Lace Embossed End Tables

I'm so excited to share this end table makeover with you today! These tables were old and worn, but with a pint of paint and some texture powder, they were completely transformed into new beautiful pieces. I mean, come on! How about them drawers!?

We started out by drilling a new hole for the new hardware and filling in the old ones, then lightly sanding the whole piece. Learn more about how we prep our furniture here.  Once everything was completely wiped down we sprayed on some shellac to make sure the wood didn't bleed through.

I wanted to do something to add a little bit of character to the tables. I was easily able to do just that with a little bit of texture powder mixed with Dark Roast. Simply mix 1 part texture powder with 1 part paint to create a smooth peanut butter consistency.  I only mixed up a few tablespoons of it, and still had extra when I was done.


I removed the drawers and stood them up, so I was working on a flat surface. Then I put some painters tape on one edge of my stencil  (isn't that stencil amazing?!?) to help keep it in place as I worked, and placed the stencil over the raised part of the drawer fronts. I used a straight edge to spread a thin layer of texture powder over the stencil. Once it was spread evenly, I lifted up the stencil and worked on the next raised part of the drawer. My stencil was a bit on the small side and didn't cover the entire surface. When this happens its best wash off the stencil, cover the bowl of texture powder and wait a few minutes to let the texture start to harden. Otherwise the raised texture that was just created can easily get smashed and ruined.

If the texture gets ruined, simply grab a wet cloth and rub it off. I didn't worry too much if the texture was smudged, as it isn't too noticeable when painted over.

Once the first section was starting to dry, I matched the stencil up and spread a thin layer of texture powder over the second half of each of the raised surfaces. Then I let it all dry overnight.

The next day I painted them in the beautiful light grey, Lazy Linen, distressed the raised edges with 220 grit sandpaper and sealed with satin poly. For the finishing touch we replaced the old hardware with new crystal knobs.

It was so fun to add some extra character to furniture, and it was super easy too! I loved that I didn't have to be perfect with the texture because it just added more character to the pieces.



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Amulent Ceramic Based Paint

French Provincial Nightstands in Old Blue Amulent Ceramic Based Paint and General Finishes Van Dyke Brown Glaze
Have you heard of the new Amulent ceramic based furniture paint? Well we gave it a try and wanted to fill you in on all the deets!

So what is this stuff? How is it different than chalk based paint? Well you can head here to read all the info on that. The biggest thing that stuck out to me is it's leveling technology. You know I hate brush strokes showing and want a smooth flat finish. That reason alone was why I wanted to try this new paint out!
French Provincial Nightstands in Old Blue Amulent Ceramic Based Paint and General Finishes Van Dyke Brown Glaze

Well I was blown away right off the bat by how many amazing colors they have available and how adorable their packaging is! It seriously was like opening a beautiful Christmas present!
French Provincial Nightstands in Old Blue Amulent Ceramic Based Paint and General Finishes Van Dyke Brown Glaze

I prepped these french end tables just the same way I normally would (more on that here); by wiping them down with Krud Kutter and sanding everything lightly with 220 grit sandpaper. Then to test out the leveling technology of ceramic based paint, I painted the Old Blue paint on with a painting sponge instead of with my sprayer. The painting sponge is a great tool to use to help level out paint and avoid brush strokes and uneven-ness. The only downside with the painting sponge is how thin the coats of paint go on, so it usually takes more coats of paint to get complete coverage. This downside is usually so worth it though to avoid brush strokes! In the end though I was impressed with how great the coverage was and how smooth the paint went on! It looks like the paint was sprayed on instead of brushed on! Wahoo!!

Next up I lightly distressed the paint with 220 grit sandpaper. One of the biggest reasons I love chalk paint instead of latex paint is because of how easily chalk paint distresses compared to latex paint. Well Amulent pulled through and easily distressed, creating my favorite farmhouse feel!
French Provincial Nightstands in Old Blue Amulent Ceramic Based Paint and General Finishes Van Dyke Brown Glaze

French Provincial Nightstands in Old Blue Amulent Ceramic Based Paint and General Finishes Van Dyke Brown Glaze

I sealed the paint with our favorite poly, Varethane Polyurethane and then gave the pieces an antiqued feel with General Finishes Van Dyke Brown Glaze.

