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{nightstand makeover & DIY chalk paint}

A few weeks ago, while going for an after-dinner-walk, the hubby and I found a set of nightstands on the side of the road, set out for trash, that looked like they've been around since the 60s.
Even though they had been rained on a little and one of the bottom doors was missing, we each snatched one and happily headed home with our finds.

Since we wanted the nightstands to be matching, we decided to take the functioning door off as well and have open shelves on the bottom.

After taking the bottom door off and thoroughly cleaning the nightstands, we applied a fresh coat (or two) of paint. I thought these $0 nightstands would be the perfect project to try out a DIY version of chalk paint.

To mix the DIY chalk paint:

Dissolve 1 part of plaster of paris with 1 part of hot water
& then mix it into 3 parts of latex paint

We still had a bucket of white latex paint on hand from when we moved into our apartment and added a few drops of turquoise acrylic paint to it to get the desired color.

The paint works like a charm, is really easy to apply & dries very quickly, so you don't have to wait too long to apply a second coat.
The best part about the chalk paint is, there's no need to sand or prime. Just clean your piece of furniture and get to the fun part! ;)

I did apply a coat of wax after everything was dry, to protect the paint and make it easier to clean the nightstands.

A couple days ago, we finally found some wrapping paper that we thought would match perfectly and were finally able to finish our project.

And now I finally have a place to put my books (and yes, I'm re-reading The Hunger Games right now! ;) ) and little knick-knacks that I keep by the bed.

Unfortunately I couldn't stand back far enough to take a picture of the whole bed, so I had to piece the pics together. .  But, there's a king-sized bed in between our new nightstands. ;)

I'm partying here! ♥

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133 Comments

  • Reply
    Rebekah
    Tuesday April 24th, 2012 at 01:01 PM

    Great job on the revamp! Those are so nice. There have been so many times I have seen items on the side of the road for trash and I want to revamp them. The problem is I do not have enough room in my house.

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Wednesday April 25th, 2012 at 01:46 PM

      Thank you so much, Rebekah! :)
      I know exactly how you feel about the room problem. Our apartment is only about 640 sq. ft. and I have passed and quite a few roadside finds, just because we don’t have enough room to put it.. Luckily, we actually were still looking for nightstands. So, everything fell into place with that project. Yay!
      I hope you’re having a fun day!
      xo!

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    Danni Baird
    Tuesday April 24th, 2012 at 01:14 PM

    Oh those are so lovely! You totally scored on that walk!!! Thanks for the chalk paint recipe too. Can’t wait to try it!

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    megan
    Tuesday April 24th, 2012 at 02:12 PM

    Gorgeous!!! I love what you with the inside of the drawer and bottom. Megan

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Wednesday April 25th, 2012 at 01:47 PM

      Thank you, Megan! :) I was SO happy when we finally found that paper. It took forever to find something cute..
      xo!

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    Joslin
    Tuesday April 24th, 2012 at 02:16 PM

    They look great! I would never think to put it together the way you did.

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    Lauren @ Summit St Joy
    Tuesday April 24th, 2012 at 03:48 PM

    Nice work!!! I tried my hand at chalk paint recently & really like the affect. Loving your blog, found you from over at I Heart Naptime. I’ve been searching like crazy to figure out how to make the cute little welcome box with tabs… Do you have any info on this??? Thanks!!! :)
    blessings,
    lauren @www.SummitStreetJoy.com

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Wednesday April 25th, 2012 at 02:15 PM

      I know! I love how easy it is to apply and work with. I don’t think I’m gonna ever go back to any other kind of paint. Haha
      Hmm.. About the tabs. I saw that your blog is hosted through Blogspot, so unfortunately the plugin I’m using would not apply to your blog. I do see some blogger friends using this plugin on Blogspot, though. I hope this helps! :)
      xoxo!

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    Lani Derrick
    Tuesday April 24th, 2012 at 04:10 PM

    The paper you used to line it was perfect! Such a wonderful make over!

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Wednesday April 25th, 2012 at 02:17 PM

      Ooh, I was SO happy when we finally found the paper! I was already getting frustrated, not finding anything that matched… ;)
      Thanks for the sweet comment!
      xo!

