Refinished Nightstand With Tin Foil

Refinished Nightstand With Tin Foil
contributed by Vintage Revivals


 Yes ladies, you read that correctly.  When I told my MIL and BFF in one what I was up to she said “Your brain must never shut off!”  I think that’s a compliment,  right? Right?1!?

So you know how metallic accent pieces are all the rage?  I really like them, like really really like them.  My only problem is that I don’t like when they look like metallic paint.  Its too faux for me.  So on the restricted budget that I have this week I got an idea using stuff I had in my casa. 


 Crappy hand me down nightstand, modpodge and tin foil.

I started on the side and lightly wrinkled a piece of foil.   I applied a coat of mod podge to the nightstand and put the shiny side of the foil down. I smoothed it down CAREFULLY with a popcicle stick and applied a coat of mod podge to the top of it,  and moved on to the next section.


(Just make sure that the ends of the foil are flat.)  I didn’t have too many seams except on the top.  There was no way that I could have covered it with one piece.  I ended up layering it so it looked kind of like silver leafing.  I loved it so much I ended up just putting random pieces all over so that it had variation to it.


This is what she looked like when all the foil was on. Basically a nightstand wrapped in tin foil.  At this point I was kind of wary because I have never seen this done before and I had zero idea what it was going to turn out like.


Just to make sure that the nightstand was scratch resistant I put another layer of modpodge on the whole piece.

Then I busted out the secret weapons.



The steel paint was awesome.  I painted it on and rubbed it off really quickly.  It changed the color of the piece but because I rubbed it off it gave it alot of variation.  Next came my best friend.  Ralph Lauren Faux Glaze in Black Silk.  I put this just on and rubbed it off.  I concentrated on the edges and places that had detail, like the drawer.  And here she is all finished….



Is it bad to want to marry a piece of furniture?

Total cost of this treasure:

Pretty much free because I had everything on hand.
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  1. >This is the best project I've seen yet. Seriously! I wanted a metallic piece somewhere, but I figured I'd have to spray paint with silver. But this is what I'll do! I love it!