Vintage Finds: French Provincial Nightstand turned Paris Grey

I recently found this kinda drab french provincial nightstand at a local thrift store. You know the kind that is slightly yellow and nicked up, has a faint smell of cigarette smoke, with sexy legs and a whole lot of potential (sounds like I’m describing myself at about 7 or 8 years ago). Anyhow, at a price tag of $10, I knew I couldn’t go wrong with this piece.

There are a million tutorials out there on painting furniture, so I won’t even attempt to go into depth here. I basically cleaned this thing within an inch of its life, using Murphy’s Oil Soap and furniture polish. I then spray painted the drawers and lined them with lavender-scented damask print paper. The pulls were also cleaned and painted white. Last, the outside was given one coat of Paris grey, distressed, and then waxed.

Voil√†…a great nightstand for the spare bedroom:

On top of the nightstand, I added a vintage fiberglass lamp, a few light reads (Aesop’s Fables, Grimm’s Fairytales, and Around the World in 1000 Pictures), and a small milk glass cup to hold pieces of beach glass found that day or to use as a safe spot to store jewelry overnight.

Also pictured: French peacock burlap pillow-JolieMarche; Round green and gold pillows-vintage; Art noveau coaster-from the Brohan-Museum in Berlin; White quilted pillow shams-Shabby Chic; Headboard-vintage & also painted Paris grey; and Waterfall curtains-UO.


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