Farmhouse Vanity Nightstands

By Courtney Cole, Owner at Twig & Thyme Design in Sterling, VA.

When I found this vanity I knew immediately from the style that it was a candidate to become a great pair of nightstands for my home. I started by separating the pair, sawing out the middle portion of the desk, saving the remaining wood for use later on. The top raw edge of each nightstand was then carefully routed to closely match the existing outside edge. I used the leftover wood top and scalloped bottom detail that was removed from the middle of the desk, and traced and cut another matching scalloped piece out and attached them to the back of the nightstands for a added fun backsplash. 

I then stripped off the existing badly worn exterior finish and prepped them (cleaned & surface sanding) for paint and stain. The nightstand tops, top drawers, and front legs were all stained using General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain and topped with General Finishes Arm-R-Seal for durability. The body of each was painted in a 50/50 mix of General Finishes Milk Paint in Antique White and Snow White for the perfect, creamy color. The finishing touches included a side stencil and paper lining of the top drawers and all new drawer knobs from D.Lawless Hardware. 

Project Category

Upcycling Merit CategoriesSecondary Purpose

Color Recipe

  • 1 part General Finishes Milk Paint Snow White
  • 1 part General Finishes Milk Paint Antique White

Products Used

  • General Finishes Milk Paint Snow White
  • General Finishes Milk Paint Antique White
  • General Finishes Gel Stain in Antique Walnut
  • General Finishes Arm-R-Seal in Satin

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