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!
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
Transforming Apothecary Style Vintage Nightstands:
- Remove the Curves
- Add a Base to Attach New Legs To
- Add Leg Plates to the Base
- Fill In the Old Hardware Holes
- Paint with Chalk Paint
- Seal the Chalk Paint
- Attach Card Catalog Pulls
Step 1: Remove the Curves
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.
We measured, double-checked, and grabbed our circular saw to cut away the bottom trim.
We used a straight piece of wood with some clamps to make sure we got a straight cut.
Step 2: Add a Base to Attach New Legs To
Adding Legs to a Nightstand
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.
We attached the plywood with our nail gun using 1 1/2″ brad nails, making sure the wood was flush with each side of the 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.
Step 3: Attach Leg Plates to the Base
We attached leg plates to the plywood on all four corners, and then simply screwed the legs into those.
Check out this tutorial on how to add legs to furniture to see more of this process.
Step 4: Fill the 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.
Now for the fun part!
Step 5: Paint with Chalk Paint
We lightly hand sanded everything with 220 grit sandpaper then cleaned them by wiping everything down with a damp rag.
And then we taped off the drawers to avoid overspray inside of them.
Then we sprayed on two coats of the beautiful black Liquorice Chalk Paint for full coverage.
Learn my tips and tricks on painting furniture with a sprayer here.
And then distressed the edges with 220 grit sandpaper.
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!))
Step 6: Seal the Chalk Paint
To seal the paint, and add extra durability, we sprayed on 3 coats of Varethane Polyurethane!
Learn ALL of my tips and tricks on How to Spray Polyurethane here!
Step 7: Add 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.