Faux Reclaimed Wood Finish Using ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape!

Disclosure: I am proud to be a 3M sponsored blogger, and, as part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate new products from ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape. Opinions are my own and additional product used in the project were selected by me.

Hi Friends! A few weeks ago I shared the second rendition of our Modern Farmhouse Bedroom Makeover. While the glam look was fun, I wanted to create a more cozy and rustic space that fit my style a little better. Painting our current furniture wasn’t an option because it is still nice and I didn’t want to ruin it, BUT that didn’t mean I didn’t WANT to! So, I came up with a way to give our current nightstands a mini makeover with a Faux Reclaimed Wood Finish using a technique that wouldn’t ruin the current finish.

Easily give your side table a rustic look using ScotchBlue Tape, a wood slab and stain! 2

The entire cost for updating two nightstands was less than $100!

Faux reclaimed wood table top cover!

Instead of creating a table top using several pieces of wood that would vary in height and also need a lot of sanding annnnnd take more time, I created the look simply by sectioning off a wood plank using ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape for Delicate Surfaces with Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector and using 4 different shades of stain/paint.

Faux reclaimed wood table top using ScotchBlue Painter's tape and different stains!

I love the new rustic and industrial look this gives are nightstands. It really transformed them!

Nightstand beforeafter

See how easily you can transform an entire room by simply changing a few pieces?

And want to know the best part? Instead of standing down the existing finish, or securing them to the top of the nightstand with glue or nails, I just slipped a piece of non-slip drawer liner between the table top and the wood! Ta da! It is really secure and this way I can easily take them off if I decide to go a different direction in the future (because there is a good chance I will).

Ready to learn some tricks on how to get this look?

Supplies for Nightstand


(Cost and supplies for TWO nightstands)

– ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape for Delicate Surfaces with Advanced Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector #2093EL $10 

– 1/2 Pint Rust-Oleum® Driftwood Oil Wood Stain  $5.48

– 1/2 Pint Rust-Oleum® Dark Walnut Oil Wood Stain $5.48

– 1/2 Pint Rust-Oleum® Ebony Oil Wood Stain $5.48

– 1/2 Pint Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane $6.47

– White paint $5.00 (not pictured)

– Non-Slip Drawer Liner $4.00

– 24? X 72? unfinished wood – $36.00

– Foam Brush $.50

– Rag

– 120 Grit Sand Paper $5.00

TOTAL: Roughly $85 for both nightstands

* Note: Prices may vary depending on location.

Nightstand Makeover via @tarynatddd

Start by measuring your existing nightstand (or table) to find the dimensions of your wood tops. I added 1″ on each side for a little overhang.

Faux Wood Nightstand Top via designdininganddiapers.com

Apply a solid coat of Dark Walnut to the entire surface. This will be your base layer. I prefer to apply my stain with an old rag, but you can also use a brush.

ScotchBlue Nightstand Makeover

Let it dry overnight. First, clean the surface. I keep a huge bag of these microfiber cloths handy because they pick up dust so easily and do a great job cleaning my surfaces. Now it’s time to tape! I found that taping off the entire surface first helped create straight lines and made it easy to create varying ‘planks’.

ScotchBlue Nightstand Makeover2

Once the surface is a sea of blue, it’s time to create your first layer of faux planks. (I wanted the ‘planks’ to be a little wider, so 2 strips of ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape for Delicate Surfaces = one ‘plank’ in this look.) Remember, to get the look of real reclaimed wood you’ll want to vary the ‘planks’. Since there isn’t a true pattern this was pretty easy. I used a X-acto® knife to cut a straight line through the tape and peel it off. I did this in different sections of the table and made sure they didn’t touch.

ScotchBlue Nightstand Makeover3

I applied my first layer of stain. Once that was dry, I peeled off different sections and applied a second shade of stain. I did this for the three colors (Ebony, Driftwood and white paint).

ScotchBlue Nightstand Makeover4

For the white paint, I used a dry brush technique. Meaning, I blotted the brush until it was almost completely dry and then applied it to the wood. This way it didn’t fully coat it.

ScotchBlue Nightstand Makeover6

To help get the look of the reclaimed wood, I distressed it using 120 grit sand paper. I used an electric hand sander because it is faster, but if you don’t have one you can also use your own man power!

Lastly, seal it using a semi-gloss poly.

 ScotchBlue Nightstand makeover7

 Now place it on the top of your table with a non-slip pad and you are done!

Easily give your side table a rustic look using ScotchBlue Tape, a wood slab and stain!

I love the new industrial chic look this gives my nightstands! To view my latest Modern Farmhouse Master Bedroom Makeover click here.

Enter the Home of ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape Contest at www.scotchblue.com/homecontest now through July 15, 2014 and you could win $5,000 to put towards a home makeover! The first 500 to submit an eligible entry will receive one (1) roll of the new ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape with Advanced Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector!

Check out this project as a featured project example in the contest!

Contest open to legal residents of the U.S. and D.C. (excluding AZ, MD, NJ, ND, TN and VT), who are 18+ (19+ in AL & NE and 21+ in MS) at the time of entry. Void where prohibited. Enter from June 2, 2014 at 12:00:01 a.m. CT through 11:59:59 p.m. CT on July 15 2014. All contest communications, entry/judging criteria and details subject to the full Official Rules. Sponsor: 3M Construction and Home Improvement Markets Division, St. Paul, MN.

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Taryn is the owner/editor of Design, Dining and Diapers, a lifestyle blog that focuses on DIY home decor, design, seasonal crafts, easy recipes and just being a mom! She is all about making things for less by upcycling thrift store finds and using what’s on hand. Taryn lives in the greater Seattle area with her husband, 3 year old daughter and 1 year old son.

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  1. says

    Whoa. This is such a great idea! I wouldn’t have thought to add a piece of wood with a different finish to a nightstand but it totally gives it a whole new look! And the different stains really makes it interesting! SO many ideas running through my head right now!


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