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    Veronica
    Tuesday April 24th, 2012 at 04:21 PM

    The perfect ending for a date…finding something to transform by the curb!! And you did a great job. love the colors!

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Wednesday April 25th, 2012 at 02:19 PM

      Oh, yes! It was a perfect ending for a date! ;) Not counting having to carry the nightstands up to our 4th floor apartment. Haha!
      Thank you so much, Veronica! I hope you’re having a wonderful week!
      Hugs to you!

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    Becca
    Tuesday April 24th, 2012 at 05:06 PM

    Oh, so Cute! Love these little guys! Great job! By the way. that’s a different chalk paint recipe than I use. How did it work for ya?
    xo Becca

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Wednesday April 25th, 2012 at 02:26 PM

      Thank you, Becca! :)
      Oh, I LOVE the chalk paint! The recipe works pretty well. I didn’t notice much difference to the store-bought chalk paint that my mom and I used on a project of hers..
      I just looked up your recipe and saw that you use 1 part POP, 2 parts latex paint & only a little amount of water. I guess you can really just mix these 3 ingredients together until you get the right consistency, which makes it SO easy to make. Love it!! :)
      xoxo! Vanessa

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    amy
    Tuesday April 24th, 2012 at 05:31 PM

    meine kleine schatzsucherin, schatzfinderin und schätzemacherin ;-)
    es wird zeit dich mal wieder zu besuchen und deine neuen werke zu bestaunen …
    fühl dich umarmt von deiner auf dich sehr stolzen mama

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Wednesday April 25th, 2012 at 02:28 PM

      Dankeschön, Mama!
      Ja, Du musst unbedingt mal wieder zu uns kommen! Machen wir unser nächstes Basteldate bei mir? ;)

  • Reply
    Carol
    Tuesday April 24th, 2012 at 05:46 PM

    Great make over. I love it and how you transform the simple furniture into something that is really fab!

  • Reply
    Katie
    Tuesday April 24th, 2012 at 06:37 PM

    Vanessa! I adore these nightstands! What a lucky find! I love what you did with them! And I’m glad to hear that even with white chalk paint you don’t get any bleed through from the wood! These turned out great!!

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    Holly @ Life as a Thrifter
    Tuesday April 24th, 2012 at 08:07 PM

    AHH! This is FABULOUS!! …and that wrapping paper! So wonderful!
    P.S. Just finished The Hunger Games last night…for the first time…almost went to the theater by myself this afternoon…

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Wednesday April 25th, 2012 at 02:32 PM

      Holly, thank you so much for your sweet comment! :)
      Ooh, I love the books! It’s probably not the last time I have read them. Hehe
      Let me know how you like the movie, once you decide to go!
      Hugs! Vanessa

  • Reply
    Navy Wifey Peters
    Tuesday April 24th, 2012 at 08:24 PM

    I love it! You did a great job!

  • Reply
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    Nana Diana
    Tuesday April 24th, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    Great makeover! Love it and you did a wonderful job. It’s always fun to find something that we know can be soooo much better redone. Love it- xo Diana

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Wednesday April 25th, 2012 at 02:39 PM

      Thank you SO much, Diana! :)
      Ooh, I had a vision right away when we saw them. I’m so happy we found them and finally found the cute paper to line it with. :)
      I hope you’ll have a wonderful day!
      xoxo!

  • Reply
    Kei
    Tuesday April 24th, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    Awesome find! Love the makeover on them, they look fabulous now!

  • Reply
    Abbie
    Wednesday April 25th, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    What a great find! I’d love to know how your paint holds up; it looks wonderful!

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Wednesday April 25th, 2012 at 02:42 PM

      Thanks, Abbie! So far, the paint is holding up wonderfully. No chipping or rubbing off. I did use a coat of wax to protect it though. You should really give the chalk paint a try! It’s so fun to work with. :)
      xo!

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    marci
    Wednesday April 25th, 2012 at 01:48 AM

    Just wondering why you decided to paint them with chalkboard paint?

