Gray and Silver Nightstand

How was your weekend? The big Dixie Highway Yard Sale was this weekend, and pretty much begins outside the shop where I have my booth. Sooo, I decided I needed to quickly get some things in there and take advantage of the traffic.

This gray and silver nightstand was a bit of a departure for me.


Gray with Silver Stencil Nightstand |


I had planned on staining the top a darker color, and painting the rest. However, when I stripped the finish off the top, I discovered that the edge had some filler, and I was concerned that it wouldn’t take the stain evenly.


French Country nightstand with wire mesh insert door |


So, on to plan B- painting the entire thing. I chose a light gray called Palace Gray in the Farmhouse line of paints. I bought a small sample jar of the paint, did two coats, and still had paint left over.


French Country Nightstand Painted Gray |


Instead of distressing it, I used a small art brush to apply a bit of silver rub ‘n buff in the grooves and here and there in the areas I would normally distress. Still didn’t seem like enough pizzazz. Hmmm….

I looked through my stencils and decided on this Cutting Edge Stencil called Alessa Allover Scroll. You may remember it from my stenciled  rug project and my French style chair makeover. I didn’t want to overwhelm the piece, so I only added a small flourish on the top, this time using silver craft paint. I could have also used the craft paint for the areas where I applied rub ‘n buff.


Silver stenciled Alessa Allover Scroll |


I brushed the gray paint lightly over the hardware, then top coated with clear spray varnish. I also topped the whole thing with 2 coats of the spray varnish in matte finish. Don’t forget to try the paper bag trick for getting a smooth final finish.


Gray and silver stenciled nightstand |


It’s hard to capture the subtle shimmer of the silver highlights, but I really like the effect. What do you think about the stencil? Too much? Not enough?




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  1. Seeing your post linked up at the Creative HomeAcre Hop was inspiring! My home is a LONG way from that gorgeous, we are having building work done at the moment and it is all chaos. With the stencil, I think you used just the right amount of embellishment – less is more. Thanks for joining us and we hope you’ll come and party creatively again on Sunday at
    If you would like to write a guest post for Mumtopia, please let me know – I’m sure my readers would benefit from what you have to say.

  2. What grey color paint did you use? Thanks, Susan

  3. What a beautiful little table! I like the gray and the little flourish on top. I am not yet familiar with the paint or the silver rub n buff that you used but it looks like a great piece! I love painting furniture myself! Visiting from Creative Home Expressions blog hop. Have a great evening! ~ Jamie

  4. I love your choice of color Sheila!!…..and what a great idea to add that stencil to the corner of the table…just the perfect touch!!!…the piece is so stunning!!!…

  5. Very Pretty Sheila! What a little pop of interest , making it special! I have a night stand in my pale green and lavender spare room, right now it is still red from last years yard sales where I bought it already red.., I might just try this is really different and so pretty. and how about those big storage cabinets that are now still whitewashed …I bet they would look great in this too, but it wont be me that does ’em. They are too big and heavy. But I bet that bedroom would look super with this color. How long did it take you? And you brushed the paint on, ?I also think the stencil is just enough. Like the old accessory statement..less is more..or ,keep ’em wanting more, or something like that! Very pretty! ♥

    • Thank you, Bernice. I used a sponge brush to apply the gray paint and a stencil brush to pounce on the stencil. This paint went on really smoothly and dries quickly. By the time I finished the first coat, I was able to start on the second coat right away.

  6. Very pretty, Sheila! I think the stencil is just enough. Such a great side table, too.

  7. You turned this piece into a jewel! I love it and the stencil! I love the subtle shimmer of sliver! Great job!

  8. Oh wow it’s so pretty I can’t wait to try some furniture makeovers. It’s really beautiful I hope the extra traffic brings you plenty of customers 🙂

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