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1 End Table Becomes 2 Charming Nightstands

2 for 1 Nightstands!

In our infinite quest to be thriftily creative, we decided to take one ugly end table and transform it into 2 awesome nightstands!

We found this little gem at a thrift store for 15 bucks and quickly snagged it. There were a couple of things we kept in mind when looking around. We wanted the table to be:

  • In good structural shape ( make sure to push it around a bit and check for any wobbling).
  • Identical on all sides…This was to ensure that we would get 2 nightstands that looked the same.
  • We didn’t want anything with drawers. Why complicate things if you don’t have to, right?!
Thrift store find!

Thrift store find!

Once we got back to our work space, we dismantled the table and sanded off the finish. We found that using an orbital sander made quick work of removing the finish and exposing most of the wood.

Dismantled & Sanded

Dismantled & Sanded

We made sure to wipe off any access dust then put on a coat of primer. In this case, priming is advised. It will ensure a more even finish and really allow the paint to adhere to the primer. This will produce and smooth and even finish.

Primed legs

Primed legs

After we allowed the primer to dry overnight, we put on 2 coats of paint. We choose not to sand in between coats, but we did allow 2 to 3 hours of drying time between each coat. Once the paint was on, we decided to make our cut so that now our one table would make 2 nightstands. To do this, we measured, found the middle, drew a line, and made the cut with a circular saw. We used clamps to keep the table top in place.

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Now we could finally reattach the legs! This where you can really begin to see the vision starting to take place!

Starting to come together!

Starting to come together!

The nightstands were looking good but still needed a couple of finishing touches to really make them pop! We knew we wanted to dress them up so we bought these faux crystal cabinet knobs from Home Depot, and these little wooden embellishments from Michael’s Art Supply Store, spray painted them charcoal gray, and glued them to the table.

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Faux crystal knobs

Faux crystal knobs

We also bought this black felt place mat from Target for a $1 and spray painted it in the same charcoal gray and glued it to the top.

$1 placemat

$1 placemat

Finally, we screwed the new tables into the wall, dressed them with a few accessories and we were done! There you have it! 2 nightstands for the price of one! This was a fun project to complete and they added a TON of charm to the finished product.

All done!

All done!

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Tell us, would you take on a project like this one? We’d love to hear from you!

Remember…CREATE. INNOVATE. DECORATE!

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