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Turn a Desk Into Nightstands

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$125
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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.

turn a desk into nightstands

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.

turn a desk into nightstands

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.

turn a desk into nightstands

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

turn a desk into nightstands

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.

turn a desk into nightstands

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.

turn a desk into nightstands

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!

turn a desk into nightstands

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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  • [re]FɄB19
    on May 28, 2019

    What a great idea! I have been looking for nightstands to restore for a while ... And I decided to make them from scratch. I never thought to cut a dresser in 2! Bravo!!!


  • Indre Koch
    31 minutes ago

    Years ago my dad did the this using the vanity table from their bedroom set. Mom is still using the chest of drawers and both nightstands.

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