I bought this fake fruit nightmare for next to nothing on craigslist, but I saw potential in its form and size to be a beautiful DIY nightstand. Just like me first thing in the morning, she just needed a little time, and a lot of makeup to be gorgeous.
The look I wanted to achieve was something like Silver Leaf; however, I abhor working with the messy, OCD-inducing stuff. I ended up going to the paint store and asking a knowledgeable associate if she knew any silver leaf-esque options. The finished product isn’t going to trick anyone into believing it’s silver leaf, but I honestly love the results and am super excited about how simple and inexpensive it all was. I really think anyone can do this! Here’s how:
Step 1: Cut a hole in the box. Whoops! Wrong how-to.
Step 1: Fill any holes, deep scratches, pot marks, or, in this case, fake pitting and sad attempts at creating rustic charm with wood filler. I used Elmer’s, slapped it on, and let it sit overnight. Directions say 1-2 hours before sanding, but I started this project pretty late at night. Wine o’clock already? It happens.
Step 2: Gently sand the excess wood filler until smooth and lightly sand the rest of the piece as well. This gives the Primer a nice, even surface to adhere.
Step 3: Wipe off all dust with a lightly damp cloth. Again, this may or may not have been done right before wine o’clock since it is important to make sure the furniture is completely dry before starting the next step.
Step 4: Prime time. Use a latex-based primer if working with latex-based paint. I used two coats of Kilz 2 latex, and am very happy with the application and coverage of ugly fruit.
5: Paint time! I used Martha Stewart Precious Metal in the color Tin. There actually was a color called Silver Leaf, but I just didn’t like it as much. I applied two coats a few hours apart (even though it looked and felt completely dry after less than an hour!) and used a small, textured roller. Looking online, there were a few negative reviews stating that this product is difficult to work with and that several customers experienced streaking. I personally did not have those issues, but I just wonder if most people are taking the time to use two coats of primer first. Also, remember to use latex-based primer with this product. Oil-based primer is great for stain-blocking, but works best with oil-based paints. (Rule: oil-based for oil-based, latex-based for latex OR water-based.)
Step 6: Cheat on the whole DIY thing by totally screwing up your knob makeover, begrudgingly go back to the hardware store to buy shiny, new knobs. I bought acrylic with silver for less than $3 apiece.
Step 7: Wait exactly 10 seconds after completing this little project before deciding you need to do about 50 more. Love!