Upcycled Nightstand

Christmas Activities for KidsTop 10 Easy Dinner RecipesEASY Fall Table RunnerCheap Crafty Holiday Gift HeadquartersEasy Mirrored Photo Ornaments

Thanks for visiting Cheap Crafty Mama!  If you like what you see please sign up to stay in touch via RSS, Facebook, Email, or Twitter updates!

***********************************************************************************************************************

 

Some of our friends were getting rid of this old t.v. stand and I thought it would be just the right size for a new nightstand!  My husband has a bedside table on his side of the bed and I had been using a folding t.v tray on my side of the bed so I would have a place to set my glass of water (being pregnant makes me very thirsty at night!) so it was definitely time for a more permanent solution.  Also last time we had a newborn I switched sides of the bed with him so I could be by the table and lamp for the middle of the night feedings and now we won’t have to do that this time!

I must admit, this is not fine furniture… but it was free and I think I made it look pretty nice!  It’s amazing how a can of spray paint and new knobs can really transform furniture.  Furniture face-lifts really don’t get much more simple than this!

Pin It

Here’s what it looked like before (yuck)!:

I removed the knobs (and threw them in the trash) and lightly sanded the whole piece.

Then I wiped it down with tack cloth which is sticky and great for removing all fine dust so that the paint will adhere properly.

I decided to try out a new product, Krylon spray paint and primer in one!  That saves me the step of having to spray on primer and also since I was planning on sanding the edges to distress it I didn’t want the white primer showing through.

I sprayed a few coats of brown paint.

Here are some tips for spray-painting furniture:

*Don’t be cheap when purchasing paint.  You will end up doing a lot more work and using a lot more paint so go for the good (expensive) stuff.

*Remove drawers and doors if necessary.

*Work in light coats.  I think it took me 4 coats of brown to get complete coverage.  If you spray on too much at one time it will get drips, which you really don’t want.

*If you do get drips, you will need to let it dry completely, then sand it until it is smooth, then spray it again (no fun).

After 4 coats, I had it painted solid.

I let it dry overnight and then lightly sanded just the edges for a distressed look.  Sometimes I sand the whole thing (like this blue dresser) but this time I just felt like doing the edges.

After sanding, I sprayed it with a couple coats of Minwax Polycrylic in satin finish.

Once it was all dry, I installed some cute new knobs (from Hobby Lobby) and put it in our room!

I really like the open shelf where I can stash my reading material without having it sitting out on the top of the table.

You might also like:

Bookshelf Facelift

Trash to Treasure Console Table

Big Boy Room Reveal

I would love to hear what you have to say!