Decorating, Humor, Life

I Hate Painting Furniture

I am publishing a follow-up post to these hideous nightstands on Monday, so I felt it only necessary to share this post today. Plus it’s another old favorite which is why I am reblogging on Friday’s to begin with. 🙂 

First published on September 12, 2017

I have read my share of DIY blogs to know that everything that I crank out is sub-par at best.

In fact, one could argue that my once DIY blog no longer has anything to do with DIY.

That is unless DIY stood for Dammit! Ick! Yikes! which is exactly my reaction to anything I try to remedy on my own as it pertains to decor.

I am good at decorating. I am bad at painting. And for the sake of every piece of untouched furniture in my home, I need to turn in my paintbrush. Because it’s insulting to the furniture when the after looks worse than the before.

I have shared my furniture painting projects since around 2012, first when I painted a kitchen table, then the kitchen chairs we found along the road, also a record cabinet I’ve had since 8th grade,  and don’t forget the bachelor pad garage sale end tables,  a coffee table, and a desk.

Yes, I painted the desk four times. Are you new here?

But this is why I choose to put my family through the torture of ugly furniture: I am cheap AF. (That doesn’t stand for Also Free)

We are usually broke AF as well, so heading to the furniture store is never really an option, hence the painting projects.



So our nightstands were ugly.

Ugly AF.



The tops were almost worn down to the original “wood”.

I say “wood” because I honestly don’t even know what these are made of. This furniture was purchased by Mike for his den of sin bachelor pad back in 2003. He found a “furniture store” in the seedy part of town that was “going out of business”*.

*For four years.

The place was the retail version of buying something out of the back of a truck on the side of the road.

But it was a “good deal”, so he bought the entire bedroom set, including a sleigh bed that is no longer with us.

A moment of silence, please. 


I am great at staging pictures. Yes, that is laundry on top of the dresser Yes, I could have taken it off. I am also the one that leaves Monistat on the counter, remember?


I said to my husband, “I am going to paint those nightstands.”
To which he laughed.

And laughed.

And laughed.

HEY! It’s not that funny.


I mean how in the hell could I screw this up any worse than it already was??

If you have to ask that question, you shouldn’t be tackling a painting project, to begin with.


It looks good from afar. But get closer.



A little closer.



The drawers were permanently damaged because when you buy furniture off of a truck, it isn’t supposed to last long enough for you to re-paint it.  So I had to yank the damn drawers out to paint them and because of said violent yanking, they are pissed off. So they refuse to go back in because they are making a point.



These stupid things have been back in our room for under two months and there is already a nick. Or two. Or three. WHATEVER.

I also didn’t pay $8.79 either. I want to know if Heaven is for Real but I don’t want to pay full price to find out.


That’s okay. I just use the books that I never read to cover them. I picked a “religious” offering because I think the ugly ass nightstand is possessed. I just used ass and religious in the same sentence. That has to be a record. DID I MENTION HOW MUCH I HATE PAINTING FURNITURE??

So I am planning on giving these nightstands away whenever we win the lottery and can afford to buy new ones. Because there is nothing like staring at your bad choices and regrets every night before laying your head on the pillow.

This must be how Melania Trump feels.


31 thoughts on “I Hate Painting Furniture”

  1. I share your frustration and hatred for furniture painting my friend. I once, no twice, attempted to paint am Ikea coffee table and it laughed at me. It peeled and bubbled with laughter.


  2. Just when I thought I couldn’t love this post more, you dropped the final line. Who needs to be able to paint furniture when you can write like you? And FWIW, I think you likely reveLes the secret to most bloggers’ successful paint projects–dont look up close!


  3. Hmmm…this reminds me that there is a draft of a post of a table I painted and called a nightstand. See how inspirational you are?!?! DIY-Damn Inspirational Yeah!!! The sleigh bed must have been super fancy, by the way


    1. I should be one of those motivational speakers who tours off-price retail outlets spreading the news that YOU CANNOT PAINT OVER CRAP FURNITURE SO MAKE YOUR CHOICES WISELY.
      And I like your definition of DIY much better than mine.


  4. Aww Kari, it doesn’t look that bad. I have a dresser that is 27 years old. A pine from Ikea back when they made furniture with real wood. This was in my boys room and they demolished it. We had to put it back together with nails. And some of them are sticking out now. I like to call it the dresser with loads of character. Oh and our drawers refuse to fit back in too. It must be a thing. 😉


  5. There are no words to express how much this had me cracking up! Painting furniture can be very hard and I understand the 1, 2, 3, or more nicks. I used to sell painted furniture at a consignment shop and it NEVER failed, we’d always hit it on something and ruin all the hard work. I love how honest you are 😀


    1. It is SO hard! I don’t even know why I thought it would be a good idea to begin with.
      I love that you continually visit and comment on my blog. That means a lot to me. 🙂


  6. HAHA! This cracked me up! Hey Even if it’s nicked up……shabby chic right? I liked your post… thanks for keeping it real! saw it through the funtastic friday link party. First time here:)


  7. You really didn’t provide the inspiration I needed to paint the desk that’s been sitting in my front room for 2 months rotting. But I think your nightstand turned out cute!


  8. Oh my. The nightstands are rejecting the paint!
    But wait, didn’t you just paint them green? With spray paint? Did that stick?
    I was on a painting spree a few years ago and painted anything Pine in my house. I made chalk paint and it worked really well. Have you tried that? I don’t want to make you start something again, but it was much easier for me.
    So, is heaven real? This is a question that I’d like to have an answer to before I continue on with this whole life thing.
    “This must be how Melania Trump feels.”
    That line killed me!! 😉

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    1. Rejecting the paint! That is perfect. Yes, I did spray paint them! That post is coming on Monday.

      I have no idea if Heaven is real but I do know that in this lifetime painting is not going to be my niche. 😂


  9. I was going to say the same thing as Joanne – I have never painted furniture because I think it is too much of a process and they have used stuff that looks great on FB garage sale groups. I don’t think these look so bad (from a distance). Lad wrote
    Reg’s name in deodorant on the side of their bunk bed over a decade ago. Guess what? When you write something on furniture in deodorant, it removes the stain. The drawers do look a little off kilter close up. Maybe just keep your distance? 🙂 Love the Trump comment – gold, pony boy,. gold! This comment may have made no sense. Just returned from Ed’s fraternity mom’s weekend and I cannot see straight – too tired.

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  10. I could not love this post more than I already do. I missed reading your blog! And what was stopping me, you ask? ….opening Feedly and clicking on your blog 🤦‍♀️ I don’t know why I stop reading, when I stop writing. Well, at least you know I’m back in the blogging world when I start commenting again! Anyhoo, I’m off to read part two!

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