For the tops we created a weathered wood finish using a similar technique as these White Farmhouse End Tables. I layered Suede Gray, Kindling, Alpaca and Black then painted a coat of Van Dyke Brown Glaze on the top. I thought I wanted them white washed a bit, so I gave them a layer of white wash, but realized I enjoyed the darker finish better with the blue base, so I gave them one more coat of Van Dyke Brown Glaze. Then I sealed the tops with more Varethane Polyurethane.
French Provincial Nightstands in Old Blue Amulent Ceramic Based Paint and General Finishes Van Dyke Brown Glaze

French Provincial Nightstands in Old Blue Amulent Ceramic Based Paint and General Finishes Van Dyke Brown Glaze

It was so fun trying out this new paint line! I'm super impressed with how easy it was to work with as well as how durable it is! It took polyurethane and glazing perfectly and didn't rub off at all when I glazed over it with a wet rag. The coverage was spot on and didn't drive me to insanity by needing so many coats. So head over to The Chippy Barn and order yourself some Amulent paint to try for yourself! Oh and don't forget to ohh and ahh over their hardware selection too!
French Provincial Nightstands in Old Blue Amulent Ceramic Based Paint and General Finishes Van Dyke Brown Glaze

French Provincial Nightstands in Old Blue Amulent Ceramic Based Paint and General Finishes Van Dyke Brown Glaze

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Black Vintage Farmhouse Dresser

How I replaced a fake wood top of a dresser with real wood for a rustic touch! Topped off with a Country Chic Paint black bottom and fancy gold knobs. By A Ray of Sunlight
I was in search of a dresser to replace an adorable little desk in our room. I was completely surprised that I found that dresser just a week later! It was close to perfect! All real wood, except for the top. Ugh! Why why why do manufacturers do that?! 

Well I could simply paint the pressed wood top, but I wanted a beautiful stained top and I wasn't going to get that with a pressed wood fake top. Plus I try to steer away from pressed wood as much as possible! It just doesn't hold up as well as good ole real wood does.
How I updated a vintage dresser by replacing it's fake wood top with real wood for a farmhouse rustic touch! Topped off with a Country Chic Paint black bottom and fancy gold knobs. By A Ray of Sunlight

I ran to Home Depot to grab a laminated wood panel. I even made a little video of it on Facebook and Instagram to show you exactly what I was up to! I love this stuff because it's beautiful wood all the way through, unlike plywood that is multiple layers of wood put together. Of course I asked an employee there to cut the wood down for me so I wouldn't have to do it when I got home.

When I got back home I unscrewed the old top off and then went to work prepping and painting the base. I chose Liquorice by Country Chic Paint even though I feel like I'm constantly using this stuff these days! LOVE it!

I used the Painting Sponge from Country Chic Paint to paint on thin layers and created a weathered finish where the wood slightly shows through in just a few places. Then I distressed the edges and sealed the paint with Varethane Polyurethane in Satin.
How I updated a vintage dresser by replacing it's fake wood top with real wood for a farmhouse rustic touch! Topped off with a Country Chic Paint black bottom and fancy gold knobs. By A Ray of Sunlight

How I updated a vintage dresser by replacing it's fake wood top with real wood for a farmhouse rustic touch! Topped off with a Country Chic Paint black bottom and fancy gold knobs. By A Ray of Sunlight

I used the router and my favorite router bit to give the new top some detail around the edges. Then I  sanded and stained the wood with Special Walnut wood stain and sealed it up with more polyurethane so it could stand up to the rough life of being a catch all.

Once everything was dry I had my husband help me screw the new top back with the old screws and screw holes in the dresser. That's probably the trickiest part! Making sure it stays exactly where it needs to be, putting a lot of weight on the top and screwing it in. But it's sooo worth it!
How I updated a vintage dresser by replacing it's fake wood top with real wood for a farmhouse rustic touch! Topped off with a Country Chic Paint black bottom and fancy gold knobs. By A Ray of Sunlight

To finish it all up I replaced the old hardware with fresh new gold hardware that I found at Tjmaxx. To me, hardware is what gives neutral furniture it's own personality. I love picking hot and trendy hardware to give it an updated modern flair and hey, when that trend has passed, it's easy to switch the hardware to something fresh!

I'm so excited for the extra storage space since we never actually used the desk as a desk like we thought we would.
How I updated a vintage dresser by replacing it's fake wood top with real wood for a farmhouse rustic touch! Topped off with a Country Chic Paint black bottom and fancy gold knobs. By A Ray of Sunlight
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Vintage Vanity turned Nightstands

Black Vintage Farmhouse Nightstands with Rustic Wood Tops by A Ray of Sunlight in Country Chic Paint's Liquorice
Do you have a small bedroom with hardly any room for nightstands beside your bed? If so, you're not alone! Most vintage nightstands are short and wide, taking up too much space for those tight bedrooms, and then they end up being shorter than the bed! Thankfully there is another solution! 
Black Vintage Farmhouse Nightstands with Rustic Wood Tops by A Ray of Sunlight in Country Chic Paint's Liquorice
These nightstands started out as a vanity, but man was that vanity in rough shape. The top needed some veneer work, and the mirror and mirror frame were loose and wobbly. I just couldn't imagine the time and headache it would take to fix those problems. 

