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Update: The Nursery is finally finished!  Hop over and check out the full reveal!

was everyone’s weekend?  I hope it was great!  Ours was fantastic – we made a LOT of progress on the nursery!  I should be able to show you the final reveal next weekend!  I only have two projects left to finish and it will be ready to show off! 

One of the nursery projects I did this weekend was to makeover a nightstand I found at Goodwill for $15.  Here she is below.  I loved the iron work on the sides and the fact that it had a nice open shelf.  But the gold on white was just not working for me.


So I decided that I would try something that I haven’t done before.  I decided to spray paint a piece of furniture.  Now – I have sprayed tons of stuff – but I have never tried it out on a piece of furniture.  I did learn a few things so I will share my tips. 

First, I decided to prime the piece.  Now I normally don’t use a spray primer – but this piece had a really smooth finish that didn’t seem to budge much when I first sanded it.  So I used Krylon’s spray primer to give it a nice even coat and then sanded that down to make it smooth.  Here is what the piece looked like primed.


Now on this little piece – I used a whole can of primer.  It can take a little bit to get a good finish so be prepared and have an extra can.  Next – I sprayed the metal work on the nightstand with a little ORB (Oil Rubbed Bronze).  Once that was dry – I taped it off and layered on my first coat of color.  Now, my color of choice is Krylon’s Ivy Leaf.  This was the perfect color to pick up on the green accents that we have going on in the nursery.  While using the primer did help to give the piece a nice finish – but it also took almost 2 cans of spray paint to get a nice even coat of color on. 

The last touch was to add a little detailing and a touch of brown paint to the grooves.  Ready to see the final result?  Check it out!


I love it!  It is going to be the perfect touch in the nursery!  I know that green looks a little extreme – but trust me – once you see it in the room you will agree that it is the perfect color!  What do you think?  Love the green or waiting to reserve judgment for when you see the full room?  I wanna know!


Linking this up to

Metamorphosis Monday with Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch
Thrifty Treasures with Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality
Get Your Craft On with Kim @ Today’s Creative Blog
Tip Me Tuesday with Laurie @ Tip Junkie
Tips and Tutorials with Beth @ Home Stories A to Z
Power of Paint Party with Maryann @ Domestically Speaking
Transformation Thursday with Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage

Hooking up with HOH with Allison @ House of Hepworths

31 frugal friends said ...

Karen G said... @ June 12, 2011 at 9:33 PM

I love this makeover and can't wait to see your nursery.
I find that need to use my paint when I use Krylon. When I use Rustoleum's 2x spray paint, it goes on well and I don't need as much.

Laurie@The Baking Bookworm said... @ June 12, 2011 at 9:49 PM

Looks great! I have just started learning about the joy that is spray paint. I also have a can of Krylon Ivy Leaf but have only used it on a vase so far. Love yourside table. That coat of paint truly made difference! Now, if only MY Goodwill would have such treasures!! :)

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said... @ June 12, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Great piece and I am sure the green is just perfect. Look forward to the reveal. Hugs, Marty

Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} said... @ June 12, 2011 at 10:43 PM

Great find and great makeover! I can not wait to see the entire nursery!

Kim@Chattafabulous said... @ June 12, 2011 at 10:51 PM

Just did a twin french bed that started life with the same paint scheme as your nightstand. Forgot the before pictures, but I'm doing a gray/limewax finish. Oh, the power of paint!

Farah said... @ June 12, 2011 at 11:53 PM

Beautiful make over Jess. I love the fresh new colour it brings the idea of spring and very cheerful in summers... great job
Colours are the most playful thing for me, if you also like to play with them and want some beautiful result please check me at

Anonymous said... @ June 13, 2011 at 4:49 AM

That is incredibly cute.

Angie Holden said... @ June 13, 2011 at 6:25 AM

I love it Jess!! I can't wait to see it in the room!! :)

Kati @ Housewife_Swagger said... @ June 13, 2011 at 6:43 AM

oh my goodness, this turned out super cute!!!

Unknown said... @ June 13, 2011 at 8:45 AM

I love it! Darling table. Ha - I remember a time when I woulda loved the gold/white going on :p

Stephanie said... @ June 13, 2011 at 9:04 AM

LOVE the green!!! The nightstand looks fabu-u-lous!!!

abeachcottage said... @ June 13, 2011 at 10:31 AM

The nightstand makeover is wonderful. Love the new colour.

the cape on the corner said... @ June 13, 2011 at 1:13 PM

that looks soo good! i love the fun color-he looks like a little frenchman to me. it's that french mustache like swirly thing in the front. can you see it? oui oui?

Unknown said... @ June 13, 2011 at 4:39 PM

great makeover i love the green. i think green is the new black. lol!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said... @ June 14, 2011 at 8:29 AM

SO pretty! I think I had the same nightstand/bedroom set when I was a little girl! You did a wonderful job fixing it up -- love the color choices!

Lori said... @ June 15, 2011 at 10:01 PM

Absolutely love the green! Nurseries are great places to use fun colors! And the ironwork on it is FAB!

Deana said... @ June 16, 2011 at 12:26 AM

Fabulous transformation!! Loooooove the color!! I just started a blog paty "from trash to treasure" and this post would be a great additon. I hope you'll stop by and join in!

Katie said... @ June 16, 2011 at 9:50 AM

This turned out so cute! I bet it looks adorable in the nursery! I love that paint color too - I used it on an office chair! It's such a pretty color!!

said... @ June 16, 2011 at 2:43 PM

Just came over from HOH and I LOVE this! The ORB is perfect on the metal parts and I adore the color! Really terrific job!

Kristen said... @ June 21, 2011 at 12:51 PM

Oh my goodness, I have this same exact table. I bought mine at a flea market for $20 and it was solid white. I painted the whole thing with Krylon's "Cherry Red." I like it green too though. In fact, I have some Ivy Leaf paint around here somewhere!

I have a question though. I'm having trouble styling the little open shelf inside. I just can't come up with the perfect vignette. What do you keep inside yours?

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said... @ June 22, 2011 at 5:24 AM

Kristen - Hop over and check out my Nursery Reveal post. I figured out the little canvas bins you can get at Walmart or Target actually fit just perfectly in there! It makes it like having a little drawer.
The other styling thing I have seen if you don't want a drawer like storage would be to stack some pretty books in there!

Allison @ House of Hepworths said... @ June 22, 2011 at 10:58 PM

I LOVE THIS!! I love it so much I featured it this week at my Hookin' Up with HoH party!

Stop by and grab a button if you'd like!

Allison @ House of Hepworths

Unknown said... @ June 22, 2011 at 11:17 PM

Stopping by from HOH.

Beautiful! Love the color and I love that you scored it for $15. What an inspiration!

Karissa said... @ April 3, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Wow! So cute!

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