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Ombre Polka Dot Nightstand

Americana Decor® Chalky Finish™

Ombre Polka Dot Nightstand
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Ombre Polka Dot Nightstand

designed by Charlotte Smith

Ombre polka dots are a fun and unique way to liven up a piece of furniture using Americana Decor Chalky Finishes.

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Americana Decor® Chalky Finish™ Paint

  • Everlasting (ADC01)
  • Primitive (ADC26)
  • Refreshing (ADC13)
  • Treasure (ADC19)

Americana Decor® Crème Waxes

  • Clear (ADM01)

Other supplies

  • sandpaper
  • flat brush
  • plastic cup or container
  • wood filler
  • round brush
  • pouncer (round; two sizes)
  • nightstand


  1. Clean the surface of your furniture well. Remove any hardware or drawers first.
    Step 0 Example
  2. With wood filler, fill in any scrapes or large chips in the piece. Allow to dry and then sand smooth. Wipe with a cloth to remove any dust.
    Step 1 Example
  3. With the flat brush, go over the entire surface of your piece with Everlasting.
    Step 2 Example
  4. Mix your paints. For this ombre, you will use five separate colors. 1) Refreshing 2) 3 parts Refreshing and 1 part Everlasting 3) 2 parts Everlasting and 1 part Treasure 4) 1 part Treasure and 3 parts Primitive and 5) Treasure. Some discretion is involved, but you want five shades of color moving from the darkest shade to the lightest shade along the gradient.
    Step 3 Example
  5. Using a round sponge, dip the sponge into the darkest paint and then dab a few times onto a spare plate or piece of paper. You want your brush to be LIGHTLY coated with paint... not saturated.
    Step 4 Example
  6. Moving carefully across the lower portion of the furniture piece, dab randomly to apply the first 'layer' of scattered circles.
    Step 5 Example
  7. Continue this step for each color in your gradient, carefully working your way to the top of the piece distributing each color in a band across the furniture. Make sure the bands of color loosely overlap for a smooth ombre. For this ombre pattern, two different sized stencil sponges were used to fill in the gaps.
    Step 6 Example
  8. When the ombre dots are dry, go over the entire piece with Clear Wax. Replace the knobs with updated decorative knobs of your preference.
    Step 7 Example