From thrift store finds, to trendy apothecary style nightstands. Learn how we transformed these apothecary style vintage nightstands with the help of adding legs and some chalk paint.
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We found these vintage nightstands with amazing drawer fronts that resemble the ever so popular apothecary or card catalog style. We knew that we had to have them just because of that!
But they came with one downside, they were pretty short! Bummer. So we added some height with some new legs, and completely transformed them with paint.
Let’s dive in!
Supplies Used For Apothecary Style Vintage Nightstands Makeover
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- Wood Filler / Bondo
- Tape Measure
- Circular Saw
- Straight Wood Board
- Nail Gun
- 1 1/2″ Brad Nails
- Orbital Sander
- 220 Grit Orbital Sandpaper
- 3/4″ Plywood
- Leg Plates
- Country Chic Paint in Liquorice
- Varethane Polyurethane
- Label Pulls
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Removing Curved Bottom Trim
We started out by cutting the bottom portion of the trim to get rid of the curves. We wanted a straight clean look. Plus, the way we wanted to add legs wouldn’t work with the curved trim.
If your piece has old legs that just unscrew and come off, check out the process here on our post about how to add feet to a dresser.
Attaching New Legs to Nightstands
We needed something to attach our new legs to, so once we had fresh new straight trim, we added 3/4″ plywood to the bottom of each nightstand.
This also helped give us back some of the height that we took off in the first step. Once the wood was attached, we sanded the edges smooth with our orbital sander.
Learn more about the best sanders for furniture here!
We’ve also listed the best wood legs to add to furniture to help you choose the best for your project.
Filling In Old Hardware Holes
Since we wanted to update the hardware, we filled in all of the old hardware holes with Bondo and let them dry before proceeding.
Learn more about filling holes when replacing cabinet or furniture hardware here and how to change hardware on a dresser here.
Now for the fun part!
Painting Nightstands with Chalk Paint
We lightly hand sanded everything with 220-grit sandpaper then cleaned them by wiping everything down with a damp rag.
Read this post to learn more about how to prepare furniture for painting.
And then we taped off the drawers to avoid overspray inside of them. Here’s more about how to prevent overspray when painting furniture.
And then distressed the edges with 220 grit sandpaper. Learn more about the 6 best distressing furniture techniques here!
Check out this guide on how to make furniture look rustic for more information.
Note: A really good option is to paint the legs before attaching them to the furniture. It makes it so much easier to paint all the sides of the legs.
((If you haven’t tried Country Chic Paint, you’re missing out! It’s my favorite pre-mixed chalk-style paint on the market! It’s easy to work with, sticks so well, sprays amazingly, distresses like a dream, and I just love their special finish products!))
Sealing Chalk Painted Nightstands
To seal the paint, and add extra durability, we sprayed on 3 coats of Varethane polyurethane!
Adding Card Catalog Pulls
We also switched out the old hardware with new black label pulls from D. Lawless Hardware to complete the apothecary look.
The new legs completely changed up the style of the nightstands and the stunning Liquorice chalk based paint finished off the high-end look we were going for.
Check out more black chalk painted furniture ideas here.
Here are 30 amazing faux card catalog makeovers you should check out.
More Before And After Makeovers
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- Cut the bottom portion of the trim on the nightstands to get rid of the curves. Use a straight piece of wood with some clamps to make sure to get a straight cut.
- Attach new plywood base to the bottom of each nightstand. Sand the edges smooth with the orbital sander. Now, attach leg plates to the plywood on all four corners, and then simply screw the legs into those.
- Remove hardware and fill in old hardware holes with Bondo. Let the Bondo dry.
- Prepare the nightstands for paint by lightly sanding everything with 220-grit sandpaper then clean by wiping everything down with a damp rag.
- Now, tape off the drawers to prevent overspray. Then spray two coats of the black Chalk Paint for full coverage. Distress the edges after with 220 grit sandpaper.
- Spray 3 coats of polyurethane to seal the chalk paint and add extra durability.
- Attach new hardware to the nightstands.
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