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Wednesday April 25th, 2012 at 02:44 PM

      Hey Marci! I’ve heard so many wonderful things about chalk paint and after having used it on a project for my mom’s, I decided to try a DIY (cheap-o) version of it. I just love working with it. It’s so easy to apply and there’s no need to sand or prime before you start painting. Which is a huge bonus for me, since I’m super impatient. Haha
      Let me know if you ever try working with chalk paint. ;)
      xo!

  • Reply
    Leigh
    Wednesday April 25th, 2012 at 03:18 AM

    Wow. I love it! Where do peole always find these cute wrapping paper they use in home projects? I can never seem to find anything that will work in makeover projects.

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Wednesday April 25th, 2012 at 02:46 PM

      Ooh, I really hear ya, Leigh! I never seem to find cute wrapping paper like I see other people using. We really lucked out with that one – but we have been looking for a few weeks.. We found it at a local and small craft store. But it takes a while to really find the perfect piece..
      Thank you for the sweet comment! I hope you’re having a great week!
      xo!

  • Reply
    Donatella
    Wednesday April 25th, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    these finds can make your day!! love the finish look! i like the legs in the original color, too :) great great job! and lucky!!!

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Wednesday April 25th, 2012 at 02:47 PM

      Thank you so much, Donatella! It’s so good to hear from you! :)
      How have you been? I hope you’re having a wonderful week!
      Hugs to you! Vanessa

  • Reply
    Courtney
    Wednesday April 25th, 2012 at 04:22 PM

    Hi Vanessa, I love your nightstand makeover! Just wondering where you found the wrapping paper to line the shelf/drawer?

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Thursday April 26th, 2012 at 01:49 PM

      Thank you so much, Courtney! :)
      I found the wrapping paper at a small local craft store here in Germany.. So sorry I can’t be of more help with that.
      Have a wonderful day!
      xo! Vanessa

  • Reply
    Mrs. Limestone
    Wednesday April 25th, 2012 at 06:17 PM

    Adore the inside lining! what a sweet surprise.

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Thursday April 26th, 2012 at 01:53 PM

      Thank you so much for the sweet comment! I was really excited to receive a comment from you! I have been a silent follower of your blog (and have had you in my “blogs I heart” list) for a while now. ;)
      xoxo from Germany!
      Vanessa

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    Melissa @ Loving this crazy life!
    Thursday April 26th, 2012 at 03:21 PM

    Love it! Thanks so much for linking up! I cannot wait to test out chalk paint on a piece of my furniture…

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Thursday April 26th, 2012 at 09:38 PM

      Thank you so much for your sweet comments on my link ups, Melissa! :)
      Let me know how you like working with chalk paint!
      xo! Vanessa

  • Reply
    Sarah
    Thursday April 26th, 2012 at 03:54 PM

    I just can’t believe you found those on the side of the road! I love it when that happens. I love what you did with them. Thanks for sharing over at The Winthrop Chronicles!

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Thursday April 26th, 2012 at 09:39 PM

      Thanks a bunch, Sarah! :)
      I still can’t really believe it either. I never get this lucky! Hehe
      Hope you’re having a great day!
      xoxo, Vanessa

  • Reply
    Vonda
    Thursday April 26th, 2012 at 05:05 PM

    These look amazing! I can not believe you found such a score on the side of the road for FREE. I’ve been looking for mid-century modern everywhere and it’s pricey. There’s always only junk by the side of the roads and Craigslist around here!

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Thursday April 26th, 2012 at 09:41 PM

      Ooh, we’ve been looking for quite a while as well and these nightstands kinda looked like junk at first, too, with the missing door and everything. But, I had a vision! Hehe
      Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment!
      xo! Vanessa

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    Carolyn
    Thursday April 26th, 2012 at 06:52 PM

    Too cute! You did a great job. I’m visiting from Somewhat Simple’s blog link party. I’m happy I found you. I’m your newest follower :)

    Carolyn
    (my simple messterpiece}

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Thursday April 26th, 2012 at 09:53 PM

      Carolyn, thank you SO much! :) I’m a new follower of yours as well!
      Thank you so much for stopping by and leading me to your blog!
      XO! Vanessa

  • Reply
    Jennifer
    Thursday April 26th, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    The striped wrapping paper added the perfect mod touch to it! I love the design of the desk, great find!

