(Better photos of both below)
I decided it was time to share my projects with others. This means, I will now add D.I.Y Projects to my blog post. If you personally know me then you know that one of my biggest hobbies is to craft/diy projects. I began doing small projects about 3 years ago (2015ish) and since then, I have completed a ton throughout my home.
At first, I worked on small projects, such as Canvas art, make-up brush holders and jewelry pieces to name a few. As time went on, I found myself moving up to the more challenging projects, making a set of throw pillows, revamping an old mirror, turning a coffee table into an ottoman (Will share soon! This was my first furniture piece and it came out amazing!) and now, revamping two night stands.
I had been searching around for quite some time for two nice night stands to upholster. My goals were, to not spend over $20, the piece to only be mildly damaged, if any damage at all and not too dirty. I didn’t want to spend a ton of time cleaning and repairing. While I had been searching for nightstands for a while, I wasn’t going every week to look, I would just go on a free day. I like to call them ” Thrift Days”, its when I have a free day to spare and I just visit all the local thrift stores to see if they have anything I’ve been looking for. Sometimes I’m just looking because I’m bored but with hope that I would find my next project.
First Stop: Thrifting For The Right Pieces.
I visited my local Goodwill and this one in particular is a half off store so what ever the ticket price is, you pay half. Jackpot! I walked in and right in front, there were two night stands. Super excited, I rush over and check them out for wear and tear and cleanliness and last but not least, the price!
Yes! You have that right, I spent less than $10 for both!
What I Used:
- 2 solid wood night stands
- 1 Sand block (I opted for a sand block but you can use an electric handheld, I just found my electric one wasn’t necessary here.)
*1- I originally wanted to paint the night stands white and keep the drawers blue. However, the white paint I bought was not working with my vision so I opted to mix some of the white with some grey I already had and I came up with the lighter color (not sure what to call it, mildly mint?).
**I also never pay full price for paint, a good trick (unless you have a particular color/brand in mind) is to browse the clearance shelf near the paint at your local Menards, Lowes, or Home Depot. I was able to get my gallons of paint for $5! (I know, I’m the sh*t at saving! lol but seriously admit it.) The reason I mention this is because it is truly a great bargain if you can find the color you want or make one of the colors available work. This being, a lot of the paint were simple returns due to them not being the right color match and because they won’t place the opened paint back on the shelf, you my friend can get it for more than 50% off! You really can’t beat that!
*2 Sealer-I used Mod Podge… I will explain later.
Step 1: Clean The Surface.
First I begin by cleaning the piece inside and out. I used a water, baking soda and vinegar mixture to spray down each night stand. Luckily they weren’t too dirty, just your every day dust mostly.
I also took this time to remove the drawers and knobs, on one of the night stands the top drawer would not come out. Instead of forcing it out, I took off the back of the dresser ( thin plywood) and cleaned the drawer from the back side. Oddly, there were 3 brand new sharpies stuck inside but that was appreciated as a gift.
Step 2: Sand The Piece (not pictured).
I used a sander block I picked up from Menards along with a little elbow and wrist work, and sanded both pieces enough for the paint to have a smooth surface to stick to. I was lucky again that the piece wasn’t heavily coated with wax/oils etc.
Step 3: Paint The Drawers First.
I painted the drawers first as I knew I wanted those to be blue. I already had a gallon of Dutch Boy paint on hand ($5 clearance), It was the same color I used to paint my ottoman and knew the pair would work well together.
Step 4a: First Color (not pictured).
As stated, I started off painting the stands themselves white, I had found a gallon of Valspar paint at Menards ($5 clearance), however it wasn’t giving me the clean crisp white I was looking for. While I knew I didn’t want it to be necessarily glossy, I did still want a little shine to the white to make it look super clean and crisp. I had applied two full coats and was still unsatisfied. Instead of feeling as though I had wasted my time, or go out and buy a glosser to place on top, I sanded the piece a little a second time, with the white still on, and thought of it as a primer for the paint to come (although both were a primer + paint comb).
Step 4b: Final Color.
Again, as stated, I then decided to mix the white w/grey (all paint that I had on hand) and got this “Mildly Mint” color. I applied two coats.
Step 5: Sealer/ Finish Coat.
*I used Mod Podge, I’m sorry I’m being so cheap here. Don’t judge me or do but every project is done on a budget and after spending a little over a week sanding and painting ( almost 4 coats due to the color change from white to “Mildly Mint”), the last thing I felt like doing was going out and buying a sealer. I had to get creative and act quickly if I wanted these night stands done. Since Mod Podge seals paint and I had it on hand, I used it and it worked wonderfully at sealing the paint. I tested this by adding the knobs, before the Mod Podge the paint had chipped when the knobs were applied and twisted tight. After re-painting (just the small chipped area) and adding the Mod Podge, the knobs went on smoothly without chipping the paint. I also moved these stands from one home to another and they did not chip! So, in all actuality, it works.
Step 6: Add the Knobs.
I was traveling home from an event one evening and I came across a small Habitat for Humanity Restore and took a stroll in. I was able to find these nice square knobs for just .25 cents a piece. I picked up a total of 10 and saved the extra 4 if I decide to change my vanity knobs to match the nightstands.
Finished Product: The Final Look!
I was more than pleased! Not only had I found two night stands at a great price, they turned out amazing for my second piece of upholstered furniture.
I am seriously enjoying this part of me, I really love to craft! I’m highly considering taking some woodshop & painter classes. I could see myself building a house now. Okay, maybe I’m jumping too soon but in all honesty, I’m not kidding.
Side note: I also made the décor that you see placed on top of the night stand. One is a mason jar turned vase (metallic spray paint & fake flowers) & I made a bedside coaster to hold my hand crème, lip palm and pillow spray.
I believe this project cost me no more than $20 all together. It was fun, only took about a week and a few days and the results were satisfying. I am planning to mirror the top of them at some point but for now, they serve their purpose. I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I did writing and sharing my project.
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