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Home DIY Cottage Style 101 and DIY Cottage-Style Nightstands

Not exactly sure what cottage style is?

Cottage style has a colorful, comfortable look characterized by painted or decorated furniture with graceful lines, weathered finishes, textural elements such as baskets, beadboard walls and natural-fiber rugs, and colors taken straight from a lush flower garden. Here’s how the style breaks down:

Color: The palette is purely botanical. Light apricot, dusty pink and shades of green are set off with brighter spots of color such as fuchsia and sunflower yellow.

Furnishings: Iron and wicker furnishings are made comfortable and stylish with cushions covered in floral fabrics. Secondhand wood furniture gets a fresh look with white paint and new knobs.

Fabrics: Floral fabrics are paired with stripes and solids and trim and fringe for layer upon layer of visual interest.

Finishes: Surfaces show the wear and tear of age without looking overly rustic. A combination of surfaces and sheens coexist casually, such as a piece of glazed pottery paired with a weathered tin planter.

 

The decorating experts share how to give any nightstand a quick, cottage-style facelift with a fresh coat of paint and distressed finish.

 DIY- Give any nightstand a quick, cottage-style facelift with a fresh coat of paint and distressed finish.

Give any nightstand a quick, cottage-style facelift with a fresh coat of paint and distressed finish.

Give any nightstand a quick, cottage-style facelift with a fresh coat of paint and distressed finish.

Materials Needed:

  • solid wood nightstand
  • screwdriver
  • pint water-based primer
  • pint latex paint, in the color of your choice
  • 5 cm wide paintbrush
  • sanding block
  • painters’ tape
  • 80- and 100-grit sandpaper

Remove Hardware, Drawers and Doors

Remove all drawer and door hardware using the appropriate screwdriver. If the hardware isn’t removable, cover it with painters’ tape.Tip: Keep all screws and knobs in a safe place so they can be reattached later. Remove drawers and/or doors. They will get painted too, but it’s easier to paint them separately.

Remove Hardware, Drawers and Doors

Remove Hardware, Drawers and Doors

Sand Then Prime Surface

If the nightstand has a glossy finish, use a sanding block covered with 100-grit sandpaper to lightly scuff up the surface before applying primer. Using a 5 cm brush, coat the entire nightstand, including the drawer and/or door fronts, with water-based primer. Allow it to thoroughly dry before moving on to the next step.

Sand Then Prime Surface

Sand Then Prime Surface

Paint Nightstand

Next, coat all primed areas with latex paint. To create an extra-smooth painted finish, use long, consistent strokes when applying paint. Paint tends to build up along the edges and in corners, so always be on the lookout for runaway drips.

Paint the Nightstand

Paint the Nightstand

Distress Painted Edges

Use a sanding block wrapped in 80-grit sandpaper to remove paint and primer from areas of the nightstand that would have seen the most wear over time, such as around the hardware and along the edges and corners of the piece.

Distress Painted Edges

Distress Painted Edges

Reattach Doors, Drawer Knobs and Pulls

Allow nightstand to dry for a minimum of 48 hours, then reattach and reinsert doors and/or drawers. Tip: If the hardware has seen better days, replace it. To ensure a proper fit, bring the old hardware along when shopping for new hardware and use it as a guide.

Inspiring Ideas

Painted Nightstand and Lamp

Painted Nightstand and Lamp

A cottage-style nightstand and lamp are painted blue and distressed to add a rustic looksl. Blue floral wallpaper complements the furniture.

Cottage-Style Distressed Cupboard

Cottage-Style Distressed Cupboard

A distressed wood cupboard sits in a corner of a cottage-style breakfast nook. Yellow, red and blue tableware and accessories create a sunny primary color scheme.

Cottage-Style Bedroom Seating Area

Cottage-Style Bedroom Seating Area

This cottage-style bedroom seating area features a painted chest of drawers flanked by a cozy plaid-print club chair and a cushioned wooden armchair.

Cottage-Style Blue Guest Bedroom

Cottage-Style Blue Guest Bedroom

Cottage-Style Master Bedroom Sitting Area

Cottage-Style Master Bedroom Sitting Area

This comfy white chair looks like the perfect spot to kick back with a good book. The soft-blue walls, white plantation shutters and weathered-finish on the console table give this space a relaxing cottage vibe.

Cottage-Style Bedroom With Upcycled White Fireplace Mantel

Cottage-Style Bedroom With Upcycled White Fireplace Mantel

A shabby-chic fireplace mantel is repurposed as shelf in this soothing blue and white bedroom. The mantel is lined with flowers and various accessories with a clock hanging above. On the bed, blue ruffled pillows complement the crisp white bedding.

Cottage-Inspired Bedroom with White and Green Wallpaper

Cottage-Inspired Bedroom with White and Green Wallpaper

Vintage accessories and a pastel color palette lend a timeless charm to this cottage-style bedroom. Green and white trellis-patterned wallpaper and a painted dresser add a crisp touch.

Boy's Playroom With Pull-Out Basket Storage

Boy’s Playroom With Pull-Out Basket Storage

This backroom was transformed into a play space for a young boy with light gray paint that contrasts with the new wood floors and corrugated metal awnings over the windows that bring a masculine element to this cottage-style room.


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