Distressed Robin’s Egg Blue Nightstand – Before & After

Nightstand in distressed Robins Egg Blue with Black Glaze - Before and After from Facelift FurnitureRobin’s Egg Blue is a great color to see Black Glaze do all it’s magic.

The detail and molding of this nightstand, with the dings and wear on the wood, come to life as the Black Glaze draws them out against the the subtleties of Robin’s Egg Blue.

When pieces like this are painted, glazed, and distressed, they are given a second chance at life. This nightstand went from being an eye sore to popping with new life and character.

And with the old pulls spray painted black, their new look tied in with the accenting of the Black Glaze.


Ornate Nightstand Refinished in Turquoise with Black Glaze

Ornate Nightstand Before & AfterThis ornate nightstand was painted, glazed, and distressed. It was upstyled in Turquoise, with Black Glaze accenting all the fantastic detailed areas.

The original pulls were spray painted satin black. The piece was lightly distressed.

The nightstand was repurposed as a printer stand in a home office.

You can also view this piece, and many others, in our Nightstands album.

End Tables – Before & After

Upstyled End tables

Upstyled in Home Depot’s Behr Black Suede–a deep charcoal color,  in satin finish.  Edges and corners distressed.  Original hardware.  Rust-Oleum Ultimate Polyurethane coats protect the classy new look of these pieces now used as nightstands.  Original hardware.

The Nine Needing a New Look


Last summer, we introduced a series called Nine Needing a New Look.  We took a collection of dated and weary looking nightstands and end tables, and one-by-one upstyled them with distressed paint and glaze finishes.

Starting out as a new business, it was a great way to experiment and see how these pieces can be given a new life.  Each piece was featured in a blog post, and you can see the start of that series HERE.  We featured colors like Black, Chili Pepper Red, Turquoise and Sea Blue. 

If you followed the series, you may have noticed a nightstand that never received it’s moment in the limelight.  That piece had a matching dresser and I wanted to see if the purchaser of the dresser would want them together.  Late in the fall, the nightstand was passed over, put back in a corner, and been waiting for a new look ever sense.
It finally happened.  In the spirit of experimenting and trying something new, I decided to use a color a customer had recently chosen for her antique end table.  With black glaze, it’s weathered features popped.  And it had the same effect with this nightstand.  You can see it below, and read and see more about it HERE where it is the final feature of the series. 
This series is also featured on our Facebook page in a before and after album titled Nine Needing a New Look.  It can be viewed by clicking HERE (no Facebook account required).

Lime Green Nightstand


Nightstand upstyled in a rich lime green, with heavy black glaze accenting bamboo and woven design.  Distressing reveals hints of the white primer, providing even more eye catching detail.  “Before” photo below. 

This nightstand is the ninth and final post in the Nine Needing a New Look series.  To see how a group of worn and dated end tables and nightstands were given a new life with paint and glaze finishes, go HERE.

This series is also featured on our Facebook page in a before and after album titled Nine Needing a New Look.  It can be viewed by clicking HERE (no Facebook account required).

Chunky Nightstand – Before & After

Chunky Nightstand in Antiqued White - Before & After

I think this may be the thickest, chunkiest, loudest, most obnoxious–or whatever you will call it–nightstand I have seen. And I couldn’t pass it up!

It is painted Antiqued White, with heavy Espresso glaze, and distressing for a great rustic look. Includes original weathered brass hardware. 


Coat Rack Repurposed from a Nightstand

Coat Rack Repurposed from a Nightstand Facelift FurnitureFor this project, I took an unexpected detour.  Originally, the plan was to paint this nightstand Robin’s Egg Blue. But then I discovered irreparable rotted wood at that base. With a no longer had a functional nightstand, I came up with a plan “B”.

Out came my saw–and off came the front upper half of the nightstand. I also removed the front of the bottom drawer, and attached it to the top piece I had saved. I painted it Mint Green, and heavily distressed it with white primer showing through and black glaze accenting all its character.

So what was once a nightstand is now a coat rack with black hardware from Hobby Lobby!