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Chalky Finish Nightstand Refurbish

Americana Decor® Chalky Finish™

Chalky Finish Nightstand Refurbish
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Chalky Finish Nightstand Refurbish

Chalky Finish Nightstand Refurbish

designed by Regina Davis

Revamp an old nightstand into a classic piece using Americana Decor Chalky Finish.

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Americana Decor® Chalky Finish™ Paint

  • Primitive (ADC26)
  • Relic (ADC28)

Americana Decor® Crème Waxes

  • Clear (ADM01)

Americana Decor® Stencils

  • Old French Script (12" x 12") (ADS10)

Glues and Adhesives

  • Americana® Wood Filler (DS103)

Other supplies

  • water container
  • paper towels
  • sandpaper
  • tape measure
  • 2" flat brush
  • saw (table saw is best)
  • wood glue
  • primer (optional)
  • clean cloth
  • wooden board (1" x 6" shown)
  • drill gun
  • drill bits
  • 1" stencil brush
  • router (optional)
  • clamp
  • handle


NOTE: Let dry completely between painting steps.

  1. Measure drawer fronts and top. Subtract how much of the original drawer fronts and top will remain showing. For this finished piece, it was about an 1/8".
    Step 0 Example
  2. Cut pieces of wood to match measurements. Shown: 1" x 6" boards striped down to fit using a table saw for the drawers. For the top, there are three 1" x 6" boards together to create a planked look.
  3. Optional: Use a router to create a more decorative look on wood.
  4. Glue and clamp your wood pieces onto the original wood.
    Step 3 Example
  5. Fill any cracks or holes with Americana Wood Filler. Lightly sand the piece so it is ready to paint.
  6. Optional: prime all visible areas. If skipped, this could lead to more paint layers. Let primer dry before painting.
    Step 5 Example
  7. Paint all visible areas in Primitive.
    Step 6 Example
  8. Mix a small amount of Relic with Primitive. This will create a more subtle stenciled image. If a darker image is desired, use straight Relic or a larger amount of Relic in mixture.
  9. Stencil on Old French Script on top and front of drawers. Remove stencil while paint is still wet.
    Step 8 Example
  10. Once paint is dry, sand off any areas where paint puddled.
    Step 9 Example
  11. Wax all painted surfaces with Clear Creme Wax.
  12. Measure drawer fronts for hardware. Pre-drill holes for hardware. Use a drill bit slightly smaller than the hardware screws. Apply hardware and insert drawers into nightstand slots.