John’s Bedside Table (Before & After)

Bedside Table (After)

The other week I shared our 6 year old’s Nautical Bedroom Reveal.  Thank you all so much for your lovely comments and emails about his room.  He loves it.  I told you I would share more about his bedside table as we collaborated together.
His bedroom set was mine growing up.  It is old Ethan Allen and the table really needed a makeover.  Here’s how it was looking:

Bedside Table (Before)

The top was in such bad shape:

I also wasn’t loving the current color.  So I first sanded it with a palm sander and stained it with Minwax Special Walnut.  Then I applied Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint’s Hemp Oil.  I love this stuff!!!!

MMS Milk Paint Hemp Oil 

You can use it to seal a stained surface, Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint or Chalk Paint.  I used it to seal my dad’s birthday present last week.

Here’s how the top looked after:

Special Walnut Stain and Hemp Oil

John and I thought red would complement his bedding and his union flag dresser.  It is one of his most favorite colors.  So the little table got a few coats of MMS Milk Paint in Tricycle.  It is a lovely, fun red.  

Coat 2 of MMS Tricycle Red
I didn’t use the bonding agent because I wanted some chips and peels.  I was hoping for a bit more but that is the beauty of milk paint – the surprise factor.  After I distressed it, I applied two coats of MMS Milk Paint Wax to seal it.
John came with me to Anthropologie and he picked out this petrified wood knob.  This knob wasn’t cheap.  I think it was $14, but it is so him.  It kind of fits with his style – rustic, nature lover, explorer –
Petrified Wood Knob from Anthropologie
Here you can see the chipping and flaking of the milk paint.
John immediately filled his bedside table with his beloved books:
and filled the drawer with National Geographic Kids and other treasures.  I’m so happy we made this one over together!
Bedside Table (After)
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  1. says

    Such a great make-over!! I love his new room, especially the flags and Brimfield chest! I’m about to try my first furniture piece with MMS’ milk paint, can’t wait! Love that you guys worked on this together, the knob he picked out is so cool:)

    • says

      Sarah, thank you so much! I also love the flats and the Brimfield chest. It was such a great find. Oooh, good luck with the milk paint – it is slight different than chalk paint. I’d recommend watching MMS tutorials before you start. I think you’ll love it. The knob he picked is perfect, huh?

  2. says

    You are so talanted! You have so many great ideas! We are hosting our 1st link party. It is live today!! We would love for you to come and join the party!!
    Joye & Myrna @ The Busy Bee’s

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