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Navy blue nightstand and side table

I love navy!  I live in navy ….you open my drawers and you’ll see navy blouses, skirts, pants, coats and scarfs.  To me, navy is sophisticated and elegant.    But I feel navy has been ignored for too long.  Once every few years or so it gets a brief moment in the spotlight,  but then it’s relegated back to the wings again when black decides to make a comeback.

One of my dear customers emailed me that she needed not one but two nightstands, not matching only same color paint.  I had two thrift store finds:   a very brown and boring nightstand…but with potential


And a small rustic side table, solid oak:


My customer asked me to paint and distress them blue.  Funny, although I love navy I never painted anything this dark blue.   The search was on to find the perfect shade.  I did check Annie Sloan but her Napoleon blue was not dark enough for my project but I remembered a blog post from a famous blogger who painted a union jack flag on a blanket chest.  The blue she used for that project was Naval from Sherwin Williams.  I purchased the paint and I mixed my own chalk paint with plaster of paris.  After sanding and cleaning both pieces with a TSP solution I started painting.  The nightstand needed two coats but the side table needed three coats.  With a fine-grit sandpaper I distressed both pieces by hand and I gave them 2 coats of clear wax (Annie Sloan).  Here is the end result:

naval sherwin williams

I used the original hardware and spray painted them with Rustoleum hammered in silver.

naval sherwin williams


naval sherwin williams

And here is the side table:





Pardonne moi, I think I am going to do some more furniture redo’s in dark blue!


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  1. I did one dresser in navy – with gold details – and loved it
    It sold rather quickly and I’ve never done another one – thanks for the inspiration – it’s time I think!!!
    They turned out gorgeous – both pieces!

  2. You are right Navy gets ignored too often but it’s a beautiful color 🙂
    I love how you gave new life to the brown night stand and to the side table too; they are beautiful, you did a great work updating them 🙂

  3. Allebei beeldig geworden Hetty, wat een prachtige kleur!

  4. Hetty, I love the Navy! I am not usually a Navy person, but I really love the look on this style of furniture. I think you have given me some new ideas!

  5. I love navy blue – great choice!

  6. Navy is just about the only blue I do like and these are fabulous!

  7. I love this color! I have been looking for a good blue! I am pinning this! thank you so much for linking up at my Furniture and Paint Party I hope to see you again tonight!!


  8. Thanks for showing the furniture! Love what you did! Linda

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