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Colorful Nightstand Makeover with Dixie Belle Paint


Don't buy new nightstands, refinish and paint your old ones or find an inexpensive pair at a garage sale, thrift shop or estate sale! Painting furniture has been the latest craze for the past 5 years. 



I think it has become so popular over the years because it allows you to up-cycle and reuse the furniture pieces that you already own and transform them into beautiful new pieces of furniture with just a little bit of paint!



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Disclaimer: While Dixie Belle Paint provided the products to complete this labor of love, I supplied the elbow grease, rescued furniture, design concept and opinions! All of which reflect my own point of view, regardless of receiving free product.  This post contains affiliate links to products I love and use every day. You can view our full disclosure here.



Case in point. I found a pair of Ethan Allen nightstands at an estate sale for $40. At $20 a nightstand, I couldn't pass them up. They had dovetail construction and were in near perfect condition. The problem was... they were ugly and outdated (which is why I'm pretty sure the original owner let them walk for $40.)



The curvy trim and the spindly legs screamed "Hello, 80's!" but I was determined to bring them up to speed to the 3rd millennium with some bold color and a hardware change. 



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Thank you Dixie Belle Paint Co. for supplying the paint and finish for this side table makeover! When they approached me and asked if I'd like to try their products, I was immediately impressed with their color palette. If you enjoy color, you'll have no problem finding some gorgeous hues! I couldn't wait to try Plum Crazy out on these out-of-date end tables. 



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After just two coats of paint they were covered in a gorgeous rich plum color. The paint was so easy to apply! I waited 24 hours for the paint to dry and cure before applying the top coat. Dixie Belle Paint has a few top coat options. 


I wanted a little bit of shine for these nightstands so I chose to use  Clear Coat Satin Finish as the top coat. Friends honestly... the application was SUPER easy! Dixie Belle Paint's Clear Coat is thicker than most top coats that I've tried. 



You apply it with a paint brush without the worry of having it run. It gave these pieces an unbelievable finish and my paint brushes cleaned up so quickly! It is really fabulous stuff!




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I had some dangling hardware leftover from another furniture project that I used for this colorful nightstand makeover. Other than paint, changing out the hardware is another inexpensive way to update a piece of furniture without breaking the bank. You can even paint your existing hardware with Dixie Belle Paint. ;)





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What do you think!? Did Dixie Belle Paint's Plum Crazy makeover these side tables or what?! Now, I'm off to go find a piano... because I want to paint it plum! 



Would you like to see more furniture pieces painted in bold colors? Stop by and see our Modern Painted Nightstands or learn how to refinish your own furniture with these easy furniture tutorials!
If you like color, I challenge you to be be brave and paint something bold!
Carrie || Thirty Eighth Street




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30 comments

  1. When I try to add color it just doesn't seem to work, but those sets of end tables are beautiful! Especially love the rich blue pair.

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    1. Color definitely emits a particular mood! I have white walls so that helps. ;) Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  2. Those night stands are just stunning!!! Love Them!!!

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    1. I'm so glad that you like them, Suzanne! They were so fun to work on!

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  3. WOWZER.....the color is breathtaking! Great job, I just might have to give that color a try in my living room.

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    1. Isn't the paint color fabulous!? I hope you will!

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  4. The tables look wonderful. Plum Crazy is a bright and happy color and I can not agree more about how fantastic Dixie Belle products are.

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    1. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to try their products! Thanks, Debra!

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  5. Omgosh, that paint color is absolutely gorgeous! Your tables look amazing now. Thanks so much for sharing your makeover with us at Merry Monday this week!

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    1. Thank you! I would never have thought to paint furniture in plum but I'm so glad that I did!

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  6. That plum color is amazing!!! Love it! Pinning to our Monday Funday board. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. It certainly is bold! Thanks so much for sharing our work! :)

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  7. Absolutely lovely! I looove the colour you choose, it's such a happy shade. And those dangeling knobs are gorgeous! Such a brilliat makeover!
    Have a nice weekend,
    Marjan

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    1. You made my day, Marjan! Those dangling knobs were pulled from an old hutch I made over last year. I'm so glad that I saved them because they were perfect for these nightstands. :)

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  8. Oh, wow, what a difference! I love the plum color! It gives such a nice pop of color without being excessive. And that plum-colored pillow is also gorgeous! :) Lisa

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    1. Thank you, Lisa! I think I found that plum pillow at Target a few months ago!

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  9. Great makeover. I love Dixie Belle paint!

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  10. That color is gorgeous! It makes me want to repaint my bedroom so that those nightstands will match!!!

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    1. Haha, Dara! It is a GREAT color! If you decide to go for it, I'd love to see a picture when you're all finished! :)

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  11. First off, I love the nightstands, they are a sexy minx of a pair, aren't they? The color, the curves, that hardware! Love them. I had to click through and check out the paint, love that it's a chalk paint, no sanding. There are so many gorgeous colors! Peony, Colonel Mustard, Daisy, Bunker Hill Blue, just to choose a few. But the peacock has my name written all over it! Now to find a fun entry table piece to use it on! Thanks for sharing! I can't wait to try it!

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    1. "Sexy Minx"... love it! ;) I second Bunker Hill... what a gorgeous blue color! Thanks, Nikki!

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  12. Love this color, it seriously wow and the finish looks exquisite. So smooth. Beautifully done Carrie

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    1. Thanks so much for reading, Michelle! Glad you like it!

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  13. Wow! So much better now! I haven't tried Dixie Belle paint yet, but I'm definitely going to check out their colors. Take care, Cynthia

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    1. Thank you, Cynthia! You'll also fall in love with their Clear Coat. It's so easy to apply and it leaves the silkiest finish. :)

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  14. Gorgeous! Love all your furniture makeovers!
    --Sara @ finditfixitorbuildit.com

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  15. What a beautiful color! I've never used Dixie Belle paint, but it looks like the marriage of your talents and great paint made for a gorgeous finish!

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