Turn a Desk Into Nightstands

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Do you need a pair of small, but tall nightstands or end tables? Most vintage nightstands and end tables are super short, and it's hard to find a pair these days!


We have the solution though! Find an old desk, and take it apart! Here's how!


Get all of the details, supplies used, and more pictures of the process here.

This is what our desk looked like before. It was a craigslist find, and I really hoped there were going to be 8 legs to this desk so it would be an easy makeover.


When I went to pick it up, I was bummed to find out that at some point two of the back legs were cut off.


But I was already determined to make this desk into nightstands. So I bought it, and came up with a plan to add new legs so each end could stand on it's own.

First I removed the back paneling, unscrewed the top, and then removed the middle wood braces.

I also removed what remained of the legs that had been cut off. Of course this is optional if you are able to find a desk or vanity that already has 8 legs.

When the demo was done we were left with a few holes and damage to repair.

As for the legs, I found some similar legs at the store, cut them to the right size, and cut notches to match the old legs.

Then I glued and nailed the legs into place.

After the construction was done, I prepped the new nightstands for paint and painted them in a few coats of General Finishes Seagull Gray.

I also cut new wood tops and stained them in a dark gray walnut stain.

After everything was dry I screwed on the new tops, using the old screws and the old holes from the old top.

Now these matching nightstands are perfect for a small bedroom, or living room!

Get all of the details, supplies used, and more pictures of the process here.

Suggested materials:

  • Thrifted desk
  • Hammer, screwdriver, oscillating tool, pliers
  • New legs
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Have a question about this project?

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  • Lisa West
    on Jan 14, 2020

    These pieces turned out beautifully

    Tje drawer pulls look like milk glass, are they? I really like them. You did a fantabulous job. Love this idea alot. And your ate so correct. Many night stands seem so short compared to some beds and are hard to find pair. Once again though great job beautifully executed.

  • Lisa
    on Jan 15, 2020

    Can you make a tiny writing desk or entry table out if the middle piece?

  • Gale O'Neal
    on Jan 17, 2020

    Question: What will you make with the middle part? A floating shelf perhaps?


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  • Jay Howard
    on Jan 15, 2020

    you would never have known that the legs had been replaced.! Good job.!

  • Deb
    on Jan 19, 2020

    Very creative and outside is the box

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