How to Makeover a Nightstand
Quickly revamp and remodel your nightstand by creating a faux zinc design.
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Prepare surface for painting
Remove hardware from furniture. If the piece has been previously waxed, use mineral spirits to prepare the surface for painting with Fusion Mineral Paint.
Sand the furniture lightly to remove any chipping paint. If you need to remove layers of paint without chemicals, use a Wagner FURNO heat gun to strip the finish.
After sanding, use a rag or tack cloth to remove any sanding dust and other debris. It’s also a good idea to clean furniture with a degreaser such as TSP, then wipe it down with a damp cloth before painting.
Place a plastic liner in the Wagner FLEXiO 4000 paint sprayer cup and fill with paint (We used Fusion Mineral Paint in Ash).
Attach the Detail Finish nozzle to the sprayer.
Adjust flow control and practice
Adjust the material flow control, the air pressure and the spray nozzle and make a few test sprays on a piece of cardboard or paper before painting the furniture.
Apply two coats of paint to the furniture, allowing to dry completely between coats.
Create a zinc finish
To create the faux zinc finish on the tabletop, you will need three different metallic paints: a darker tone, a medium tone and a lighter tone.
Dip an old t-shirt, cut into rags, into the darkest shade of metallic paint and rub it over the tabletop. You may find it helpful to use delicate surface painter’s tape to mask off any areas where you don’t want to add the metallic finish.
Continue adding light layers of the various metallic paints so that the different tones show through. In some areas, you’ll want to add highlights with the lightest shade of paint, and in others, you’ll want to add streaks of the darker color.
You can use the t-shirt rag like a sponge to lightly dab paint in areas that need more depth. You can also use a clean rag to wipe away excess paint to reveal the layers underneath.
Seal the tabletop and the rest of the nightstand with a topcoat, such as Fusion Mineral Paint Tough Coat. Use the FLEXiO 4000 sprayer to apply several light coats of sealer, allowing to dry thoroughly between coats.
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Wagner spray cup liners
Tack cloth (optional)
Paint and topcoat of your choice
Delicate surface painter’s tape (optional)
Old t-shirt or lint-free rag
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