Remember 2 years ago (sure you do!) before I was a wife or mom when we found a bunch of old junk on the side of the road?
I finally got frustrated enough at the ugliness of the nightstand we got in that haul to turn it into a pretty one to use as bathroom storage. You can do the same, or simply refresh an old nightstand for a bedroom — and all for the low, low price of $0!
What do you think?
OK, before you answer, here’s how I did it. It was very easy and took very little time at all.
- Old wooden nightstand
- Blue tape for edges
- Dollar store knob
- Leftover paint from a previous project. Use any colour you like that you already have, or you can buy a sample quart — I barely used anything for this project
- Small container to mix paint with water
- Medium-width [around 3″] dollar store sponge paintbrush
- 3″ wide bristle paintbrush
- Rag to work paint further into wood grain [optional]
This ‘piece’ has been in our washroom downstairs for a while holding TP and magazines. It works well since we have no counter space or cabinets — the whole room is oddly laid-out, so it is good to have a bit of storage.
Unfortunately there’s no picture from way, way before but I had swapped out the ugly old plastic floral drawer pull that came with it, replacing it with this metal one from the dollar store. (Seriously! Huge improvement on its own!)
I taped off edges I didn’t want painted, including wrapping tape around the opened drawer so no paint got inside.
Then I painted the top, shelves, inner walls and the face of the drawer with a grey we’d had mixed for the nursery. It is a paint+primer so I just painted over the old green. I could (should?) have sanded first but this was an impulse project and it happened to be -15 degrees celsius outside and we have no garage.
I opted against a pure grey stand, deciding instead to bring out a bit of the grain by washing the wood on the sides by diluting the same grey paint with some water.
This wash was around 40% water to 60% paint, though looking back on how many times I had to coat it, I’d probably go with around 25% water next time.
I don’t like to post projects before they’re totally finished, but since it might take a while before I can, know that I hope to finish this with a clear coat when it gets a bit warmer outside. I think a bit of gloss is just what this needs, and it should protect from light wear and make it easier to clean.
(I’ll post a new picture of it once it’s clear-coated!)
And since I used stuff I had on hand, this entire project was free! [OK, maybe a dollar if you count the pack of two (2) knobs I bought a year and a half ago.]
And now to fancy it up with some baskets to hold that delightful TP stash. What do you think? Should I go with trendy wire basket or fabric basket to hide the rolls?