From an Old Desk to Gorgeous Night Stands

4 Hours

I found this little desk at second hand store. I had been looking for some good solid night stands but now a days it just doesn't seem to exist unless you want to pay an arm and a leg. So when I saw this it hit me!!!
I put my husband to work at cutting and separating them
Here is where I stepped out of the house and saw a few markings in the back of the desk and I think my heart stopped for a few minutes.
Had no idea it was so old but what is done is done and it was time to give it new life.
Started out sanding and making all the necessary repairs... After the initial heart attack I started getting excited!!!
I used black latex paint for the sides and knobs and Unicorn Spit Stain & Gel for the top and drawers.
With Unicorn Spit Stain and Gel you get the benefit of a little color all the while you can still see the amazing wood grain.
All done and ready to be enjoyed for many many years to come!!

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  • Lila
    on Mar 29, 2016

    What color of Unicorn Spit did you use?

  • Crafty1
    on Oct 31, 2016

    Did you add a "lip" to the top edge that was cut off?

    • Sandra L Warren
      Sandra L Warren
      on Jan 29, 2019

      I would have measured and left an equal overhang on the cut side and then rounded it off to match the original overhang. That or cut both sides flush to match. I love this idea because you can find old desks like this cheap at yard sales. Also they make the perfect night stand because they are narrow and the perfect height. Nice idea!

  • Lenore
    on Feb 20, 2017

    did you save the piece you had cut out and make into something

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  • Joanie
    on May 22, 2020

    Excellent work and great idea!!

    I have an ole' desk pretty similar and I use it for my Sewing machine table, with all drawers filled with sewing materials and supplies.

  • Chula430
    on Jun 6, 2020

    Love your nightstands! Great job!

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