Easy nightstand makeover

Easy nightstand makeover {Heather's Handmade Life}

We’ve done a lot of nightstand makeovers over the years — this one, this one, and this one for starters — and this one’s been the fastest. Pop off hardware + paint — no messing around.

Here’s what we started with: a simple pedestal side table with a little drawer.

Easy nightstand makeover {Heather's Handmade Life}

Thanks, Mom, for this great secondhand find. She’d texted me to ask if I wanted it, and it was EXACTLY the right size to fit next to the armoire I’d just finished painting.

FULL TUTORIAL: Laminate furniture makeover

So where is this nightstand going? Our new guest room! 

(If you’re new here, what’s happening here in our Handmade Home is that we shifted my home office to the main part of the basement, and are in the process of turning my old office into a tiny-but-cute guest room.)

OK, back to the nightstand makeover! It couldn’t be easier, really.

STEP 1: Remove hardware and paint the whole thing.

I chose Fusion Mineral Paint’s Inglenook, which I wasn’t sure about when I first chose it for the armoire. But WOW, it looks SO GOOD once it’s on furniture. It’s amazingly neutral and calming, but more interesting than plain old grey or greige.

Easy nightstand makeover {Heather's Handmade Life}

STEP 2: Lightly distress edges with sandpaper.

I used a tiny scrap and it took me all of five minutes. Just rub it along the edges — pressing harder in different spots to make it look random — to give it that “worn” look. It looks especially nice on curvy legs, like the ones at the base of this nightstand.

Easy nightstand makeover {Heather's Handmade Life}

That’s it! Stick it in your room, because you’re done.

Here’s how it’s looking in our yet-to-be-finished guest room …

Easy nightstand makeover {Heather's Handmade Life}

(PLS READ IN TROY McCLURE’S VOICE: “You may remember this lamp base from ‘How to recover a lampshade’ and Heather’s upstairs hallway.”)

Still lots to show you, as I work on the guest room. You can see a sneak peek of the DIY headboard, and the full tutorial is coming soon. I’ve also built photo ledges for the walls (you know I’m obsessed with them), and repainted the old “guest room in a box” dresser to make it match in its new home.

Easy nightstand makeover {Heather's Handmade Life}

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Easy nightstand makeover {Heather's Handmade Life}
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