Striped Nightstand Makeover


Striped Nightstand Makeover.stripped-dresser

I picked up this laminate nightstand up for $10.


Gave it a sanding (nothing too crazy) only spend about 5 minutes sanding it. Then applied Kilz brand primer. As long as you rough the surface up a bit and apply a good primer the paint will have enough roughness to adhere to the laminate. If you skip a step your paint may not ‘stick’ to the laminate.


After the primer has had a couple of days to cure (harden). I painted the whole nightstand in Martha Stewarts Driftwood Gray MSL265. I can’t tell you how much I love this grey colour. I may just paint my entire house this grey.

By the way I always buy the little $2.98 test pots at the hardware store. Obviously way cheaper than buying a quart of paint, and more than enough paint to cover a nightstand or dresser. how-to-paint-a-striped-dresser

If you follow me on Instagram you know that I painted the front of those drawers 3 different times. I outlined the inlay detail in dark grey. Decided I didn’t like that and painted the entire inside of the inlay dark grey. Hated that too, so I painted the whole drawer front dark grey. Then my 5 year-old told me to put stripes on it. So that’s how it ended up being a striped nightstand.

I taped off the stripes with painters tape. And used a white I had lying around in the garage.

Once dry (should wait a few days-but I get too excited and wait like 2 hours). To add some protection (this is going in a 2 year-old boys bedroom), I sprayed on 2 coats of Krylon Crystal Clear.  I’ve used this stuff on lots of painted furniture and it’s never yellowed the paint finish. Love it.dresser-painted-knobs

I loved the original handles. At first I painted them yellow, blue, and then orange before deciding on red. Yes I have a problem.

boys-nightstandI think I’m in love with my $10 striped nightstand.

I’d love for you to follow along on Pinterest; InstagramFacebook; & Twitter.

painted-grey-dresserI’d love for you to follow along on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.

75 thoughts on “Striped Nightstand Makeover

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  2. Hi danielle, Great Job! How durable is the Krylon clear? I need something really tough for everyday use.. thanks, Kim

  3. Hi Danielle, Great Job!! Love the look. How does the clear spray coating hold up to use?? do you notice nics over time or is it really durable? I recently used polycrylic on an all wood top and want to use something on painted surfaces that will be really durable.. thanks, Kim

  4. Hi Danielle,

    Oh wow, this looks incredible. I have a hideous set of laminate drawers that must be about 30 plus years old. They may have once been white, but now they have become a yucky creamy colour. I am planning on redoing my entire master bedroom and you may have just given me the answer to reusing instead of replacing those drawers, thank you :-)

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  6. looks very nice, no you don’t have a problem, you were just looking for the right color. And you found it.

    • I haven’t tried that yet. I don’t totally trust the paints with primer. Although I’m sure they’re really good now. I still use a primer like Kilz and I would use a paint with primer on top of that.

  7. Fabulous dresser makeover! I have been featuring at the top of my web site Oh My! Creative for the past two weeks. If you have any Christmas/Winter projects I would love for you to submit them! Happy Thanksgiving!


  8. Danielle this is adorable. I love the stripes and the handles. I am featuring it on my blog tomorrow. Thank you so much for linking up to Get Your DIY On last week!! I hope you’ll join us tomorrow with any Holiday Signs you have :)

    Mandy @ The Hankful House Blog

  9. Great post here with lots of helpful info! Just wanted you to know that you’re being featured at the Pin It Link Party on Have a great day!

  10. Hi Danielle. Thanks for linking up at Share it Sunday. And a great DIY. I didn’t think that laminate furniture could turn out that great. I am going to do one this weekend now…i hope. :) Thanks again! Come back next week as well. BTW…great engagement here on this post! Fabulous!

  11. Danielle, I absolutely love this nightstand. The first picture I saw I thought – wow that would be perfect for my son’s bedroom. The pulls looked like airplanes when I first saw them! I can’t believe they were the original hardware on the table. I like to flip furniture and I usually end up having to replace outdated hardware. I love that you could use it and update it by painting it red! I would love it if you linked up your painted table to the Link It or Lump It Party this week!

    • It’s funny a few people have mentioned that they look like airplane propellers. Just submitted at the link party! Thanks for letting me know about it.

    • Thanks so much Kim. I originally painted them yellow (I’m a bit yellow obsessed) but it made them a bit too feminine looking. But I love the red now.

  12. What a lovely piece. I didn’t even realize the handles were the same! Great, great transformation!

    • So weird I just found your blog on Pinterest (shared kids bedroom makeover) then I open up my comments and see you were just visiting my blog. So weird! I’m now following you. I love your blog. Need to make a chevron quilt like right now!

  13. Saw this at the Inspire Me Please party. I paint furniture too, so those projects always stand out to me when I visit a link party. And I always love a good stripe. What surprised me about this project is that I’m a big fan of the painted handles. Usually I’m not a fan of painted hardware, but in this case, it needed it to look modern and fresh, and the color is just perfect. Nice job!

    • Thanks Hollie! I know what you mean I normally get rid of the original handles but these ones were so unique and fun. Plus it was just going in a kids room and I didn’t want to spend any money on it.

    • I know isn’t it amazing what a little paint can do on an old dingy laminate nightstand. I’m a fan of your blog (I remember your mint coloured nightstand), so thanks for leaving such a kind comment :)

  14. So I almost asked you on Facebook yesterday for a tutorial to redo laminate. Then what pops into my RSS feed… this post. Perfect timing. I just have to figure out how to add a couple of shelves and I’m good to go.

  15. Cute Danielle! I love the stripes and the red handles. When I first saw the handles, I thought that they were airplane propellers.

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