Furnishing your home can cost a small fortune, depending on the pieces you choose. You can get a great deal on furniture for your home if you are willing to buy it on clearance from a store like At Home Furnishings. There are times when the pieces that are available for clearance prices are not the most attractive pieces of furniture on the market. If you find a nightstand that is within your budget, but doesn't match your style perfectly, use the following guide to update its look with a nailhead design quickly and easily.
Supplies You'll Need
- 180-Grit Sandpaper
- A Drill
- Metal Thumbtacks
- A Paintbrush
- A Screwdriver
- A Hammer
- A Washable Marker
- A Rag
- Latex Paint
Rough the Finish
Lightly sand the finish of the nightstand with the sandpaper. The paint will stick to the nightstand better if the finish is not smooth.
Paint the Nightstand
Remove the drawers from the nightstand. Use the screwdriver to remove the knobs from the drawers. Paint the nightstand and the front of the drawers. Allow the paint to dry three to four hours before continuing with the process.
Create a Design
Draw a design on the front of the drawers and around the edges of the nightstand with the washable marker. If you make a mistake when drawing the design, wet the rag and use it to wipe away the portion of the design that you do not like.
Drill the Holes
You need to drill small holes into the nightstand on the lines that you drew when creating your design. You cannot push the tacks directly into the wood without them breaking. Use the smallest drill bit that came with your drill when making the hole. Space the holes about a centimeter apart to ensure that the tacks are close, but not overlapping one another. Go into the wood only a few millimeters. You are making it possible for the tack to go into the wood with ease, but do not want to make the holes so deep that the tacks will not stay in the wood, once they are hammered in place.
Attach the Tacks
Place a tack in each hole and use the hammer to lightly hit them with the hammer until they become flush with the wood. Do not hit the tacks too hard or the posts will break or bend.
Finish the Piece
Wash away any of the marker lines that are visible with the wet rag. Use the screwdriver to tighten the knobs back onto the drawers and slip the drawers back into place.
The nightstand will now look as though it has a nailhead design on it. This is a classy look that can easily match with any contemporary or more formal style you choose to use in your home.