Chalky Paint Rescues Old Nightstand Destined for the Curb

Cassie Freeman

Article Posted By: Cassie Freeman

of Hi Sugarplum!

Gold striped vase atop a nightstand repainted with chalky paint

There’s a lot of buzz about so-called chalky paint. Don’t confuse these ultra-matte finish paints with chalkboard paint; that’s something totally different. Chalky paint is perfect for finishing furniture or decorative pieces, but without the need for sanding or priming. The Home Depot’s Americana® Decor™ chalky finish paint from DecoArt is great for giving a fabulous saturated or distressed look to flea market or discount store finds.

We wanted to find out what DIYers could do with our chalky paint. So we sent Americana Decor chalky finish paint to some of our favorite home improvement bloggers. It’s our special chalky-finish paint edition of our Paint Style Challenge.

Cassie Freeman of Hi Sugarplum! made her freshly painted nightstand the centerpiece for a complete makeover of a previously unappreciated nook in her home. And, as you’ll see, the chalky paint made the nightstand look absolutely smashing.

I believe in the power of paint to transform just about any space or object, so participating in a paint challenge was a no-brainer for me. Especially since it involved chalky paint…a medium I’ve yet to try.

My victim? This banged-up, no-character, laminate-coated, too-orange, old nightstand.

Old nightstand before chalky paint rescued it

If it looks familiar, that’s because virtually every bedroom set in the ’90s came with one. We’ve been using it as a little hall storage chest….but really, it was just a space-filler until I could find something better. Hence, I’d never taken the time to sand, prime, paint and seal it. Why bother when I knew it was destined for the curb?

Old nightstand before chalky paint rescued it

But with chalky paint…there’s no need to sand or prime…even on laminate surfaces like this sweet baby. And since the paint is latex with virtually no smell, I was able to paint it inside with no prepping.

Old nightstand after first coat of chalky paint


I chose a teal color called Treasure for the job. The paint has the consistency of pudding (avoid licking the brush though, it’s not actually pudding), so there are no runs or drips. And it dries almost instantly, so there’s very little wait time.


Old nightstand after one coat of chalky paint

It’s like magic, the paint sticks to the laminate! I finished the chest off with a few coats of the DecoArt brand of clear wax and buffed it to a satin sheen.

Old night stand after second coat of chalky paint

.I let it cure overnight, then added  inexpensive ring pulls I found online and got busy styling (my favorite part).

Old nightstand with fresh chalky paint and new ring pulls

So much for curbside-destiny… this pretty little chest has found a forever home with us now!

Nightstand looks totally new with fresh coat of chalky paint and new ring pulls

To create the tableau on top, I followed my formula for styling coffee tables.

You can read how I transformed the rest of the nook with paint and paper on my blog, too. (Pssst, the paper isn’t what you think!)

Redecorated nook with nightstand that looks like new after two coats of chalky paint
Nightstand repainted with chalky paint is centerpiece of redecorated nook

The gold stripe vase is a simple DIY, as well.

Formerly neglected nook redecorated with sunburst mirror and repainted nightstand

For fun, I’ll show you some Before and Afters of the little nook…

Neglected nook before redecorating
Nook after recorating

Chalky Paint Rescues Old Nightstand, by Cassie of Hi Sugarplum!

My gift wrap station lives on the back of that door to the right in the photo above.

Chalky Paint Rescues Old Nightstand

Chalky Paint Rescues Old Nightstand

Chalky Paint Rescues Old Nightstand

Chalky Paint Rescues Old Nightstand

Chalky Paint Rescues Old Nightstand

.Yep, the power of paint strikes again!

Chalky Paint Rescues Old Nightstand: Before and After

Thanks for reading about my little makeover!

Cassie is a DIY and design-obsessed Texas girl, who loves travel, fashion, sarcasm and Mexican food. When she’s not hanging with her sweet and funny family, you can find her kicking the ’80s out of her home, one budget project at a time. You can see more makeovers just like this one in the Project Gallery on her blog Hi Sugarplum!

Download this brochure to learn more about Americana Decor chalky finish paint, with tips on how to use it to create a beautiful aged or distressed look. Read more about how design bloggers have used chalky paint in our Paint Style Challenge series. And be sure to follow our All About Paint board on Pinterest.