I am so excited to show you today's project,
I actually picked up this nightstand at a secondhand store called DI (Deseret Industries) about three years ago.
(I thought I was going to get to Ashlee's room a lot sooner!!)
It was only $4 and I loved the details.
But it needed a little love!
First, it didn't have a handle.
Second, you can't tell from this picture but it had a really bad paint job!!
But the third problem was the biggest problem,
it was too short!!!
I like the nightstand to be the same height as the mattress or slightly taller.
It just makes sense if you think about the function.
This nightstand was about 6 inches too short.
I thought about adding longer legs, but these were not easy legs to add too.
I decided my only option was to add to the top.
Kinda like I did to my mother's nightstands.
I started by taking the top off.
(Really easy, just unscrewed the 4 or 5 screws.)
Next, I decided it would look weird with the drawer in the middle for this style,
so I cut the support out and smoothed the edges with filler and sanded.
I then added a platform made of MDF and then sides.
I wanted to mimic the bottom curves of the front corners.
remember the 80's trim we ripped off the bookshelf we used for Ashlee's built-ins?
(Here is a quick reminder Beginning the Built Ins.)
I used that rounded trim to make my new corners.
(They are the oak pieces I added in the above photo.)
Last of all, I moved the drawer glide up.
There is a a groove detail running up the side of the nightstand, so I added a small stick of trim to mimic it.
I finished it off by reattaching the top!!
What do you think?
Here is a side by side of before and after.
(All the wood was from my scrap pile.)
OK, let's finish this transformation.
I gave the body a good sanding.
I actually used paint stripper on the top and the drawer front; they had really drippy bad paint jobs. Surprisingly, I found that the very top of this night stand was laminate.
The paint stripper did not harm the surface.
I now had a great creme colored top that was impervious to wet glasses or water bottles!
This is a kid's room so I was very excited.
Next up was paint!!
Remember I have very neutral walls and built ins, 'cause I want to add lots of color with accessories and furniture.
So I picked Sonora Rose by Valspar.
I wanted a a coral color and had this free paint sample from last summer.
Don't you just love it?
I wanted it to really pop, so I painted it two tone. The inside, top, and details are creamy white. It was gorgeous, but too crisp and new looking for Ash's room; brown glaze to the rescue.
You can see the glazing detail in the photo's below.
Oh and remember my missing handle?
As it turns out the spacing was odd; the holes were a non-standard width.
Lucky for me D.Lawless Hardware carries a few non-standard handles for very good prices!!
If you need hardware, I would recommend them.
This is a link to my handle at D.Lawless Hardware it cost 95 cents.
I don't think the original pull could have looked better than this one!!
It is perfect.
Here's a good look at the finished transformation!
I found this awesome gray tote at Ross for only $7.99.
It fits perfectly in the lower opening.
I am really happy with how this turned out!
I love the color and the height is perfect.
What did it cost?
Wood from scrap........... Free
Coral paint..........Free sample
Creme paint and primer leftover from other projects
Total cost $4.95
Just goes to show you, where there is a will there's a way!!
What do you think?
And what height do you like your nightstand at?
Or do you even care?
Thanks for stopping by!!
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