Create your own modern farmhouse nightstands with a pair of mid-century modern nightstands and milk paint! The best part? They don’t have to be a pair of nightstands! Put two different nightstands together to make these DIY Emerald Green Mismatched Nightstands.
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These nightstands are funky, and they are different! That’s what sets them apart! We’ve mashed up a few different things all into one pair of nightstands and I’m going to show you how you can do the same!
- They are Mid Century Modern mixed with Farmhouse.
- They are mismatched nightstands. Two different nightstands painted the same!
Yep, you saw that right. The farmhouse rustic style, mixed with mid century modern furniture, AND they are two different nightstands.
But all of that works together to create a magical harmony.
How to Make your own DIY Modern Farmhouse Mismatched Nightstands
First, grab two different nightstands. You want them to be similar in either size, or shape, or style.
Take these mismatching nightstands for example:
- One is 1/2″ shorter than the other, but it’s also a few inches wider than the other.
- They are both MCM (Mid Century Modern) style with straight lines and details.
- One nightstand has two drawers, the other has 3 drawers.
- They even have different color finishes! One is darker wood, and the other is a bit lighter wood.
Other options to consider:
- Two nightstands of the same height, different width. One has drawers and one doesn’t.
- Two nightstands of the same style, both of different heights.
- OR you can honestly just go all out and have two completely different nightstands! (We’ll make them have similar qualities next!)
Are you a visual learner? Here are some more mismatching nightstands that I have done!
- His and Hers Mismatched Nightstands in Deep Grey
- Oversized Nightstands in French Blue
- Creamy White Farmhouse Nightstands
- Farmhouse Style Large Mismatching Nightstands
Why should you use Mismatched Nightstands?
If you want to DIY your own painted nightstands, you might find that it’s hard to come across two matching nightstands.
Over time, pairs of nightstands have gotten separated, or only one nightstand came in a bedroom set.
But, if you want two nightstands in one room, you’re going to have a hard time finding two matching nightstands for a cheap price.
Enter the two different nightstands!
You can find two nightstands and make them a pair of nightstands with a little bit of paint!
You can usually find a single nightstand for less money too!
From the design perspective, mismatching nightstands add an extra design element, or an eclectic feel to your room. No longer are the days of having a whole entire bedroom set matching!
Coordinating mismatched bedroom furniture doesn’t have to be difficult. Find pieces that have one similar element. For example, the same style, the same color, the same height or the same hardware lines.
Then add another matching element, and you will have the perfect pair of mismatched nightstands.
From a furniture painter and seller’s perspective, a pair of nightstands always sell faster and better than a single nightstand. So, whenever we get single nightstands in, we usually let them sit until we find something that can match them.
Emerald Green Nightstands
Now, we paint the mismatching nightstands the same!
Same paint, and the same hardware.
Here’s how to paint mid century modern furniture in a farmhouse style!
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Supplies Needed for DIY Emerald Green Mismatching Nightstands
- Mismatching nightstands
- Real Milk Paint in Lily Pad
- Zibra Paint Brush (My fav!)
- Sanding Sponges or (sandpaper) for distressing
- Water-based Poly to seal the milk paint
- Modern Knobs (I got mine from TJMaxx a long time ago)
What is Milk Paint?
Milk paint comes in a powder (just mix it with water to create paint), and it is best known for creating an old looking, chippy matte finish!
The same farmhouse style finish on these mcm nightstands!
It’s non toxic, and is super easy to use.
Milk paint is the easiest type of paint to use on old wood furniture, as long as you are happy with having either a chippy, slightly chippy, or full coverage finish.
Milk paint is known to do it’s own thing, depending on the surface it’s painted on.
- So a surface that is slick and shiny, it would usually chip quite a bit.
- On a wood surface that is really dry (or raw), the milk paint will most likely adhere really well, and not chip.
That’s honestly one reason I love it! I can’t wait to see what the milk paint does!
How to Use Milk Paint on Furniture
We painted these nightstands with Lily Pad by The Real Milk Paint Company!
How to Mix Powdered Milk Paint
Simply mix 1 part milk paint powder to 1 part water. The Real Milk Paint company makes it really easy to mix their milk paint! They include a container to mix it in!
Once the powder and water are in the container (along with the marble that they include), just close the lid tightly and then shake the container!
Here is a quick video from The Real Milk Paint on how to mix powdered milk paint.
Then let the milk paint sit in the sealed container for about 15 minutes, while you prep your nightstands for paint.
**If you take longer than 15 minutes to prep the nightstands (like filling in hardware holes) wait to mix up the paint, OR put it in the fridge until you are ready to use it.
**Once mixed up, the milk paint doesn’t have a long shelf life. Mix only what you will use that day!
How to Prep Nightstands for Milk Paint
- Remove the hardware.
- Fill in the old hardware holes (Learn how to fill hardware holes the easy way here!)
- Clean the nightstands with a degreaser like Krud Kutter
- Tape off the drawers with painters tape so milk paint doesn’t get on the sides or insides of the drawers
I’m normally a huge advocate of proper prep including scuff sanding and preventing bleed through.
BUT with milk paint, that isn’t necessary, unless you have a slick or shiny piece of furniture. If you don’t want the milk paint to chip, and it isn’t necessarily slick or shiny, then you should scuff sand as well.
I do recommend scuff sanding and preventing bleedthrough with chalk paint though! Read more about how to properly prep furniture for paint here.
How to Paint with Milk Paint
Now you’re ready to paint!
My all time favorite paintbrush to paint milk paint on furniture is the Zibra Round Brush!
The Zibra paint brushes and milk paint go very very well together. Plus the round shape helps you get into details and grooves that a regular paintbrush can’t easily get into.
Brush the milk paint on in long strokes (milk paint has natural variations in the pigments, so long strokes from one end to the other is the best!)
Paint two coats of milk paint on each nightstand!
Do you have a paint sprayer?
Did you know that you can spray milk paint!?
How to Distress Milk Paint
Milk paint dries quickly!
I noticed that The Real Milk Paint company milk paint comes out grittier than other milk paint I have tried.
That’s okay though!
Grab a 220 grit piece of sandpaper (or one of these amazing sanding sponges) and lightly hand sand the paint.
This will distress the paint, help the chippy paint fall off, and it will smooth out the gritty texture!
Once you are done, vacuum up the dust and wipe it down with a lint free rag or tack cloth.
How to Seal Milk Paint
Milk paint is super porous and has to be sealed with either wax, hemp oil or polyurethane.
Polyurethane is much more durable than wax or hemp oil, so it’s my go to!
On these emerald green nightstands, I sprayed on a few coats of water-based poly.
Learn ALL of my tips and tricks on How to Spray Polyurethane here!
If you don’t have a sprayer you can brush the poly on!
I mixed about half and half of the matte poly and the satin poly to create a really nice sheen. Then I sprayed it with 3 coats of poly.
The White and Gold Modern Knobs
To finish off these nightstands we add the same white and gold modern knobs to both nightstands.
I personally like to put the same hardware on both mismatched nightstands to add one more similarity, but you could switch it up with knobs that are the same color, but different shapes on the other nightstand.
Now you have your emerald green mismatching nightstands for your bedroom!