  • Reply
    rootedinthyme
    Friday April 27th, 2012 at 02:12 AM

    Great project!
    Just wanted to let you know that your post Wire Hanger Chandelier was the third highest viewed last week on Simple & Sweet Fridays. You can grab a button at the Linky party today if you’d like. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend.!

    Jody

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    Allison {A Glimpse Inside}
    Friday April 27th, 2012 at 05:01 AM

    These turned out so cute! Love that you took out the bottom drawer and put the paper there.
    Thanks for linking up to this week’s Catch a Glimpse party! I will be featuring this tomorrow. :)

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Friday April 27th, 2012 at 01:01 PM

      Thank you so much for the sweet comment and the upcoming feature! Whoot!!
      I hope you’ll have an amazing weekend, Allison!
      XO! Vanessa

  • Reply
    Nina
    Friday April 27th, 2012 at 05:46 AM

    Wow~they look awesome. Thanks for the chalk paint directions. What a great job. May I feature you on my blog?

    Thank You & Many Blessings

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Friday April 27th, 2012 at 01:03 PM

      Nina, thanks a bunch for your kind words! :) I would love to be featured on your blog!!
      Have a wonderful weekend!
      xoxo, Vanessa

  • Reply
    Annie
    Friday April 27th, 2012 at 05:33 PM

    Are you KIDDING me? You just FOUND those? What a lucky duck — and you made them a million times better! Just gorgeous.

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Saturday April 28th, 2012 at 07:02 PM

      You’re too sweet, Annie! Thank you for the wonderful comment! :)
      I hope you’re having a great weekend!
      xoxo! Vanessa

  • Reply
    Liz
    Friday April 27th, 2012 at 06:00 PM

    So cute! Love the paper you chose to line this with. And wasn’t that handy that your hubby was there to help you haul away your find. Love it!

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Saturday April 28th, 2012 at 07:07 PM

      Thank you so much, Liz! I just hopped over to your blog and saw your nightstand makeover using the world map. Beautiful! And, the shape looks a LOT like these two guys. :)
      I’m your newest follower!
      XO! Vanessa

  • Reply
    jacky @ small home love
    Saturday April 28th, 2012 at 02:42 PM

    Wow, those are amazing what a great find. I had to show and tell my hubby, “see other people pick up stuff from the side of the road too”.
    I love the wrapping paper idea and very creative with the last two photots, i like how you cropped them. Funny I just did a chalk paint project too this week, lol.

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Saturday April 28th, 2012 at 07:09 PM

      Haha! I’m sure my husband sometimes thinks I’m crazy for hauling off “trash”. But, he’s getting used to it now after seeing a few transformations. He’s actually helping now. ;)
      Thanks so much for the sweet comment, Jacky!
      xo!

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    Megan and Emily@Whimsically Homemade
    Saturday April 28th, 2012 at 06:05 PM

    These are too cute! You have given inspiration for the end tables in my living that need to be redone so badly. Now following. Love from Whimsically Homemade!

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Saturday April 28th, 2012 at 07:33 PM

      Yay! I’m glad I could be of inspiration! Make sure to show me how the end tables turn out! ;)
      Thanks for stopping by and the sweet comment!
      xoxo, Vanessa

  • Reply
    Linda @ it all started with paint
    Saturday April 28th, 2012 at 09:36 PM

    Those are just darling. And I just love the price tag. Oh, and that last picture is hysterical …

    :)

    Linda

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    Katie @ Quality Cheap Home
    Saturday April 28th, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    Great trash to treasure find.! The nightstands look amazing! Thanks for linking up to our Piece of Cake Party.

  • Reply
    Melanna
    Sunday April 29th, 2012 at 07:00 AM

    Sweet find! Obviously I need better neighbours who don’t hoard their junk because there are never roadside rescues for me to get (or at least nothing good!). Thanks for sharing this one too at Pin-ed it, Made it.

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    Claire @ Polkadot~pretties
    Sunday April 29th, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Love this project!!!!!
    I currently have a Crafty linky party going on, i would love you to link this project up !!!
    http://polkadot-pretties.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/you-inspire-linky-party_28.html
    Claire xox

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    cassie
    Sunday April 29th, 2012 at 01:46 PM

    that is adorable! i love the stripes!

