Oriental Night Stand Makeover

6 Materials
2 Days

I got these night stands from my local Facebook marketplace. I am into these oriental pieces lately. I love the brass hardware and lots of them have burl wood veneer. These were not exception.

While they were in good shape Unfortunately the top had serious water damage where the veneer was bubbled up around the edges...I went ahead and scraped off the damaged part as I wanted to make sure it was flat and smooth.

There you have it. After the water damage was scraped off pressed wood was underneath, so I used bondo to cover it up. Bondo is great as it can be sanded down once its dry and can be painted as well.


You let the bondo dry then sand it down. I was using 120, 220 then 320 sandpaper grain with an electric orbital sander.

I used fusion mineral paint in the color Cathedral Taupe. I applied it with my new zibra brushes. The doors and drawers were sanded off with the same 120,220 and 330 grit sandpaper.

After 3 coats of paint it was time for the final touches which was to clean the solid brass hardware. Once that was done, everything got a polyurethane clear coat and it was time for pictures.

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  • Theresa Theresa on Oct 27, 2021

    how did you clean the brass

  • Maggie Maggie on Nov 02, 2021

    How did you repair the imperfections in the burl veneer? Top repair was great but I am into asian furniture and would have kept the color black to maintain the

    original character of the piece.


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