Refinish Vintage Nightstands

6 Materials
7 Days

I'm completing a master bedroom refresh as part of the Fall 2020 Better Homes & Gardens One Room Challenge and this week I'm covering how I took a pair of thrifted Ethan Allen vintage nightstands and refinished them to look like nearly $700 a piece One Kings Lane nightstands!

This project started with a pair of vintage Ethan Allen nightstands I found on Facebook marketplace.

The inspiration nightstands were from One Kings Lane and cost nearly $700 a piece!


First I used this Jasco Deglosser to remove the shiny finish and degrease the finish so the new paint would adhere.

Fill Old Hardward Holes and Sand

Next I used wood filler to fill the old hardware holes, and sanded down the drawer fronts and tops so they were smooth and free of any scratches or rough surfaces.


Next I applied Sherwin Williams Extreme Bond Primer. I wanted to make sure that the paint would not only adhere, but would be super durable since our nightstands get a workout.


After two coats of primer I used my  Rexbeti paint sprayer to spray on 2-3 coats of Sherwin Williams Emerald Urethane in Caviar (a beautiful black that’s just slightly chalky, gorgeous in a matte finish!). I love this paint because it doesn’t need a top coat (in fact you are told NOT to use a top coat because it will crack the paint!) and once you let it cure for the recommended 7 days it is hard, durable and very scratch resistant. Spraying the paint gave me a ridiculously smooth, professional finish.

Add New Hardware

I let the paint cure for a few days before adding the hardware. To ensure proper placement I made a jig using a piece of scrap wood that was the same width as the flat part of the drawer fronts. I measured four inches over and made a drill guide using a drill bit that was just slightly smaller than my screws.

Then I attached  these Hobby Lobby antique bronze metal ball knobs. I got them on a 50% off sale which made them very cheap! 

After they were fully cured I moved them inside and man, did they turn out pretty!

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  • 34354174 34354174 on Nov 01, 2021

    Wow, what a transformation and you are very talented. You did a beautiful job!!

    Those Ethan Allen night stands, in poor condition, sell for upwards of $350-$500 each.You got a bargain on those!!

    I think the Ethan Allen ones are much prettier than the One Kings Stands, but your replication was amazing.

    With your wood headboard, these would have looked lovely in wood and kept intact.

    Some of us older restorers do cringe when we see antique and vintage furniture changed, but that doesn't mean we don't respect your art.

    • All true! I normally hate to paint wood, and especially vintage pieces as well. I dont do it often, but I sought out this specific style to be painted so this was a little different situation. If you haven't seen the finished room you should def head to my instagram to see. I don't think they could have been more perfect!

  • Zeze Zeze on Nov 03, 2021

    Wow!! Your night stands are prettier than the inspiration pieces..Lovely 😍