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    Denise Cerro
    Sunday April 29th, 2012 at 02:51 PM

    I just found your blog through Pinterest…and so glad I did. I’m a BIG fan of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint…but not the price tag. I can’t wait to try this on a piece of furniture…thank you for the great inspiration nightstand…they look wonderful. So many pieces of furniture out there waiting for a new home & life with a little facelift. Love your post…and will be joining your blog!

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Sunday April 29th, 2012 at 07:45 PM

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Denise!
      I just took a peek at your blog and will go explore more now. ;)
      Let me know how you like the DIY chalk paint!
      xoxo! Vanessa

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    kim@too much time
    Sunday April 29th, 2012 at 02:51 PM

    Loving this one, Vanessa! It is SOOOO sweet and that pop of color inside the drawers is so fun:) Hope you are having a great weekend!
    xxx
    kIM

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Sunday April 29th, 2012 at 07:46 PM

      Thanks a bunch, Kim! :)
      My weekend is going pretty well so far. I’ve been super successful at the flea market today and found a set of 4 kitchen chairs and an aweeesome type case. Yay! Can’t wait to share!
      How is your weekend going?
      XO! Vanessa

  • Reply
    Jami
    Monday April 30th, 2012 at 04:32 AM

    Thanks for linking up to the Tuesday To Do Party! Hope you’ll come again this week! This month’s Pretty Packages party is now up for any of your lovely wrapped gifts!
    http://blackberryvine.blogspot.com/2012/04/pretty-packages-party-14-highlights.html
    Smiles!
    Jami
    http://www.blackberryvine.blogspot.com

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    Julie @White Lights on Wednesday
    Monday April 30th, 2012 at 05:02 PM

    Really cute nightstands. I can hardly believe the transformation! The wrapping paper you used is AWESOME. Stopping by from the Bringing Beauty link party. :) I’d love for you to come by Wednesday and link up on my blog.

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Tuesday May 1st, 2012 at 08:01 PM

      Thank you so much for the sweet comment and inviting me over to your party! I added your party button to my linky page. I would love it if you stopped by my {nifty thrifty sunday} party as well. It’s still open until tomorrow. ;)
      xo! Vanessa

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    Maria Matter
    Monday April 30th, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    absolutely fabulous!!! I love the new fresh look!
    how fun that you found them on the curbside!!!

    would love you to stop by my linky party, Inspire Me Fridays., to share this awesome transformation along with your DIY chalk paint Vanessa!

  • Reply
    Alison
    Tuesday May 1st, 2012 at 03:58 AM

    WOW!! Vanessa, you are so incredible. I love the chalk paint. And hello, using wrapping paper for the drawers is just genius! :) Great idea. Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Tuesday May 1st, 2012 at 08:34 PM

      Thank you SO much for your super sweet comments, Alison! I really appreciate you commenting on all the link ups. How do you do it?! I can’t seem to find the time to comment on all the link ups on my party anymore. :(
      I hope you’re having an amazing week!
      Hugs to you!

  • Reply
    Jody
    Tuesday May 1st, 2012 at 04:41 AM

    Thanks so much for sharing this creative post on your nightstand makeover on Simple & Sweet Fridays!

    Jody

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    Jill
    Tuesday May 1st, 2012 at 05:54 AM

    Great makeover of those night stands Vanessa! The paper adds the perfect amount of colour!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Tuesday May 1st, 2012 at 08:40 PM

      Thank you so much, Jill! :) I really appreciate you taking out the time to comment on every link!
      Have a fabulous week as well!
      XO! Vanessa

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    Kim @ Plumberry Pie
    Tuesday May 1st, 2012 at 04:32 PM

    Vanessa, these turned out fantastic! Love the added touch of the wrapping paper and love the pic of your king bed spliced, cracked me up:). Really well done. Found you from Randee’s Organized Chaos linky. I have two nightstands sitting in my basement that I picked out of my neighbors trash:) waiting for their makeover…it’s only been since last summer. One day, soon, I hope. You may have just inspired me to get moving!

