29 January 2012

before and after: upcycled DIY nightstands

I'm so excited about this project - turning two ugly '60's endtables into pretty white nightstands for my master bedroom.

DIY endtables

I found the pair on Kijiji for $15 and snapped them up not only because of the bargain price but also because they have a simple, mid-century modern shape and both a drawer for closed storage as well as an open shelf for books and magazines. 

First, I removed the hardware, filled in the holes with wood filler, and lightly sanded. 

Then I used a CIL primer for laminate surfaces, let it dry, lightly sanded, then painted a coat of CIL glossy trim paint in white. I let that dry then added a coat of polycrylic high gloss for a protective shine. 

I added wallpaper to the back of the shelf, and as a liner inside the drawer. I simply cut to size and used an adhesive spray to hold it tight. 

And finally I drilled new holes in the centre of the drawer faces for new knobs I picked up at a vintage store. 

And voila! They turned out pretty well if I do say so myself. They are now in my master bedroom. Hope this helps you spot some diamonds in the rough! 


  1. the nightstands look fantastic, esp with the wood legs!! great job!

  2. Well done!!
    They're so pretty now, Kelly. And you can't beat $15!
    Love the wallpaper you added.

  3. They look great -- and I love that silver vase with the tulips.

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    1. Thanks JoAnna and all! All of you avid DIYer's have inspired me!

  5. They look great! I love the wallpaper detail! And the new glass knobs!

  6. It did indeed turn out great! I really like how you decided to creatively use a wallpaper for the backdrop of the open storage portion to give that "English" touch to the nightstand instead of just painting a solid color only. Isn't it amazing how a simple technique and some creative ideas could turn something cheap into something extravagant.


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