Dinosaur Nightstand Redo

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Dinosaur Nightstand Redo: a fun home decor addition to any dinosaur themed room using FolkArt Home Decor Chalk Paint. 

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Dinosaur Nightstand Redo

Our home addition has officially started and we are digging the foundation.  Once our master bedroom suite and new sunroom/den area is finished our boys will be getting their own rooms.  They are both so excited and have already decided exactly what they want in their new rooms.  My oldest son wants a Sports themed room and my second boy wants a Dinosaur room.  He has loved dinosaurs for a few years now and it’s been so fun finding different dino-themed decor for his room.  This month Plaid Crafts challenged me and the other Plaid Creators to a fun nightstand redo with this nightstand from Ikea.  Once I got it I knew I wanted to do something dino themed with it you may remember our princess dress nightstand redo!  My son and I sat down and he actually gave me a bunch of ideas of things he wanted. 

Of course we needed to make a matching vignette to go along with it..more to come below!  Both pieces, the nightstand and the vignette, were created with FolkArt® Home Decor Chalk Paint and some of their new colors, they came out with 8 gorgeous new colors!  I love using their home decor chalk paint as it is a no-prep acrylic paint that dries in minutes and can be layered and sanded to give it different looks.  It’s great for furniture, cabinets, walls, decorative glass, metal and more. It’s also water based and non-toxic so it’s safe on your indoor furniture. 

Back to the star of the show, the dinosaur nightstand, we have some really fun but simple steps to put this together.  With a few hours of time and some of your favorite home decor chalk paint, you can create the same thing!

  1. I started off by painting the sides of the unfinished nightstand.  This was so I could have black dino prints.  If you choose to do the dino prints you can have them be whatever color you want them to be, just base coat your piece with that color. I loved used the Home Decor Chalk Paint Wide Brush to help cover the area quickly
  2. I decided to use some dino footprints that were cut out of vinyl to add an extra special dino touch. I placed the removable vinyl on the black painted sides and then painted the whole nightstand, minus the drawer, in the French Linen FolkArt Home Decor Chalk Paint. Once the paint is just about completely dry you can remove your vinyl footprints. 
  3. Once my nightstand was painted and dried I added a fun pop of green on the bottom part of the legs and the drawer with the new FolkArt Texture Paint in Garden Green.   I also swapped out the drawer knob for a dino drawer pull.

My absolute favorite part of this piece was actually an idea my son had. He loves the splattered wall he has in his shared bedroom right now and wanted to carry that feel in his new room.  The process was slightly different.  For the splattered look, I simply added a small amount of water to a tiny amount of paint, about a tsp. I dipped my glove covered hand in the paint and let it slowly drip from the tips of the glove for a splattered look.  I also flicked my wrist to get some different paint looks. 

We also created a simple vignette to go along with his dinosaur nightstand redo.  

  • Plaid Wood Surface
  • FolkArt Home Decor Chalk Paint, in French Linen
  • Folkart Texture Chalk Paint, in Garden Green
  • FolkArt Stencil
  • FolkArt Home Decor Brushes

I decided to stencil a triangle shaped pattern around all four edges of the wood surface.  They were a perfect pop to the vignette and even looked like dino teeth. 🙂  I then cut out a dinosaur shape with my vinyl cutter and added him to the center of the wood sign.  The texture chalk around the edges adds the perfect imperfect feel to the piece.  We painted it on and then lightly sanded some of the edges to give it a “worn” look.  Texture Chalk is a really fun product to use because it can help achieve that  “old world” vintage feel.  It’s thickness adds dimension to any project surface. It can be layered, distressed, glazed, and waxed.  It should be only used for indoor projects.  It comes in 12 great colors and is water based and of course non-toxic! 

Of course to finish off our project we applied a layer of FolkArt Home Decor Wax to protect the surfaces! This dinosaur nightstand redo turned out even better than we were hoping and he can’t wait to show off his new room!




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  1. Hi Katie, My great-grandson would love this dino decor! It’s so perfect. Would you please tell me where you purchased the dino drawer pull? That really puts a finishing touch on the project. Thank you for the inspiration and keep them coming, please. Loretta

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