Apothecary Style Nightstands

Country Chic Paint
by Country Chic Paint
5 Materials
7 Hours
These beautiful, black apothecary nightstands were created by Natalie from A Ray of Sunlight with Liquorice!
We found these vintage nightstands with amazing drawer fronts that resemble the ever so popular apothecary or card catalog style. We knew that we had to have them just because of that! But they came with one downside, they were pretty short! Bummer. With some help from the circular saw, some new legs and of course, Country Chic Paint, we were able to transform these old nightstands into an amazing one of a kind set!
We started out by cutting the bottom portion of the trim to get rid of the curves. We wanted a straight clean look, plus, the way we wanted to add legs wouldn’t work with the curved trim. We measured, double checked, and grabbed our circular saw to cut away the bottom trim. We also used a straight piece of wood with some clamps to make sure we got a straight cut.
We needed something to attach our new legs to, so once we had fresh new straight trim, we added 3/4″ plywood to the bottom of each nightstand. We attached the plywood with our nail gun, making sure the wood was flush with each side of the nightstand. This also helped give us back some of the height that we took off in the first step.
We attached leg plates to the plywood on all four corners, and then simply screwed the legs into those. A really good option is to paint the legs before attaching them to the furniture. It makes it so much easier to paint all the sides of the legs. Since we wanted to update the hardware, we filled in all of the old hardware holes and let them dry before proceeding.

Now for the fun part! We lightly hand sanded everything with 220 grit sandpaper then cleaned them by wiping everything down with a damp rag. Then we taped off the drawers to avoid over spray inside of them. We sprayed on two coats of the beautiful black Liquorice Furniture and Home Decor Paint for full coverage and then distressed the edges with 220 grit sandpaper. To seal the paint, and add extra durability, we sprayed on 3 coats of a poly topcoat, just like the Tough Coat! We also switched out the old hardware with new black label pulls to complete the apothecary look.
The new legs completely changed up the style of the nightstands and the stunning Liquorice Chalk Based paint finished off the high end look we were going for.
Suggested materials:
  • 220 grit sandpaper
  • All-in-One Decor Paint   (Country Chic Paint)
  • Poly Topcoat
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  • Glen Glen on Oct 06, 2017

    Can i use the same instructions for bathroom cabinets? Is there a paint to use besides a spray paint?

  • Hb Hb on Oct 08, 2017

    where did you get the cabinets? I LOVE them!

  • Lori Kraus Lori Kraus on Oct 09, 2017

    Beautiful! Where did you get the hardware/drawer pulls ?

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