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Tuesday May 1st, 2012 at 08:45 PM

      Thank you so much for another sweet comment, Kim!
      I’m happy to hear that I might have inspired you to get to work on your own roadside rescue. ;)
      I’m excited to see how the turn out!
      xoxo! Vanessa

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    Taylor-Ann
    Tuesday May 1st, 2012 at 05:02 PM

    What great makeover. And I love the wrapping paper you used. I would love if you shared them on my link party.

    http://www.kampenlane.com/2012/04/hope-everyone-had-great-weekend.html

    Can’t wait to see what you make next.

    ~Taylor

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    Ashley Houck
    Tuesday May 1st, 2012 at 05:29 PM

    did you modge podge the wrapping paper to the bottom? looking to do something similiar with something I bought. Thank you!

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Wednesday May 2nd, 2012 at 08:53 PM

      Hey Ashley!
      No, the paper is actually pretty sturdy and that’s why I didn’t use an modge podge. If it had been thinner I would have definitely used something to protect it though. ;)

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    Four Sisters
    Wednesday May 2nd, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    Wow those came out beautiful! The wrapping paper was the perfect touch!
    (I need to start going for more after dinner walks!)

    Thanks for joining our Beautify It Monday Link Party!

    -Four Sisters

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Wednesday May 2nd, 2012 at 08:54 PM

      Haha, the after dinner walks definitely pay off in more than one way. ;)
      Thanks for the sweet comment!
      xoxo, Vanessa

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    Katie
    Wednesday May 2nd, 2012 at 01:05 PM

    LOVE your night stands. What an awesome find! I’ve been tempted to make my own chalk paint and you saying it was easy makes me want to make my own even more! Btw… I featured this yesterday on Sew Woodsy!

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Wednesday May 2nd, 2012 at 08:55 PM

      Thank you so much again, Katie! :)
      You should definitely give the chalk paint a try! If you’re too scared of messing something up, just try it on something small first. But, I am sure you’ll love working with it!!
      xoxo! Vanessa

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    Meig
    Wednesday May 2nd, 2012 at 07:18 PM

    Checking you out from our Pin-ed It Made It party! I love the diy chalk paint! I use 2tbsp unsanded grout per 1c flat latex paint and it works well, too. I have painted tables, chairs, everything with it! Thanks for linking up! Hope to see more of your things in the future!

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Wednesday May 2nd, 2012 at 08:57 PM

      Thanks a bunch, Meig! :)
      That’s what I love about the DIY version of the chalk paint. You can’t really do anything wrong when mixing it. I loove working with it!
      Thanks for stopping by and leaving some comment love! :)
      xo! Vanessa

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    Desiree
    Thursday May 3rd, 2012 at 03:20 AM

    Vanessa,
    I featured your nighstands on my blog today. Love the colors!

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    Cathy@My1929Charmer
    Thursday May 3rd, 2012 at 05:03 AM

    Wow, oh so cute, Today while I was at my booth I was talking to a woman who uses the unsanded grout method. Since Annie’s is to expensive I’ll try both of the methods out. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday’s Best!

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Thursday May 3rd, 2012 at 08:56 PM

      Thanks for your sweet comments, Cathy!
      Let me know which version you like better. Maybe next time I’ll the the grout method. :)
      I hope you’re having a fun week!
      xoxo, Vanessa

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    Gwen
    Thursday May 3rd, 2012 at 04:23 PM

    Love.

    The End.

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    Deana
    Friday May 4th, 2012 at 03:12 AM

    Thanks for linking up cute project @CountryMommaCooks link and great party. Hope to see you again tomorrow:)

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    Sarah
    Friday May 4th, 2012 at 07:53 AM

    I absolutely love them! And the wrapping paper idea is fantastic! I myself just got a 1973 credenza for my foyer makeover and have been going back and forth on what I should do with it paint wise! ;)

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Saturday May 5th, 2012 at 08:16 PM

      Oooh, you will definitely need to share your credenza makeover! Are you going with the chalk paint? ;)
      I hope you’re having a great weekend!
      xoxo, Vanessa

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    Hollie @ I'm Busy Procrastinating
    Friday May 4th, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    It’s amazing the thing people leave at the side of the road. Lucky you! And what perfect paper you found to line them!

