I am super excited to share this nightstand makeover with you today!

For one, I love how this project turned out and I will enjoy sharing a new paint method with you.

But also, I get to partner with 4 other great bloggers in showcasing Fusion Metallics while also offering a fantastic giveaway–it doesn’t get much more fun than that. GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED.


Fusion Studio Metallics


If you’ve missed the pub about the Metallic line from Fusion, let me fill you in a bit.

It has all the same great properties of the regular Fusion paint–acrylic base, zero VOC, no need for topcoat– but is made with metallic pigments for a soft, shimmering finish. They require little prep, have great coverage, and are waterproof and highly durable once fully cured.


I’ve played around with them a bit over the past few months, experimenting on picture frames and even this Magnolia Leaf-Wreath I shared with you back in November, but I have been itching to try them out on a whole furniture piece.

Luckily, a client of mine came wanting to transform her basic, mass-market nightstand into a dramatic, statement piece.  Aha!! The perfect experiment piece.


Painting basic nightstand with Fusion Metallic paint


The other nightstand in my client’s master bedroom is a round table with an antiqued mirrored top and oil-rubbed bronze legs.

She wanted this nightstand to coordinate with that table, but wasn’t sure exactly how to get that look.

I knew I could do something great though with the Metallics, and thankfully she agreed to let me try them out on her nightstand.

To start, I cleaned this piece with Fusion’s TSP and then painted on a coat of Fusion’s Ultra Grip.

Why did I use Ultra Grip?  

Well, this is a newer piece of furniture, made of wood laminate that is coated in that chemical-laden, factory-finish spray they load onto mass market furniture today.

That stuff can be like kryptonite to paint, so a quick coat of Ultra Grip would take away any adherence issues that might pop up.




After the Ultra Grip dried overnight, it was time to start layering on the metallic paint.

Layering the paint would help give the finish depth and create a totally unique look–I didn’t want it to look too perfectly finished or it wouldn’t work with the antiqued finishes on the coordinating table.

The first coat was the Metallic Bronze


metallic paint on nightstand


The coverage on this stuff is amazing!

After the bronze was dry to the touch, I dry brushed on some regular Fusion Coal Black paint. (see how to dry brush paint here)




The straight bronze finish is on the right, and on the left is where I’ve added the black. You can see how the black adds some depth.



Here is a photo of the entire side of the piece with the black dry-brushed on.




When dry-brushing, remember to keep a damp rag handy in case you get a little too heavy-handed with a color.

From time to time I would wipe back the finish, wiping off a little of the black if there were places where it looked too dark.

After the black, I dry-brushed on the top layer, which was the Metallic in Silver (no longer available, try Brushed Steel).




See how it’s brightening up the finish and toning down the gold?  My client wanted more silver than gold, so I kept applying silver until I was satisfied with its coverage.

Dry-brushing is one of those techniques that takes a little extra time and patience.

While you’re in the middle of the project it generally always looks terrible . . . It’s not until you get all the way finished that the look takes shape.

So keep working at it, layering colors here and there, until you get the look you want.

After everything was good and dry, I finish sanded the whole piece with 320 grit sandpaper to make it feel buttery smooth to the touch, then it was time to go back to my client’s bedroom.


Nightstand Makeover using Fusion Studio Metallics


What do you think? I am smitten with it.

Thankfully, my client loved it and it worked perfectly in her space.


Nightstand Makeover using Fusion Studio Metallics


I really like how all of the different colors show up, and it even looks a little different when it gets in different light.


Nightstand Makeover using Fusion Studio Metallics 3


Nightstand Makeover using Fusion Studio Metallics 4


This may look like a complicated technique, but really I think it’s easier to paint like this than to try and achieve a super sleek, all-one color finish.

I call this “messy painting,” and the key is to just keep playing around with it until you are happy with what you see.


Nightstand Makeover using Fusion Studio Metallics


There are so many other things you can do with the Fusion Metallics, from accenting small craft projects all the way to transforming entire furniture pieces like this.

Today 4 other talented bloggers are joining me in showing off their projects using the Metallics. Please take a minute to visit each of their pages and see their projects as well.

Metallic Accented Wreath at Finding Silver Pennies

Madeover Jewelry Tray at Q is for Quandie

Silver Accented Chest at Homeroad

Brushed Steel Coat Tree at Bliss Ranch

All of these Metallic colors, plus more, are available in my 2 Dallas-area local shops as well as my online shop



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