Hello beautiful friends! Today’s makeover is in stark contrast to the spooky Halloween project I shared in my last post! Today, I’m sharing a pink painted night table that is sweet as can be!
I spied this very well-made night table in perfect condition near the door as I was leaving the thrift store.
For $20, it was definitely worth getting back in line for!
It’s getting more and more difficult to find nice quality pieces at a decent price.
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The first step in any makeover is a good cleaning with White Lightning. I just mix one TBSP of White Lightning with a half gallon of warm water and stir.
I used a sharpie to mark the half gallon point on the side of this old Mr. Clean Sponge tub and it works great! White Lightning is a degreaser and a deglosser and gloves are recommended.
I like to use these terrycloth applicator pads as they are perfect for the job, and then I can just toss them in the wash!
The net step in today’s makeover was to fill the holes left by the drawer pulls since I planned to go with simple knobs instead.
To do that, I enlisted the help of Dixie Mud. One of the things I love about Dixie Mud verses traditional wood filler is that 2/3 of the way through the jar, it is still in great shape, not hard like most wood fillers would be by this point:
I moved the drawers into the warm sunshine and let them completely dry. I did have to add a bit more filler to a couple of the holes as the Mud can sometimes sink a bit in these larger holes as it dries.
Once that was dry, I used my Ryobi Corner Cat sander to smooth them out:
This sander is great for light duty sanding and for reaching hard-to-reach areas. I have the cordless one, but it is also available in a corded version.
I vacuumed away any sanding dust with my shop vac and gave them another wipe down with a clean, soft cloth.
Then I was ready for paint! I wanted to go feminine with this night table and knew I wanted to use pink.
Dixie Belle has three pinks in their Chalk Mineral Paint line that I considered. Pink Champagne was a bit too light, Tea Rose was a bit too dusty of a pink, and Soft Pink reminds me of Bubble Gum…it is very pink!
This is about two parts Soft Pink to one Part Cotton. After a good stir you can see how it compares to the Soft Pink:
This is more what I have in mind when I think of Soft Pink!
I had originally painted in Soft Pink, so this was one coat over that:
Often, when you sand the original finish, you will get bleed through in those areas when you paint over it.
I knew that would be the case here, so to prevent that, I gave the drawers where I had sanded a coat of White BOSS primer:
As you can see, bleed through did occur through the BOSS, but not to worry. I let that dry overnight, and then came out in my jammies and slippers the next morning and painted like normal. NO bleed through!
I removed the tape as soon as I applied my second coat of Pink Champagne.
See how I get perfectly measured stripes every time HERE.
Once everything was dry, I sanded very lightly all over with 220 grit sandpaper to smooth, being sure not to sand beneath the paint. I didn’t want any distressing since I wanted a clean, crisp look for this one.
Adding the Hello Baby Transfer
There’s a minimum you have to spend as a retailer when purchasing inventory from Redesign with Prima. When I was placing my last order, I was perusing their site to see what else I could add to my order to make my minium and I came across the cutest transfer!
This is the Hello Baby Transfer:
Isn’t it absolutely adorable? I just had to order it and was so excited to use it on something!
Once I opened it, I immediately fell in love with the bunny and set out to add it to this night table.
I did have to cut it into separate pieces to make it work over the different surfaces:
I also added some leaves and flowers to her sweet head:
I kept going adding the florals that came in this set in various places. I was trying hard to add another animal somewhere, but I decided to save the rest for future projects.
To seal, I used my favorite go-to sealer for furniture, Clear Coat in Satin.
If you haven’t tried the blue sponge applicator to apply sealer yet, I highly recommend it!
I’ve started cutting the edge of mine on both sides lately, so I can get right up against the top and bottom straight edge surfaces.
These can be rinsed and used over and over. I’ll even keep mine wrapped in saran wrap for a week or two in between uses sometimes. It has stayed perfect and ready for the next use.
Ready to see how this pretty in pink night table turned out??
I absolutely love this custom shade of pink!
And, now that we have all 64 (plus five retired) colors available in 4oz sizes, it is more affordable to mix your own custom colors!
I love the flowers that came with this set. I do wish there were more though…
And here’s a closer peek at that sweet bunny! I hate that I had to cut her poor face, but it worked out in the end.
I added one of these flowers to the top too…
And how about those stripes?
Stripes are such an easy way to add a little something extra.
I always get asked about the window with the decorative sheet metal in it when I share it.
I did this with some leftover sheet metal my hubby had purchased years ago.
You can find the how-to for that super simple wreath that I made for $7 (without the roses) HERE.
These baskets were thrift store finds that I painted.
Y’all know I love a painted basket!
For the drawers, I decided to paint them in Silk Endless Shore…
They weren’t the prettiest inside and for a sweet baby’s room, I wanted them to be perfect!
Silk paint is the perfect choice for the insides of drawers since they are usually raw wood, so no prep, and the built-in topcoat means no need to seal either!
See all 30 Silk Paint colors HERE.
And, I saved one special floral transfer piece for the top drawer…
And of course I had to change out the hardware for these simple glass knobs I picked up at HomeGoods:
I am so in love with this sweet piece now!
I hope y’all like it too!
That’s another piece crossed off the list!!
Here’s what I’ve shared so far if you’ve missed anything:
I’m very slowly making my way to that beast of an empire dresser that I hope to share next Thursday for Furniture Fixer Upper day. It needed WAY more work than I originally anticipated.
Meanwhile, I’ll be back this Thursday with the second mini rocker in this haul:
I hope to see you then!
UPDATE: See how a neutral child’s rocker can still be super cute HERE now!
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