Nightstand Makeover - Ombré Finish With Blending Technique

9 Materials
6 Hours

I found this beautiful French Provincial nightstand at the Goodwill Store near my house, and it was in very good shape, except for some ugly scratches on its top. I snapped it up right away.
My color inspiration was the Caribbean sea, and I had all the colors I needed to work on it.
I will tell you all about my process here, but if you'd like to see me in action, watch my five-minute video tutorial and you will see, step-by-step, how I did it.
I started by sanding down the top and light sanding the rest of the piece with a 120 grit sandpaper. Next, I cleaned it well with water and vinegar, then sprayed one coat of clear shellac, which I use as a primer to increase paint adhesion and avoid bleeding.
I applied a base coat of General Finishes Antique white using my paint sprayer.
I got all four colors of chalk paint and poured a little blob of each one on my paper plate. I sprayed water on my brush, then dabbed it on my plate making sure to touch all four colors. Then I started brushing them across the top in a linear motion, letting the colors blend over the surface. I kept my brush wet at all times.
I wanted an ombré finish, so I tried to brush mostly green and teal on the higher areas, with just a few hints of mint and white. I did most of my strokes in one direction. From the top, halfway down to the bottom, because I wanted the lower areas to have less paint. I used a clean brush to work with my light colors, mint, and white. This time I started brushing from the bottom, stopping halfway to the top, in order to get a smooth transition between the dark and the light areas.
To avoid hard streaks of paint, I went over the surface with a clean, wet brush, before the paint was dry. That made some dark colors drip over my light area and to solve that problem, I just went back with a clean, dry brush and removed the excess of water.
When I was happy with the result, I sealed the piece with three coats of General Finishes Top Coat, satin.

I blended two very delicate metallic colors for the pulls. Modern Masters Champagne and Oyster. I sealed them with clear shellac.
Here is how it looks now! You can see the detailed tutorial and many more pictures of it on my blog post.
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1 question
  • Patty
    on Sep 2, 2018

    Why did you decide to paint in in a linear direction? The colors are beautiful. You did a great job.

    • Cheryl Hagen
      Cheryl Hagen
      on Sep 4, 2018

      I love, love , love this!! Can I paint a column is my house like this? What a beautiful job!

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  • Lollie
    on Jul 29, 2020

    It's gorgeous. I Think you did a beautiful job, thanks for sharing.


  • Joanie
    on Jul 29, 2020

    It is real pretty........I'm sure a teenager would love the drip painting look. I love the colors!

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