Nightstand Makeover with Jolie Paint

Nightstand Makeover with Jolie Paint

Hi all!

So I recently tried a new-to-me paint line from a company called Jolie Paints. I found Jolie on Instagram and was instantly drawn in by their soft, airy, subtle style. I was also attracted to the beautiful colors available in their line of paint.

I’ve been planning a bedroom makeover for a while now and I knew I was ready for a more interesting color on our nightstands. Actually, I pretty much knew I wanted a shade of green. Green is my favorite color and I’ve been dying to use it somewhere in our home.

I jumped on Jolie’s website and quickly found myself studying all the green options. It was a tough decision between Olive, French Quarter, and Sage.

My first instinct was to go with Olive. I LOVE olive green. Instead, I decided to do something different than my usual and decided on Sage. I’m not regretting that decision one bit.

I also ordered their clear finishing wax and the signature brush.

Now, if you’ve been following my home journey for any amount of time, you know I love a bargain. I am not one to splurge on many things. I usually avoid luxury paint lines because of my cheapness errr… frugality*.

Even though I rarely splurge on paint for my own projects, I used to paint furniture for clients so I’ve tried many, many paints. Some were pretty good, others not so much.

Jolie Paints might just be in a category of its own. Below you’ll find my full review on Jolie’s paint and wax.

Spoiler: it’s amazing.

In my video I left the drawers in so that you could see the overall look of the piece in the new color. I also left the hardware on. This was not intentional and not something I usually do. Honestly, I was so excited to get painting that I didn’t want to deal with grabbing the drill and spending five minutes to remove the knobs!

Let’s break this review down by the most important things when choosing a paint:

1. Prep

There are many paints out now that advertise as being “no prep.” I’m so happy this is a thing because I am a lazy DIYer and the last thing I ever want to do is prep.

Unfortunately, in my case, I did have to prep my nightstand because I had previously finished it with wax. When you have waxed furniture, you need to remove the wax in order for new paint to stick.

To remove wax, scrub your piece with mineral spirits, followed by soapy water, then rinse with clean water. Make sure your furniture is dry, then you’re ready for a fresh coat of paint.

If you have piece of furniture in decent condition that hasn’t been previously waxed, all you need to do is make sure your piece is clean and dry and you’re good to go. Shake the can well. Stir with paint stick and get to the fun!

2. Application

This paint can be used to create a variety of finishes. I wanted a hand painted look so I applied using strokes in different directions creating subtle texture. You could totally create a smooth factory finish with this paint too if that’s more your style.

Jolie has an extremely informative YouTube channel with tutorials for achieving different finishes. Their website also contains tons of helpful tips and inspiration.

All these easy to access resources might be my favorite thing about Jolie. Seeing the videos on painting and waxing will give you a confidence boost to start painting if you are someone who hasn’t done a lot of furniture painting before.

I used the signature brush by Jolie to apply my paint and I was pleasantly surprised at the softness of the bristles and the fact that there was ZERO shedding. There’s almost always some shedding with new bristle brushes. Not with this guy.

The best thing about this brush is how it holds the paint and distributes it onto your surface. The application was smooth, even, and a little paint went a long way.

3. Coverage

Did you see the coverage in my video?! My nightstand was previously painted a really dark shade of warm gray. It’s actually Urbane Bronze by Sherwin Williams which is a magnificent color, I was just ready for a new look.

One coat of this Jolie paint in Sage almost completely covered the dark paint underneath. And Sage is so much lighter than the Urbane Bronze! I was amazed.

As much as I love a good makeover and enjoy creating beautiful things with paint, recoating furniture can get old reeaalll quick. This is why I was SO thrilled to see the coverage of my first coat of Jolie.

It dried extremely quickly and I was ready for the second and final coat in no time.

4. Durability

Judging durability obviously takes several months living with your painted piece of furniture. Since I just completed this project, I can’t speak to the durability just yet other than to say my initial impression is that the paint adhered very well.

I’ll update ya’ll on this down the road when I can give a thorough review of the durability of this paint.


There are a few wax options available in the Jolie line. I went with a simple clear wax finish for my nightstand.

After lightly distressing, I applied the wax with a lint free tea towel making sure to get the wax into the grain and into the knots. Then, I wiped off the excess wax.

Jolie has a wax brush which has great reviews but I did not purchase it. Based on my experience with their other products, I might be making the investment soon.

I wanted a matte finish so I did not buff the wax. If you prefer a sheen, you can buff your wax after it has cured for 24 hours.

Be gentle with your new finished piece for a couple weeks as the wax fully cures and hardens. After this, it should have a nice durable finish.

Final Thoughts

A quart of Jolie Luxury Paint sells for about $40. For me, this is a little investment. After using this paint, I will tell you I think it’s worth every penny of that price. I was able to paint two oversized nightstands and I still have over a half a quart of paint left. I really thought I would use the entire quart.

The wax feels extremely nice and is one of the easiest waxes I’ve ever worked with. I’m anxious to see how it holds up once it’s had time to fully cure. I have a feeling it’s going to be great.

The Jolie signature brush is AWESOME. I have never been attached to brush before now. This one has changed that.

Jolie Paints’ customer service team was the nicest and so wonderful to work with and they have so many helpful resources to ensure you have what you need to create something beautiful.

I’m really excited to finally be tackling this bedroom makeover. I really don’t know exactly what I plan to do yet but since I have two gorgeous new nightstands I think I’ll start feeling inspired to make some decisions on wall coverage and linens. Stay tuned for a final reveal (hopefully soon!).

Here’s the wax brush:
Jolie Wax Brush – Pure Bristle, Ergonomic Handles to be Used with Jolie Finishing Wax (Large)

* This post was not sponsored. Jolie did provide the paint for my use and feedback. All opinions are 100% honest and my very own.

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