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Saturday May 5th, 2012 at 08:18 PM

      Thanks a bunch, Hollie!
      Oh, I was SO excited when we found these. Especially because we’d been looking for a set of nightstands FOREVER (even to buy) and couldn’t find any that I liked.. This find was perfect! ;)
      XO! Vanessa

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    Rachel (Lines Across)
    Sunday May 6th, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    Wow, these are great. The before/after is so dramatic! I love the white and the stripes and the chalk paint looks perfect. I also love how they are matching.

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    C.R.A.F.T.
    Tuesday May 8th, 2012 at 09:25 PM

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    Diane I.
    Wednesday May 9th, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    Great post and fab project. Thanks so much for the recipe will definitely be trying it, recently spent small fortune on Annie Sloane paint and it’s still not going to be enough (my daughter is renovating a small cottage and is revamping lots of “hand me down” furniture) with her costs spiralling this certainly could be a blessing!! Big thank you for sharing.

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Thursday May 10th, 2012 at 10:31 PM

      Ooh, I know.. The “real deal” can get pretty expensive! I think this DIY version is a great way to save some cash and still get the pretty chalky finish. Let me know how you and your daughter like it! :)
      Thank you so much for stopping by and the kind words, Diane!
      I hope you’re having a wonderful week!
      xoxo! Vanessa

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    Candace Creations
    Friday May 11th, 2012 at 07:40 AM

    This was a great makeover!!! LOOKS AWESOME! I’m going to feature this on scrappy saturdays this weekend thanks for sharing!

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Friday May 11th, 2012 at 10:27 PM

      Yay! Thank you so much, Candace! :)
      I will be sure to stop by tomorrow to grab a button!
      Have a wonderful weekend and Mother’s Day!
      XO! Vanessa

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    Christine
    Sunday May 27th, 2012 at 08:07 AM

    You have completely inspired me to take a second look at those curbside finds I see in my neighborhood. I had no idea they could be transformed into something so magnificent. Wow! Completely impressed. Those nightstands look great! I love the wrapping paper. Such a nice touch!

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Monday May 28th, 2012 at 08:10 PM

      Ooh, I’m so happy to hear I have been of inspiration to you! :)
      I hope you’ll find a treasure soon. Let me know when you found something to transform!
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Christine
      I hope you’re having a fabulous day!
      XO! Vanessa

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    Ashley
    Sunday July 15th, 2012 at 03:34 AM

    I want to repaint my dresser… It has been repainted a few times from what it looks like.. I know you say it doesnt need to be sanded before but what if there are multiple layers of paint and chipping??

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Monday July 16th, 2012 at 02:05 PM

      Hey Ashley!
      Depending on how shabby you would like your dresser to be, I would either leave the paint layers on it and work with it. Or if you would like it a little smoother, I would try and chip off everything that is loose and use some sandpaper to roughen the surface a little.
      I am sure your dresser will turn out beautiful either way! :)
      Have a wonderful week!
      xo! Vanessa

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    Susan
    Wednesday August 22nd, 2012 at 01:16 AM

    Can’t wait to get started. I painted this old table black and hate it soooooooo now I am going to approach this idea. What kind of wax do you use on top?

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Saturday August 25th, 2012 at 01:34 AM

      Thank you so much for stopping by and your sweet comment, Susan! ;)
      I used Hannants to seal the paint.
      Let me know if you try the homemade chalk paint and how you like it.
      xo! Vanessa

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    Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces
    Friday June 7th, 2013 at 04:18 PM

    I love the stripes! I use my own chalk paint all the time as well as retail brands. Which do you prefer? I really think I like the homemade version, but I could do with out the sanding. :o)

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Sunday June 9th, 2013 at 08:20 PM

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Larissa! :)
      So far I’ve actually only worked with one store brand chalk paint. I usually work with my own. The one I use is called Anna von Mangoldt, but I think it’s only sold here in Germany.
      I really do want to try the Annie Sloan one time though. Hehe
      Have a wonderful weekend!
      xo! Vanessa

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