Whitewashed Nightstands

6 Materials
30 Minutes

I picked up a pair of nightstands that were luckily already prepped for me with primer. I wasn't really sure what direction I wanted to go, so I just grabbed the paint and went with it.

The Beginning

So here are the nightstands. Very simple. I could have gone in any direction with them I suppose. I grabbed a can of paint I already had on hand and I got to work. Since they were already prepped and primed all I had to do was clean the dust off.

Gothic Gray

I have a ton of paints already opened so I grabbed Gothic gray by Retique It. I wasn't sure if I wanted to go modern at first. Either way I knew this would be a good base. Since this paint is chalk based, there was nothing to it and I was able to have both tables painted in no time.


I used my Retique It polyacrylic to seal, applying it with a sponge in 2 thin coats. I noticed a little bit of the paint had come off showing through the white primer. This gave me my "aha" moment. I decided whitewashing is exactly what they needed!

White Glaze

So white washing is really just applying white glaze. You can mix 50% paint with 50% of a glazing medium to get a great consistency to work with. I was lucky to find glaze medium by the gallon at Sherwin Williams when they were closing it out, so I have enough for a lifetime! You can also use Flotrol. (I posted how to do this previously)

Applying Glaze

So personally I find it easiest to make sure I get enough glaze in all of the nooks and crannies first. I'll start with small sections so that my glaze does not dry too fast and I'm able to wipe off the excess easily.

Cover the area

You don't want to be too skimpy with your glaze when your white washing because you want to leave a good amount behind after wiping.

Wipe off extra

Make sure you have a wet rag ready and I keep a bucket of water close by just in case I need to rewet or rinse my rag. Wipe off your extra glaze until you get the look that you love.

Finish up glazing

When you are finished glazing all the sections of your piece, take a step back and see if you want to put a little more or take off a little extra. It's best to do this now before it dries fully. You have a little more workability time with glaze versus paint, but not more than 15-20 minutes.


Since the glaze is mixed with basically a sealer you don't need to seal again over it. I applied my new hardware and they are done! I might not have known where I was going with them to start but I sure love how they ended up. And the good part is they sold in 5 minutes! 😳😁

Like the hardware? They are from D.Lawless Hardware. Use code ESCHIC to save 10%!

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  • LJ LJ on Nov 15, 2020

    Just wondering if you needed to put the acrylic finish over the grey paint when the glaze had a sealer already in it ???

  • Glenda Brown Glenda Brown on Nov 15, 2020

    I love where this DIY ended up. You did a fantastic job. Glad you have already sold them, sorry for all of us.

    One more thing, where did you get the picture behind the tables? I love it. I live on the East Coast so I am into nautical decor.

    Keep up with your inspiring project, they are great. Thank you!!!



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  • I Restore Stuff I Restore Stuff on Nov 15, 2020

    They turned out lovely! I love glazing and always get great compliments when I blog about a glazed piece. 😍

  • Aimee Aimee on Nov 17, 2020

    They look great! I'm not surprised they were bought quickly!