Painting our knotty pine bedroom furniture

Our garage has turned into project central.  My husband hasn’t been able to park his work car in the garage for over a month now. We had furniture, paint, and other assorted things going on. I hope to have everything cleaned up at the beginning of April. I am almost ready to reveal our master bedroom.  I just need to finish a few more things.

I’ve wanted to paint our Mexican Rustic pine furniture, that is in our bedroom, for quite some time now.  We have similar furniture in our family room, but I’m ok with that set right now.  I’m over the palm tree/beachy/relaxed look.  I’m into a more bright and colorful style now.  I’ve chosen to paint the furniture black which is probably the easiest option.  When you paint knotty pine, you have to really make sure that it is primed well, because the knots will be begin to come through the paint.

Here are the nightstands BEFORE:

Nightstands before they were painted.

After this picture was taken, we (well Angry Husband) removed all of the hardware from the nightstands and began to lightly sand them.  He used his electric sander.  I’m not sure on what kind or grit of sand paper that he used.

Angry Kid is used to me taking photos of everything.  He never wants to pose for my pictures, yet he wanted to photo bomb the nightstands when I was trying to get pictures this afternoon.

Angry Kid wants in on the furniture pictures

After sanding the nightstands, it was time to prime them. We used Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Water Base Primer tinted gray. We painted two coats of primer on the nightstands. Yes, I actually helped.  It was my job to do all of the creases, edging, and fine details.  The wood really soaked up the primer.  We did the first coat, then let it dry for a few hours. It dried really fast. We did not paint the interior of the nightstand or the drawers. Really, who is going to see that part?

The nightstands are primed
Drawers and doors primed

The next day we started painting the nightstands with the black paint (Valspar Satin in black). It took three coats of black. We wanted to make sure not of the primer bled through.  I did not get a picture of the drawers or doors in the painting process.

The nightstands painted black

During the drying process, Angry Husband spray painted the nightstand door hinges with black primer spray paint. He already had some in the garage. He used primer black because I wanted a “flat” and not “glossy” look. Angry Husband reassembled the doors and hinges on the nightstand after the hinges were dry. If you notice the blue painters tape in the photo below, it is because the drawer and doors were REALLY hard to open without knobs.

Angry Husband gave me a deadline to look for knobs for the nightstands, so I started looking.  I went to several different stores, and ended up at Anthropologie, of course.  I checked the regular knobs, and then I went to the sale/clearance area.  I scored six knobs from the clearance section for $2.97 each with a regular price of $10 each.  I was quite impressed with myself.

Anthropologie Knobs for the nightstand

We put the knobs on, and of course, they look fabulous.  I forgot to mention earlier, that I ordered glass tops for the top of the nightstands and the dresser.  I wanted a fancier look, plus the tops wouldn’t get damaged from drinks, etc.  The lamps are from that fancy store with the red/white logo, Target.  The bird is from Tai Pan Trading (TPT Home). You can also see a sneak peek of the bedding that I purchased.

The After picture:

Finished nightstand

Now that the nightstands are done, all that is left is the dresser.  I spent this past Saturday night painting the dresser.  I was home alone and this was my project.  I am still exhausted and my arms are sore. How do these DIY gals do it all the time?  I still have two more coats of paint to apply.

My husband left the dresser for me to paint, alone. This is hard work. My back hurts. How do these home decor people do it? Do they have painting minions? Seriously....

I am excited to finish this project and move onto the next one.  Now, I just need to find the matching knobs for the dresser.  I had Anthropologie do a store locate for the same knobs.  I was very excited when a store called and confirmed that they had seven of the knobs in stock.  When I received them in the mail, I anxiously opened the box.  Unfortunately, they were a similar color scheme, but not the same pattern.  So I am still on the hunt for the knobs.

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15 comments
Joyce
Joyce

First let me say that this looks amazing!!  The finished project is just awesome and I love the added touches of the glass top and knobs!!  I'm a beginning DIY and I have a knotty pine tv stand that I want to paint for my living room (I'm thinking a cherrywood color). Any tips on the sanding and priming process? Are there any paint brands that work better for this type of project?  How many coats should I expect to apply? 

Glavir
Glavir

Hello. Looks awesome! Can u say please what color of paint you are using for walls? Its look amazing, doest it look same in reality as on photo?

haley
haley

Hi! Great job! I was curious if these had a lot of texture pre-sanding? I have a huge armoire and it has a lot of texture to the wood. Just curious if I will even be able to paint it!

annemarie
annemarie

Fabulous!!! Love them, given me ideas for my pine desk, Well, done, you're very creative

Michelle
Michelle

A HUGE thank you! This was exactly what I was looking for. It looks as if we shop at the same places in OC. From the night stands to TPT (that place is amazing!) I will be painting my night stand and dresser in the next few weeks, but I'm a single mom of a 3 yr old, so wish me luck! I too, have not been able to park my car in the garage for quite sometime now with all the projects I have going on :) Cheers!

K-Sue
K-Sue

I love how there are turning out. I'm thinking of painting the mis-matched furnture in my BR black, too.

Lana
Lana

Those look fantastic!

Megan
Megan

is that the bedding I think it is? hee hee... the nightstands turned out great, and the knobs are FABULOUS! Cant wait for the big unveiling!

Jen
Jen

Great job!

Jules
Jules

That looks like a lot of work, but the end result is totally worth it. I love the knobs!

Carina
Carina

They look AWESOME! I really knotty pine/rustic, so seeing them transformed is super fun. I needed a reminder to look at the LINES of the piece instead of just the material. I hear you on the refinishing, too. I have a couple of refinished pieces and the amount of work...sheesh.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

We sanded a bit, and we primered it also. The primer made a huge difference in the entire project.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

LOL, I actually got a car in the garage this weekend. When you paint your night stand and dresser, make sure you paint all of the edges, EVEN INSIDE. My husband got lazy on the dresser and you can see all the places that he did not paint. Let's just say that some touch ups are going to have to be done.

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