With a screwdriver I was able to remove the mirror, top and the front brace. The back brace wasn't quite as easy (pictured below), but with 2 quick cuts with the jigsaw (each right against the sides), I ended up with two separate pieces.
The back of the vanity where I used to jigsaw to separate the two sides. 

Black Vintage Farmhouse Nightstands with Rustic Wood Tops by A Ray of Sunlight in Country Chic Paint's Liquorice

Black Vintage Farmhouse Nightstands with Rustic Wood Tops by A Ray of Sunlight in Country Chic Paint's Liquorice
I cut and routered out new tops with fresh wood and filled in any holes left from the little demolition. Then I hand sanded and cleaned each piece thoroughly before I started to paint. See how we prep our pieces here

Using the most amazing paint brush ever, the Painting Sponge, I painted multiple coats of Liquorice until there was even coverage - about 3-4 coats. Then I lightly distressed the edges with a old damp rag, and sealed the paint with multiple coats of top coat. 

I love the painting sponge because it doesn't leave brush marks like regular paint brushes! And it's even more amazing when applying a perfect top coat with no streaks!

The tops were stained in special walnut and given multiple coats of Polyurethane for protection.
Black Vintage Farmhouse Nightstands with Rustic Wood Tops by A Ray of Sunlight in Country Chic Paint's Liquorice
How to easily turn a vanity into the perfect tall and skinny nightstands! These black vintage farmhouse nightstands with rustic tops are perfect! Made by A Ray of Sunlight in Country Chic Paint's Liquorice

Once everything was dry, I attached the new tops using the same screw holes and screws that held the original top on, along with a few wood blocks (also from the original top) glued to the sides and some metal L braces on the inside back. 

This once worn out vanity is now the perfect solution to small space problems and are tall enough for modern beds!

Black Vintage Farmhouse Nightstands with Rustic Wood Tops by A Ray of Sunlight in Country Chic Paint's Liquorice
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Antiqued Blue Farmhouse Buffet

We snatched up this buffet a few weeks ago, in perfect time for our client to contact us and fall in love with it. She was looking for a buffet for her dining room and wanted this specific antiqued blue finish with a dark walnut top. We get so many inquiries about this exact finish and we were happy to meet her request!

We started out by prepping the buffet for a new finish. We stripped the top with citristrip, using this tried and true method, removed the hardware, and finished up with our go to prep process found here.

Then we taped off the top with good ole painters tape and plastic, making sure the top was completely covered and protected from overspray.

Since this buffet is mahogany, we covered all of our bases by spraying on a few coats of shellac. This just prevents any bleed through that may come through the blue finish. We forgot to shellac one small part of the buffet, and after painting on a few coats of paint, we could see some discoloring in that area. Shellac provides insurance so we don't have to start over when the bleed through happens. Luckily it was a small area, and it was easy to shellac that area and then move forward with more paint. The worst bleed through happens with lighter colors, but even this deep blue had a difficult time covering the wood tannin.

For the blue base, we sprayed on a few coats of our chalk paint in Inked by Behr Paint with our handy dandy Wagner paint sprayer. We love love love this thing! It makes our job so much easier and faster AND (the best part) provides a smooth brush free finish on all our pieces! We wrote up a 3 part blog series about how to use this paint sprayer here.

Once all the paint was dry, we sprayed on two coats of Poly. This round of poly seals the chalk paint so the glaze in the next step is easier to work with. Without the layer of poly, the glaze will just soak into the porous chalk paint and dry way too fast.

To give the blue finish an antiqued look, we mixed our clear glaze with black latex paint and brushed it on with a cheap paint brush from the dollar store. We made sure to work it into all of the details and work in small areas so it wouldn't dry too much before we wiped it off. We have found baby wipes to be the perfect tool to wipe off the excess glaze.
After the glaze was completely dry, we sprayed on three more coats of poly to seal in the glaze as well as provide a long lasting durability to the finish.

Finally we were able to take off the tape and paper off the top of the buffet! We brushed on dark walnut wood stain by Minwax to the fresh raw wood, wiped off the excess stain with old cut up t-shirts, and let it completely dry.

To seal the stained top, we love using Minwax's oil based Wipe on Poly. The oil based poly brings out all the beautiful colors of the wood grain, compared to the water based poly we use over paint.

To finish off the piece, we cleaned up the original hardware with Krud Kutter, then sprayed it with Rustoleum's Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint and sealed it with more poly.

I think it's safe to say that this finish is one of my very favorite finishes! The mix of blue, antiquing and a stained top comes together to make one stunning finish.


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