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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Cassity Kmetzsch started Remodelaholic after graduating from Utah State University with a degree in Interior Design. Remodelaholic is the place to share her love for knocking out walls, and building everything back up again to not only add function but beauty to her home. Together with her husband Justin, they have remodeled 6 homes and are working on a seventh. She is a mother of four amazing girls. Making a house a home is her favorite hobby.

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  1. >Super…I have to say i was doubting, but I shouldn't!!!! It looks great. Lesson learned don't doubt the uses for tin foil! 😉

  2. >Super interesting idea and great use of household items. I have to admit I was skeptical as I scrolled through the pictures but when I got to the finished product I was truly amazed! Really great job!

  3. >OMG…how creative you are. Love it, love it.

    And the best thing is, most of us have these "staples" on hand at any given time, allowing us to jump in and do a piece ourselves.

  4. >Can I marry it too??? I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! Seriously! So I need some feedback I would love to do this to my kitchen chairs, how good is the glaze for scratches and then cleaning if and when my kids spill??

    Also I am doing a linky party tomorrow if you want to link it up

  5. >amazing!!!!!!!! it really looks so great and with tin foil! whod've thought? 😉 creative thinking at its best!

  6. >This is FLAT OUT one of the most flabbergasting makeovers I have ever seen on blogland! I am totally blown away at how beautiful this is. I will try this on something small first but you have got my imagination sparking big time now. Thank you!!

  7. >What weight of Aluminum Foil did you use? I would think the thin stuff would be easier to manipulate. It looks fabulous.

  8. >I was a bit skeptical about this project, but it is absolutely great! I wonder if this would work for a kitchen back splash. Any thoughts?

  9. >Hey Everyone! Thanks for your awesome feedback!

    To answer some questions:
    #14 Rosies: I dont know how well it would hold up on a chair. Maybe if you used outdoors modpodge (then it would be waterproof) and put some heavy duty topcoat on it….

    #18 Patsy: I used regular weight foil because thats what I had on hand. I think that it worked really well, it was easy to manipulate too.

    #19 Rosemary: I LOVE this idea! I think it would be awesome! I would once again go with outdoors modpodge for the waterproof factor…if you do it I want to see!!

    love your guts!