I am finally ready to share my new nightstand with you. Actually it is new to our room but it has spent time in a few different areas of our home. I have been without a nightstand since my son decided to live at home for his sophomore year of college. He needed a desk and instead of buying a new one, I sucked it up and gave him the desk I made over and was using as my nightstand. (you can read about the desk to nightstand makeover here) At this point in my story, Big Daddy would be rolling his thumb and forefinger back and forth playing the world’s smallest violin. Anyway, I gave him my pretty desk and have been nightstandless for almost a year.
You may have noticed that I move furniture around a lot. I honestly didn’t realize it until my older son came home one day and asked ” Does dad ever come home from work and go to sit down and fall on the floor because you moved the furniture around? ” I remember looking at him blankly and he continued “Like does he get confused because things look one way when he leaves for work and then they look different when he comes home from work- a lot?” I was like “haha- no” -not yet anyway.
I didn’t want to buy a brand new nightstand unless it came with a whole new bedroom set. Since that wasn’t going to happen, I began the year long task of dragging furniture up and down three flight of stairs (more violins please)but nothing worked. Nothing until I tried the vintage sewing table my grandma gave me. The size and scale of the vintage sewing table was good. I just needed to add storage and give it a makeover. So, that is what I did, I repurposed the vintage sewing table my grandma gave me into a nightstand- and it didn’t cost me a dime. It is actually the third and final makeover for this piece because I nailed it! When I say nailed it, I mean it suits my needs (because it is my nightstand after all) and it is our style.
The sewing table had been sitting in a damp basement for years so it was pretty beat up and some parts of the wood was warped. I always planned on painting it which led to makeover number one.
I painted the vintage sewing table white because I was impatient, white is neutral and I had white paint. I also silver leafed the front panel, side drawer and bottom of the legs. I liked how it turned out but it didn’t really coordinate with any of our other furniture. I’m sentimental, I loved that the table came from my grandma and I couldn’t part with it. So I moved the table from room to room hoping to find a place for her. She spent some time in my basement until I moved her to our bedroom where she received her third and final makeover. Take a look:
Once I put the vintage sewing table next to my side of the bed, I knew exactly what I was going to do to her. I took my inspiration from a chest of drawers I drool over every time I see it on Joss and Main.com. The chest is painted off white with a wood top and drawers Everything about it is perfect except the $700 price tag (violins please). So, I made my own two toned nightstand for free.
I painted the body linen white to coordinate with the rest of our bedroom furniture and replaced the wood top with pallet wood.
I sanded the pallet boards with 120 gritt sandpaper and then finished sanding with 220 gritt sandpaper so that the top would be nice and smooth.
Once the boards were sanded, I cut the boards to size so that there was a bit of an overhang and nailed them into place using a nail gun. I did apply a coat of wax to the top to protect the wood. I really love the weathered look of the boards, nail heads and all.
I wanted to add wood to the recessed panel on the front of the table. I drove myself crazy trying to figure out what to use as the recessed panel was very narrow. You will never guess what I finally came up with – paint stirrers! They were the perfect depth for the panel,and I had a bunch from all the cans of paint I buy. I just trimmed off the curved part of the stirrers, stained them and glued them into place.
I used two two different stains to try and match the wood top. First I stained the paint stirrers with Minwax Early American and then I applied a coat of Minwax Classic Gray. The stain combo was an almost perfect match. I only had enough paint stirrers to cover the front panel (violins). Once I buy a few more gallons of paint, I should have enough to do the other panel.
The only thing the vintage sewing table was lacking was storage. The little drawer could not open wide enough because the bed was in the way. I removed the drawer and Big Daddy helped me make a cubby. Translation: I asked Big Daddy to make me a cubby and he did:)
The cubby provides just enough storage for necessities which is perfect for me because I don’t like a cluttered nightstand.
The basket under my nightstand provides extra storage. It also has a secret feature that I will share with you next week, so stay tuned.
I love how my vintage sewing table to nightstand turned out!! I am seriously considering adding wood tops to the rest of our bedroom furniture. I will keep you posted.
Have a great weekend!