have and make something beautiful!

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Before I forget, I wanted to offer you a check list of guestroom essentials. Jillian got me thinking when I spent the time at her house staying in their guest room. She was the hostess with the mostess and made me want to be just like her when I grow up! I came home and spiffed up my guest room using some of her ideas.

After questioning all my guests the past couple of years, I compiled a list of guestroom essentials based on their comments. Feel free to download the PDF below by clicking on the 7 Essentials for Your Guestroom. I will send you the PDF.

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Meanwhile, have a great week and tell me about the antiques hiding in your basement, keeping your memories safe.

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85 thoughts on “Antique Night Stand Re-do”

  1. What a beautiful table! I've just started mod podge-ing and am so glad to see that you can use it with fabric.  I've got an old side table of my parents that we're using for much of the same reason's as Jillian and I would love to do this exact project on it!  If I succeed I'll link it up to show you! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Thanks Jennifer. I would love to see your project when it’s done. There’s nothing like preserving old furniture that has sentimental value.

  2. I love the look! It reminds me of a book case that I covered with sheet mucis…Beethoven I do believe…and covered with Mod Podge. I have several heirlooms but so far I've left them in their state of distress.

  3. what an interesting re-do! I haven't seen anything like this and love how it turned out! The piece had great bones, but wasn't an eyecatching piece. Now I'm sure it's a conversation starter! Great idea!

    • Thanks. We couldn’t believe the transformation from old and ugly (even though it was a sentimental piece) to today’s style of modern traditional. I have several other projects in the works. Stay tuned!

  4. Quite lovely and classy. I really like that. I don't really have any furniture pieces that I have redone. Both my mother and sister are experts at it and their homes are filled with similar pieces as this.  You really did a great job.

  5. I love the new modern look you have a wonderful family heirloom.  Plus you gave such an awesome how to description and pictures we are able to do this if we wanted to- which I have a lilttle side table I need re-do! 

  6. I love it!! I've been wanting to learn how to refinish furniture but I've been afraid…we even bought everything to resurface our dining table after I used a degreaser on it instead of a cleaner (one night in the dark..lesson learned) and I never used it. You've inspired me to look at older furniture with a new eye and give it a shot!

  7. Nice re-do! The heirloom in my home's decor is an antique sewing machine (which is admittedly kind of broken and needs TLC or given to someone that really cares) and an antique vanity that was my dad's grandmother's, my grandma's, mine, and now my daughter's. 

    • @ Becky – do you plan to redo any of your heirlooms? A friend of mine had a fit when she saw I had painted this nightstand – she’s into antiques and prefers them to stay looking old. Oh well, different strokes for different folks!

  8. Wow, you've really transformed the drawer, well done! I wish I was this creative. I dont' find enough time to have a cup of coffee these days as both of my boys are under three. But, I'm hoping when one of them goes to nursery, that I'll be able to find more time to just get creative like this, and pinch those pennies.

    Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  9. Wow! Wonderful job! How great that you're so creative-some of us just don't have that gene and are greatful for people like you…my sister-in-law is the one that jazzes up all those old pieces of furniture in the basement.

  10. I get so excited with finding creative ways for fabric diy!  I have my Grandama's bench I've been wanting to recover and I think this is a great way to do it!  Thank you for the inspiration.  I'll be following.  

    • @Rosenda, It was the first time I had even thought of using fabric to decorate a piece of furniture. My daughter’s deco of old world style was inspiring, you know, when you get that idea out of thin air and go with it? I’m looking around my house for something I can do and keep!

  11. I have no heirlooms in our house.    Repurposed or otherwise!  4 kids, 4 dogs, and 6 cats all equal to NOTHING nice.   they few decent things we did have are ruined.  But the dogs are getting old, and the kids aren't babies anymore.  So soon……very soon.   I did just get a set of closet doors to refinish though!!

    • @Amy, I thought about using ModPodge to redo my office or bedroom closet doors with a picture collage. If I get very brave I might just try it. That might be a future post!

  12. I love the new color you painted it. It looks so different and I like it. I have a set of night stands that I am going to transform and this has inspired me. Thank you. 

  13. Love how it turned out! I need to do something similar to my end tables in the living room. They were garage sell finds and need some TLC. Thanks for the inspiration. I have not done anything to them because I have been feeling a little overwhelmed, but you make it look like it can be done. Thanks! I gotta get to work!

    • @Amber – if I’d known how easy it was, I would have done it way sooner! Just on a whim I grab something, go sand it and then spray paint it and by that evening it’s in its place in my house.

    • You’re right Denine – There’s nothing like working on such a big project to make memories! It makes me smile every time I think about the work we did on my daughter’s front room where the antiquie night stand landed. Check it out here.

  14. What a beautiful make-over.  Your are so creative and talented.  I look forward to following your blog.  I used to love to watch the crafting shows on television back in the mid 90s..  They are virtually extinct now.  Thank you for sharing.

    • @SeasonedSistah – I suppose blogs have replaced the crafting shows from the 90s. I’ve gotten a lot of inspiration from fellow bloggers.

  15. I have a Charles Eastlake chair that I purchased for $1 at an auction. It doesn't have a seat or back but it is a beautiful work of art handcrafted in the late 1800's by a true artisan. It sits in the corner of my dining room like a sculpture or art piece and has inspired a lot of conversation over the years. 

  16. That is a great little piece.  Paint and fabric can do wonders for so many things.  I like that you used that combination.  I don't do much with DIY home dec myself, but love to see what other creative people have done.

  17. I love it! I have some dressers that I would love to re-do since our master bedroom is entirely mismatched right now. I also have a kid's rocking chair that originally belonged to my great-grandmother, & has been passed down all the way to me. It now belongs to my children, but needs some TLC since I used it so much growing up!

    • @Marissa – I did a dresser and desk to match. Here is the post:Β  I’d like to see your re-do when it’s done. I too have a child’s rocking chair that was mine when I was little, my kids used and now would like to redo for my grandkids – I guess I need to get busy!


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